Premiered Thursday, June 11- Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 7pm
We premiered our first-ever digital music festival! Earlier this year when COVID-19 caused our community to shelter in place, Empire State Youth Orchestra decided that music would not stop. Undeterred by the Great Pause, ESYO transitioned its entire program to the virtual world, connecting through google meet and google classroom to continue learning and making music in new ways.
ESYO Youth Percussion Ensemble - Polka de Mama by Jose Alejandro Leon
ESYO Youth Percussion Ensemble - Excerpt from Celebration by Thomas Gauge
ESYO Chamber Percussion Ensemble - Cotton Eyed Joe by Ed Kiefer
ESYO Concerto Competition Finalist Elihu Conant-Haque - Sonatine Pour Tuba et Piano by Jacques Castérède
ESYO Wind Orchestra with Jay Dawson - Amazing Grace by Jay Dawson
ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra - "Patio Skyline" by ESYO conductor Lee Russo
ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra - "The Flintstones Theme" by Curtin, Hanna & Barbera
ESYO Repertory Jazz Orchestra - "Bags Groove" by Milt Jackson
ESYO Concerto Competition Winner William Lauricella - Ballade no. 3 in A-flat Major, op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
ESYO Concertino String Orchestra - "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong/ arr. by ESYO conductor Leo Milman
ESYO Concertino Wind Ensemble - Rondeau, Theme from Masterpiece Theatre by Jean Joseph Mouret | arr. David Marlatt
ESYO Symphony Orchestra Virtual Chamber Music Competition Winner - Excerpt from Scheherezade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / arranged for sextet by ESYO students
EYSO Concertino Brass - "Fughette" by Johann Pachelbel / arr. Kevin Kaisershot
ESYO Concertino Percussion Ensemble- "52 Card Pick Up" by ESYO conductor Genoveffa Vitale
ESYO Concertino Percussion Ensemble - "Goldenberg" by ESYO conductor Genoveffa Vitale
ESYO'S Symphony Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra - Virtual premiere of Ay, Caray! by ESYO Music Director Carlos Ágreda.
Making this virtual debut is an original composition by our Music Director Carlos Ágreda, "Ay Caray!", the winner of the 2016 Stockport Youth Orchestra Composition Competition. This composition was conceived to give an approach to contemporary techniques for young musicians, using an easy and attractive musical language. This virtual premiere was made possible by Carlos and creative director of the #SoundingTogether digital festival, Griffin Bengraff. They worked together to make a brand new 360° symphony orchestra layout for this performance. Look around and enjoy!
Members of ESYO Concertino Strings got together online to record a quilted performance of Louis Armstrong's iconic song "What a Wonderful World." arranged by ESYO Concertino Strings Conductor, Leo Milman. This performance was featured at ESYO's Sounding Together Digital Festival on Friday, June 12, 2020, and dedicated to the hardworking teachers of New York's Capital Region.
Members of ESYO Wind Orchestra got together online with composer and bagpiper Jay Dawson to record the iconic song "Amazing Grace." arranged by composer Jay Dawson. This performance was featured at ESYO's Sounding Together Digital Festival on Thursday, June 11, 2020, and dedicated to healthcare heroes who continue risking their lives to save others.
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