Saturday, May 22- Sunday, June 13, 2021

SpringUP with ESYO!  The Empire State Youth Orchestra blossoms online with virtual concerts, while youth-led ensembles spring up in the community at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, Albany’s Washington Park, Schenectady’s Jay Street, and Orsini Park in Altamont.

Take a stroll, breathe the fresh spring air and enjoy ESYO’s first set of live, in-person concerts in 15 months. It's free for all to enjoy.  Then, get your Access ESYO ticket and log on to enjoy fresh spring performances featuring the music you love by Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky alongside American tunes by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, George Walker, and Aaron Copland. Members of ESYO Symphony Orchestra bring "Impressions" by GRAMMY-nominated composer Clarice Assad to life.

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  • ESYO SpringUP at Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

    Saturday, May 22, 2021
    Time: 10AM - 1PM
    Venue: Troy Riverfront Park

    FREE || See you at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market! ESYO chamber ensembles spring up at the market for a set of FREE, outdoor performances.  Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the largest farmers market in the greater Capital Region and enjoy the music you love performed LIVE by members of ESYO.  Stop by the ESYO table for information about Spring UP Festival events and learn more about how you or someone you know can join ESYO.

    Become a contributing sponsor today and help ESYO Spring UP and spring forward. DONATE NOW!

    Social Distancing and masks are required.

  • Symphony String Orchestra & Repertory Romantic Orchestra at the SpringUP Festival

    Now Streaming Through July 31, 2021
    Venue: ESYO Virtual Concert Hall

    ESYO Music Director Carlos Ágreda kicks off a weekend of virtual spring concerts with Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings and Clarice Assad’s “Dynamic, fresh” (The Aspen Times) “Impressions,” as well as Lyric for Strings by Samuel Barbers friend and Curtis Institute classmate, George Walker. Repertory Romantic Orchestra springs up with Franz Liszt’s cartoon classic Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and the vivid Poem for Orchestra by film composer and TV arranger John Tatgenhorst. 

    What you will hear...

    Symphony String Orchestra 
    George Walker:  Lyric for Strings
    Clarice Assad:  "Impressions" Suite for Chamber Orchestra (Mvts. 2, 3, 5)
    Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, op.22, B.52, E major (Mvts. 1, 2, 3)
    Repertory Romantic Orchestra
    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 in d minor 
    Smetina: Dance of the Comedians from “The Bartered Bride
    John Tatgenhorst: Poem for Orchestra
  • Jazz Orchestra, String Orchestra- GE Theatre & Repertory Classical Orchestra at the SpringUP Festival

    Now Streaming Through July 31, 2021
    Venue: ESYO Virtual Concert Hall

    ESYO Jazz Orchestra, ESYO String Orchestra, and Repertory Classical Orchestra SpringUP together for an energizing concert featuring music by jazz greats Charlie Park and Miles Davis and classical giants like Beethoven, Brahms, and Rachmaninov. 

    What you will hear...

    ESYO Jazz Orchestra
    Dave Brubeck (arr. John Wasson): In Your Own Sweet Way
    Charlie Parker (arr. Mark Taylor): Yardbird Suite
    Miles Davis (arr. Frank Mantooth): Seven Steps to Heaven
    Miles Davis (arr. Frank Mantooth): Straight No Chaser
    Wayne Shorter (arr. Frank Mantooth): Speak No Evil
    String Orchestra- GE Theatre
    Brahms (arr. Merle J. Isaac): Hungarian Dance No. 4
    Richard Rodgers (arr. Jeffrey E. Turner): My Funny Valentine
    Bert Ligon: What’s Next
    Consuelo Velázquez (arr. Renata Bratt): Besame Mucho
    Repertory Classical Orchestra
    Rachmaninov: Scherzo from “Youth Symphony”
    Faure: Pavane
    Beethoven: Overture from “The Creatures of Prometheus
  • Symphony Classical Orchestra, Youth Percussion, & String Orchestra-Key Hall at the SpringUP Festival

    Now Streaming Through July 31, 2021
    Venue: ESYO Virtual Concert Hall

    Take an evening stroll with ESYO Symphony Classical Orchestra, ESYO Percussion Ensemble, and the ESYO String Orchestra. Carlos Ágreda leads the Symphony Classical Orchestra on a music tour of Aaron Copland's Three Latin-American sketches, and the 2020 Lois Lyman Concerto Competition winner, William Lauricella, performs Piano Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich. ESYO percussionists offer a healing prayer composed by ESYO’s own Richard Albagli, while ESYO String Orchestra explores the Brazilian-inspired Song for my Father by Jazzmaster Horace Silver. 

    What you will hear...

    Symphony Classical Orchestra
    Mozart: Symphony No.35, K.385, D major "Haffner" (Mvt. 1)
    Shostakovich:  Piano Concerto No. 2, op. 102
    Aaron Copland: Three Latin-American Sketches
    Youth Percussion Ensemble
    Daniel Levitan: "Variations on a Ghanaian Theme"   
    Anthony Cirone: "4/4 for Four" 
    Richard Albagli: "The Healing Prayer"  
    David Maslanka: "Crown of Thorns" 
    String Orchestra- Key Hall
    Brahms (arr. Merle J. Isaac): Hungarian Dance No. 4
    Richard Rodgers (arr. Jeffrey E. Turner): My Funny Valentine
    Bert Ligon: What’s Next
    Horace Silver (arr. By Renata Bratt): Song for my Father
  • Wind Orchestra Woodwind Choir, Wind Orchestra Brass Choir, & Concertino Strings at the SpringUP Festival

    Now Streaming Through July 31, 2021

    The blossoming members of ESYO’s Concertino Strings sprout and SpringUP online with music by Mozart and Handel. The perennial musicians of ESYO Wind Orchestra dance their way into spring with Enrique Granados Andaluza Spanish Dance No. 5 and Scott Joplin’s Rag-Time Dance, plus an arrangement of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture. 

    ESYO Wind Orchestra- Woodwind Choir 
    Scott Joplin (arr. David Marlatt):  Rag-Time Dance
    Enrique Granados (arr. David Marlatt) Andaluza Spanish Dance No.5
    Mozart (arr. by Melanie Thorne): Don Giovanni Overture
    ESYO Wind Orchestra-  Brass Choir
    William Pelz: Four Masterworks for Brass Choir 
    -Gavotte- Johann Kuhnau
    -Andante Grazioso- W.A. Mozart
    -Andante- Ludwig von Beethoven
    - Allegro -Johann W. Hassler
    Ron Whiddon: Brass Comes to the Chamber
    ESYO Concertino Strings
    Mozart (arr. A. Cranata): Allegro Molto from Symphony No. 1
    Handel (arr. by H.Fisher):  Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
    Gliere (arr. J. Coponegro): Russian Sailors' Dance
  • Repertory String Orchestra & Symphony Romantic Orchestra at the SpringUP Festival

    Now Streaming Through July 31, 2021
    Venue: ESYO Virtual Concert Hall

    ESYO Symphony Romantic Orchestra ushers in the spring sunset with Stravinsky’s enchanting Suites for Small Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s musical retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Wistfully welcome the night with Vasily Kalinkov's Serenade for Strings and Brian Balmages tranquil tone poem, Dreaming, performed by ESYO Repertory String Orchestra.

    Repertory String Orchestra
    Kalinkov: Serenade for Strings
    Mozart: Quartet K. 146 , mvt 1 presto
    Brian Balmages: Dreaming
    William Hofeldt: Dance Parhelia
    Symphony Romantic Orchestra
    Stravinsky: Suites No. 1 & No. 2 for Small Orchestra
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasie

    Become a SpringUP Festival Donor Today!

    We can't auction off the chance to conduct an orchestra this year, but you can still win a baton!  In fact, there are a few other special "thank you" gifts for your generous support. See below:

    $100 Donation

    With your $100 donation, you will recieved FREE access to all Virtual Mainstage Concerts!

    $500 Donation

    You will be entered into a drawing for a Conductor's Baton and a personal note from Carlos Ágreda.

    $1,000 Donation

    You will be entered into a drawing for the baton used by Carlos Ágreda during his first major concert at the TSBMH and a personal note from him.

    Your appeal dollars can be donated to support:

    SpringUP Festival Appeal now through June 13th!

    Goal: $60,000

    You continue to make a tremendous difference in the lives of our children. We thank you for everything you do.

    Volunteer To Help ESYO SpringUP & Spring Forward

    Launch Your Own SpringUP Online Fundraiser

    SpringUP online with ESYO and create your own personal fundraiser in support of ESYO.  The COVID-19 pandemic challenged ESYO in many ways and changed the way we sound together. Your fundraising support will empower ESYO to nourish the personal and musical development of young musicians now and in the future.

    Create an online ESYO account and create your personal fundraiser today!