The Empire State Youth Orchestra, known regionally and nationally for nourishing young musicians from communities in New York's Capital Region and Western Massachusetts, announced that its 13 ensembles, including its flagship Symphony Orchestra and CHIME program, have resumed in-person rehearsals and meet-ups for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ensemble rehearsals, which began mid- September, are held weekly in a safe-studio environment at Proctors in Schenectady. CHIME, ESYO's after school program, which suffered a setback after losing critical funds is to begin online this fall and include several in-person "instrument hangs".
All ESYO concerts are to be recorded LIVE on Proctors mainstage and streamed to virtual audiences through the orchestras virtual concert hall. ESYO Music Director Carlos Ágreda joined us.
Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and co-commissioned by Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of its SPAC REIMAGINED 2020 season, Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is an immersive audio experience tailor-made for the Saratoga Spa State Park. The installation will remain accessible in the park until November 1.
Co-commissioner The New York Philharmonic presented the World Premiere of Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK on September 10 in New York City's Central Park.
Composer Ellen Reid won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, "p r i s m."