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Walk In The Park With Your Own Soundtrack

Jun 6, 2021
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center

A walk in the park will be even more beautiful this year. At least they will be in Saratoga State Park and Washington Park in Albany.

Empire State Youth Orchestra
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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.

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This morning we focus on the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s CHIME program.

We are joined by Executive Director of Empire State Youth Orchestra Becky Calos and Administrative Director of CHIME Jared Shortmeier.

The Empire State Youth Orchestra, led by new Music Director Carlos Ágreda, opens its November concert celebrating the diversity of the “New World”. The celebration begins with the culture and stories of Spain, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” (intended by the composer to “glitter with dazzling orchestral color”) and Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville”. Musically illustrating traditions and dances that traveled together with the Spaniards to the American continent, these pieces showcase a huge and beautiful mixture of cultures. From Spain we move to the Americas, where the orchestra will perform Silvestre Revueltas’ “Sensemayá” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, celebrating the beauty and homogeneity of American Diversity.

Carlos Ágreda is the new music director and conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra – their big Fall concert is taking place at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm. Today we hear from Carlos Ágreda.

Empire State Youth Orchestra Taps New Music Director

Jun 12, 2018
Carlos Ágreda
Empire State Youth Orchestra

The members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra will be led by a man who is roughly ten years older than most of the musicians. 27-year-old Carlos Ágreda was recently appointed the conductor and music director after a global search to replace Helen Cha-Pyo who stepped down after 16 years. 

ESYO at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
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The Empire State Youth Orchestra will pay tribute to two of America’s revered composers and conductors, celebrating Samuel Adler at 90 and Leonard Bernstein at 100 on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

For his 100th birthday year, ESYO will raise a toast to Bernstein’s centennial with a rendition of one of his great early successes, music to the ballet “Fancy Free.” In honor of Samuel Adler’s 90th birthday, the Orchestra will perform Adler’s “A Bridge to Understanding.” The ESYO-commissioned piece premiered 10 years ago at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for the New Music for a New Generation Festival.

The concert will also feature this season’s Lois Lyman Concerto Competition Winner, pianist Gabrielle Kim. At 18 years old, the young virtuoso will lead the orchestra in a passionate performance of Grieg’s ever-popular Piano Concerto in A minor. Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo and pianist Gabrielle Kim join us.

The first Empire State Youth Orchestra concert of the season on November 4 will make music history as the Youth Orchestra teams up with pianist Jeffrey Biegel at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to perform the New York State Premiere of a recent composition from legendary musical satirist P.D.Q. Bach. The evening will also include Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Prokovfiev's Symphony No. 5. 

Helen Cha-Pyo is the Conductor and Music Director of the Empire State Youth Orchestra joined us on the program. 

Kate Penn - Proctors

A $2.2 million project supporters say will transform vacant space in Schenectady into an arts education facility has been unveiled.

On February 11th, Empire State Youth Orchestras signature Youth Orchestra will take the Proctors stage with Fireworks Ensemble, a cross-over classical music ensemble that was lauded by the New York Times for its “hell-for-leather arrangements” and “show-stopping solos.”

Together, the two groups will share an evening of music that will include the world-premiere of a piece written by Fireworks Ensemble member and composer Brian Coughlin commissioned by ESYO called Play.

Empire State Youth Orchestra Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo and Fireworks Ensemble member and composer Brian Coughlin join us. 

On May 21 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York, The Empire State Youth Orchestra will come together to celebrate Music Without Borders as ESYO’s CHIME kids take to the stage for their first-ever public concert alongside our Empire State Wind Orchestra, and signature Empire State Youth Orchestra.

  The Empire State Youth Orchestras’ mission is to challenge and inspire young people to achieve excellence in music through intensive instruction and high level performance opportunities.

Each season, more than 320 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of ESYO’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.

The month of March has been officially designated Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

This morning we find out what the Empire State Youth Orchestra is up to to commemorate. Helen Cha-Pyo is Music Director for ESYO and joins us along with John Connolly – CHIME (Creating Harmony, Invigorating Music Education) Program Director.

ESYO 360

May 5, 2015

  ESYO 360 is a celebration at Proctors in Schenectady on May 17th of the past, present, and future of Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO).

The concert will feature all nine of ESYO's performing groups - playing a wide variety of music - jazz, band, classical, percussion. The grand finale will have 350 musicians - current ESYO musicians and ESYO alumni - all on the stage performing at the same time!

Helen Cha-Pyo is the Music Director and Conductor of ESYO and she joins us now along with Hannah Dick, principal timpanist and a percussionist in ESYO’s Youth Orchestra.

  The Empire State Youth Orchestra will present “Symphonic Landscapes of America” a blend of musical and visual art this Saturday Oct. 25 at 7:00 pm at The Egg in Albany, NY. The program will feature music by American composers paired with images of art created by local high school students (and inspired by the music the orchestra will perform) projected on a large screen over the orchestra while it performs.

    

  Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members of The Empire State Youth Orchestra.

This Friday, May 2nd – A Benefit Gala for Empire State Youth Orchestras will take place at the GE Theatre, at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.

The Gala is called “A Night at the Movies “ – it will be a movie-themed, fun-filled evening, including Red Carpet; Italian Job Safe-Cracking; Ocean’s Eleven Black Jack Table; Silent Auction; music by The Legendary Characters and much more!

Here to tell us more about that and other May offerings from The Empire State Youth Orchestra is the organization’s Executive Director, Becky Calos.

 Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.

This Sunday, ESYO will present a concert of Russian music at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and on April 4th they will join the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany to produce/perform a concert to benefit Northern Rivers.

Here to tell us more are ESYO’s new Executive Director, Becky Carlos and Music Director, Helen Cha-Pyo.