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The Roundtable

Empire State Youth Orchestra Fall Concert Celebrates American Diversity

Carlos Ágreda music director of empire state youth orchestra

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.

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