Mike conducts ensemble of music educators from around the world at the Weill Music Instiute at Carnegie Hall
New York, NY - New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), composed of orchestra, chamber, jazz, conducting, and composition programs, heads into the 2017/18 season with a new strategic plan to strengthen the organization's position as the premier, independent music education organization for ensemble training in the New York metropolitan area. NYYS has provided over 6,000 music students between ages 12 and 22 unparalleled opportunities to study with world-renowned artists and to perform at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Beyond their instruction, students gain valuable life skills -- commitment, discipline, focus, collaboration -- and friendships that last a lifetime.
The 2017/18 season will also mark the NYYS orchestra's first season under newly appointed music director Michael Repper. Performances of the 2017/18 Season include:
Michael Repper, conductor
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 5PM at United Palace of Cultural Arts
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2PM at Carnegie Hall
Hilary Purrington: Daylights (NYYS Commission, World Premiere)
Schumann: Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 with Christine Lamprea, cello
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
Michael Repper, conductor
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 5PM at United Palace of Cultural Arts
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2PM at Carnegie Hall
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Thomas Kotcheff: go and (NYYS Commission, World Premiere)
Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto with Demarre McGill, Flute
Michael Repper, conductor
Sunday, May 27, 2018, 2PM at Carnegie Hall
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Peter Shin: Slant (NYYS Comission, World Premiere)
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Julia Bullock, soprano
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Mike conducts 5 sold-out performances of Kander and Ebb's "Cabaret" at the Bank Street Theatre in the West Village.
The production was the culmination of the year long Musical Theatre Lab presented by the New School in New York City, developed by Leslie Stifelman, Music Director of "Chicago" on Broadway. The project was overseen by Music Director Leslie Stifelman, world-renowned director Kevin Newbury, and esteemed choreographer Melissa Rae Mahon. The opening night performance was attended by none other than John Kander, who stayed after the performance to congratulate the musicians and the cast.
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BALTIMORE SUN, by Tim Smith
Nice career moves for two young conductors trained at Peabody by Marin Alsop and the late Gustav Meier. Stephen Mulligan has been named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, starting with the 2017-2018 season. And Michael Repper has been appointed music director of the New York Youth Symphony, likewise beginning in 2017-2018.
Read full article at the Baltimore Sun.
Mr. Repper is joining an illustrius roster of NYYS Music Directors, including Leonard Slatkin, David Alan Miller, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Mischa Santora, Paul Haas, among others.
NYYS Board President and chair of the search committee, Melissa Eisenstat spoke of the organization’s delight in Michael Repper’s appointment: “On behalf of the NYYS family, we are excited to welcome Michael Repper as our Music Director Designate at this important and transitional moment in NYYS’s history. I am thrilled that Michael has accepted our invitation to lead the Orchestra into the future. Michael demonstrates the culture of artistic maturity and musical excellence we strive to achieve here at NYYS.”
Shauna Quill, Executive Director of NYYS, added: “It’s thrilling for us to announce the appointment of Michael Repper as the next New York Youth Symphony Music Director. We expect Michael will be an important catalyst of engagement and a wonderful ambassador to our audiences as we continue expand into diverse communities to touch lives with the power of music.”
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to work with an extraordinary organization such as the New York Youth Symphony” said Repper. “I have always been passionate about working with young musicians, and I will make it my mission to preserve the highest artistic standards while imagining a new and exciting future for the orchestra’s role in the community.”
The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) is a leader in music education, performance, and commissioning in the New York metropolitan area. Founded in 1963, the New York Youth Symphony's first performance at Carnegie Hall featured a young Israeli violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Now in its 54th season, the organization has grown significantly and offers groundbreaking and rigorous programs in composition, conducting, chamber music, jazz, and commissioning – and in the last two years, international touring opportunities. Its mission is to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities. In addition the NYYS aims to develop the next generation of musical citizens, whose involvement in music lasts a lifetime, and whose assets built by music engagement will fuel their success in life – personal development, creativity, self-discipline, resiliency, and an ability to work well with others.