NYYS Composition students have their pieces read and rehearsed by NYYS student-instrumentalists and professional musicians from the Dacoda Ensemble in a Side-by-Side setting.
NYYS composition students had the unique opportunity to solicit feedback from the musicians, program director Kyle Blaha, and composer-mentor Aaron Jay Kernis. The pieces were recorded for the composers' portfolios and represented a wide variety of musical writing, including one spectral piece!
Concert on March 13th to include Dvorak's New World Symphony, excerpts from John Williams iconic Star Wars score, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
Michael made his debut with Camerata Notturna, a NY-based ensemble, conducting Dvorak's American Suite and Cello Concerto (Colin Carr, Soloist), and Ives' Symphony no. 2.
Michael leads Grammy-Nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Wye Oak, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Symphony Space, Manhattan
New York Music Review states the "Lavish, Ambitiously Orchestrated Twinbill" was "a brand new kind of music: epic post-minimalist sweep matched to rock edge and attack."
Michael was invited to be the guest conductor for the Metropolis Ensemble on February 16th as their premiered a new song cycle by William Brittelle called Spiritual America, as well as new arrangements for orchestra, chorus, and Indie Rock duo Wye Oak. Played to a full house at Symphony Space, Manhattan, the concert was loved by traditional classical and Indie Rock lovers alike!
The event was the first of its kind at the NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
Michael returns to assist Bramwell Tovey and the St. Louis Symphony in performances of "Carmina Burana" and "Chichester Psalms"
Michael Returns to conduct the Concert Artists of Baltimore in "The Nutcracker" for the Moscow Ballet
The second season of "Nutcracker" performances, in collaboration with the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Moscow Ballet, is an absolute success.
New York Youth Symphony performs Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto (Christine Lamprea, soloist), Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 2, and the world premiere of "Daylights" by Hilary Purrington, a NYYS Commission.