Bright Young Things

Schneider conducts rehearsal 1969 NYSOS

The New York String Orchestra Seminar, one of America’s first orchestral training programmes for young musicians, celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2018. Bruce Hodges attended rehearsals and concerts of the landmark season, and looks ahead to the ensemble’s December 2019 edition

On a chilly New York afternoon in December 2018, an overcast, grisaille-laced sky made the Upper Manhattan landscape seem more formidable than usual. But inside the Mannes School of Music, in a cheerful rehearsal room, the mood was considerably brighter, even spring-like, as conductor Jaime Laredo began the afternoon session with the young musicians of the New York String Orchestra…

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