June 19, 2018
New World Symphony Welcomes Carnegie Hall’s NYO2 to Miami for First Residency, Including WALLCAST® Concert at New World Center 7/21, Led by Carlos Miguel Prieto with Gil Shaham
Chris Lee

In New Partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, NWS Brings NYO2—an 80-Member Youth Orchestra—for Training, Mentoring, and Performing, July 16-21

National Program Recognizes Outstanding Young Instrumentalists From Across the Country, Ages 14–17, including Several South Florida Musicians Participating this Summer

MIAMI, FLORIDA (June 19, 2018) — The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), is excited to welcome Carnegie Hall’s NYO2 for their first-ever residency in Miami, July 16-21, 2018. NYO2 is an intensive summer orchestral training program that features some of the finest young instrumentalists from across the U.S. (ages 14-17), including several South Florida musicians this summer. The NWS and Carnegie Hall, two organizations with deep commitments to education and artist training, have partnered for the first year to provide unique opportunities for NYO2. The NYO2 program is an extension of Carnegie Hall’s acclaimed NYO-USA (the National Youth Orchestra of the USA), for ages 16-19, and was created with a particular focus on attracting students from communities underserved by, and underrepresented in, the classical orchestral field.

After an intensive two-week training period at Purchase College, State University of New York, where NYO2 will work with a world-class faculty, including NWS Fellows and alumni as well as other professional musicians from top U.S. orchestras, the members of NYO2 will come to Miami for six days of musical activity. As part of their training at the New World Center, they will work closely with selected NWS Fellows and alumni, rehearse and perform. As the culminating event of their Miami residency, NYO2 will make their New World Center debut on Saturday, July 21 at 8:30 p.m., under the baton of Carlos Miguel Prieto, with violinist Gil Shaham as soloist. The program will include Revueltas’s Suite from Redes, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Gil Shaham. New World Symphony will also present the performance as a WALLCAST® concert, presented by Citi, where the symphony projects the interior concert on the large, 7,000-square-foot eastern façade of the building facing SoundScape Park. Each WALLCAST® is free to the public and does not require a ticket.

During their time in Miami, the NYO2 members will also have the opportunity to engage with local musicians, sharing their skills and experience with young players participating in the Greater Miami Youth Symphony’s Summer Camp at Ponce de Leon Middle School in Coral Gables. 

Following their Miami residency, the NYO2 musicians return to New York for a final performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to partner with the New World Symphony to bring the talented young musicians of NYO2 to Miami for the very first time” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The opportunity to work with NWS Fellows and learn from conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and violinist Gil Shaham will be life-changing for these students, and we hope they will return home to their communities inspired to further develop their musicianship and use music to connect with audiences and people everywhere.”

“I am so pleased with the opportunity for the talented musicians of NYO2 to work with our Fellows and NWS alumni at the New World Center, a collaboration that coincides with my conducting NYO-USA on tour in Asia this summer," said Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the New World Symphony. "Initiatives like NYO-USA and NYO2 are invaluable for helping to ensure the artistic excellence of the next generation of orchestral musicians. This is a goal we share at the New World Symphony as we prepare our Fellows to be leaders in the world of music, not only in the concert hall but in the community. NWS Fellows regularly teach and engage with young musicians throughout Miami, and they are thrilled to extend their mentorship to the talented youth of NYO2. Welcome!”

“Mentorship is fundamental to the passing of classical music traditions,” said Howard Herring, President and CEO of the New World Symphony. “New World Symphony Fellows and alumni will welcome their NYO2 colleagues for a week of rehearsal and performance. The technologically advanced New World Center is an ideal location for this training and for giving the musicians of NYO2 access to cutting-edge digital distribution of their culminating performances. This will be a thrilling collaboration, one that will honor the past and shape the future of classical music.”

Tickets for NYO2’s July 21 performance at New World Center may be purchased by visiting www.nws.edu or by calling the NWS Box Office at (305) 902-6856.


About the New World Symphony
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 30 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,000 alumni worldwide. A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ extensive distance learning via the internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. In the hopes of joining NWS, more than 1,500 recent music school and conservatory graduates compete for about 35 available fellowships each year. The Fellows are selected for this highly competitive, prestigious opportunity based on their musical achievement and promise, as well as their passion for the future of classical music.

To learn more about the New World Symphony, visit nws.edu.

About NYO2
Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in summer 2016, NYO2 brings together outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 for a summer orchestral training program with a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. Running in conjunction with NYO-USA’s annual summer residency at Purchase College, SUNY, NYO2 offers an opportunity for participants to play alongside exceptionally talented peers and learn from a world-class faculty. The program aims to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level, particularly those who will bring greater diversity to classical orchestral music or those who have not had access to highly selective training opportunities through major youth orchestra programs, summer festivals and camps, or similar experiences outside of their local community.

The inaugural season of NYO2 culminated in a side-by-side concert with The Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, as well as a pop-up performance at the 23rd Street Armory alongside NYO-USA, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and local instrumentalists from the Philadelphia area. In summer 2017, the members of NYO2 made their Carnegie Hall debut with Guerrero, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Grammy Award–winning bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding. This year, NYO2 partners with the New World Symphony for the first time for a six-day residency in Miami Beach, with performances at the New World Center and Carnegie Hall led by conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and featuring acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham.

To learn more about NYO2, visit carnegiehall.org/nyo2. Applications for NYO2’s summer 2019 season will be available in September 2018.

Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; and Beatrice Santo Domingo.

Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo

With additional funding provided by the Arison Arts Foundation and Ernst & Young LLP.

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.


Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 8:30pm
New World Center, Miami Beach, FL

NYO2 Concert​ with Fellows of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

Gil Shaham, violin

REVUELTAS  Suite from Redes, (arr. Erich Kleiber)
PROKOFIEV  Violin Concerto No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5

This concert will also be made available to the community for free via NWS’ WALLCAST®, with the full performance viewable outdoors in SoundScape Park on the 7,000-square-foot projection wall of the New World Center.


Press contacts:

New World Symphony
Craig Hall | craig.hall@nws.edu | 305-428-6740

National contact:
Shuman Associates
John Hamby | jhamby@shumanassociates.net | 212-315-1300

Miami contact:
Zakarin Martinez Public Relations
Gina Halley-Wright | gina@zm-pr.com | 305-372-2502

Carnegie Hall
Mari Beth Bittan | mbittan@carnegiehall.org | 212-903-9750


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