On June 23, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra (RIPYSO) will be packing up their instruments, hopping on a bus and going to New York City to perform in the 2017 Viennese Masters Orchestra Invitational at Carnegie Hall. The event will include four accomplished symphony orchestras in total who have been selected to perform in the historic concert venue.
The RIPYSO includes players between 15 years old and college-age, all brought together through a shared love of music and a desire to excel in their craft.
Chelsea Anderson, RIPYSO’s manager, notes the importance of the orchestra as an opportunity for students not only to perform, but also to learn. For the Viennese Masters Orchestra Invitational, the students will be performing Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni,” excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and a Bach fugue.
The orchestra members have been preparing for their performance at Carnegie Hall since November, bringing the repertoire up to the highest standard possible. Stravinsky’s “Firebird” in particular, says Chelsea, “is a challenging piece that showcases their exceptional skills and preparation.”
“[The] Symphony Orchestra is a special group this year, and it comes across when they perform,” Chelsea says.
“Under the direction of our hard-working, dedicated, and talented conductor Alexey Shabalin, and with the help of incredibly supportive private teachers, these students have reached a new level of playing and become very connected to the music and to their experience in RIPYSO. They are the epitome of what it means to be young professionals and have created bonds and friendships that will last for years to come.”