Musicians take their show on the road
This summer, students with the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Irvine Classical Players traveled to world-class cities to perform.
In affiliation with Chapman University and under the direction of Daniel Wachs, the symphony orchestra played to packed audiences in two major cathedrals in greater London (West Dulwich and Southwark) as well as the Bristol Cathedral in western England.
Highlights of the tour included the orchestra being invited to watch the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain rehearse and perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the world premiere of acclaimed British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Frieze,” written in tribute to the Beethoven Ninth, in London’s massive 6,000-seat Royal Albert Hall. The New York Philharmonic will perform the U.S. premiere of “Frieze” in October, and the youth symphony orchestra will play the piece in May for its West Coast premiere at Segerstrom Hall.
The Irvine Classical Players, conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy, traveled to Washington, D.C. During its six-day tour, the group played in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on the grounds at the George Washington Estate and at The Kennedy Center.
– OC Register, September 6, 2013