Are our kids are having an awesome time? You bet! It was a postcard day for their Central Park performance on Monday, June 16th. We’ve enjoyed delicious group meals, first at Carmine’s and then at Guy Fiore’s American Table. At Guy’s we presented Maestro Ramadanoff with the handmade quilt made of squares artistically signed or decorated by each musician to mark his 25th season with YPSO. Of course the highlight was Tuesday night when they played exquisitely at Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation! They have seen the 911 Memorial and enjoyed a fun (and funny) tour of NYC. Wednesday (June 18) began with many tired musicians, and without delay we walked to Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall to attend an open rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert conducting Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven’s second piano concerto. Following the rehearsal we embarked on various walking tours of New York. My group toured the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. Last night we went bowling and the kids attended a Broadway musical nearby. The hotel was great! – Comfortable and spacious rooms, by New York standards, and all on one floor. This morning we departed NYC and headed
to Newport, Rhode Island and then onto Boston.
David E. Davis
Young People’s Symphony Orchestra (YPSO)