EMBASSY OF ITALY
THE WORLD YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE IN THE USA
Washington D.C. (11-06-2013) – An exceptional performance by the World Youth Chamber Orchestra (WYCO) at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC to take place this coming November 15 in celebration of 2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States. The program will include works by Giuseppe Verdi, this year marking the bicentennial of his birth, and Samuel Barber, one of the most celebrated American composers of the 20th century.
“What better way to celebrate the Year of Italian Culture in the United States than with the masterworks of two great musicians from both sides of the Atlantic and the talent of young Italian and Americans musicians?” stated Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero. “Underlying the mission of the World Youth Chamber Orchestra is the same spirit of collaboration and partnership that has guided the 2013 program all these past months and that is further strengthening the extraordinary friendship between Italy and the United States.”
The World Youth Chamber Orchestra, created in 2002 by maestro Damiano Giuranna who selected the best elements of the Ensemble, brings together some of the brightest and most promising music students from Italy and the United States, including young people from great Italian conservatories and schools, such as the Salvatore Accardo Italian Chamber Orchestra, the Giuseppe Martucci Conservatory of Salerno, the Fausto Torrefranca Conservatory of Vibo Valentia, the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin, the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona, and the Chigi Academy of Siena. The young American talents come from the Yale University School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Prior to the concert, there will be five days of seminars and workshops organized in collaboration with the Columbus Height Educational Campus (CHEC) in Washington intended to emphasize the educational value of the project. In rehearsal open to the public and to the student body, the musicians will have an opportunity to share an innovative and totally Italian approach to teaching classical music that maestro Giuranna is making known in the United States.
After the event in Washington, the WYCO will perform another concert at Temple University’s Rock Hall in Philadelphia on November 16.
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