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Youth Chamber Orchestra

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Youth Chamber Orchestra

Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Prince of Asturias Foundation´s International Music SchoolThe Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School came into being within our School's Summer Courses, triggered by the interests of its members and the growing demand for classical music in our community. The Orchestra is conducted by Yuri Nasushkin (Kiev, Ukraine, 1953).

Consisting of young students and professors, the orchestra, which performs a repertoire in concordance with its make-up, works throughout the days that the Summer Courses are held. It also takes part in the various activities that the School holds throughout the year.

Notable amongst its latest appearances are its performances in October 2006 at the 15th annual Music Week of Asturias, and in July 2007 at the Princess of Asturias Foundation's Board of Trustees' annual meeting, presided over by HM King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace of  El Pardo.

In April 2008 the Orchestra performed under the baton of maestro Arturo Tamayo at the finale concert of the 2nd annual Spanien Modern Festival, organised by the Instituto Cervantes (Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2005) and which took place in Vienna's prestigious Arnold Schönberg Center. Performing a contemporary music programme, the Youth Orchestra played amongst other works, Kammersymphonie, Op 11, composed by Arnold Schönberg himself.

In recent years, the orchestra has repeatedly closed the Summer Courses with ambitious music programmes. From eminently classic editions, such as the one held in 2011, where Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Op. 26, and Symphony No. 2 in D major were performed in collaboration with Portuguese maestro Antònio Saiote, to concerts like the one held in 2012 dedicated to the Bicentenary of the Constitution of Cádiz entitled “Spain and Latin America from Different Points of View”, which included the interpretation of works such as Arriaga’s Los esclavos felices, Venezuela by Herrero and Armenteros and Danzón No. 2 by Márquez, with the participation of maestro Hugo Carrio, member of the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela (2008 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts).

In 2014, the orchestra tackled the main themes of well-known soundtracks such as The Sound of Music, The Mission and The Godfather. A year later, in 2015, under the heading “Musical Tales”, the ensemble explored an artistic programme accompanied by a narrated script that included works such as Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and the orchestral premiere of the piece The Tortoise and the Hare by John Peter Falcone. Both editions counted on the participation of maestro Lluís Vila as guest conductor.

Coinciding with the commemoration of the Fourth Centenary of the deaths of Cervantes and Shakespeare, in 2016, the orchestra performed a theatrical concert entitled “An Imaginary Musical Encounter between Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare” that included pieces such as Burlesque de Quixote by Telemann, Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Quixote by Minkus and the world premiere of Jorge Carrillo’s Encuentro en Somerset House.

Continuing with the idea of merging other artistic disciplines with music, the Closing Concert of the 2017 Summer Courses explored the concepts of “Love, Beauty and Passion in Music and Poetry”, with the performance of works such as Oblivion by Piazzola, with verses by Jorge Luis Borges, Svidirov’s Romanza, accompanied by a poem by Alexander Pushkin, and Love Story by Lai, with verses by Pablo Neruda. In 2018, the concert was titled "Woman. Inspiration, Creativity and Perseverance", a journey through different musical works composed by authors such as the German Emilie Mayer, or with a clear feminine protagonism, like Ave Maria by Schubert, The Song of Solveig and Death of Aase by Grieg or The weddings of Figaro by Mozart. The edition counted on the participation of maestro Miquel Ortega as guest director.

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