A performance in Carnegie Hall will be the season climax for 83 young Utah Valley musicians. The high school-aged members of the Summerhays Philharmonia leave Thursday for New York City, where they will accompany a chorus in John Rutter's "Requiem" and "Gloria," and perform separately.
The Philharmonia, one of three orchestras within the Utah Valley Youth Symphony, was selected for a Sunday evening concert April 24 under the baton of the English composer, whose choral works are sung throughout the world.In addition, the youths will be featured alone in three orchestral works, conducted by Terry S. Hill and Dr. Harold Goodman.
The students, representing each high school in Utah County, have been rehearsing together each Monday after school since mid-October.
Although they will be involved in daily three-hour rehearsals in New York in preparation for the concert, they will have time go sight-seeing and take in a Broadway show.
Annual performing tours to California have been a part of the Youth Symphony since Hill took the baton from Goodman in 1973, and select groups of musicians from the orchestra have performed in London and Hawaii during the past four years. But Hill feels this is one of the most prestigious cultural and performing opportunities to come to the young musicians yet.
Said Hill, "We are very proud of the fine tradition of this orchestra and feel honored to be invited to perform in Carnegie Hall."