Five kids from Queens have been selected to play at a New York City music institution this summer.
The five students will take the stage of Carnegie Hall on July 11 before heading over to China on an 11-day tour, playing in several theaters there including music halls in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The Queens natives are Jasmine Lavariega, a horn player from Astoria, Auburndale resident Faith Pak, who plays the viola, Christopher Vazan, a conducting apprentice from Woodside, Austin Wang, a violinist from Douglaston and Yibiao Wang, a flute player from Flushing.
They are a part of an ensemble of 114 students that will play at the historic City venue before traveling abroad to China. The group is led by conductor Charles Dutoit and also features pianist YUNDI and was selected to play the concerts as part of the third annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.
After an intense audition process, they have been selected by Carnegie Hall as the best Classical music players in the country. The kids ages range from 16 to 19.
“We are thrilled to bring together this extraordinary group of young musicians, challenging them to not only perform at the highest levels, but also to act as great musical ambassadors for their country,” Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director, said. “The orchestra’s first tour to China will be an amazing opportunity for musical and cultural discovery, and I am confident that these talented, dedicated musicians will inspire audiences with their music-making and return home with new knowledge and enthusiasm to share with their peers.”
Prior to the Carnegie Hall show, they will travel to Purchase College to undergo a two-week residency with James Ross, director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland, who is conducting the residency for the third year in a row. They will play a show at Purchase College on July 10.