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New York String Orchestra To Entertain At Carnegie Hall On Christmas Eve

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Dec 07, 2012 11:33 AM EST | O'Jay Burgess

New York String Orchestra

NYSO to play at Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve (Photo : Reuters)

The New York String Orchestra will play at two big events in December at Carnegie Hall. The group will play Mozart, Hadyn and Beethoven on Christmas Eve and will return on Dec. 28 to offer patrons the work of Dvorak.

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For Christmas Eve, the orchestra will be conducted by Jaime Laredo. Jonathan Biss will join the ensemble on piano.

Laredo will take Biss and the New York ensemble and guide them through the operatic piece, Mozart's Overture to "La Clemenza di Tito," after which they will play Ludwig van Beethoven's "Paino Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major," finally wrapping up the night with Hadyn's "Symphony No. 104, 'London.'"

Four days later Laredo and the stringed orchestra will return on Dec. 28 accompanied by cellist Cicely Parnas and clarinetist Anthony McGill to perform mostly the works of Czech composer Antonin Leopold Dvorak.

Before Dvorak, Laredo will offer patrons on the night music by Mendelssohn and his Overture to "Die Hebriden," followed by Saint-Saens' "Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33" and then Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622."

Dvorak will offer four pieces on the evening starting with his Slavonic Dance in "C Major, Op. 46, No. 1," followed by the same piece this time in "A-flat Major, Op. 46, No.3." They will close the night with a Slavonic Dance yet again in "E Minor, Op. 72, No.2" and in "C Major, Op. 72, No. 7."

The New York String Orchestra is returning to Carnegie Hall after they performed last year around the same time. Laredo holds seminars for about 15 to 22 strong for young musicians in the winter time. The program is in its 43rd and is offer by Mannes College the New School for Music. Laredo has been conducting these concerts since 1993.

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