The DC Youth Orchestra Program has announced that Lorin Maazel will visit its program and work with the Youth Orchestra, its most advanced ensemble, during a rehearsal on October 17. Maazel will conduct a reading of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, which the orchestra is currently rehearsing for a December performance. The reading will take place at DCYOP’s main rehearsal space, the Coolidge High School Auditorium, in Washington, D.C. Maazel, who served as music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2009, has been active with programs for young musicians, including a new festival/residency program for young artists this past summer in Castleton, Virginia. Graduates of DCYOP include Daniel Foster, principal viola, National Symphony Orchestra; Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic and artistic director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra; and conductor John McLaughlin Williams. DCYOP is the largest youth orchestra program in the Washington, D.C. area, with 600 children participating each year.

Posted October 5, 2009