The final concert of the New York Youth Symphony’s 2008-09 season at Carnegie Hall on May 31 will feature a world premiere as well as Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with soprano Jennifer Zetlan and Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. The 110-member orchestra has previously performed the first, fifth, sixth, and ninth symphonies of Mahler, but it is the first time that Music Director Ryan McAdams is conducting the ensemble in a Mahler work. McAdams, a Fulbright Scholar who has worked with Alan Gilbert and Lorin Maazel, is currently in his second year as the orchestra’s music director. Gureckis’s previous compositions include [Very Large Array] which received its premiere by the Minnesota Orchestra in 2007. Gureckis is a 2007 recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Young Composer Awards from ASCAP and BMI, both in 2008. In addition to its regular concert activity, the New York Youth Symphony also offers programs in chamber music, conducting, composition, and jazz.

Posted May 29, 2009