Clarinetist Anthony McGill, conductor Kurt Masur, and educator Marta Casals Istomin will be among the guests at the New York Youth Symphony’s season-opening concert at Carnegie Hall on December 5, a program featuring Strauss’s Don Juan and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, will join the youth orchestra in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and the world premiere of Robert Honstein’s Verge for clarinet and orchestra. Among the orchestras to have performed other Honstein works are the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonic, and the Bard College Orchestra. Following intermission, Kurt Masur will present the 16th annual Theodore L. Kesselman Award for Arts Education to Marta Casals Istomin, who served as president of the Manhattan School of Music from 1992 to 2005. Producer and WQXR announcer Elliott Forrest will serve as host for the onstage presentation. The New York Youth Symphony’s concerts in March and May will include performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, themes from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, and world premieres by Eric Guinivan and Christopher Cerrone.

Posted November 29, 2010