Sunday, April 15, 2012
European Union Youth Orchestra Performs at the Kennedy Center
On April 15, the European Union Youth Orchestra gave a concert at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. The orchestra, composed of the most talented musicians aged 14-24, is representative of the 27 EU nations from which the performers come. Sunday's concert was conducted by world-renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and featured violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The program included Copland's Outdoor Overture, Bruch's Violin Concerto, and R.Strauss' Ein Alpensinfonie. The young musicians in the EUYO are the best and brightest in their respective countries, and they frequently go on to enjoy very successful music careers as adults. The performance at the Kennedy Center provided a rare opportunity for American classical music lovers to enjoy their virtuosic talents.