Beethoven 250 Orchestra Festival
NVYS will embark on their next tour with the Modesto Youth Symphony Orchestra to Vienna and Prague June 22-29, 2020. The combined Modesto Napa Valley Youth Orchestra will perform at the Beethoven 250 Orchestra Festival to celebrate the 250 anniversary of Beethoven's birth - at the famous Musikverein concert hall, home to the Vienna Philharmonic. Our journey will start in Prague where we will be visiting the Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter, Old Royal Palace, Terezin Concentration Camp, and we will see the original scores of Beethoven. Our joint orchestra will perform at the American Celebration of Music in the Czech Republic in Prague. In Vienna our tour will bring us to Ringstrasse, the Imperial Palace, and Beethoven's Heiligenstadt Apartment, capping the tour off with a performance in the Golden Hall in Musikverein.
- Boston Montreal, June 2018
This tour to the east coast started with a Masterclass with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, followed by an incredible performance of West Side Story by the Boston Pops. Students enjoyed walking tours of the Freedom Trail and Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal). The orchestra had a second masterclass at McGill University Schulich School of Music. Tour highlights included performances at Faneuil Hall and Christ Church (Montreal), and a joint performance with the Claflin Hill Youth Symphony in Melrose Hall (including a rousing rendition of America the Beautiful and east coast hospitality we will never forget). Lastly, we will never forget the group poutine party!
- Ireland, Scotland and England, June, 2016
This memorable tour started off with a performance in the acoustically rich St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. After a workshop at Kings College and taking in the sites of Dublin (Book of Kells, Guinness Factory, Viking Museum) NVYS was off to explore the beauty of Edinburgh, Scotland complete with a private Ceiligh (traditional Scottish square dance) with live band just off the Royal Mile. Performance #2 was in the charming walled city of York at the University of York. The tour came to close in the Big Smoke with a side trip to Oxford. Musicians explored the history of London and completed the two week tour with a performance at St. John's Smith Square with the Thames Youth Symphony. Wow!
- New York City, June, 2014
NVYS enjoyed an unforgettable tour of the Big Apple, which included a “Young Composers Workshop,” hosted by the New York Philharmonic, sitting in on a closed rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic and performances at the Central Park Band Shell and legendary Carnegie Hall.
- Eastern Europe, June, 2012
NVYS toured key sites in the rich story of classical music including Prague, Czech Republic and Vienna, Austria.
- Los Angeles, June, 2010
NVYS performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, winning top honors in the Los Angeles International Music Festival.
- New York City, June, 2008
NVYS toured the city and performed at Carnegie Hall