Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

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June 2024

The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is one of the best youth orchestras in North America.
The orchestra is celebrated worldwide for its performances in important concert halls such as the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the KKL Lucerne, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Carnegie Hall in New York. On its European tour in 2024, the orchestra will now perform at the Vienna Musikverein together with its founder Maestro Benjamin Zander and the up-and-coming cellist Zlatomir Fung.

24-year-old Zlatomir Fung is a winner of numerous international competitions. For example, he is currently considered the youngest cellist to ever win first prize at the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition. As a soloist he has already played with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester National de Lille and BBC Philharmonic, among others.

Maestro Benjamin Zander was born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, in 1939 as the son of Jewish émigrés and received cello and composition lessons since childhood. At the age of 12 he began studying composition with Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst, the daughter of Gustav Holst. A few years later he was taught by the famous Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassadó in Florence and Cologne for several years and later completed his studies at the University of London.

The 84-year-old maestro Benjamin Zander conducts well-known orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The founding of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in 1978 and the founding of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2012 were two of his countless outstanding biographical moments. Benjamin Zander is known for his unique and impressive interpretations. The New York Times named his recording of Stravinsky's "Le sacre du printemps" with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra as one of the 10 most important musical events of 1992. Benjamin Zander is also in great demand internationally as a speaker and has appeared several times at the World Economic Forum in Davos, among other things. His appearance at the TED Talks has been streamed over 21 million times. His master classes have shaped generations, have been published on YouTube by the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015 and are often streamed hundreds of thousands of times.

Yo Yo Ma describes the maestro's impressive artistic personality in one sentence: "All of his life, Ben Zander has been an engine for inspiration."

Program and cast

Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Benjamin Zander, conductor
Zlatomir Fung, cello



Concerto for cello and orchestra in A minor, op. 129

- Break -


Symphony No. 5

Ends approximately 9:40 p.m

Musikverein Golden Hall

This building is located on Dumbastraße/Bösendorferstraße behind the Hotel Imperial near the Ringstraße boulevard and the Wien River, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, since Bösendorferstraße is a relatively small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). It was erected as the new concert hall run by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land provided by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1863. The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall as well as a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January, 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

Great Hall - Golden Hall

“As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” This was the reaction of the press to the opening of the new Musikverein building and the first concert in the Großer Musikvereinssaal on 6 January 1870.

The impression must have been overwhelming – so overwhelming that Vienna’s leading critic, Eduard Hanslick, irritatingly brought up the question of whether this Großer Musikvereinssaal “was not too sparkling and magnificent for a concert hall”. “From all sides spring gold and colours.”






Brahms Hall

"In order not to promise too much it can be said that it has been made into the most beautiful, most magnificent, perfect example of a chamber concert hall that any of us knows in the world.” This was the reaction of a Vienna daily newspaper in October 1993 as the Brahms-Saal was presented to the public after extensive renovation work.

The surprise was perfect. It was a completely new hall. In contrast to the Grosse Musikvereinssaal, the Brahms-Saal had changed its appearance quite considerably over the years. When and how it acquired that slightly melancholy duskiness that was known to music lovers before 1993 cannot be precisely documented.




Glass Hall

As a venue for events from concerts to luxury banquets, the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is not only the largest of the Musikverein's 4 new halls but also the most flexible in terms of usage.

Hub podiums enable the smooth transformation of the concert hall into a conference centre, the cinema into a ballroom, or the stage into a catwalk. State-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and widescreen digital projection provide the ideal conditions for half-scenic productions.
The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer. With a height of 8 metres, the hall (including the gallery) can play host to up to 380 visitors.

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