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New Carnegie Hall Youth Orchestra to Hit Purchase

PURCHASE, N.Y. - A new Carnegie Hall national youth orchestra is on its way and is expected to make its first stop at Purchase in the summer of 2013.

Carnegie Hall will assemble the musical group with the country's top-200 student performers between the ages of 16 and 19. An international performance schedule will begin at Purchase for a two-week training schedule before making its way through Washington, DC, England and Russia.

Students selected for the orchestra will live at SUNY Purchase during their training schedule, which will begin in the summer of 2013. The training will be capped off by a performance at the school's Performing Arts Center.

Mariinsky Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director Valery Gergiev will conduct the youth orchestra's concerts in 2013. He will be the first for the new group, which will feature a new director each year.

Gergiev told The New York Times that his lengthy experience working with young musicians will be of great assistance in his new role with the national orchestra.

The group will not perform inside Carnegie Hall until 2014, however, due to construction at the venue, The New York Times reported.

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