Joseph Conyers

A new education program in Philadelphia is creating unique opportunities for aspiring classical music students from diverse backgrounds, with the ultimate goal of bridging cultural gaps in the classical music industry. It was born of an uncommon level of cooperation, in a city that has an abundance of fine programs for budding classical musicians.

Philadelphia can expect symphonic fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend when the Kimmel Center hosts the first performance by the National Youth Orchestra 2 on Saturday. NYO2 was formed by Carnegie Hall’s educational arm and is coached by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. But catching any of the musicians between classes and rehearsals wasn’t easy for the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns.

Music for double-bass and orchestra and a Schubert Symphony are on the program for this month's broadcast concert by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  Guest Conductor Michael Stern, Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony (and son of violin great Isaac Stern) leads a program that features Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Principal Double-bassist Joseph Conyers in one of the virtuoso concertos by 19th century bassist Giovanni Bottesini.  Sunday, Feb. 17, 5 to 6 pm.

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