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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:01 pm

The Herricks High School chamber choir will return to  Carnegie Hall on Saturday night with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Long Island Youth Chorale in a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmine Burana.” 

Herricks instrumentalists will be part of the Metropolitan Principal Youth Orchestra of Nassau and Suffolk Counties accompanying the choir, which will also include members of the Glen Cove and Malverne High School choirs.

“It’s one of the hallmark choral works of the of the last century,” said Scott Stickley, the veteran Herricks music teacher who will conduct the large ensemble.

He said the performance will include 300 vocalists and 100 musicians. 

The MYO Principal Orchestras will also join with the Nassau Symphony Orchestra to perform Tschaikowsky’s Overture to “1812,” “Mars & Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, and Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” to “West Side Story.”

The concert will also feature a performance by the 2012 MYO Concerto Competition winner, 15-year-old violinist Madeleine Vaillancourt of Setauket.  Madeleine will perform the second and third movement of Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in e minor.” 

The Carnegie Hall performance will take place at 8 p.m. on May 19.

The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York was founded in 1993 and now has seven hundred members in its seven orchestras and four choirs.  Members hail from over 100 different towns in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and New York City.  The ensembles perform at various venues throughout Long Island, this year including Staller Center, Tilles Center, Adelphi University and Carnegie Hall. 

On Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m., The Long Island-based Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York will present three of its top orchestras and the Long Island Youth Chorale in concert at Carnegie Hall. 

MYO commissions have included composers such as Gerald Custer, Jay Greenberg, Herbert Deutsch, Paul Moravec, Nick Page, and Carl Strommen. Members of the MYO form a touring orchestra which travels during July and has performing throughout central and eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and China.

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