NY's Carnegie Hall to establish youth orchestra

January 12, 2012 - 12:16 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall is establishing a national youth orchestra.

The New York City music venue made the announcement Wednesday.

It'll be called the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. It will have 120 musicians, ages 16 to 19.

Its first season will be in 2013.

The orchestra will have a two-week residency on the Purchase College campus of the State University of New York.

It will perform there and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., before going on a tour to Moscow, St. Petersburg and London.

Each year, it will tour different cities and have a different conductor.

The first season's conductor will be Valery Gergiev, music director of St. Petersburg's Marinsky Theatre.

The orchestra's first performance at Carnegie Hall will be in summer 2014.