by Kalin Ivanov
Following a successful Carnegie Hall Debut (December, 2013) with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, NYFO is returning for our enthusiastic fans
On December 26, 2013, the New York Festival Orchestra (NYFO) made a sensational debut at the Carnegie Hall-Stern Auditorium. The performance of the monumental Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, where Maestro Hideaki Hirai conducted entirely from memory, was enthusiastically received with a standing ovation by nearly 3,000 music lovers, who packed the most famous concert hall in the U.S.
It also received rave reviews by critics; which naturally led us to start this organization. We believe that music is the world’s best cultural ambassador which can make human lives ever better.
2015 Season Opening
In 2015, after a year long careful planning, the New York Festival Orchestra is returning to its enthusiastic fans for its inauguration season. The inaugural concert has been planned to take place at the Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufman Music Center on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The program, titled “Mostly Beethoven Festival” will feature
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor” (featuring Ivan Donchev, a young virtuoso pianist and a pupil of Aldo Ciccolini),
Symphony No. 7 in A major by Beethoven
Overture, “The marriage of Figaro” by Mozart.
Any concert of this kind requires a budget to cover all the expenses including venue rental for the concert day, rehearsals, compensations for musicians/staffs, publicity, printings of posters/concert programs, box office, music scores, and other incidentals.
We have so far successfully secured generous private and corporate donations to rent a venue to plan our inaugural concert of 2015 season. However, we are seeking to find the remaining portion of a minimum of $15,000 via generous contributions from Kickstarter backers like you, ticket sales and advertisements in the program booklet to cover the fund needed.
Since we cannot rely on ticket sales or advertisement to secure enough fund in advance to organize a concert, your generous support will be so important to us to make it a successful concert.
The biggest challenge to the Orchestra at this time is to successfully host this upcoming concert (March 5, 2015), on which a firm foundation can be made in various aspects. It will help us secure future financial funding, longer term commitment from musicians and other personnel, solid fan base, and opportunities in area we look forward to exploring.