New York Tour

In 2015, its 30th anniversary year, the Hessen State Youth Jazz Orchestra together with its Vocal Group goes to New York! Big Apple, here we come!

The main goal of the tour in the world’s center of jazz was a cultural exchange program featuring the Hessen State Youth Jazz Orchestra and students of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY). Principal features were workshops, a joint concert with the college big-band as well as performances in the German Consulate General and famous New York jazz clubs.

Under the leadership of Wolfgang Diefenbach — conductor and vocal coach —, and the faculty of the College, the young musicians and singers gathered valuable experience by collaborating with American artists in music workshop sessions. The concert performances and jam sessions, in addition to the intensive collaboration with American musicians, continued the valuable artistic dialog with jazz musicians and singers at the international level.

Some of the world’s most famous jazz clubs are in New York. But above all it is the small, innovative clubs that are increasing in significance; it was here that the Hessen State Youth Jazz Orchestra went on-stage in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

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Monday, 14th September 2015, 6 p.m., Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, 871 United Nations Plz., New York, NY 10017.

Tuesday, 15th September 2015, 7 p.m., concert in the ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Wednesday, 16th September 2015, 7 p.m., concert in Flushing Town Hall, 13715 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354.

Thursday, 17th September 2015, concert in the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, 6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367.

The tour is financially supported by the Goethe-Institut and the German Foreign Office as well as the Hessen State Ministry for Science and Art.

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