Tonia Ko’s ‘Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide’

Tonia Ko’s ‘Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide’

A listener might assume that a new symphony called “Strange Sounds and Explosions Worldwide” would depict perilous global situations. But the title of Tonia Ko’s new symphony alludes to fireworks and other joyful events, as well as natural ones like erupting volcanoes.

In its premiere on Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Ko’s piece was performed by the New York Youth Symphony, which offers tuition-free training and performance opportunities to musicians ages 12 to 22. The ensemble, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, has a strong composition program and has awarded commissions to 139 composers age 30 and under since 1984 through its First Music project.

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