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Joshua Bell performs with the NYO-USA from Washington to Russia

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If you want to fill the seats of your concert hall with young people, put young people on stage. The National Youth Orchestra of the United States, musicians ages 16 to 19, played the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for the first time Saturday night, and the hall was overrun with families, friends, fellow members of the region's youth orchestras and aspirants.

The NYO-USA, spearheaded by Carnegie Hall, is starting with a bang. It's good news that Carnegie Hall is putting a lot of money into an outlet for talented young musicians. Money and prestige; the inaugural tour goes from Washington to London and Russia with conductor Valery Gergiev and violin soloist Joshua Bell. The kids - garbed in fire-engine red pants - are audibly thrilled. On Saturday, the orchestra, 120 members strong, presented the sonic equivalent of a Labrador, leaping out into the hall with infectious, woofy, enormous energy. READ THE FULL STORY