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Very Young People's Concert
Philharmonic Families: Woodwinds

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Very Young People's Concert
Location: Merkin Concert Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $21.00 - $26.00

Concert Duration

1 hour
Sun, Jan, 6, 2013
12:30 PM
Sun, Jan, 6, 2013
3:00 PM
Mon, Jan, 7, 2013
10:30 AM
The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)

Les Toréadors from Carmen Suite No. 1

Theme and Variations from Movement III of Wind Quintet



Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young joined the New York Philharmonic in 1986 as its youngest member. In 1991 she won the position of Associate Principal Viola. Two months later she was named principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After spending the 1992–93 season in Boston and two summers at Tanglewood, she ultimately decided to return to her family in New York, resuming her Associate Principal position with the Philharmonic in September 1994. She can currently be seen leading the viola section of the All-Star Orchestra, a popular televised educational series about classical music.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Young has performed with many renowned groups, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She can be heard in a recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Pamela Frank, and bass player Edgar Meyer on the Sony Classical label.

In the spring of 1999 Ms. Young joined Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps in the World Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: Music for Two Solo Violas and Symphony Orchestra with the Philharmonic. The work was commissioned for them by Tomoko Masur, wife of Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur and herself a former violist. The two performed it at Avery Fisher Hall, in Washington, D.C., and again during the Orchestra’s subsequent tour of the Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal, as well as the Europe 2000 Tour, and again in April 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall. Ms. Young is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Ms. Young was first introduced to music at the age of two when her parents took her to the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts led by Leonard Bernstein. Today, she is the host of the Philharmonic’s popular Very Young Peoples Concerts, intimate chamber music concerts where she has tap-danced, played drums, ridden a scooter around the stage, and even sung Gilbert & Sullivan. Her philosophy is less to educate than, as she puts it, “to make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

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Writer and Narrator

Dorian Rence — violist and, for the Philharmonic's Very Young People's Concerts, narrator and author — is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Max Aronoff and Joseph De Pasquale. At the completion of her studies, in 1976, she joined the New York Philharmonic. She has been a participant at the Marlboro, Arcady, and Marland music festivals. Ms. Rence has performed extensively as a chamber musician, playing regularly with the Philharmonic Ensembles and the Hofstra Quartet. She has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma City Symphony, Curtis Institute of Music Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony, Endymion Ensemble, and North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She has narrated and written for all of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concerts.



Marion Schoevaert is a French theater director who has translated and directed many works by French contemporary writers for performance in New York City. She also designed illustrations for Androcles and the Lion, at Avery Fisher Hall for a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert, as well as Tortoise and the Hare, Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Debussy’s String Quartet, Vivaldi’s The Seasons, Ravel String Quartet, and The Fox and the Sparrow, all for the Very Young People’s Concerts at Merkin Concert Hall. She is a founding member of In Parentheses Theater Company, based in New York, and a member of Nore Nori Kids Concert and Wuturi Company in Seoul, South Korea.



Mindy Kaufman

Solo piccolo and flutist Mindy Kaufman joined the New York Philharmonic in 1979 at the age of 22, after performing for three seasons with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Kaufman received a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and at age 19 won her first professional audition, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Kaufman has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel. For one season she substituted as principal flute with the Milwaukee Symphony, and recorded a number of works by Dvořák and Kodály, conducted by Zdenek Macal.

Mindy Kaufman has previously performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival and taught at Columbia University. She recorded Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto with the Metropolis Ensemble, which was released in 2009 by Naxos, and in August 2011, she released a CD titled French Flute Music. Ms. Kaufman was a featured artist at the Japan Flute Convention in August 2011. She has performed on more than 40 film sound tracks.

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Sherry Sylar

Associate Principal Oboe Sherry Sylar joined the New York Philharmonic in 1984. Previously she performed with the Louisville Orchestra and taught at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She was among the select group of Philharmonic musicians who joined the orchestra that Leonard Bernstein conducted in the historic Freedom Concert at the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 2001 the Boston Symphony Orchestra invited her to perform solo principal oboe in tour performances led by Bernard Haitink, which concluded with a concert at Carnegie Hall, and in 2003 she substituted for an ailing principal oboist for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France’s Carnegie Hall debut conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. She was also invited to China as a judge in the Beijing National Orchestra’s first-ever auditions. Also the oboe d’amore player for the New York Philharmonic, her featured solos on that instrument during the Orchestra’s Bach festival in March 2013 were praised in The New York Times.

Ms. Sylar earned her bachelor’s degree in music at Indiana University and her master’s degree from Northwestern University. She gives master classes internationally, has participated in the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, and performs chamber music regularly, including at Merkin Concert Hall and the 92nd Street Y. She is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music.

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Roger Nye

Bassoonist Roger Nye joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2005 after serving as the second bassoonist of the Omaha Symphony for 11 seasons. Raised in Michigan, he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for the last two years of high school, where he studied with Robert Barris, now bassoon instructor at Northwestern University. Mr. Nye earned his bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of K. David Van Hoesen; he continued his studies at the USC School of Music, where he received his master’s in bassoon performance with Norman Herzberg, son-in-law and student of former New York Philharmonic second bassoonist Simon Kovar.

While a student at the Eastman School he participated in two important recording projects. The first: playing contrabassoon on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s recording of cornet solos with Wynton Marsalis; the second, playing contrabassoon on the Eastman Philharmonia’s recording, with flutist Sir James Galway, of the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy. Other recordings of note include the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Stravinsky’s complete Firebird (as principal bassoon) with Edo De Waart conducting. Mr. Nye moved to Sydney, Australia, with his wife, oboist Caroline Park, in 1997, after winning the position of principal bassoon there. He has also served as principal bassoon of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the South Dakota Symphony.

In summer, Mr. Nye has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, where he was soloist with violinist Joseph Silverstein in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante, and at the Peninsula Music Festival, Door County, Wisconsin, where he served as both principal and solo bassoon. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Caroline, and their son, Zeke.

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img Howard Wall, a native of Pittsburgh, joined the horn section of the New York Philharmonic in 1994, after having been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for almost 20 years. He is also a former member of both the Phoenix and Denver Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Wall has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in New York (1995, 2001, and 2007) as well as on Philharmonic tours in Europe (1996) and South America (2001). He appears regularly at the New York Chamber Music Festival, and performs with the Delphinium Trio. He can be heard on the CD Take 9, featuring the New York Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet, as well as on Principal Horn Philip Myers’s New York Legends CD. In 2012 Mr. Wall recorded David Amram’s Blues and Variations for Monk for Solo Horn, and in 2013 he recorded Poulenc’s Elégie for Horn and Piano with French pianist Pascal Rogé. Howard Wall began the horn at age ten and earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19 performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns; he most recently performed the same work again at Carnegie Hall in 2012.

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