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Young People’s Concert: World's Fair

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Young Peoples Concerts
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $12.00 - $38.00
Sat, May, 25, 2013
2:00 PM
"World's Fair" — which concludes Music with an Accent, this season's series that examines how composers express various cultures through the orchestra — will explore festive music from around the world, and the stories behind it.

Listen to the World's Fair podcast (mp3) | View TuneUp Notes (pdf)

The 2014-15 Season

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Candide Overture

In 1953 Lillian Hellman told Leonard Bernstein (1918–90) that she thought they should set Voltaire’s Candide as a musical — Hellman saw parallels between the 1758 satirical novella and the witch hunt being waged at the time by the House Un-American Activities Committee. She adapted the text (working first with lyricist John LaTouche and then Richard Wilbur), Bernstein wrote the music, and the work opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in December 1956. It closed in February, but was revised and revived several times over the next few decades. In spite of its rough start, the music ultimately achieved cult status, and the Candide Overture is a popular staple in the New York Philharmonic’s repertoire: Bernstein himself conducted the Orchestra’s first performance of the Overture in 1957 at Carnegie Hall; Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione led the most recent presentation during a May 2013 Young People’s Concert.

La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks

Hoe Down from Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Selections from Scheherazade

Selections from Petrushka




Case Scaglione

American conductor Case Scaglione began his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic in September 2011, the same year he received the Conductor’s Prize by the Solti Foundation U.S. He made his Philharmonic subscription debut in November 2012, stepping in to lead the opening work on a concert otherwise conducted by Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur, and in May–June 2013 he led the Orchestra in two works on a program also conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. He has also conducted seven New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts. In September 2014 he was elevated to Associate Conductor, a position revived for him by Alan Gilbert. This season Mr. Scaglione makes debuts with the Lucerne and Dallas Symphony Orchestras and the Rochester Philharmonic, and returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He made his professional conducting debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2010 after being awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize the same year. Since then, he has appeared as a guest conductor with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the St. Louis, Baltimore, Houston, Colorado, and Jacksonville symphony orchestras, among others. In September 2013 he assisted Andrew Davis on a production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Scaglione is a regular visitor to China, where he has given concerts with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras and China Philharmonic. Last season he conducted Bach’s Mass in B minor with Madrid’s Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia. Mr. Scaglione was music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles from 2008 to 2011, when he was the driving force behind the continued artistic growth and diversification of the organization and founded 360° Music, which took that orchestra to inner-city schools. His programs ranged from Wagner to Ligeti and included the orchestra’s first staged opera in almost 60 years as well as the Los Angeles Premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. Case Scaglione was a student of David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he won the James Conlon Prize, and was assistant conductor of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2011 Mr. Scaglione was one of three conducting Fellows at Tanglewood, chosen by James Levine and Stefan Asbury. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his post-graduate studies were spent at the Peabody Institute, studying with Gustav Meier.

Learn more about Case Scaglione



Paul Rissmann is a composer, presenter, and music educator working with orchestras and ensembles throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. He currently holds the position of Animateur for the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Children’s Composer-in-Residence for Music in the Round and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His commissions range from electronic music for Microsoft to orchestral music for the LSO. His interactive composition Bamboozled for orchestra and audience has been performed by more than 45,000 people, from Daytona Beach, Florida, to Melbourne, Australia, and was performed at the Olympic Torch relay in the U.K. in 2012. Mr. Rissmann recently won a 10th Anniversary British Composer’s Award (BASCA) for his composition The Chimpanzees of Happytown. His music education projects have received awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Royal Television Society. He devises and presents orchestral concerts for many leading orchestras in Europe, the United States, Australia, and the Middle East. Recent engagements have included concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic in Abu Dhabi, Valery Gergiev and the LSO in Trafalgar Square, and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. In his native Scotland, Mr. Rissmann guest presents for BBC Radio and directs Naked Classics, a critically acclaimed series of music discovery concerts for adults by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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Special Thanks

Major support provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Additional support from The Theodore H. Barth Foundation and the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust.

MetLife Foundation is the Lead Corporate Underwriter for the New York Philharmonic's Education Programs.


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