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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, and subsequently made his subscription debut with the Orchestra in November 2012, stepping in for Kurt Masur. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the orchestras of Cleveland, St. Louis, Baltimore, Houston, and Jacksonville, and others. In September 2013 he assisted Sir Andrew Davis on R. Strauss’s Elektra at Chicago’s Lyric Opera.

During the 2013–14 season Mr. Scaglione makes debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Colorado and Santa Fe Symphonies, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, in addition to return appearances with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Las Vegas Philharmonic. 

Following successful engagements in the summer of 2013 with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, and Shanghai Symphony, Mr. Scaglione returns to China this season to conduct both the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He will also travel to Madrid to conduct Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia.

Mr. Scaglione was music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles from 2008 to 2011, in addition to founding its 360° Music, an educational outreach program that brought the orchestra to inner-city schools.  His programming spanned works from Ligeti to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde — the orchestra’s first staged opera in nearly 60 years — to the Los Angeles premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony.

In 2011 Mr. Scaglione was the recipient of the Conductor’s Prize from the Solti Foundation U.S. — an honor that has been awarded only three times in the foundation’s history. He was a student of David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, where he won the James Conlon Prize and, in 2010, the Aspen Conducting Prize. Mr. Scaglione subsequently served as assistant conductor of the Aspen Music Festival and School, leading a wide range of performances and serving as a cover conductor for all orchestral concerts. He was one of three Conducting Fellows at Tanglewood in 2011, chosen by James Levine and Stefan Asbury.

Mr. Scaglione, a Texas native, received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His postgraduate studies were spent at the Peabody Institute, where he studied 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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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.

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