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Free Concert Showcases World Premieres by Very Young Composers of Fukushima and New York

New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers of Fukushima and New York 

On Saturday we proudly presented a free concert featuring young composers wrestling not only with melody, form, and instrumentation but also with how music can express feelings about home and recovery from disaster.

The concert, at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, was the culmination of a week of exchange between eight 12–16-year-olds visiting us from Fukushima, Japan — site of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 — and participants in our Very Young Composers program. 

The Fukushima composers created their own variations of the Japanese folk-song “Furusato,” which means “hometown,” in a program based on the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers model. Each variation expressed the composer’s response to the earthquake and its aftermath. New York City participants created their works about their hometown — their feelings about New York City.

The new works were performed for a capacity audience by New York Philharmonic musicians and guest artists alongside the students from Fukushima. At the end came the hard part: saying goodbye to our Japanese guests, most of whom had spent the week living with the families of their New York peers. 

Our 175th Anniversary season, starting in September, will explore the theme of “home” through The New World Initiative, a season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its connection to the theme of “home” through performances, education projects, and community outreach.

(Photo: Michael DiVito)

2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Music Academy of the West Named

New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program

Ten students from Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West have been selected to participate in the third year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2017.

They will travel to New York for a ten-day training program, including rehearsing and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians in Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 for the subscription concerts January 11–14, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Described by Gilbert as “a window into the real life of the orchestral musician,” the Fellowship allows students to learn directly from Philharmonic musicians, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will immerse them in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance.

The lucky ten: Kevin Chen, violin; Minji Choi, cello; Michael Daley, percussion; Kaelan Decman, double bass; Ao Peng, viola; Emily Switzer, violin; Alexander Volkov, violin; Jack Walters, clarinet; Justin Woo, violin; and Hyeree Yu, viola. 2016 Global Academy Fellow Rainer Saville, trumpet, deferred his participation and will be joining the Global Academy in 2017.

Congratulations, and see you in New York!

(Photo: Music Academy of the West)

14th-Annual Bravo! Vail Residency in Photos

The New York Philharmonic spent ten picturesque days performing six concerts in Vail, Colorado, for their 14th-annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail. The six-concert residency featured conductor/raconteur Bramwell Tovey, Chaplin’s City Lights with the score performed live to the film, Music Director Alan Gilbert leading powerhouse soloists including our own Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, violin dynamo Leila Josefowicz, and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens. Plus Philharmonic musicians worked with the Very Young Composers of Vail.

2016 Bravo! Vail Residency Begins

The Philharmonic has headed out West for their 14th-annual residency at Bravo! Vail in scenic Colorado. Check out photos from their first three concerts — with conductors Bramwell Tovey, Timothy Brock, and Juraj Valčuha; soloists Javier Perianes, Jennifer Johnson Cano, and Yefim Bronfman; and music by Massenet, Falla, Charlie Chaplin with a screening of City Lights, Kodály, Liszt, Dvořák, and Ravel. Stay tuned for photos from the full residency.

Photos by Zach Mahone Photography

Global Academy Update

New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Alan Gilbert’s appearance earlier this week at Music Academy of the West — a Philharmonic Global Academy partner — has garnered raves! Gilbert led the Academy Festival Orchestra in a concert featuring works by Berg, Haydn, and Beethoven that was described by the Santa Barbara Independent as “an outstanding program” in which “Gilbert brought these excellent young musicians together in a thoroughly joyous achievement in music making.” 

Earlier this year, nine musicians from Music Academy of the West traveled to New York to participate in the Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship program as part of the second year of the four-year partnership.

Musically excellent, educationally inspiring experiences like these are precisely why the Philharmonic founded the Global Academy. Learn more about it here, and watch out for the return to Santa Barbara by the full Philharmonic next summer, for the 70th Anniversary of Music Academy of the West.

(Photo courtesy of Music Academy of the West)

Alan Gilbert Nominated for Emmy for Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Alan Gilbert Sinatra: Voice for a Century

To quote Ol' Blue Eyes himself, ring-a-ding-ding!

Yesterday Music Director Alan Gilbert was nominated for an Emmy for Best Musical Direction for Sinatra: Voice for a Century, which Live From Lincoln Center presented on PBS on December 18, 2015.

The nomination is the latest recognition of the versatility of Gilbert and the Philharmonic, who perform American popular song, musical theater, and opera with the same commitment to excellence they bring to classical music.

The concert, co-presented with Lincoln Center, took place December 3, 2015. It celebrated the 100th birthday of Sinatra through performances of songs with which he was closely associated. Performing them with the Philharmonic were Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Seth MacFarlane (who also hosted), Bernadette Peters, Sting, and others. 

Watch it now!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Second Annual Shanghai Performance Residency Concludes

Seven thousand miles and one week later, the New York Philharmonic's second annual Shanghai performance residency has come to a triumphant conclusion. The residency is part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by The Starr International Foundation), a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. The week of concerts and coachings wrapped up with violinist Gil Shaham and Philharmonic cellists in the solo spotlight, Chaplin’s City Lights screened with the score performed live, Very Young Composers, a side-by-side rehearsal with Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and seminars, workshops, lessons, and coachings led by Philharmonic musicians and administration.

Second Annual Shanghai Performance Residency Begins

The New York Philharmonic has traveled 7,000 miles for the second annual Shanghai performance residency, July 2–8, part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, presented by The Starr International Foundation and a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. There have been four concerts so far, including two performances with star soloist Daniil Trifonov, a Young People's Concert, and a free outdoor concert by the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet. Philharmonic musicians have also been busy teaching and coaching Shanghai Orchestra Academy students and inspiring Very Young Composers.

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