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WATCH: Tulips by a 'Swan Lake'

After seven concerts over seven days, and almost halfway through the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, made possible by Exclusive Tour Sponsor Credit Suisse, Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young and violist Kenneth Mirkin spend a few hours visiting Keukenhof, one of the largest gardens in Europe, southwest of Amsterdam. The music: Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, one of the tour encores. (Video: Chris Lee)

[Insert Bow Hair Joke]: Vail Twitpic Becomes WQXR Photo of the Day

Yesterday a twitpic (a photo posted on Twitter) by violinist Sharon Yamada of three Orchestra members horsing around on an off day in Vail has gone viral. It is everywhere.

Well, not by mass pop-culture standards. But the tweet was favorited and retweeted quite a bit, and WQXR made it their Photo of the Day.

"Spotted near Vail, Colorado: New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt rehearse on horseback," the WQXR story began. It closed with an interesting riff on "another famous fiddler with a love of horses: Eugene Fodor Jr., the flamboyant virtuoso who was dubbed the 'cowboy violinist" during the 1970s and '80s.'" Follow the link for the whole story.

Forever Becky Young

Becky Young and Bernstein

Before she became the Philharmonic's Associate Principal Viola, before she became host of the Very Young People's Concerts, Rebecca Young hobnobbed with Leonard Bernstein at a Young People's Concert back when she was a young person herself.

As host of the VYPCs, Becky says she gets to "run around the stage in a fun and lively way, engaging our youngest concert-goers as we introduce them to classical music."

Photo courtesy of the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.

Future Wave

A Dancer's Dream

"And it was delightful to see the skilled members of the Philharmonic so eagerly embracing the chance to act, stomp and ham it up. At one point in ‘Petrushka,’ the violist Rebecca Young did a little Russian dance, juggling colored handkerchiefs and twirling about exuberantly. Is this the future of the American orchestra? Let’s hope so."

— The New York Times reviews the New York Philharmonic’s production of A Dancer's Dream.

Photo by Chris Lee

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