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New York Philharmonic Launches Young People’s Concerts Play!

New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

The New York Philharmonic is bringing its famed Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) into the 21st century and around the world. Today we announced the launch of Young People’s Concerts Play!, a new online learning platform making YPCs available for on-demand streaming, enhanced by interactive lessons. Check out the first releases — YPCs focusing on Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — for free at nyphil.org/ypcplay.

Coming up in the spring of 2017: a YPC focusing on Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, recorded from YPCs for Schools performances taking place in January 2017. The program is part of The New World Initiative, the Philharmonic’s season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its theme of “home” on the occasion of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season.

Young People’s Concerts Play! also features composition games designed by New York University’s MusEdWorks, Inc.; teaching videos about themes of the central musical works; and “Build Your Own Orchestra,” an interactive audio-visual experience created by Musicjelly and commissioned in partnership with London’s Barbican Centre that allows students to explore and deconstruct an orchestral piece with Philharmonic players. Philharmonic Teaching Artists will visit schools in underserved neighborhoods to demonstrate the platform in-person.

Young People’s Concerts Play! continues the Philharmonic’s tradition of sharing YPCs as widely as possible. The Philharmonic presented its first of the current YPC series in 1924, and the series was televised from 1958 to 1972, conducted and hosted by Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Check out The New York Times story here.

(Photo: Michael DiVito)

PHOTOS: Shanghai Residency Concludes

That's a wrap. The New York Philharmonic has completed its first annual performance residency as part of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by the Starr International Foundation). The eight days of concerts and coachings included the first-ever Young People’s Concert in China — in which the Orchestra’s ranks included Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and which featured music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City, a Bernstein triptych, and the Chinese premiere of a work by Philharmonic Board Member Karen T. LeFrak with a dynamic video by NYC & Company. The residency and partnership is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

Harmony All Stars Ensemble Start Philharmonic Mentorship

Harmony Project All Stars New York Philharmonic

The inaugural Harmony All Stars Ensemble — nine middle- and high-school students from low-income neighborhoods in New York City selected by audition — have begun their 11-day mentorship with New York Philharmonic musicians!

Six of the All Stars attended Saturday's Young People's Concert, the first Music Director Alan Gilbert has conducted. The orchestra was dressed in their section-specific outfits provided by Uniqlo, sponsor of this season's Young People's Concerts.

Alan Gilbert New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert

Afterward, the All Stars got to meet Alan and their Philharmonic mentors. In the photo at top, the All Stars pose with Alan, violinist Hae-Young Ham (center right), violinist Anna Rabinova (center left), Vice President, Education Theodore Wiprud (back right), Harmony Program Executive Director Anne Fitzgibbon (left), and Bass Trombone George Curran (back left).

That's just the beginning. Starting Thursday, the All Stars will attend a Philharmonic rehearsal, have an intensive day of coaching and rehearsal, and perform with their Philharmonic mentors at a free public concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on May 20. See you there!

(Photos: Michael DiVito)

PHOTOS: London

Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic presented their signature projects in London during the Orchestra's second residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Just a few highlights: a genre-bending staging of Stravinksy's Petrushka at a Young People's Concert, an interactive installation allowing kids to digitally "conduct" the Philharmonic, a new-music concert, and a critically acclaimed performance with Joyce DiDonato. 

Coming to the Concert Saturday? Bring a Coat for the Clothing Drive with UNIQLO

UNIQLO NY Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Ludwig van Brrthoven, earlier

This Saturday, come in from the cold and enjoy the Young People's Concert with the young people in your life. Titled Super Sonic Music Box: “Orchestra Transformed,” the concert features the Silk Road Ensemble, who, with the Philharmonic, will celebrate influences and instruments from different cultures.

You'll hear a gaita, a Galician (Spain) bagpipe instrument, and a suona, a Chinese wind instrument, and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Kojiro Umezaki and Sapo Perapaskero. 

We invite you to bring an old winter coat or other gently used clothes and drop them in one of the bins around Avery Fisher Hall. Volunteers from UNIQLO, which sponsors this season's Young People's Concerts and is dressing the Orchestra for them, will distribute them at New York City Homeless Shelters. 

The concert's at 2:00 p.m., but be sure to come at 1:00 for YPC Overtures, a mix of fun musical activities throughout the hall. Follow the first link above for info, a podcast, and TuneUp educational program notes.

(Photo: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)

UNIQLO To Dress Orchestra for Young People's Concerts — Match Colors with Your Favorite Section!

UNIQLO NY Philharmonic

Starting Saturday, UNIQLO will dress the Orchestra for Young People's Concerts (YPCs). Strings will be dressed in red or pink; brass in blue; woodwinds in green; percussion in orange; and the harp and keyboard in light blue. Children are invited to come dressed in the color of their favorite section!

In addition, UNIQLO and the New York Philharmonic are conducting a clothing drive for New York City homeless shelters during this season's YPCs in Avery Fisher Hall. Please bring gently used clothing and place them in the bins located on the Grand Promenade. UNIQLO and the Philharmonic have also donated 50 tickets for Saturday's YPC to the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

Arrive early for YPC Overtures, new features that let you engage with the Orchestra — in person, through live performance, and on-screen:

1:00–1:30 PM: Orchestra Meet and Greet on the Grand Promenade

1:00–1:45 PM: Storytime in the Helen Huntigton Hull Room, 2nd Tier (recommended for children ages 7 and under)

1:10–1:30 PM: Very Young Composers Showcase in the hall

1:30–2:00 PM: YPC Countdown in the hall

Click here for info plus a podcast and TuneUp! learning materials that you can enjoy whether or not you can join us Saturday.

PHOTOS: Philharmonic Teaching Artists Begin Season at Fall Retreat

The Philharmonic’s Teaching Artist Faculty recently kicked off its 21st season with their annual Fall Retreat at the Bronx’s beautiful and inspiring New York Botanical Garden

This group of talented musicians and high-level educators, who serve the Philharmonic Schools and Very Young Composers programs, gathered on September 17 & 18 for a series of professional-development workshops that tackled both musical and educational topics. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding gardens, the faculty made creative connections between nature and their work in the schools. 

Their work also focused on this year’s theme, Intrinsic Motivation, exploring Daniel Pink’s three essential elements of intrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose (discussed in his book Drive) and Carol Dweck’s research on how fixed versus growth mindsets impact learning. 

Thus armed, our Teaching Artist Faculty swings into high gear spreading their new insights and renewed energy across New York City’s five boroughs to their 200 partner teachers and 5,000 students.

Below: The New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty gathers for its annual Fall Retreat, this year at the New York Botanical Garden.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: Teaching Artists Andrew Roitstein (left) and Erin Wight (right) compose a short piece as part of a workshop that will help them better understand how Mendelssohn uses repetition in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the focus of this year’s Young People’s Concert™ for Schools.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: Teaching artists and apprentices (from left clockwise: Jihea Hong-Park, Justin Hines, Amanda Hudson, Stephen Dunn, Paul Murphy, and Katie Kresek) explore the links between mastery and intrinsic motivation.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Below: The New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Faculty gains new understanding on the topic of intrinsic motivation as they lead and participate in a series of mini-workshops in different gardens throughout the New York Botanical Garden grounds.

NY Philharmonic Teaching Artists Fall Retreat

Just Released: Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts Volume 2

Young Person's Concerts Vol 2 

Volume 2 of the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts with Leonard Bernstein — featuring 27 digitally restored videos of the landmark televised concerts on nine DVDs — is now available for purchase through the New York Philharmonic's e-store, Amazon, and other major retailers. Our e-store has a lot of other good things, so check it out for holiday shopping.

This is the first release of Young People's Concerts in more than 20 years, following Volume 1 in 1993; the entire series of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts is now available on DVD.

The concerts featured in the set, released by Kultur International Films, took place between 1960–72 and cover a broad range of musical topics and composers including Copland, Ives, Bach, Liszt, Strauss, and more. The new set also features nine Young Performers programs with a young André Watts, Paula Robison, and Lynn Harrell, among others.

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