Interlochen Arts Academy: Young Americans

The New York Philharmonic

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Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra: Young Americans


David Geffen Hall

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Jun, 2016

Sunday, 3:00 PM

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martiniPlay Date with composers and performers after concert at Bar Biennial in David Geffen Hall lobby.

The country's top young musicians and dancers interpret the country's top young composers in Interlochen's Young Americans. Featuring music by "the hottest composer on the planet" (The Daily Telegraph) Nico Muhly — with dancers — plus music by a Pulitzer Prize winner and a premiere by a Naumberg Prize winner.

Co-Presented by the New York Philharmonic and Interlochen Center for the Arts


Jennifer Higdon

Machine (New York Premiere)


Nico Muhly

So Far So Good (New York Premiere)


Hannah Lash

Chaconnes (World Premiere)


Ashley Fure

Bound to the Bow (World Premiere)


Christopher Rountree


Christopher Rountree



Christopher Rountree is the founder, conductor and creative director of the L.A. chamber orchestra wild Up. Formed in 2010, the group creates visceral, provocative experiences that are unmoored from classical traditions. In 2016 Mr. Rountree makes his Chicago Symphony, LA Opera, and Atlanta Opera debuts, and returns to the Music Academy of the West and the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series. He and wild Up join violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner at the Laguna Beach Music Festival, and he conducts Diavolo’s new show L’Espace du Temps: Glass, Adams, and Salonen. As a composer, his recent premieres and commissions include a piece for Jennifer Koh’s Shared Madness program, also part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, as well as a new piece for The Crossing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a re-orchestration of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Foreign Bodies, and a choral work for Bjork’s choir Graduale Nobili in Reykjavik, Iceland. Last year, Christopher Rountree founded an education intensive with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, continued an education partnership at the Colburn School, and taught “Creativity and Consciousness” at Bard College’s Longy School. He joined the production company Chromatic, conducted Opera Omaha performing John Adams’s A Flowering Tree, made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series, and started a three-year stint as guest conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Christopher Rountree has also curated and created events for contemporary art institutions including the Getty Museum, MCA Denver, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and UCLA’s Hammer Museum.

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Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra is comprised of high-school aged musicians attending Interlochen Arts Academy. The Academy Orchestra reads and rehearses numerous works in regular daily sessions, and presents approximately eight major concerts each year on the Interlochen campus. Students frequently collaborate with renowned guest artists and conductors, performing major works of the symphonic repertoire, concerti and new music. The Academy Orchestra also performs with choir and other ensembles, and is the resident orchestra for Interlochen’s annual ballet production. Recent repertoire has included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7; selections from Janáček’s Sinfonietta; Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite; Ives’s The Unanswered Question; Mendelssohn’s Hebrides; Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1; Debussy’s Clair du Lune and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. The Academy Orchestra is led by interim conductor Ara Sarkissian.

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Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company

Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company

The Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Division is a pre-professional training program for high school students based on the foundations of classical ballet technique. The program encourages versatility through training in classical ballet and various other dance forms such as modern, jazz, and character dance. Along with a rigorous academic curriculum, collaborations with other arts disciplines, and live musical accompaniment, the Dance Division provides students with a robust learning environment and cross-disciplinary education. Three fully produced dance performances, including a full-length narrative ballet, are presented each year to the surrounding community at Interlochen’s 1000-seat Corson Auditorium. This year alone the Academy has performed works by renowned choreographers Mark Morris and Paul Taylor. 

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Christopher Williams


Christopher Williams



Christopher Williams is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer devoted to creating new movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999. His work has been presented in New York City venues including City Center, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Dance New Amsterdam, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Galapagos Art Space, BRIC Studio, HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama Experimental Theater Club, Dixon Place, One Arm Red, The John Ryan Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Solar One, The Mulberry Street Theater, Judson Church, in the Late Night Cabaret of the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, and via American Opera Projects in OPERA America’s New Works Forum. He has been commissioned by the Interlochen Center for the Arts, 10 Hairy Legs, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Center, Harkness Repertory Ensemble, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Bates Dance Festival, and the Dream Music Puppetry Program, and has set original works on students at Princeton University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and Dickinson College. He has collaborated with opera director Peter Sellars; composers Gregory Spears, Robert Een, Peter Kirn, David Griffin, and Ivan Jiménez, costume designers Andrew Jordan, Ciera Wells, and Carol Binion; lighting designer Joe Levasseur; visual artist Rosario López; choreographer Kindra Windish; puppeteer and set designer Tom Lee; and with Ensemble Pygmalion, The New York Consort of Viols, the Sebastian Chamber Players, and members of Anonymous 4 and Lionheart. Christopher Williams received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award in 2005 for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins and an impromptu Ishmael Houston-Jones “Messie” Award for his work The Golden Legend, which was listed among the 10 best dance performances of 2009 by The New Yorker.

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Special Thanks

Major support for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and The Francis Goelet Fund.

Additional funding is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation and Honey M. Kurtz.


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