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Young People's Concert: Story and Song

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$13-39

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

14

May, 2016

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Once Upon a Time
Stories, poems, legends, tales of heroes and villains all come to life in music by great composers. Join the New York Philharmonic for a season of drama and whimsy that will inspire a lifelong love of symphonic music.

Story and Song
Music plus words equals song. Add characters and you have opera. Join mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung to hear how songs can bloom with the orchestra, and how characters come to life in opera, with music by Gershwin and Mahler.

Come early to take part in YPC Overtures, at which children meet Philharmonic musicians and try out orchestral instruments on the Grand Promenade and upper tiers of David Geffen Hall, starting at 12:45 p.m.

Read the TuneUp! program.

Program

Rossini

William Tell Overture

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Mahler

Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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Mahler

Selection from Symphony No. 2, Resurrection

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Copland

Selection from Appalachian Spring

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Gershwin

Selections from Porgy and Bess

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Artists

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.

Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is in demand throughout the world, appearing regularly with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, London, and BBC symphony orchestras as well as The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has also performed at the prestigious festivals of Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saito Kinen, Edinburgh, and Lucerne. On the opera stage, Ms. DeYoung has appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Bayreuth Festival, Berlin Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, Theater Basel, and the Tokyo Opera. She has appeared in leading roles in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, and Tristan und Isolde, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Aida, Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust and Les Troyens, as well as Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalilah, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. She created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at The Met. A multi-Grammy Award–winning recording artist, Ms. DeYoung has recorded Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Symphony No. 3, and Das Klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!), and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with both the Chicago Symphony (CSO Resound) and Pittsburgh Symphony (Challenge Records International). Her first solo disc was released on the EMI label. Michelle DeYoung’s recent appearances include her role debut as Herodias in Richard Strauss’s Salome at Opera San Antonio and her house debut at Opera Philadelphia as Eboli in Don Carlos; engagements with the Dallas Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, BBC Symphony, and the Hong Kong and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras; and festival appearances at Aspen, Vail, and Ravinia, as well as serving as artist-in-residence at Wolf Trap. This season she returned to The Met in Tannhäuser, and tours Europe with the Dallas Symphony. She made her New York Philharmonic debut in March 2001, in performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius led by Colin Davis; her most recent appearance was in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, on September 10, 2011 — a performance led by Music Director Alan Gilbert on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

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Stephen Salters

Baritone

Stephen Salters

Baritone

Baritone

Baritone Stephen Salters has performed throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, and the United States. He created the title role in Elena Ruehr’s dance opera Toussaint Before the Spirit s f or Opera Boston. Recent appearances include performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Wagner’s Rienzi and Walton’s The Bear at Boston’s Odyssey Opera. Other highlights include concerts for children in Monaco with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem, written for Mr. Salters by Ysaye Barnwell; the World Premiere of Dan Sonenberg’s The Summer King; the World Premiere of Philippe Fenelon’s Les Rois for Opera National in Bordeaux; Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Orvieto, Italy; Shostakovich’s The Nose; Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Gluck’s Alceste; Mozart’s Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Così fan tutte; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore; Handel’s Alcina and Giulio Cesare; Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci; and Britten’s Peter Grimes at Tanglewood on the 50th anniversary of that work’s U.S. Premiere. Stephen Salters has worked with leading conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Bobby McFerrin, Nicholas McGegan, Keith Lockhart, Ivor Bolton, Will Crutchfield, Leonard Slatkin, Hugh Wolff, Jane Glover, and Julian Wachner. His recordings include Spirit: Are You There? You Are There (released in March 2016) and several World Premiere performances, including William Bolcom’s Billy in the Darbies, written for Mr. Salters and the Lark Quartet, and Elena Ruehr’s Averno and Gospel Cha Cha.

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Theodore Wiprud

Host

Theodore Wiprud

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Ted Wiprud

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Theodore Wiprud, Vice President, Education, The Sue B. Mercy Chair, has overseen the New York Philharmonic’s wide range of in-school programs, educational concerts, adult programs, and online offerings since 2004. He hosts both the School Day Concerts and the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts. Previous to his tenure at the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Wiprud created educational and community-based programs at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the American Composers Orchestra and worked as a teaching artist and resident composer in a number of New York City schools. Earlier, he directed national grant-making programs at Meet the Composer, Inc. An active composer, Mr. Wiprud holds degrees from Harvard and Boston Universities and studied at Cambridge University as a visiting scholar.

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