Film: Breakfast at Tiffany's

The New York Philharmonic

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Film: Breakfast at Tiffany's


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours & 15 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


May, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Breakfast at Tiffany’s becomes even classier when the New York Philharmonic performs Henry Mancini’s Oscar®-winning score — “Moon River” and all — live while the complete, classic New York film is projected on a giant screen. Experience this timeless romantic comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn in one of her most iconic roles.

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This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.



Breakfast at Tiffany’s (score performed live to complete film)


Joshua Gersen

Assistant Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Assistant Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Assistant Conductor

Joshua Gersen, New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor since September 2015, made his acclaimed Philharmonic subscription debut on hours’ notice in February 2017. Mr. Gersen has been music director of the New York Youth Symphony for the past five years, and he was previously the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he served as the assistant conductor to the symphony’s artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas, leading the orchestra in various subscription, education, and family concerts including the orchestra’s PULSE concert series. He made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in the fall of 2013 and has been invited back to conduct a variety of concerts, including a performance in the new SoundBox Theater and filling in for Michael Tilson Thomas on part of a subscription series. The winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize and the 2010 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize, Mr. Gersen served as the festival’s assistant conductor for the 2012 summer season under Robert Spano. He was principal conductor of the Ojai Music Festival in 2013, and has conducted the National, Toronto, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Alabama symphony orchestras and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was also a recipient of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Gersen is also an avid composer; his String Quartet No. 1 and Fantasy for Chamber Orchestra have been premiered in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. He has had works performed by the New Mexico Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra. His work as a composer has inspired an interest in conducting contemporary music, and he has led several World Premieres by young composers with New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Program and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. He has also collaborated with prominent composers including John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, and Michael Gandolfi.

Joshua Gersen made his conducting debut at age 11 with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra and his professional conducting debut five years later when he led the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in a performance of his own composition, A Symphonic Movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with Michael Gandolfi.

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The Symphony Singers, Judith Clurman, director


The Symphony Singers, Judith Clurman, director



The Symphony Singers is a newly formed professional chorus made up of singers who perform as soloists in oratorio, opera, and chamber music. Members of the ensemble have performed with musical director Judith Clurman in various projects over three decades. Under her direction, they have presented the choral classics of the European tradition as well as premiered and recorded music by Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Ludwig, Nico Muhly, Arvo Pärt, Stephen Paulus, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, and Shulamit Ran. They have also premiered and recorded works by Broadway composers Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Joshua Schmidt, and Stephen Schwartz. They have been heard under her direction with The New York Concert Singers, as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and the Mostly Mozart Festival, on Live From Lincoln Center, with the American Composer’s Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Carnegie Hall’s subscription series, and on The Composer Speaks series at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. In addition, they collaborated with her and the Sesame Street Muppets in Lincoln Center’s Tree Lighting and the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC.

Emmy and Grammy-nominated Judith Clurman is the musical director for the Symphony Singers and Essential Voices USA, collaborates with The New York Pops on its Carnegie Hall subscription series, and conducts The Composer Speaks series. She has worked with the New York Philharmonic and commissioned new works by more than 60 American composers. Ms. Clurman conducted the World Premiere of a newly discovered canon text by Mozart for Lincoln Center’s Mozart Bicentennial, and a Bernstein arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Harvard University’s Bernstein Festival. As an educator, she served as director of choral activities at The Juilliard School from 1989 to 2007, and now teaches on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She has been a visiting artist / teacher at the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, Princeton University, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. Her music and arrangements are published by G. Schirmer and Schott, and she has recorded for New World and Sono Luminus.


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