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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, music director of the New York Youth Symphony since September 2012, began his tenure as New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor in September 2015. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and was the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he served as assistant conductor to artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, and led subscription, education, and family concerts. Mr. Gersen made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in the fall of 2013; he has since led that orchestra numerous times, including filling in for Michael Tilson Thomas on part of a subscription series. Joshua Gersen was the principal conductor of the Ojai Music Festival in 2013; has conducted the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville symphony orchestras; and has served as a cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other orchestras throughout the United States. Winner of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, he is also a recipient of the 2010 Robert Harth Prize and 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize from the Aspen Summer Festival, where he served as assistant conductor in the summer of 2012. Mr. Gersen is also an avid composer, and his works have been performed by the New Mexico and Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras as well as the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra and at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Mr. Gersen received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the New England Conservatory, studying with Michael Gandolfi. His work as a composer has led to an interest in conducting contemporary music; he has led World Premieres with the New World Symphony and New York Youth Symphony, and has collaborated with many composers including John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, and Michael Gandolfi. Since becoming an Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he has led the Orchestra in 17 Young People’s Concerts and Young People’s Concerts for Schools.

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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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