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Very Young People's Concerts: "Strings"

Location

Merkin Concert Hall

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Date & Times

9

Jan, 2017

Monday, 10:30 AM

15

Jan, 2017

Sunday, 12:30 PM

15

Jan, 2017

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

Explore the sound world of the string family: violin, viola, cello, and bass!

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Program

Rossini/Arr. P. Erwin

Selection from La gazza ladra Overture

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Traditional/Arr. R. Young and T. Wiprud

“We Are the String Family”

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Tchaikovsky

Excerpt from Symphony No. 4

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Dvořák

Selections from Serenade for Strings

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Artists

Kuan Cheng Lu

Violin

Kuan Cheng Lu

Violin

Kuan-Cheng Lu

Violin

Violinist Kuan Cheng Lu joined the New York Philharmonic at the start of the 2004–05 season — the first Taiwanese classical musician to earn a seat in the Philharmonic in its 170-year history. Mr. Lu has received numerous awards and scholarships that include the top prize in the Taiwan National Violin Competition, first prize in the ASTA string competition, the Raphael Bronstein Award, and the Taiwan Chi-Mei Corporation’s Outstanding Young Artist award. He received his bachelor’s in music degree from Oberlin College, his master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his doctor of musical arts from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and has studied with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Acting Principal, Second Violin Group, and Yoko Takebe. Other teachers have included Roland and Almita Vamos, Daniel Phillips, Julia Bushkova, as well as his father, Chung Chih Lu.

Mr. Lu has served as concertmaster of the Verbier Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, Manhattan Symphony, and Manhattan Philharmonia. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall. Mr. Lu teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in the graduate program for orchestra performance.

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Kerry McDermott

Violin

Kerry McDermott

Violin

Keyy McDermott

Violin

New York Philharmonic violinist Kerry McDermott has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and abroad including the Montreal, North Carolina, and Taipei City symphony orchestras, the Moscow Radio and Budapest Chamber Orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. In addition, she has been a prize winner in the Montreal International Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition, where she received a special award for Best Artistic Interpretation. Ms. McDermott’s recital engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y’s Kaufman Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall (where she collaborated with Vladimir Spivakov on the Great Performers series).

Ms. McDermott has appeared at the festivals of Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail, Newport, Honest Brook, and Newport of the Hamptons and Park City. She has also been a frequent guest artist at Caramoor, Marlboro, Tanglewood, Mozart, Bargemusic, Wolftrap, Ravinia, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on three continents with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles. Kerry McDermott has recorded for Melodiya and New World Records and is a member of the McDermott Trio (with sisters Anne-Marie and Maureen). She is an alumna of Yale College and the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Raphael Bronstein. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, computing, and reading.

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Judith Nelson

Viola

Judith Nelson

Viola

Judith Nelson

Viola

Violist Judith Nelson joined the Philharmonic in 1983. A native of Portland, Oregon, she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington (Seattle) and also holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. As a student, she received the University of Washington’s highest music award, the Brechemin Scholarship, and performed concertos by Mozart, Hindemith, Walton, and Bartók with the University Symphony and the Seattle Symphony.

Time in the outdoors is important to Ms. Nelson. Vacations are spent hiking and cycling, often in her native West; at home in New York, she blades, runs, and practices yoga. Other interests include books, especially twentieth-century fiction and poetry, languages, and jazz. A favorite recreation is reading string quartets with friends. Ms. Nelson’s recording of David Kechley’s Sonata for Viola and Piano can be found on Liscio Recordings.

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Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello, who joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006, has performed regularly as a recitalist in her native Taiwan and in the U.S. A founding member of the Formosa Quartet, formed in 2003, she has served as acting principal cello of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera, in addition to performing with a string quartet of principal players from the San Diego Symphony. She has made solo appearances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, Taiwan’s Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts’s International Music Program Orchestra, and Kuan-Jen School Orchestra, and is the winner of numerous competitions.

Ms. Yeh, who has been performing professionally since the age of 10, moved to the U.S. at 13 to study with Orlando Cole at the Temple Preparatory School. In her last two years of high school she studied with Robert Marsh at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Yeh received her bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser, and received her master’s degree and artist diploma from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick.

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Max Zeugner

Bass

Max Zeugner

Bass

Max Zeugner

Bass

Associate Principal Bass Max Zeugner, The Herbert M. Citrin Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2012. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, he started studying classical guitar before transitioning to electric bass and finally to double bass and received lessons from the Joy of Music Program and Burncoat High School’s Music Magnet Program. After attending a summer chamber music workshop at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson, New Hampshire, he shifted his focus from jazz to classical. He began taking lessons at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School with bassist Deborah Dunham and studied with Richard Hartshorne. He joined youth orchestras in Boston and in 2001 he was runner up at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He went on to become a scholarship student of New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien at The Juilliard School and Edwin Barker at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where he won the 2005 Concerto Competition.

Mr. Zeugner has performed chamber music extensively in the United States, Europe, South America, and the Far East. He has twice been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society and has performed with pianist David Deveau on Bank of America’s Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall in Boston. He has performed, recorded, and toured with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and has been on their Summer Chamber Music Faculty since 2006. He is a founding member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society; gave a performance of Mozart’s Per questa bella mano with bass-baritone Daniel Gross at the Elbereth Chamber Music Series in New York City; and performed with the Providence Quartet, Apple Hill String Quartet, and Quartet X and artists including Thomas Zehetmair, Ian Bostridge, Andrew Manze, and Gordon Nicolich. As a soloist, Mr. Zeugner performs frequently with his wife, pianist/fortepianist Yi-heng Yang, and they have concertized on the United States’ East and West Coasts and in Europe. In the non-classical realm, he is a former member of the Eastern Jazz Project, Charles Ketter Quartet, and Delfino Brothers Duo and has performed with such artists as Joanna Newsom, Kelly Polar, and the Pet Shop Boys.

When he was 22, Mr. Zeugner was appointed section leader (i.e. principal) double bass of the Northern Sinfonia. The following year he was offered a trial as principal double bass with the London Symphony Orchestra, which included concerts in London, Spain, and Ireland as well as recording and education work. In 2010, following a brief stint with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Zeugner was appointed principal double bass with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, England; while in England he recorded for the Avie Classics, NMC, Naxos, Chandos, Teldec, and LSO Live labels.

Mr. Zeugner has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Newcastle University, and The Sage Gateshead Weekend School and has coached the double bass sections of Britain’s Young Sinfonia and National Youth Orchestra and the Durham University Orchestra. In August 2008 he made his debut as a conductor leading the Darlington Youth Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival. He continues to work as a music educator at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

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Rebecca Young

Host and Voice

Rebecca Young

Host and Voice

Rebecca Young

Host and Voice

Rebecca Young joined the New York Philharmonic in 1986 as its youngest member. In 1991 she won the position of Associate Principal Viola. Two months later she was named principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After spending the 1992–93 season in Boston and two summers at Tanglewood, she ultimately decided to return to her family in New York, resuming her Associate Principal position with the Philharmonic in September 1994. She can currently be seen leading the viola section of the All-Star Orchestra, a popular televised educational series about classical music.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Young has performed with many renowned groups, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She can be heard in a recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Pamela Frank, and bass player Edgar Meyer on the Sony Classical label.

In the spring of 1999 Ms. Young joined Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps in the World Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: Music for Two Solo Violas and Symphony Orchestra with the Philharmonic. The work was commissioned for them by Tomoko Masur, wife of Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur and herself a former violist. The two performed it at Avery Fisher Hall, in Washington, D.C., and again during the Orchestra’s subsequent tour of the Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal, as well as the Europe 2000 Tour, and again in April 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall. Ms. Young is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Ms. Young was first introduced to music at the age of two when her parents took her to the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts led by Leonard Bernstein. Today, she is the host of the Philharmonic’s popular Very Young Peoples Concerts, intimate chamber music concerts where she has tap-danced, played drums, ridden a scooter around the stage, and even sung Gilbert & Sullivan. Her philosophy is less to educate than, as she puts it, “to make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

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Amy Leffert

Storywriter

Amy Leffert

Storywriter

Storywriter

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Doug Fitch

Illustrator

Doug Fitch

Illustrator

Doug Fitch

Illustrator

Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch’s Giants Are Small productions for Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic include Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (cited as the top opera of 2010 by The New York Times, New York magazine, and Time Out New York), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011, New York magazine’s “Best Classical Event of the Year”), A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, later screened in movie theaters worldwide); and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale (2014, with forces from The Juilliard School as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL). This fall Mr. Fitch was the inaugural WBFO visiting artist at SUNY, where he created an opera of images, How Did We...? In 2013 he directed and performed in the premiere of Matthew Suttor’s musical setting of Blaise Cendrar’s poem La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France with the Taos Chamber Music Group. He has created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Santa Fe Opera, and directed projects for Canada’s National Arts Centre, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tanglewood (Elliot Carter’s What Next?, screened at The Museum of Modern Art). Doug Fitch’s creative life began with his family’s touring puppet theater. While studying visual arts at Harvard University, he collaborated with director Peter Sellars, including on of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. He also studied cooking at Paris’s La Varenne and design at Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France. He emerged as an architectural designer in the 1980s, and collaborated with Mimi Oka on edible art installations called Orphic Feasts, leading to their book, Orphic Fodder. Other projects have included Robert Wilson’s Civil Wars (at the American Repertory Theatre) and Jim Henson of The Muppets (in England). In co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, Mr. Fitch, Edouard Getaz, and Frederic Gumy are developing Peter+Wolf in Hollywood for an iPad app, CD, digital album, and live show.

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