Young People's Concert — Inspirations and Tributes: “An African American Lineage”

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Young People's Concert - Inspirations and Tributes: "An African American Lineage"

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$15-42

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

3

Feb, 2018

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Music by Ellington and other African American composers, along with Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic. Explore the lineage of African American composers, from Duke Ellington to younger composers active today.

YPC Overtures | 12:45–1:45 PM
The hall comes alive! Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.
FREE for Young People’s Concert ticketholders

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Program

William Grant Still

Selections from Lenox Avenue

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Traditional/Arr. H.T. Burleigh

"My Lord, What a Mornin'"

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Very Young Composers

New works by Very Young Composers of New York City inspired by their neighborhoods

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Ellington/Marsalis

Selections from Harlem

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Artists

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen

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.

Learn more about Joshua Gersen
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, named WQXR’s 2016–17 artist-in-residence, is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles reimagining choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and a versatile range and repertoire. The Chorus’s multilevel training program draws students from across the five boroughs and combines intensive voice and musicianship study with exceptional performance experiences.

The Chorus has appeared with orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, London and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, and Mariinsky Orchestra, and with conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Chorus has performed with major recording artists including Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend.

The Chorus, which received a 2005 Grammy Award for the New York Philharmonic’s recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, recently released its first solo recording, Black Mountain Songs, through New Amsterdam Records. Brooklyn Youth Chorus has garnered a strong reputation as an arts producer.

Current productions include Silent Voices, which premiered at the BAM Opera House in May 2017; Aging Magician, which received its Off-Broadway premiere in March 2017; and Black Mountain Songs, which tours to Asheville, North Carolina, in September 2017.

Founded in 1992 by artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus serves more than 600 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at its Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which, under her leadership, has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Robert Spano. She prepared the chorus for its 2002 New York Philharmonic debut in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording of which won a 2005 Grammy Award. Dianne Berkun Menaker is the creator of the chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

Learn more about Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

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Kristen Alyson Browne

Actor

Kristen Alyson Browne

Actor

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Terrance McKnight

Narrator and Host

Terrance McKnight

Narrator and Host

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Noah Himmelstein

Scriptwriter and Director

Noah Himmelstein

Scriptwriter and Director

Scriptwriter and Director

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