Home Alone in Concert

The New York Philharmonic

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David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hour & 15 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Dec, 2018

Thursday, 7:00 PM


Dec, 2018

Friday, 7:00 PM

Event Info

This concert is a Special Event of the 2018–19 season.

Don’t miss this holiday blockbuster as the Philharmonic performs John Williams’s score live to film.

Family-friendly. Open to everyone ages 4 and up.

Program To Include

John Williams

Home Alone (New York Premiere–score performed live to complete film)


Constantine Kitsopoulos


Constantine Kitsopoulos


Constantine Kitsopoulos


Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera, symphony, musical theater, and film live to orchestra. He regularly conducts in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall and at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and has served as music director / conductor for musical theater productions on Broadway. The 2017–18 season marks Mr. Kitsopoulos’s eighth as music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA (in Boca Raton, Florida) where he has worked with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, and the Russian National Orchestra. He was artistic director of the OK Mozart Festival from 2013 to 2015, and spent eight years as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kitsopoulos founded Chatham Opera in 2005 and has recently been appointed general director of the New York Grand Opera; with both companies he is developing a series of semi-staged opera productions to be presented in the summer of 2019. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra, New York Pops, and the Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Toledo, San Antonio, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. Also in demand as a theater conductor, both on Broadway and nationwide, Mr. Kitsopoulos was music director and conductor of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the Tony Award–winning revival featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis that ran until September 2012. He is co-composer of the new music-theater piece Temple, based on the life of Temple Grandin, and is in the process of composing a new opera, Holy Week, with a libretto by Evangelia Kingsley. Constantine Kitsopoulos studied conducting with Gustav Meier, Sergiu Comissiona, Semyon Bychkov, and his principal teacher, Vincent La Selva.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director


Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director



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.

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