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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: "Animals into Song — The Cunning Little Vixen"

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$15.00 - $42.00

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

12

Jan, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Journey to the enchanting world of The Cunning Little Vixen and discover how composer Leoš Janáček tells a story and develops characters, both human and animal, in music. What can humankind learn from the world of nature, and what does it sound like?

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 To Include

Janáček / Arr. Mackerras

Selections from The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

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Very Young Composer Nilomi Weerakkody

Orchestral soundscape (World Premiere)

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Very Young Composer Melody Zhang

New work for quintet (World Premiere)

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Janáček / Arr. Mackerras

The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

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Artists

Jakub Hrůša

Conductor

Jakub Hrůša

Conductor

Jakub Hrusa

Conductor

Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. A frequent guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, he enjoys close relationships with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season he will make debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony.

Mr. Hrůša has collaborated with leading soloists, including Behzod Abduraimov, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang, Sol Gabetta, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, Karita Mattila, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Kristine Opolais, Stephanie d’Oustrac. Olga Peretyatko, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Josef Špaček, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Simon Trpčeski, Mitsuko Uchida, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Nikolaj Znaider.

A regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival and music director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years, he has conducted Barber’s Vanessa, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Turn of the Screw, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La bohème. He has led productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Carmen), Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Case), Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka and Lehár’s The Merry Widow), and Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico).

Recent recordings include Smetana’s Má vlast with the Bamberg Symphony (Tudor), and Bartók’s and Kodály’s Concertos for Orchestra with RSB Berlin (Pentatone). He has also recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Octavia Records); violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal); and nine discs of Czech repertoire with PKF-Prague Philharmonia, where he was music director from 2009 to 2015 (Pentatone and Supraphon).

Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He is president of the International Martinů Circle and The Dvořák Society, and in 2015 was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

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Students from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Puppet Designers / Puppeteers

Students from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Puppet Designers / Puppeteers

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Nehprii Amenii

ArtsConnection teaching artist

Nehprii Amenii

ArtsConnection teaching artist

ArtsConnection teaching artist

Nehprii Amenii is a Brooklyn-based puppeteer, visual theater artist, writer, and director. She has worked with Penumbra Theatre Company, The Flea, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Iati Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, American Dance Institute, Holland Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Cirque du Soleil. She has enjoyed more than 12 years of teaching and staging puppet performances for Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation’s AileyCamp. 

In 2010 Ms. Nehprii received a grant from Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to create an interactive exhibit based on her children’s book,Memories of the Little Elephant.The following year she was sponsored by the International Rotary Club to create a storytelling exhibit in Southeast India. In 2013 she was honored with the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for playwriting, and in 2015 she was invited as a US delegate to the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, her original work Food for the Gods received its World Premiere at La MaMa as a part of its 2018 puppet festival. Ms. Nehprii is a sponsored artist of the New York Foundation for the Arts, recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement Grant, and is supported by The Puffin Foundation.

Nehprii Amenii has taught students, from pre-K to post-high school, for more than 18 years, and uses puppetry, multimedia arts, and storytelling to teach English to young immigrants in New York City public schools. She currently serves on the advisory committee of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and holds a master’s in fine arts in theater production from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Justin Jay Hines

Host

Justin Jay Hines

Host

Justin Hines

Host

Percussionist, composer, and educator Justin Jay Hines has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He served as principal percussion of The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Since 1997 he has served as a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist in classrooms, concerts, workshops, and residencies across New York City and in educational programs in Japan. As a Broadway musician, he has played on many Tony Award–winning shows, including In the Heights, Pippin, Caroline or Change, and Tarzan. As an educator, he has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for the Arts, and The Juilliard School. His classical compositions have been featured most prominently by his group Classical Jam at venues throughout the U.S. and Asia. Currently Mr. Hines is a composition mentor for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and is on the teaching faculty of New York University. In May 2018 he made his New York Philharmonic debut hosting the Young People’s Concert The Riddle of Shostakovich.

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Doug Fitch

Director

Doug Fitch

Director

Doug Fitch

Director

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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