Young Peoples Concert

The New York Philharmonic

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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: “Level Up — Beethoven, Andrew Norman, and Video Games”


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour

Date & Times


Mar, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

How is writing a symphony like playing a video game? In both you get to choose your own adventure! Find out where composers find inspiration, hear how melodies transform, and travel to new sound worlds.

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


Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5


Andrew Norman

Level I, from Play


Very Young Composer, Kyler Simon

New work


Edwin Outwater


Edwin Outwater



American conductor Edwin Outwater is equally adept at interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and connecting audiences with repertoire beyond the mainstream. His recent projects include Sound Health — a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming, The Kennedy Center, and the National Institutes of Health — and a jazz version of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared with Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall in a concert for families featuring a World Premiere by Caroline Shaw, narrated by actor John Lithgow. This season, Chicago was introduced to The Line-Up, an outdoor concert series Mr. Outwater created and curated at Gallagher Way (adjacent to Wrigley Field), which combines multi-genre music performances with the technology and capabilities of major-league sports.

Edwin Outwater served as music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2006 to 2017, and was subsequently named the orchestra’s music director laureate. As music director he revitalized the orchestra with recordings, tours, and collaborations with artists, scientists, chefs, and musicians across all genres. From 2014 to 2017 he was director of Summer Concerts of the San Francisco Symphony and helped launch its groundbreaking SoundBox series.

Mr. Outwater’s recent debuts include Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Pacific Music Festival, as well as return engagements with the Chicago, San Francisco, Utah, and Tokyo Metropolitan symphony orchestras, among others. Mr. Outwater has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, New World, and Seattle symphony orchestras. In Canada he has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and many others. International appearances include the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, BBCNOW, Brussels Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, and the Mexico City Philharmonic orchestras.

A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater graduated cum laude in English literature from Harvard University, where he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and the a cappella group Harvard Din and Tonics, and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s in conducting from the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying with Heiichiro Ohyama and Paul Polivnick, in addition to studying music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein.

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Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator

Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator


Host / Curator

The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner for the 2018–19 season, violist Nadia Sirota enjoys a varied career spanning solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a wider audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang. She won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today.

This season, Ms. Sirota teams up with the New York Philharmonic as its first-ever Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role she will host nine contemporary music concerts over two new series: Nightcap, six late-night, cabaret-style concerts curated by living composers, and Sound ON, three afternoon chamber concerts curated by Ms. Sirota and featuring Musicians from the Philharmonic.

As a soloist, Nadia Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four albums of commissioned music, most recently Tessellatum, Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and microtonal viola da gamba consort, featuring Liam Byrne. Ms. Sirota has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Ms. Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic. Its virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, Ryan Lott, and Anohni, and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers, including Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

In 2013 Nadia Sirota won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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