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Young People's Concerts

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

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$15-$42

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

2

Mar, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

How is writing a symphony like playing a video game? In both you get to create your own story! 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

Young People’s Concerts are intended for children ages 6–12 and their families. All are welcome, but each person requires a ticket.

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Program

Beethoven

Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5

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Very Young Composer, Kyler Simon

The Great Adventure (World Premiere)

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Andrew Norman

Level I, from Play

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Artists

Edwin Outwater

Conductor

Edwin Outwater

Conductor

Edwin Outwater

Conductor

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

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Host / Curator

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader 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.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota — a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music — with a live concert event at Los Angeles’s Theater at Ace Hotel. She also embarks on a European tour with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and cellist Markus Hohti.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre, and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). She is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavik’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

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

Ms. Sirota 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. Ms. Sirota also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Ms. Sirota 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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Andrew Norman

Speaker

Andrew Norman

Speaker

Andrew Norman

Speaker

Andrew Norman’s symphonic compositions have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin philharmonic orchestras; BBC and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestre national de France. His music has been championed by many of classical music’s most eminent conductors, including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, David Robertson, and John Adams.

Mr. Norman’s large-scale orchestral work Play was awarded the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, named one of NPR’s top 50 albums of 2015, and nominated for a Grammy Award. His string trio The Companion Guide to Rome was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Mr. Norman is the recipient of the Jacob Druckman Prize, the ASCAP Nissim and Leo Kaplan Prizes, the Rome and Berlin Prizes, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has served as composer-in-residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Philadelphia, and he currently holds that post with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

A committed educator who enjoys helping people of all ages explore and create music, Mr. Norman has written pieces to be performed by and for young people, and has held educational residencies with various institutions across the country. He is a member of the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music and serves as the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Barry and Nancy Sanders Composer Fellowship Program for young composers.

Andrew Norman’s music is published exclusively worldwide by Schott Music.

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Kyler Simon

Speaker

Kyler Simon

Speaker

Speaker

Kyler Peter Simon is a young composer, pianist, clarinetist, and future astrophysicist. His dream is to be known as the first musical scientist. Born in New York City, he has grown up surrounded by various musical genres. He started playing the piano at age three at Turtle Bay Music School and currently studies at Lucy Moses Music School. He is in the seventh grade at Robert F. Wagner Middle School, where he has played clarinet in the band since 2017. He is a member of the St. Bartholomew’s Boys and Girls Choristers; had a choral residency in Exeter, England, in the summer of 2018; and has sung at Carnegie Hall and the Lotos Club in New York City. His father — a jazz musician — is his biggest musical inspiration, but he is also fascinated by the music of Leopold Mozart, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and other Russian composers.

He composed his first work, Space Adventure, as a fifth-grader. His War and Peace was premiered at a Very Young Composers showcase before a 2018 Young People’s Concert. He is currently working on a piece, A Day in School, depicting a day in the life of a middle-school student.

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Steven Mertens

Animator

Steven Mertens

Animator

Steven Mertens

Animator

Steven Mertens is a Los Angeles–based director and animator who has worked in many formats, ranging from traditional stop-motion animation to 3D motion graphics, live action, and design. He has directed music videos for artists including Regina Spektor, Cedric Gervais, The Chainsmokers, Dan Auerbach, Lil Peep, Nickel Creek, Louis the Child / K Flay, and Deca. Before starting his career in animation, Mr. Mertens toured extensively as a bassist with The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green, and Here We Go Magic, among others. This background allows him to seamlessly connect his visual creations to music.

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Habib Azar

Director

Habib Azar

Director

Habib Azar

Director

Six-time Emmy winner Habib Azar has an energetic and vibrant directing style. His directing work spans a wide range of mediums, from contemporary opera to film and television. For the stage, Habib Azar’s credits include the World Premiere staging of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone with the International Contemporary Ensemble, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He also directed the US Stage Premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s Atthis with Opera Cabal at the Kitchen. In that production the heroine began the evening in a dress of duct tape and ripped it off her naked body in a climactic moment acclaimed by The New York Times. He also directed a New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial in 2017.

Habib Azar’s first feature film, Armless — for which he both directed and wrote the score — was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win awards at festivals around the world. He has directed more than 500 hours of network broadcasts. One of his specialties is directing and producing live multi-camera performing arts events for broadcast, including directing the recent cinemacast of Marnie for The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. He has directed all of the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook Live concert broadcasts, as well as many of the Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center telecasts. Mr. Azar has filmed musicians and ensembles around the world, including Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Mariinsky Theater Orchestra. He is also a producer and director for The All-Star Orchestra, currently in its third season on PBS.

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Special Thanks

Support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by The Theodore H. Barth Foundation and The Brodsky Family Foundation.

Major support for Very Young Composers is provided by Susan and Elihu Rose. Additional funding is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh; Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr.; The Rochlis Family Foundation; The ASCAP Foundation; the Solender Family Funds; the UJA-Federation of New York; and The West Family.

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