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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: "Coming to New York — Immigrant Voices"


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour

Date & Times


May, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

New York has long been home to wave after wave of immigrants and transplants who bring their distinctive cultures: languages, recipes, holidays, customs — and, of course, songs. Hear music reflecting the immigrant and migrant experience, with all of their challenges and triumphs, and explore how an orchestra made up of so many different instruments can work together to create a united, inspiring, and thrilling sound!

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.

Learn more about the Young People's Concerts. Also part of New York Story: Threads of Our City

Read the TuneUp! program notes

Listen to the Young People’s Concert podcast



Selections from Concerto for Orchestra


Huang Ruo

Girl from the Da Ban City, from Folk Songs for Orchestra


Roberto Sierra

Tumbao, from Sinfonía No. 3, La Salsa


Kareem Roustom

Enough! I Intended To Leave You, from Aleppo Songs for Orchestra


Very Young Composer Ilaria Loisa Hawley

This Element That Questions a Woman (World Premiere)


Very Young Composer Ziyi Tao

Being (World Premiere)


Gabriela Lena Frank

Hero Brothers and Arbol de Sueños, from Peregrinos


Thomas Wilkins

Conductor and Co-Host

Thomas Wilkins

Conductor and Co-Host

Conductor and Co-Host

Thomas Wilkins is music director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. He is also principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor, and he holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper chair of orchestral conducting established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs. Past positions include resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony. He has served on the music faculties of North Park University in Chicago, University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and abroad; in 2019 his engagements include returns to the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, and National Symphony orchestras.

Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. After his first season with the Boston Symphony, The Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.” In 2014 Mr. Wilkins received the prestigious “Outstanding Artist” award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state, and in 2018 he received the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music.

Mr. Wilkins’s commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several boards of directors, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Charles Drew Health Center in Omaha, Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and Museum of Fine Arts and Academy Preparatory Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. He serves as chairman of the board of the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

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Jihea Hong-Park


Jihea Hong-Park


Jihea Hong-Park


Pianist Jihea Hong-Park performs regularly as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician in cities throughout the United States and abroad. She has been featured at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital and Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Korea's Incheon Performing Arts Center, Yun I-Sang Concert Hall, Japan’s Komae Ecorma Hall and Niigata Performing Arts Center among others. She has also appeared often as guest artist and lecturer at universities and colleges in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School. Upon her master's graduation in 2003, she received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Prize for her exceptional achievement, leadership and service in music. Ms. Hong-Park is currently a doctoral candidate in the Music and Music Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is presently on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division and the New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists.

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Habib Azar


Habib Azar


Habib Azar


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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