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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. He is also the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s principal conductor and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s artistic advisor, education and community engagement. He holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting, established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs. Past positions have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony. He has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. 

Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. During his conducting career, he has led many orchestras throughout the United States and abroad; recent engagements have included returns to the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, DC, to name a few.

His 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 (Omaha), Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and the Museum of Fine Arts and Academy Preparatory Center, both in St. Petersburg, Florida. Currently he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project, headquartered in Richmond, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care.

Thomas Wilkins honors include the prestigious Outstanding Artist award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state (2014) and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music (2018).  A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music.

Learn more about Thomas Wilkins

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.

Learn more about Jihea Hong-Park


Habib Azar


Habib Azar


Habib Azar


Seven-time Emmy Award winner Habib Azar’s directing work spans a wide range of mediums, from contemporary opera to film and television. His stage credits include the world premiere staging of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, with the International Contemporary Ensemble. He also directed the American stage premiere of Georg Fredrich Haas’s Atthis with Opera Cabal at The Kitchen. He has directed multiple New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts.

His 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. For television, Mr. Azar has directed more than 500 hours of network broadcasts, ranging from As the World Turns to Live From Lincoln Center. Mr. Azar has directed for The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, as well as all of the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook Live broadcasts and many of the Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts. Habib Azar has filmed musicians and ensembles around the world, including Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Learn more about Habib Azar

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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