NY Phil Plays On: An African-American Legacy — The Harlem Renaissance
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Young People's Concerts

NY Phil Plays On: An African-American Legacy — The Harlem Renaissance

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Date & Times

23

May, 2020

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info
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The New York Philharmonic presents a broadcast of the Young People’s Concert titled An African-American Legacy: The Harlem Renaissance. Explore the lineage of African-American composers, from Duke Ellington and William Grant Still to New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers. Follow along with the TuneUp! program notes. Be part of the real-time audience experience on Facebook or YouTube on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 PM EDT, or catch it on-demand afterward.

Program

William Grant Still

Selections from Lenox Avenue

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Traditional/Arr. H.T. Burleigh

"My Lord, What a Mornin'"

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Very Young Composers

New works by Very Young Composers of New York City, inspired by their neighborhoods

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Ellington/Arr. L. Henderson & M. Peress

Selections from Harlem

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Artists

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen, New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor since September 2015, made his acclaimed Philharmonic subscription debut on hours’ notice in February 2017. Mr. Gersen has been music director of the New York Youth Symphony for the past five years, and he was previously the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he served as the assistant conductor to the symphony’s artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas, leading the orchestra in various subscription, education, and family concerts including the orchestra’s PULSE concert series. He made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in the fall of 2013 and has been invited back to conduct a variety of concerts, including a performance in the new SoundBox Theater and filling in for Michael Tilson Thomas on part of a subscription series. The winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize and the 2010 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize, Mr. Gersen served as the festival’s assistant conductor for the 2012 summer season under Robert Spano. He was principal conductor of the Ojai Music Festival in 2013, and has conducted the National, Toronto, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Alabama symphony orchestras and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was also a recipient of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Gersen is also an avid composer; his String Quartet No. 1 and Fantasy for Chamber Orchestra have been premiered in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. He has had works performed by the New Mexico Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra. His work as a composer has inspired an interest in conducting contemporary music, and he has led several World Premieres by young composers with New York Youth Symphony’s First Music Program and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. He has also collaborated with prominent composers including John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, and Michael Gandolfi.

Joshua Gersen made his conducting debut at age 11 with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra and his professional conducting debut five years later when he led the Greater Bridgeport Symphony in a performance of his own composition, A Symphonic Movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with Michael Gandolfi.

Learn more about Joshua Gersen
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a Grammy Award–winning collective of young voices led by visionary founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker. The chorus has appeared with world-class orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has performed or recorded with major artists such as Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, and The National and has been featured in major motion pictures, commercials, and live events, including a work by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II World Tour. The chorus has commissioned more than 120 original works by composers including Caroline Shaw, Toshi Reagon, Bishi, Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly. This season its original production Silent Voices: Lovestate premieres Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater. The chorus has released two albums through New Amsterdam Records: Silent Voices (2018) and Black Mountain Songs (2017). Founded in 1992, the chorus currently serves more than 700 students in its core after-school and public-school outreach programs. Its professional faculty teaches a wide range of repertoire and styles using founding artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker’s proven Cross-Choral Training method. Classes take place at its Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations throughout Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Under her visionary leadership, the chorus has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert. Most notably, she prepared the chorus for its 2002 debut with the New York Philharmonic, led by Lorin Maazel, in John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording of which won three Grammy Awards in 2005. She is the creator of the Chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a proven holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

Learn more about Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

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Kristen Alyson Browne

Actor

Kristen Alyson Browne

Actor

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Terrance McKnight

Narrator and Host

Terrance McKnight

Narrator and Host

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Noah Himmelstein

Scriptwriter / Director

Noah Himmelstein

Scriptwriter / Director

Scriptwriter / Director

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