Young People’s Concerts
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All concerts and events through June 13, 2021 are cancelled. Learn more about our response to COVID-19. Support the Philharmonic by donating your tickets.
Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
Price Range

$16-43

Duration

1 hour
no intermission

Date & Times

7

Dec, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Like all builders, composers use special tools to capture their unique musical sounds and ideas. Audiences will explore how tradition and new concepts, from grand musical statements to atmospheric sounds, create a timeless art form. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts.

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

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Program

Beethoven

Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 2

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Reena Esmail

Testament, from Vishwas

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Very Young Composer Paloma Alonso

Sweating Bullets

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Steve Reich

Selection from Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Baltic Sea Philharmonic)

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Beethoven

Allegro molto, from Symphony No. 2

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducted the New York Philharmonic in four World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. As part of the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, he led the premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid. Other highlights include a new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Björk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Anders Hilborg, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Jamie Rezanour

Actor

Jamie Rezanour

Actor

Actor

Originally from Texas, Jamie Rezanour has been living and working in New York as an actor for more than six years. Her New York engagements have included Classical Theatre of Harlem, for which she performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. She has also worked with Epic Theatre Ensemble and was a part of the Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon. Her regional credits include Real Women Have Curves (for Dallas Theater Center), Our Town (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Public Theatre Maine), Native Gardens (Vermont Stage), and Henry V (Hartford Stage). Her television credits include Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, and The Blindspot.

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Justin Jay Hines

Host

Justin Jay Hines

Host

Justin Jay Hines

Host

Percussionist, composer, and educator Justin Jay Hines has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Since 1997 he has served as a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist in classrooms, concerts, workshops, and residencies across New York City and in education programs in Japan. As a Broadway musician, he has played in many Tony Award–winning shows, including In the Heights, Pippin, Caroline or Change, and Disney’s Tarzan. As an educator, he has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for the Arts, and The Juilliard School. His classical compositions have been performed most prominently by his group Classical Jam at venues throughout the US and Asia. In May 2018 he made his New York Philharmonic debut hosting the Young People’s Concert Inspirations and Tributes: “The Riddle of Shostakovich.” In January 2019 he hosted the Young People’s Concert Music Across Borders: “Animals Into Song — The Cunning Little Vixen,” as well as a New York Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium event. Currently Mr. Hines is a senior composition mentor for the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program and is on the teaching faculty of New York University.

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Marcus Stevens

Scriptwriter / Director

Marcus Stevens

Scriptwriter / Director

Marcus Stevens

Scriptwriter / Director

Marcus Stevens is a New York–based writer, director, and actor. As a writer, he has created book and lyrics for several musicals, including Red (recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award), Yo, Vikings! (published by Samuel French, Inc.), and Mythic, which received its London premiere at Charing Cross Theatre in October 2018 and its North American premiere at Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in October 2019. As a director, Mr. Stevens developed and staged Theaterworks USA’s Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories, a musical for young audiences that has been on tour across the United States for the past two years. He also directed the world premiere of Dave Droxler’s comedy Walken on Sunshine and worked with Tony Award nominee Josh Young on his one-man show, Josh Young Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber. As an actor, Marcus Stevens was seen in two renditions of New York’s acclaimed Forbidden Broadway and can be heard on two of its original cast recordings.

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