Young People's Concerts

The New York Philharmonic

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Young People's Concerts

Orchestral Music in America

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$16-43

Duration

1 hour
no intermission

Date & Times

9

Nov, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

The impact of orchestral music spans the globe, and music from America is no exception. From Leonard Bernstein to Gabriela Lena Frank, the music in this country pays tribute to the symphonic tradition and our collective identity. Hear how a range of cultures and perspectives come together with the orchestra to create an American voice.

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 To Include

Bernstein

The Great Lover, from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

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Gabriela Lena Frank

Mestizo Waltz, from Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra

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Ives

Putnam’s Camp, from Three Places in New England

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Copland

John Henry

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Jennifer Higdon

Selection from Cathedrals, from All Things Majestic

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Mason Bates

Selection from Garages of the Valley

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Jessie Montgomery

Records from a Vanishing City

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Very Young Composer Michael Rodriguez

Trip to the Moon

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Bernstein

Times Square, from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

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Artists

Francesco Lecce-Chong

Conductor

Francesco Lecce-Chong

Conductor

Conductor

American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances combined with a deep commitment to nurturing the art form. He has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Atlanta, National, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and St. Louis symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and has collaborated with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. He is equally at home with operatic repertoire, having served as staff conductor with Santa Fe Opera and leading Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at Florentine Opera with the Milwaukee Symphony.

Following successful tenures as associate conductor with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, Mr. Lecce-Chong now serves as music director of the Eugene Symphony as well as the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he has been dedicated to innovative programming; new-music initiatives, including commissions; and community outreach. Most recently, both orchestras announced his “First Symphony Project,” commissions of four major American orchestral works to be performed over the next four years, accompanied by multiple composer residences and community events. In addition, the Santa Rosa Symphony will present its first-ever opera in concert during the 2020–21 season under Mr. Lecce-Chong’s leadership. He is also committed to the training and championing of young orchestral musicians, having served as music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and working with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony.

Mr. Lecce-Chong’s 2018–19 season includes subscription debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisville, Louisiana Philharmonic, and China’s Xi’An Symphony orchestras, and returns to the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Milwaukee and San Diego Symphony orchestras. The 2019–20 season marks his New York Philharmonic debut.

Francesco Lecce-Chong is the recipient of several distinctions, including the prestigious Solti Foundation Award. Also trained as a pianist and composer, he completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Otto-Werner Mueller after attending the Mannes College of Music and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. He has been mentored and supported by celebrated conductors such as Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Edo de Waart, Manfred Honeck, Donald Runnicles, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Michael Thurber

Host

Michael Thurber

Host

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Kevin Del Aguila

Director

Kevin Del Aguila

Director

Director

Kevin Del Aguila is a two-time Emmy Award–winning writer of the PBS show Peg + Cat, a recipient of the Heideman Award for his play The Greekest of Tragedies (Actors Theatre of Louisville), and a book-writer of the comedy Altar Boyz (New York Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations), which made history as one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals of all time. Other works include his middle-aged superhero musical The Astonishing Return of the Protagonists! (2013 National Alliance for Music Theatre Festival), as well as his stage adaptations of the DreamWorks film Madagascar (Radio City Music Hall; national and international tour) and the popular book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis). He performed the roles of Smee in Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher and a singing troll in the Disney blockbuster Frozen. Kevin Del Aguila was also the scriptwriter and director for the January 2017 Young People’s Concert, The Ages of Music: “Romantic.”

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