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

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

Selections from 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: 1944, from Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

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Artists

Francesco Lecce-Chong

Conductor

Francesco Lecce-Chong

Conductor

Francesco Lecce-Chong

Conductor

American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is the music director of both the Eugene Symphony in Oregon and the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center in Northern California. He is recognized for dynamic performances, fresh programming, and deep commitment to commissioning and performing new music, as well as to community outreach. Mr. Lecce-Chong has already appeared with orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and St. Louis symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and he has collaborated with top soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.

In spring 2019 Mr. Lecce-Chong debuted in subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony. Other subscription debuts have included the Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Xi’An Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lecce-Chong also returned to the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. The 2019–20 season marks his New York Philharmonic debut on its legendary Young People’s Concerts series.

Among Francesco Lecce-Chong’s distinctions is 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. Mr. Lecce-Chong has had the privilege of being mentored and supported by celebrated conductors, including Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Edo de Waart, Manfred Honeck, Donald Runnicles, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Phoenix Best

Actor

Phoenix Best

Actor

Phoenix Best

Actor

Phoenix Best is a Broadway performer and singer / songwriter from Philadelphia. She studied musical theater at DeSales University, graduating in 2015. Exactly one month after moving to New York City, she was cast in the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award–winning Broadway revival of The Color Purple  — as a swing / assistant stage manager covering five ensemble tracks for the entire run — and earned a Daytime Emmy Award for the cast’s appearance on The Today Show. She subsequently performed the roles of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls at Theatre Under the Stars, Éponine in the North American tour of Les Misérables, and Alana Beck in Dear Evan Hansen. Ms. Best has since appeared in short films and commercials, done voiceovers, and is working on an EP.

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Michael Thurber

Host

Michael Thurber

Host

Michael Thurber

Host

Michael Thurber is a New York–based composer / bassist / performer who has composed scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, and the Atlantic Theater Company. His work has been developed at The Eugene O’Neill Theater National Playwrights Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and New York Stage and Film. Past productions include his one-man musical, which he performed in his Off-Broadway debut at The Barrow Group, and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Public Theater, for which he wrote the music and portrayed Antonio. His symphonic works have been performed around the country, including by the Louisville, Interlochen Arts Academy, Williamsburg Symphony, and Evansville Philharmonic orchestras. In 2012 he co-founded CDZA, a YouTube music collective — with 36 million views and counting — that headlined alongside Lady Gaga and Eminem at the YouTube Music Awards. He continues to consult with Google and YouTube’s live event team, designing interactive musical performances at venues such as Madison Square Garden and The Kennedy Center. Mr. Thurber has performed as bassist around the world in a diverse array of musical settings. From 2015 to 2016 he was the bassist on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he played with legendary performers including Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vulfpeck, and CeeLo Green. He appears internationally in a duo with violinist Tessa Lark; in 2019 they released Invention, their debut album that juxtaposes J.S. Bach’s Two-Part Inventions with their original compositions. Michael Thurber sits on the board of directors of NPR’s From the Top and teaches at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute. He studied at The Juilliard School and Interlochen Arts Academy.

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Kevin Del Aguila

Director

Kevin Del Aguila

Director

Kevin Del Aguila

Director

Kevin del Aguila is an award-winning actor, writer, and director in New York City. He has been the director of Lincoln Center Theater’s annual Celebration of Student Songs since 2008, and he helmed the world premiere productions of See Rock City and Other Destinations and Kirsten Childs’s Funked Up Fairy Tales for William Finn’s musical theater lab at Barrington Stage in Massachusetts. He has directed several productions of his own plays, including A Touch of Rigor Mortis, Number One: A Pollock Painting, his celebrated comedy 6 Story Building (which took top award at the New York Fringe Festival), and productions for TheaterWorks USA, including the Off-Broadway productions of Skippyjon Jones, Skippyjon Jones: Snow What, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Mr. del Aguila is the Emmy Award–winning writer of the PBS show Peg + Cat, recipient of the Heideman Award for his play The Greekest of Tragedies, and bookwriter of the hit comedy Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award), which made history as one of the longest-running Off-Broadway musicals of all time. His other work includes musical adaptations of the DreamWorks film Madagascar, the popular book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Dog Man: The Musical, which made its debut Off-Broadway this summer. Kevin del Aguila currently plays the role of Oaken in the Broadway production of Frozen.

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