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Young People’s Concert: The Orchestra Will Not Be Televised

Jan 15


On the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, listen to how composers amplify calls for revolutionary acts of freedom, equality, and justice through music.

Young People’s Concerts are intended for children ages 6–12 and their families. All are welcome, but each person requires a ticket.

All attendees, including children, will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration. Children under 5 years of age, who are currently not eligible for vaccination, will not be permitted entry.

In addition, all guests attending Philharmonic performances must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines.

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Young People’s Concert: The Orchestra Will Not Be Televised


2:00 PM





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Alice Tully Hall


1 Hour
No Intermission



Decision and March from Montgomery Variations

Michael Abels

Selection from Urban Legends

Anna Clyne

Restless Oceans

Will Healy

The Origins of Hip-Hop: A YPC Demonstration

Very Young Composer Melody Zhang

Opalescent (World Premiere)

Very Young Composer Alexander Rothschild Douaihy

A Human Rhapsody

Valerie Coleman

Fanfare for Uncommon Times


  • Thomas Wilkins

    Conductor / Host

    Devoted to promoting a lifelong enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. Hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences, he is principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; artistic advisor, education and community engagement, at the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and principal guest conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; and he holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper chair of orchestral conducting, established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs. He completed a long and successful tenure as music director of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2020–21 season. Previous posts have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay).

    Wilkins has appeared as guest conductor throughout the United States, leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Boston, National, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Cincinnati symphony orchestras. In 2022 he was the recipient of the League of American Orchestras’s Gold Baton Award, and in that same year the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award for Music. Other awards include an honorary doctorate of arts from the Boston Conservatory, and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music. 

    His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on the boards of directors of several organizations, 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 as well as the Academy Preparatory Center, both in St. Petersburg, Florida. Wilkins currently serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the nonprofit World Pediatric Project, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care.

    A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

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  • Jonathan McCrory


  • National Black Theatre


    National Black Theatre (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. NBT is the longest-running Black theater in New York City, and one of the oldest theaters founded and consistently operated by a woman of color.

    Learn more about National Black Theatre
  • Harlem Quartet

    String Quartet

  • Sheikia “Purple Haze” Norris


  • Kareem Lucas


Special Thanks

Support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by The Theodore H. Barth Foundation, The Brodsky Family Foundation, and Sally E. Cummins.


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