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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.

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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 / Co-Host

    Thomas Wilkins is principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Advisor, Education and Community Engagement. He holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper chair of orchestral conducting, established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs. At the end of the 2020–21 season he concluded his long and successful tenure as music director of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.   
    Other past positions include resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony. He has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), University of Tennessee (Chattanooga), and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond).   
    Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Mr. Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages and is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. He has led many orchestras throughout the United States and abroad; recent engagements have included returns to the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), to name a few. 
    His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several boards of directors, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Charles Drew Health Center (Omaha), Center Against Spouse Abuse (Tampa Bay), and the Museum of Fine Arts and Academy Preparatory Center (both in St. Petersburg). He currently serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care. 
    In 2014 Mr. Wilkins received the prestigious Outstanding Artist award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state, and in 2018 he received the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society conferred by Boston’s Longy School of Music.   
    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.

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  • 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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