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Young People’s Concert: Our Community, Our Earth

Jan 28


A continued celebration of the Earth with our community partner, El Puente — Leaders for Peace and Justice. Whether in the concert hall or in the community, see how we can use art and music to stand up for environmental justice. Featuring a newly commissioned work by composer Angélica Negrón.

Arrive early for YPC Overtures, on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade and Hearst Tier 1, where children can try out orchestral instruments and families can engage in crafting and interactive workshops. Activities begin at 1:00 PM.

Young People’s Concert: Our Community, Our Earth


2:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Additional Info
This concert will be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.



Le cahos, from Les éléments


Play of the Waves, from La Mer

Angélica Negrón

For Those… (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

Olli Oksanen

Viimeinen toivo (The Last Hope) (VYC Finland)

3rd Grade VYC Students

Environment Nightmare (P.S. 11)

Mason Bates

Selection from Xinjiang Province, 2112, from Alternative Energy


  • Lidiya Yankovskaya

    Conductor / Co-Host

    Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya is a fiercely committed advocate for Slavic masterpieces, operatic rarities, and contemporary works on the leading edge of classical music. Since her appointment as Elizabeth Morse and Genius Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater in 2017, Yankovskaya has led the Chicago premieres of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Rachmaninoff’s Aleko, Joby Talbot’s Everest, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, as well as the world premiere of Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride. Her daring performances before and amid the pandemic earned recognition from the Chicago Tribune, which named her 2020 Chicagoan of the Year. Yankovskaya’s 2022–23 season includes a series of major orchestral debuts, including performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, and Richmond Symphony, as well as the New York Philharmonic. She returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their MusicNOW series, conducting a work by CSO composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery. She also makes her Santa Fe Opera debut in a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka, Staatsoper Hamburg with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and English National Opera, conducting a new staging of Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. She leads the world premieres of Paola Prestini’s Edward Tulane at Minnesota Opera and Justine F. Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing at Chicago Opera Theater, where she also conducts the Chicago premiere of Szymanowski’s Król Roger. Lidiya Yankovskaya has recently conducted Bizet’s Carmen at Houston Grand Opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera, Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei at Spoleto Festival USA, Weber’s Der Freischütz at Wolf Trap Opera, Ricky Ian Gordon’s Ellen West at New York’s Prototype Festival, and Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents at Washington National Opera and Glimmerglass. Recent concert engagements include Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields with Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street at Carnegie Hall. An alumna of Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors and the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, Yankovskaya served as assistant conductor to Lorin Maazel, assisted Vladimir Jurowski via a London Philharmonic fellowship, and was featured in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. She is a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.

    Learn more about Lidiya Yankovskaya
  • Habib Azar


    Seven-time Emmy Award winner Habib Azar’s directing work spans a wide range of mediums, from contemporary opera to film and television. His stage credits include the world premiere staging of Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, with the International Contemporary Ensemble. He also directed the American stage premiere of Georg Fredrich Haas’s Atthis with Opera Cabal at The Kitchen. He has directed multiple New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts.

    Learn more about Habib Azar
  • Angélica Negrón


    Angélica Negrón is a Puerto Rican–born composer and multi-instrumentalist. She writes music for voices, orchestras, and film as well as robots, toys, and plants. Negrón is known for playing with the intersection of classical and electronic music, unusual instruments, and found sounds.

    Learn more about Angélica Negrón
  • Ken Kaissar


    Ken Kaissar’s plays have been performed or developed by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre Company, Fusion Theatre Company, Jewish Repertory Theatre, Urban Stages, and Passage Theatre. His play The Victims or What Do You Want Me To Do About It (published by McFarland & Company, Inc.) was developed by Golden Thread Productions and Silk Road Rising. His adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales was commissioned by Columbia University. His other plays include A Modest Suggestion (available on Amazon), Liberal Arts, and A Leg Up, which just enjoyed a world premiere at the Bristol Riverside Theatre. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. Kaissar is a co-producing director at the Bristol Riverside Theatre (, and the host of the podcast The Audition Helper, available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

    Learn more about Ken Kaissar
  • El Puente

    Community Partner

    El Puente is a human rights organization based in the primarily Latinx community of Los Sures Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For over four decades, El Puente has fought for social justice initiatives through the use of artivism, youth development, and grassroots community building. With a commitment to inspire and nurture the next generations of leaders for peace and justice, El Puente has bridged the worlds of health, education, and the arts with activism and community empowerment. Since its beginnings, El Puente has been focused on achieving environmental equity and climate justice for communities in Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Puerto Rico. Campaigns have included monitoring and addressing poor air quality, creating community gardens and green spaces, shutting down the building of a 50-story trash incinerator, and the founding of El Puente’s Latino Climate Action Network in Puerto Rico. Focused on the use of education for liberation, El Puente has established three NYCHA public housing–based cornerstone community centers, holistic youth leadership centers, MS 50 / El Puente Community School, as well as the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. El Puente has and continues to provide pre-professional training to hundreds of youth annually in the visual arts, theater, dance, and music within a culturally grounded context and using art as a tool to educate, uplift, and mobilize the communities they serve. They also support El Puente CADRE, a collective of community artists of color. El Puente creates murals, performances, and cultural events that address relevant social justice campaigns that promote equitable community, sustainability, and self-determination.

    Learn more about El Puente

Special Thanks

Lead support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman.

Major support for the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program is provided by Susan and Elihu Rose.

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

Additional funding for Very Young Composers program is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh; Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr.; and Billy Rose Foundation.


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