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Young People’s Concert: Time Capsule

Nov 18


Take a trip into the YPC vault, exploring past programs led by beloved conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, who popularized this program for generations.

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.

Join us after the concert for our Fun at the Phil: Family Benefit, an afternoon of fun with activities for kids of all ages and a party the whole family will enjoy.



2:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

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Finale from William Tell Overture

Fe. Mendelssohn

Selection from the Violin Concerto


Selections from The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1

Very Young Composer Bunmi Afariogun

Feel Jazz, Be Jazz, With Layers (World Premiere of orchestral version)

Jessie Montgomery

Selection from Records from a Vanishing City


Candide Overture


Charlap / Leigh

I Won’t Grow Up, from Peter Pan


  • 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).

    Learn more about Thomas Wilkins
  • Jamie Bernstein

    Special Guest

    Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. Inspired by her father, Leonard Bernstein, and his lifelong impulse to share and teach, she has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with The Bernstein Beat — a family concert about her father’s music modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic — she designed, wrote, and narrated concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky, and many others. In Spanish-speaking locations such as Madrid, Havana, and Caracas, she narrates in Spanish thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual.

    Learn more about Jamie Bernstein
  • Doug Fitch

    Director / Designer

    Doug Fitch has directed and designed several staged projects for the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and A Dancer’s Dream (combining Stravinsky’s ballet scores for The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka), as well as HK Gruber’s Gloria — A Pig Tale, which the NY Phil co-presented with MetLiveArts and The Juilliard School. He has also directed several NY Phil Young People’s Concerts and Very Young People’s Concerts. Fitch’s career highlights include designing and directing Puccini’s Turandot at Santa Fe Opera; Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Los Angeles Opera; and Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which became an award-winning app narrated by Alice Cooper; and he designed sets and costumes for the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Black Lucy and the Bard for the Nashville Ballet with music by Rhiannon Giddens, and Suzanne Farrin’s Dolce la Morte for MetLiveArts. He created  Tanglewood’s production of Carter’s What Next?, which was filmed and screened at The Museum of Modern Art. Fitch’s production of Orphic Moments (comprising works by Matthew Aucoin and Gluck) was premiered at National Sawdust and reprised at Salzburg’s Landestheater and The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Le Grand Macabre was remounted at Hamburg’s ElbPhilharmonie. Fitch devised a puppet production titled Punkitititi, featuring the Salzburg Marionette Theater and starring Geoff Sobelle, which was presented by Mozart Woche 2020. Currently, he is developing several new music / theater projects with composers Shih-hui Chen, Scott Wheeler, and Doug Cuomo, and will direct and design a production of Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at Boston Lyric Opera.

    Learn more about Doug Fitch
  • Fiona Khuong-Huu


    Born in New York City, 16-year-old Fiona Khuong-Huu started studying the violin with the Suzuki method at age 4. She has attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division since age ten, studying with Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, London, and more. She most recently had the honor of performing in the presence of King Charles III at Lancaster House with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marios Papadopoulos, with whom she has performed as soloist at Windsor Castle and the Frick Collection, as well as in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Buckingham Palace with Maxim Vengerov. She has also performed as soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall, with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Brussels’s Bozar Concert Hall, and with the Arrigoni Orchestra in Italy.

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Special Thanks

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

Major support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by the Tiger Baron Foundation.

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.


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