As our lives — slowly but surely — go back to normal, we are learning to reconnect: with friends and family, places, communities, and the things we love that bring us joy. Let’s listen to music by composers trying to reconnect with the people and places they miss. Will music help them to feel closer?

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (for Ages 6–12)

Czech composer Antonín Dvořák spent three years living and working in New York City. Discover how he used the sound of the cello to reconnect with his beloved Bohemia and how his mixed-up feelings about longing for home were expressed through musical contrasts.

Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms (for Ages 12+)

Sometimes it’s hard to express how we’re feeling, especially when emotions are overwhelming or confusing. Listen to how music and poetry can help us make sense of, and communicate, big feelings so we can reconnect with those we love.

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

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

Additional funding is provided by The Staten Island Foundation; Muna and Basem Hishmeh; Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr.; Billy Rose Foundation; The Rochlis Family Foundation; Calvin Solomon; The ASCAP Foundation; The West Family; and the Solender Family Funds.