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Young People’s Concerts Bring The New World Initiative to Kids


Saturday capped an inspiring week in which our renowned Young People’s Concerts and Young People’s Concerts for Schools intersected powerfully with The New World Initiative, our season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its theme of home through performances, community outreach, and education projects on the occasion of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season.

More than 12,000 students and teachers attended the school concerts, and more than 2,000 attended the public concert on Saturday — nearly 15,000 in all were at the seven concerts. Read More...

New York Philharmonic Launches Young People’s Concerts Play!

New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

The New York Philharmonic is bringing its famed Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) into the 21st century and around the world. Today we announced the launch of Young People’s Concerts Play!, a new online learning platform making YPCs available for on-demand streaming, enhanced by interactive lessons. Check out the first releases — YPCs focusing on Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — for free at

Coming up in the spring of 2017: a YPC focusing on Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, recorded from YPCs for Schools performances taking place in January 2017. The program is part of The New World Initiative, the Philharmonic’s season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its theme of “home” on the occasion of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season.

Young People’s Concerts Play! also features composition games designed by New York University’s MusEdWorks, Inc.; teaching videos about themes of the central musical works; and “Build Your Own Orchestra,” an interactive audio-visual experience created by Musicjelly and commissioned in partnership with London’s Barbican Centre that allows students to explore and deconstruct an orchestral piece with Philharmonic players. Philharmonic Teaching Artists will visit schools in underserved neighborhoods to demonstrate the platform in-person.

Young People’s Concerts Play! continues the Philharmonic’s tradition of sharing YPCs as widely as possible. The Philharmonic presented its first of the current YPC series in 1924, and the series was televised from 1958 to 1972, conducted and hosted by Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Check out The New York Times story here.

(Photo: Michael DiVito)

The New World Initiative Launches with Facebook Live Broadcast of Opening Gala Concert

NY Philharmonic The New World Initiative Facebook Live Dvorak

For the first time ever, you’ll be able to catch a New York Philharmonic concert from the comfort of your own phone. The Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season Opening Gala Concert will be broadcast live on Facebook this Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Dvořák’s New World Symphony, the New York Premiere of John Corigliano’s STOMP for Orchestra, and Gershwin’s Concerto in F with pianist Aaron Diehl in his Philharmonic debut, the Opening Gala Concert kicks off The New World Initiative — a season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s New World Symphony and its theme of “home.” Throughout the 2016–17 season, The New World Initiative will explore the New World Symphony through performances, community outreach, and education projects on the occasion of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, honoring the Orchestra’s hometown and its role as an adopted home for many.

Dvořák wrote the symphony, which features the Largo melody known as “Goin’ Home,” while he was living here in New York City. The Philharmonic gave the World Premiere of the New World Symphony in December 1893, marking the Orchestra’s first World Premiere of a work written in New York City that would become part of the standard repertoire.

Among The New World Initiative activities: the New York Philharmonic Education department is developing a curriculum for New York City public schools on the New World Symphony, and the Philharmonic is inviting New York City ensembles to join in by performing the symphony during the 2016–17 season. Check out the 74 ensembles and counting — receiving benefits like arrangements, marked conducting scores, and sheet music, and free access to the Opening Gala Concert dress rehearsal and Open Rehearsals throughout the season — and sign up to participate at

N.Y. Philharmonic and Harmony Program Collaborate with Second All Stars Initiative

Harmony All Stars New York Philharmonic 

The New York Philharmonic and Harmony Program — a partner in Philharmonic Academy Jr., a New York Philharmonic initiative providing training to pre-college students by Philharmonic musicians in partnership with institutions in the New York City area — will collaborate again in the annual Harmony Program All Stars Ensemble.

Nine All Stars — New York City middle- and high-school students from low-income neighborhoods — have been selected by audition for a month-long mentorship with Philharmonic musicians. The All Stars attended Saturday's Philharmonic concert after an intensive day of coaching and rehearsal with Philharmonic musicians.

On April 26 the All Stars will perform with their Philharmonic mentors during a free public concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. The concert will feature the World Premiere of Lucy’s Aria, a string quartet by American composer John Corigliano, which will be premiered as part of a partnership between classical music publisher G. Schirmer and the Harmony Program.

The Harmony Program, an after-school music program modeled on Venezuela's "El Sistema," provides instruments and free daily instruction to more than 200 students from more than 40 schools in underserved communities across New York City. 

See you April 26 for the free concert!

(Photos: Michael DiVito)

In Columbia Teachers College Keynote, Wiprud Advocates Cultural Institutions' Educational Role

On Saturday the New York Philharmonic's Vice President of Education, and host of the Philharmonic's famed Young People's Concerts since 2005, Theodore Wiprud received the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University Teachers College, also giving the keynote address at Academic Festival 2016, Teachers College’s annual homecoming event.

Ted made a case for the role cultural institutions like the New York Philharmonic play in education, both as partners with schools and through families and professional training. He also advocated children’s innate creativity — expressed powerfully through the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers — as an asset for teaching and learning.

Watch the address above.

The Hall Is Alive with the Sound of Music Education!

It's Young People’s Concerts for Schools week, one of our favorite times of year! 

The joy on a child's face at a concert in David Geffen Hall is truly inspiring. This short video captures how Young People's Concerts and Philharmonic Schools bring music into the lives of tens of thousands of students each year, many of whom wouldn’t otherwise have regular access to arts and music education. We need your help to do so, and it doesn't take much to provide necessary assistance to students and teachers:

$100 helps support a professional development session for classroom teachers 
$75 buys journals for ten students to document their music experiences 
$50 provides materials for a session for our Very Young Composers, who create music for the Orchestra to perform, as is happening this week
$25 helps underwrite the costs of instruments (like recorders and percussion boxes) for a Philharmonic Schools classroom

Please consider giving any amount, which will help nurture a lifelong love of music for students throughout New York City! 

Donate here.

Philharmonic Teaching Artists Visit Philippines’ Ang Misyon

New York Philharmonic Education Around the World

The recently-concluded first year of the New York Philharmonic–Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership included the first-ever Young People's Concert in China, with music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City. But New York Philharmonic educational contributions around the world this summer didn’t stop there!

From Shanghai, Vice President, Education, Theodore Wiprud and two New York Philharmonic teaching artists — Katie Kresek, violin, and Stephen Dunn, trombone — went to the Philippines to visit Ang Misyon, one of the newest and fastest-growing disciple organizations of the famous El Sistema program in Venezuela.

This informal delegation spent time with Orchestra of Filipino Youth, the flagship youth orchestra of Ang Misyon, as well as nine satellite sites in impoverished urban and rural settings. They worked with kids ages 6 to 20 on musical technique, interpretation, and practice habits, and met with faculty to learn more about their challenges and needs.

Here are a few photos:

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

New York Philharmonic Education Visits Philippines

(Photos: Theodore Wiprud)

Harmony All Stars Ensemble Start Philharmonic Mentorship

Harmony Project All Stars New York Philharmonic

The inaugural Harmony All Stars Ensemble — nine middle- and high-school students from low-income neighborhoods in New York City selected by audition — have begun their 11-day mentorship with New York Philharmonic musicians!

Six of the All Stars attended Saturday's Young People's Concert, the first Music Director Alan Gilbert has conducted. The orchestra was dressed in their section-specific outfits provided by Uniqlo, sponsor of this season's Young People's Concerts.

Alan Gilbert New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert

Afterward, the All Stars got to meet Alan and their Philharmonic mentors. In the photo at top, the All Stars pose with Alan, violinist Hae-Young Ham (center right), violinist Anna Rabinova (center left), Vice President, Education Theodore Wiprud (back right), Harmony Program Executive Director Anne Fitzgibbon (left), and Bass Trombone George Curran (back left).

That's just the beginning. Starting Thursday, the All Stars will attend a Philharmonic rehearsal, have an intensive day of coaching and rehearsal, and perform with their Philharmonic mentors at a free public concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on May 20. See you there!

(Photos: Michael DiVito)

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