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N.Y. Philharmonic Teaching Artists Complete Five-Borough School Tour

 

In School Concerts, by the numbers:

From February 14 to March 6, more than 5,000 students and 236 teachers in grades 3–5 participated in 19 Philharmonic Schools interactive concerts at 15 partner schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The performers included a string quintet of New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists: Stani Dimitrova (violin), Caeli Smith (violin), Marie Daniels (viola), Mitchell Lyon (cello), and Brian Ellingsen (bass).

These five-borough tours happen each year as part of the Philharmonic Schools program.

The concert, titled Finding Our Roots, explored how different composers found inspiration in their own roots — in their own life, in their travels, in their family traditions, or even the history of their country or a country where their ancestors grew up. The repertoire included:

Dvořák  String Quartet No. 2, Op. 77, 1st Movement
Ives  String Quartet No. 1, 1st Movement 
Libby Larsen  Sorrow Song and Jubilee
Daniel Bernard Roumain  String Quartet No. 5, 2nd Movement “Klap Ur Handz”
Dvořák  String Quartet in Eb, 4th Movement

“My favorite moment of each performance was seeing the students move to the music. ... They were always so excited, often leaping to their feet. They would stare at Stani with such concentration, you could see they really wanted to internalize the music and experience it physically,” said Caeli Smith.

Mitchell Lyon said, “I always looked forward to Brian inviting a volunteer on stage to compose a melody using the pentatonic scale. Their nerves from being up in front of their peers would melt away the second the note they were pointing to came floating out of Stani's violin and the baton became almost a musical magic wand in their hands.”

“I was truly amazed when at one of our first concerts, a little bit into [“Klap Ur Handz”], the students’ regular clap turned into an incredibly complex clapping pattern in which the students were able to stay perfectly together,” Stani Dimitrova added.

(Photos: Michael DiVito)

On the Cover: Duoming Ba

Violinist Duoming Ba is proof positive of the power of kindness.

Originally from rural China, Duoming was performing a solo with her youth orchestra when a music lover in the audience recognized her talent. This benefactor went on to sponsor her education in America at the Curtis Institute of Music and loaned her the instrument she currently plays.

Duoming has certainly made good on this benefactor’s generosity. She finished her studies in 2003 and won a spot in the New York Philharmonic, where she has been playing ever since.

Watch Duoming Ba’s video Q&A above to hear more about her story — and to find out the trick to getting the full violin section to play perfectly in sync!

Follow us on Instagram later this month when Duoming takes over during the Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour.

Stay tuned: May will feature bassist David J. Grossman.

Learn more about violinist Duoming Ba.

Alan Gilbert To Conduct Philharmonic Joined by Musicians from Around the World, Celebrating Music’s Power to Unite

 

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic believe in the power of music to heal, build bridges, and unite across borders. From the free performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and performing at the United Nations this past December to historic tours and deep international partnerships, the Orchestra and Alan Gilbert have long used music to make the world a better place. 

In his final subscription program, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world in concerts showcasing the universal language of music.

Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity, June 8–10, will feature Gilbert conducting the Orchestra and musicians the Philharmonic has invited from orchestras in Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.

Yo-Yo Ma (June 8) and Wynton Marsalis (June 9), two close friends of the Philharmonic who share a deep commitment to musical humanism, will appear as special guest artists.

The concerts will launch a new initiative to be led by Alan Gilbert following his tenure as Philharmonic Music Director in which musicians from around the world will come together to perform music at critical times in support of peace, development, and human rights.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Joining Together To Save the NEA

 

The New York Philharmonic has joined with the entire Lincoln Center community in calling upon the federal government to continue supporting the National Endowment for the Arts.

Music and all the other performing arts inspire and delight audiences, as we all know, but they do so much more, from expanding children’s potential and healing veterans to powering communities and the economy, and more! Read the full statement below, and consider what impact the arts have had in your own lives.

SAVE THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

From our stages and screens at Lincoln Center in New York City — which draw more than six million people to the largest performing arts center in the world — to theaters, concert halls, and galleries across America, the arts inspire and delight people from every walk of life, at every stage of life. Read More...

Concertmaster Frank Huang Receives Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award

 

Concertmaster Frank Huang has been named a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artists Award, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. Frank, nominated by the New York Philharmonic, joins an illustrious list of Lincoln Center talent that will be honored at an awards presentation hosted by Sigourney Weaver on March 1 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. More information is available at LCEmergingArtistAwards.org.
 
In 2016, the inaugural year of these awards, composer Julia Adolphe was the winner nominated by the Philharmonic. 

Hear Frank play at Alan Gilbert's 50th Birthday concert (February 23) and, as part of the New York Philharmonic String QuartetAbsolute Jest — A Celebration of John Adams (March 9–11).

Congratulations, Frank!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Announcing Our 2017–18 Season!

This just in! We’ve released details about our 2017–18 season, celebrating what makes the Philharmonic great while looking to the future as we welcome Jaap van Zweden as Music Director Designate before he becomes Music Director in 2018–19.

Jaap van Zweden will lead New York Premieres by John Luther Adams and Philip Glass, plus Mahler, Wagner, Stravinsky, and Brahms. He also conducts the Orchestra on the ASIA / WINTER 2018 tour and during its second residency with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan. Hear Jaap talk about next season and more here.

The Philharmonic will salute former Music Director Leonard Bernstein — the first to hand Jaap a baton — in his 100th birthday year with Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival, led by Leonard Slatkin as well as Alan Gilbert in his first appearance after concluding his tenure as Music Director. The Orchestra will play Bernstein’s complete symphonies plus music tied to him. And Leonard Slatkin leads a Young People’s Concert, the beloved series Bernstein made famous (video here).

The season’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence is pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who plays Rachmaninoff, Britten, and Debussy — plus a recital (video here).

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s final season as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence features the New York Concert Premiere of his Helix, led by Susanna Mälkki, and Salonen conducting a World Premiere by Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with Benjamin Grosvenor. He also curates a project for the 2018 NY PHIL BIENNIAL and advises on CONTACT!, which returns for its ninth season. The Orchestra will also present the World Premiere of a new work by Bent Sørensen, made possible with the support of the Kravis Prize for New Music, led by Christoph von Dohnányi (video here).

And in a concert hall not far, far away ... the Philharmonic will present the World Premiere of the Star Wars — Film Concert Series, featuring screenings of the complete films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens with Oscar-winning composer’s John Williams’s scores performed live to the films, conducted by David Newman. THE ART OF THE SCORE will feature the New York Premiere screening of Amadeus — Live, led by Richard Kaufman and with Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor.

And Alan Gilbert returns to lead the Philharmonic’s 175th birthday concert, with Philharmonic Principal musicians in the spotlight.

For even more, check out Season Highlights plus videos of Philharmonic musicians’ picks and guest artist greetings.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

On the Cover: Anthony McGill

Life could have turned out very differently for Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill. As with so many instrumentalists, fate intervened for Anthony when he was discouraged from playing the saxophone and handed a clarinet instead. He fell in love with the instrument, and the rest is history.

Anthony has been with the New York Philharmonic for just over two seasons, but he has already accomplished a lot. Anthony made his New York Philharmonic solo debut with Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto (the recording of which can be heard on the fourth release of the Philharmonic’s The Nielsen Project, released by Dacapo) and performed Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as part of the Concerts in the Parks and on the floor of the UN General Assembly.

You may have also seen him in performance at former President Barack Obama’s first inauguration. Anthony became part of history when he performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Gabriela Montero on that winter day in 2009. And you may have heard him at The Metropolitan Opera, where he served as principal clarinet for a decade.

Check out the video Q&A above for more about Anthony’s inspirations, view of life on stage versus the pit, and the momentous phone call inviting him to perform at the Inauguration.

Follow us on Instagram for the inside track on the woodwind section when Anthony takes it over for a day this month.

Stay tuned: next month we’ll feature violinist Duoming Ba.

Learn more about Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

2017 Chinese New Year Concert and Gala Slideshow

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Rooster with the sixth annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala, a festive musical evening presented by Starr International Foundation and conducted by Long Yu. The program blended East and West, concert hall and folk song. In the spotlight were soprano Sumi Jo and trumpet player Alison Balsom — both in their Philharmonic debuts — as well as virtuosos of the Orchestra, Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Flute Robert Langevin. Gala guests, many in traditional Chinese attire, began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception, and gathered after the concert for a dinner of delicacies.
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