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PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Scenes from Special Free Concert of Very Young Composers from Japan and New York

Very Young Composers Free Concert NY Philharmonic

As you know if you were able to join us, yesterday's special free concert of music by Very Young Composers from Japan and New York was a very big hit!

The concert, held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, culminated a weeklong residency by nine 10–14-year-olds visiting us from Fukushima, Japan — site of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. The residency and concert were part of the TOMODACHI Very Young Composers Fukushima–New York Program.

Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists performed the works, which were composed on the universal theme of Rebirth, referencing the melody known in Japan as "chuocho" (butterfly) and in the United States as "Lightly Row."

The Very Young Composers got to meet Philharmonic Radio Host and Board Member Alec Baldwin and President Matthew VanBesien, seen in this photo:

Alec Baldwin and Matthew VanBesien NY Philharmonic

The concert was covered by Agence France-Presse (picked up by Yahoo! News), The Independent (UK), Kyodo News, and FujiTV.

Here's an interview with two Very Young Composers by Fred Katayama, a Reuters anchor and a board member of the U.S.-Japan Council, followed by an interview Katayama did with two parents:

Top: Very Young Composers from Japan and New York with New York Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists, plus Vice President, Education, Theodore Wiprud (far right) and Very Young Composers founder Jon Deak (to Wiprud's right) (Photos: Michael DiVito)

Special Free Concert: Very Young Composers from Fukushima, Japan

Very Young Composers of Japan NY Philharmonic

We warmly invite you to a remarkable free concert next week featuring young composers wrestling not only with melody, form, and instrumentation but also how music can express grief and recovery.

On Tuesday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m., nine 10–14-year-olds visiting us from Fukushima, Japan — site of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 — will conclude their week of exchange with young New York composers with a concert of their new works, played by Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists. Both Japanese and American students composed their works on the universal theme of Rebirth, referencing the melody known in Japan as "chuocho" (butterfly) and in the United States as "Lightly Row."

The concert is at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Above: Very Young Composers from Japan with pianist Makoto Ozone, Very Young Composers founder Jon Deak, and former Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein (Photo: Chris Lee)

Just Announced! Special Family Concerts at WQXR's The Greene Space, March 21 & April 11

ny philharmonic wqxr the greene space

We're thrilled to announce two new offerings of musical family fun this spring. 

On Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, April 11, the Philharmonic and WQXR will co-present two special family concerts at The Greene Space, the station's live event venue (which is terrific, if you haven't been). Get details and tickets at www.thegreenespace.org. Update: the March 21 concert is sold out. 

Can't make it? They will be available to audiences online as live video webcasts at www.thegreenespace.org.

The March 21 concert, Philharmonic Playdates: "Make Believe," is a Very Young People's Concert, which are intended for children ages 3–6. Join Philippe the Penguin and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic to explore how music helps us to pretend and takes us to far-away places, with chamber music by Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, and Mozart. Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young is the host and Marion Schoevaert is the illustrator.

The April 11 concert, "The Land of Musical Opposites," is intended for children ages 8–12. Kaleidoscope, the Teaching Artists Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic, will present its take on Shakespeare's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on music by Felix Mendelssohn. Learn how Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Mozart mix and match musical opposites to create new settings that tell the story of different characters.

Coming to the Concert Saturday? Bring a Coat for the Clothing Drive with UNIQLO

UNIQLO NY Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Ludwig van Brrthoven, earlier

This Saturday, come in from the cold and enjoy the Young People's Concert with the young people in your life. Titled Super Sonic Music Box: “Orchestra Transformed,” the concert features the Silk Road Ensemble, who, with the Philharmonic, will celebrate influences and instruments from different cultures.

You'll hear a gaita, a Galician (Spain) bagpipe instrument, and a suona, a Chinese wind instrument, and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Kojiro Umezaki and Sapo Perapaskero. 

We invite you to bring an old winter coat or other gently used clothes and drop them in one of the bins around Avery Fisher Hall. Volunteers from UNIQLO, which sponsors this season's Young People's Concerts and is dressing the Orchestra for them, will distribute them at New York City Homeless Shelters. 

The concert's at 2:00 p.m., but be sure to come at 1:00 for YPC Overtures, a mix of fun musical activities throughout the hall. Follow the first link above for info, a podcast, and TuneUp educational program notes.

(Photo: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)

To Europe We'll Go!

In April Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic bring signature programs and projects to the birthplace of symphonic music. Here are some highlights of EUROPE / SPRING 2015: 

  • The first return to Dublin in 19 years; 
  • The Orchestra's second residency as an International Associate of London's Barbican Centre, featuring the Giants Are Small staging of Stravinsky's Petrushka (in which the musicians get into the action);
  • The Orchestra's first time playing in the newly opened Philharmonie in Paris.
  • A performance of highlights from CONTACT!, the new-music series;
  • Cornerstone education projects, including a performance of music by Very Young Composers of New York and London;
  • Performances of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx in London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, and Cologne; 
  • The World Premiere of Senza sangue, Peter Eötvös’s new opera, co-commissioned by the Philharmonic. 

Check back after April 17 to join the tour virtually through photos and videos on nyphil.org/europespring2015!

Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic. 

The EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour is made possible, in part, by contributions from major underwriters Didi and Oscar Schafer, Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach, and the Mary and James G. Wallach Family Foundation, and underwriters Harold Mitchell, AC, Joan and Joel I. Picket, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, and the New York Philharmonic's International Advisory Board.

Meet Lisa Batiashvili Feb. 3 at Insights at the Atrium

lisa batiashvili ny philharmonic

“The New York Philharmonic has become my favorite musical family,” The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili said in a Playbill profile this past fall.

The feeling is, of course, mutual. Discover why on Tuesday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. at our next free Insights at the Atrium event, “An Evening with Lisa Batiashvili.”

Ahead of her performances of Barber's Violin Concerto — “This is the quintessential American violin concerto, so I wanted to play it here, with this great American Orchestra,” she said — Lisa will reflect on her collaboration with the Philharmonic, the repertoire she’s bringing to New York, and her musical upbringing.

Insights at the Atrium events are at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PHOTOS: Zarin Mehta Fellows: 10 Days of Life as an Orchestral Musician

On Tuesday the inaugural class of Zarin Mehta Fellows completed their 11-day participation in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship program. The Fellows, selected by audition, are ten instrumentalists from Music Academy of the West, our first American partner in the program.

The Fellows enjoyed a uniquely intimate and rigorous immersion in the life of an orchestral musician that will enrich their musical and professional development. Here's a look back.

Welcome, Zarin Mehta Fellows!

Mehta Fellows NY Philharmonic

Hail, Fellows, well met!

Over the weekend, the inaugural class of Zarin Mehta Fellows began their 11-day participation in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy program. The Fellows, selected by audition, are 10 instrumentalists from Music Academy of the West, one of our partners in the Program. Meet them in the video below!

The Fellows are already busy training and playing with Philharmonic musicians. They rehearsed Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake this morning and will perform it in concerts starting Thursday night. This typifies the uniquely intimate and rigorous immersion in the life of an orchestral musician that the Fellowship offers, and that will enrich the Fellows' musical and professional development. Other activities include coaching, chamber music, and other professional-development activities with Alan Gilbert and Philharmonic musicians at Avery Fisher Hall.

And breathing:



Photo (top) and video: Chris Lee

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