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Very Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center Education’s Big Umbrella Festival, for Children on Autism Spectrum

We’re proud to share that Musicians from the Philharmonic will perform a Very Young People’s Concert April 14 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse as part of Lincoln Center Education’s Big Umbrella Festival –– the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

This Very Young People’s Concert will feature pre-concert musical games with musicians and a half-hour performance of Martinů’s La revue de cuisine, complete with audience participation and story with Philippe the Penguin, all hosted by Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young. The host of the Philharmonic’s popular Very Young People’s Concerts sums up her goal as: “To make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

Young People’s Concerts, In-School Tour Bring Harlem Renaissance to NYC Schoolkids

Duke Ellington jazz rhythms and Langston Hughes poetry are echoing through the floors and corridors of David Geffen Hall. Why? This week’s Young People’s Concert and Young People’s Concerts for Schools, which are all about the Harlem Renaissance.

For the kids who will come with their classmates to Young People’s Concerts for Schools, Wednesday through Friday, the concert will cap a curriculum, created by the Philharmonic’s Education department, that they’ve been studying with their teachers. For many, this curriculum was further enriched by in-school concerts by the Philharmonic’s Teaching Artist Ensemble in November at schools in all five boroughs. The concerts featured music by some of the same composers on this week’s program, such as Ellington and William Grant Still. Read More...

Music Academy of the West Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

For the fourth consecutive year, the New York Philharmonic hosted a group of fellows from Music Academy of the West selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — an immersion in the life of an orchestra musician.

From January 18 to 29, ten fellows, selected by audition, came to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows, working closely with Philharmonic musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching. They even rehearsed and played alongside Philharmonic musicians in selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet for the Orchestra’s January 25–27 subscription concerts conducted by Stéphane Denève. “Different musical tableaux sprung vividly to life bringing to mind choreographic images,” concluded the review in Bachtrack. “One couldn’t ask for much more.” Read More...

Sign Up for Philharmonic Free Fridays

Calling all 13- to 26-year-old Philharmonic fans: don’t forget that you can get a FREE ticket to many of our Friday subscription concerts! Reserve your ticket through our online reservation portal, which opens at noon on the Monday before each Philharmonic Free Friday concert. We recommend registering as soon as the portal opens — tickets tend to be claimed within minutes!

This Monday, January 15, at noon, reserve your ticket for our next Free Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m., featuring Ravel’s Boléro, Debussy, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and more.

Major support for Philharmonic Free Fridays is provided by an Anonymous Donor. Additional funding is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh.

(Photo: Jennifer Taylor)

On the Cover: Liang Wang

“[Being part of a symphonic work is] almost like reading a wonderful book or seeing a great movie. Every little thing plays into the final product.” — Liang Wang

The first of those “little” things is the first oboe’s piercing A to which the whole orchestra tunes. At the New York Philharmonic this comes from Principal Oboe Liang Wang. In the Q & A video above, Liang discusses some of the possible reasons why the first oboe traditionally performs this duty.

Liang also shares insights about reed-making and its similarities to wine-making, and how his performance depends on homemade reeds that, at the tip, can be thinner than a strand of hair. The beginning of the video features the technically demanding yet seductive solo that Liang will play this month in Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Throughout January you’ll see Liang on the cover of Playbill and featured on the Philharmonic’s social media channels.

Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramSnapchat, and Tumblr for more!

In February On the Cover will feature violist Rémi Pelletier.

Learn more about Liang Wang

Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Philharmonic Commission, Metacosmos, Set for April World Premiere

The new year is kicking off busily for New York Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Fresh on the heels of having a piece on one of NPR Music’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2017, her will be performed by Philharmonic musicians at Monday’s CONTACT! concert at National Sawdust, alongside works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Ashley Fure, Du Yun, and Fernanda Aoki Navarro.

After this amuse-bouche, don’t miss the main course on April 4–6: the World Premiere of Metacosmos, Thorvaldsdottir’s Philharmonic orchestral commission, conducted by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The composer writes:

Metacosmos is constructed around the natural balance between beauty and chaos — how elements can come together in (seemingly) utter chaos to create a unified, structured whole. The idea and inspiration behind the piece is the speculative metaphor of falling into a black hole – the unknown – with endless constellations and layers of opposing forces connecting and communicating with each other, expanding and contracting, projecting a struggle for power as the different sources pull on you and you realize that you are being drawn into a force that is beyond your control.” 

Ditto!

Watch New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway on Live From Lincoln Center

If you won’t be with us for New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway, our sold-out tribute to former Music Director Leonard Bernstein, you’re in luck: it will be telecast on Live From Lincoln Center at 9:00 PM on December 31 on PBS! Check your local listings to confirm the time in your area. [Watch the archived video here or above.]

Toast the New Year and Lenny’s 100th with West Side Story’s star-crossed lovers, On the Town’s fun-loving sailors, and Wonderful Town’s bright-eyed New Yorkers as portrayed by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson, Cinderella’s Laura Osnes, and Next to Normal’s Aaron Tveit. Our old friend Bramwell Tovey conducts, Lonny Price provides staging and continuity, and Westminster Festival Chorus rounds out the stellar line-up.

The concert continues the Philharmonic’s season-long celebrations of its Laureate Conductor’s 100th birthday year. On February 22–24, Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen will lead Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, which the Philharmonic premiered in 1961. And “Bernstein’s Mahler Marathon: The Sony Recordings,” 13 hours of his performances of his Philharmonic predecessor’s complete symphonies on Sunday, will take place at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on February 25.

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