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It’s Back to School Week!

It’s Back to School Week at the New York Philharmonic!

As schoolchildren around the world return to classrooms, we’re celebrating the Philharmonic’s commitment to learning. No matter your age, background, and location, the 2017–18 season offers opportunities to connect with the Orchestra and some of the world’s most talented musicians, teaching artists, and scholars — and, of course, the music!

Broaden your insights into music through eight free talks at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Develop a young ensemble’s technique and confidence through workshops and clinics with Philharmonic musicians and coaches. Inspire teachers and classrooms through partnerships that foster the love of music, knowledge of the orchestra, collaboration, and creativity. And excite them with concerts designed just for them, at David Geffen Hall and online, free of charge (see below).

We’ll fill in the details all week, on nyphil.org and social media. Learn more about education at the Philharmonic, enter to win a special prize, and see just how easy it is to tap into the artistry, history, and creativity of the New York Philharmonic.

The New York Philharmonic Supports Music in Our Schools

March has been designated Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®) by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It’s the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

Enjoy this video, which expresses the New York Philharmonic’s longtime, year-round commitment to music education in general and MIOSM® in particular!

Please join us in supporting music in our communities’ schools.

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)

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 nyphil.org/ypcplay.

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 newworldinitiative.com.

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)

N.Y. Philharmonic Teaching Artists Complete 5-Boro School Tour

Philharmonic Schools, a program of the New York Philharmonic

In School Concerts, by the numbers:

Over the past 9 days, more than 4,400 students and 201 teachers in grades 3–5 participated in 20 Philharmonic Schools interactive concerts at 14 schools throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The performers? One string quartet of New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists! Take a bow, Janey Choi (violin), Karen Kim (violin), Erin Wight (viola), and Mitchell Lyon (cello).

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

This concert was titled Belonging: Finding How We Fit. It allowed students to explore belonging in our communities, struggling with feelings of not belonging, and celebrations that inspire feelings of belonging. Read More...

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