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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...

New Young People’s Concerts Play! Explores Sibelius

Young People’s Concerts Play! ( has been making our beloved Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) accessible from the comfort of your own home or classroom with free on-demand streaming and learning games since the platform was unveiled this time last year.

Now, a new release, “Jean Sibelius — Music of a Hero, Music of a Nation,” explores what makes music sound heroic and how anthems can unite. There’s a composition game designed by NYU Steinhardt’s Music Experience Design Lab; videos featuring lessons with Philharmonic Teaching Artists and the Orchestra performing original music by Very Young Composers; and “Build Your Own Orchestra,” an interactive audio-visual experience that allows students to explore an orchestral piece with Philharmonic players.

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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 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

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)

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