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We Are NY Phil: Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young

We Are NY Phil brings you closer to Philharmonic musicians by focusing on their lives outside the concert hall and following the activities they are most passionate about.

The second video of the series explores how humor continues to play a leading role in Rebecca Young’s approach to music and to hosting the New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts.

“Humor was big in my family,” Young says. “Getting [my kids] to laugh is how to keep them engaged.”

Young applies this same technique when hosting Very Young People’s Concerts, as thousands of delighted kids and parents can attest.

Young even has a secret language of bow gestures with her stand partner, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and uses it to make Phelps laugh as often as possible!

Watch the video above and on Facebook and IGTV.

Learn more about Rebecca Young

We Are NY Phil: Principal Harp Nancy Allen

Welcome to We Are NY Phil, a new video series that follows musicians of the New York Philharmonic outside the concert hall as they share their passions outside of music.

First up is Nancy Allen, an animal lover and Principal Harp of the Philharmonic since 1999. Her love for horses began as a child and hasn’t abated, despite her demanding career in music. In fact, her passions inform each other: complex, precise hand / foot coordination is necessary for both playing the harp and riding a horse.

Learn more about the harp and travel to upstate New York, where Nancy brought us along on a horseback riding session.

Watch the video on Facebook, Instagram TV, or click on the link above to watch the full director’s cut.

Nancy plays one of Schoenberg’s early songs, Erwartung, which she will perform this week, and an excerpt from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, which the Orchestra performs next week.

Learn more about Nancy Allen

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