Young People's Concert — Inspirations and Tributes: “An African American Lineage”

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Young People's Concert - Inspirations and Tributes: "An African American Lineage"

Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
Price Range

$15-42

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

3

Feb, 2018

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Music by Ellington and other African American composers, along with Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic. Explore the lineage of African American composers, from Duke Ellington to younger composers active today.

YPC Overtures | 12:45–1:45 PM
The hall comes alive! Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.
FREE for Young People’s Concert ticketholders

Learn more about the Young People's Concerts.
 

Program To Include

William Grant Still

Selections from Lenox Avenue

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Traditional/Arr. H.T. Burleigh

"My Lord, What a Mornin'"

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Very Young Composers

New works by Very Young Composers of New York City inspired by their neighborhoods

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Ellington/Marsalis

Selections from Harlem

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Artists

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen

Conductor

Joshua Gersen, music director of the New York Youth Symphony since September 2012, began his tenure as New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor in September 2015. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller and was the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he served as assistant conductor to artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, and led subscription, education, and family concerts. Mr. Gersen made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in the fall of 2013; he has since led that orchestra numerous times, including filling in for Michael Tilson Thomas on part of a subscription series. Joshua Gersen was the principal conductor of the Ojai Music Festival in 2013; has conducted the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville symphony orchestras; and has served as a cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other orchestras throughout the United States. Winner of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, he is also a recipient of the 2010 Robert Harth Prize and 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize from the Aspen Summer Festival, where he served as assistant conductor in the summer of 2012. Mr. Gersen is also an avid composer, and his works have been performed by the New Mexico and Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras as well as the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra and at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Mr. Gersen received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the New England Conservatory, studying with Michael Gandolfi. His work as a composer has led to an interest in conducting contemporary music; he has led World Premieres with the New World Symphony and New York Youth Symphony, and has collaborated with many composers including John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, and Michael Gandolfi. Since becoming an Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he has led the Orchestra in 17 Young People’s Concerts and Young People’s Concerts for Schools.

Learn more about Joshua Gersen
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, named WQXR’s 2016–17 artist-in-residence, is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles reimagining choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and a versatile range and repertoire. The Chorus’s multilevel training program draws students from across the five boroughs and combines intensive voice and musicianship study with exceptional performance experiences.

The Chorus has appeared with orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, London and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, and Mariinsky Orchestra, and with conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Chorus has performed with major recording artists including Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend.

The Chorus, which received a 2005 Grammy Award for the New York Philharmonic’s recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, recently released its first solo recording, Black Mountain Songs, through New Amsterdam Records. Brooklyn Youth Chorus has garnered a strong reputation as an arts producer.

Current productions include Silent Voices, which premiered at the BAM Opera House in May 2017; Aging Magician, which received its Off-Broadway premiere in March 2017; and Black Mountain Songs, which tours to Asheville, North Carolina, in September 2017.

Founded in 1992 by artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus serves more than 600 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at its Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which, under her leadership, has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Robert Spano. She prepared the chorus for its 2002 New York Philharmonic debut in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording of which won a 2005 Grammy Award. Dianne Berkun Menaker is the creator of the chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

Learn more about Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

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Terrance McKnight

Narrator and Host

Terrance McKnight

Narrator and Host

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Noah Himmelstein

Scriptwriter and Director

Noah Himmelstein

Scriptwriter and Director

Scriptwriter and Director

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