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Young People’s Concert Host Fred Child’s Waltzing Spotify Playlist

And now, a word from the host of our upcoming Young People’s Concert, Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today:

“Greetings, musical friends! I’m honored to host the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert on November 17, when we’ll dance across the universe with the ever-spinning sound of the waltz. Here are some examples to enjoy between now and then!” — Fred Child

Happy listening to these selections from Saturday’s concert ... plus other waltzing works!

Wow! Watch Frank Huang Play the National Anthem Before Nets-Rockets Game

Last Friday, on his day off between performances of Barber’s Violin Concerto, Concertmaster Frank Huang — who claims to have a good outside shot — traveled to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to perform his own arrangement of the National Anthem before the Brooklyn Nets played his beloved Houston Rockets.

Frank grew up in Houston, and basketball was his go-to hobby. His mom didn’t let him join a team, to protect his hands and fingers. He was concertmaster of the Houston Symphony before coming to the Philharmonic.

Although we of course root for the Nets and Knicks, we are proud (and not surprised) that Frank’s virtuosity spurred the Rockets to victory.

Bravo, Frank!

(Video: Courtesy Brooklyn Nets; Thumbnail Photos: Chris Lee)

Magazine Names Aaltje van Zweden One of 80 Strong Women for Her Autism Advocacy

Aaltje van Zweden (at left in photo), the wife of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is a stoere vrouw, Dutch for strong woman, according to Margriet, one of the oldest and most famous magazines in The Netherlands.

For its 80th anniversary, Margriet has chosen 80 women to be celebrated for making large and small dreams come true. That certainly describes Aaltje’s work with the Papageno Foundation, which she and Jaap founded to help autistic young people engage with and be part of the community at large.

The kick-off event is today at the Amsterdam Museum, with Aaltje as one of the keynote speakers. She will discuss her work with the Papageno Foundation and her book, Om wie je bent (Who You Are), about her experience with her son Benjamin, who is autistic.

Congratulations, Aaltje!

Watch Music Director Jaap van Zweden on 60 Minutes

Last night more than 11 million Americans got to “Meet Jaap,” according to the average viewership of 60 Minutes. The most viewed news program on television featured our new Maestro Jaap van Zweden in a long and touching segment that followed him from his youth to his new position here in New York, hosted by Lesley Stahl.

In case you missed it, watch it above!

The Art of Andriessen: Recapping an Exploration of a Modern Master

 

“Whatever narratives … the music evokes in you, the pungent, precise harmonies are the result of the acute ear this composer brings to all his music, as we are learning from the Philharmonic’s two-week series ‘The Art of Andriessen.’”

So wrote The New York Times Senior Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini in his review of the October 10–13 subscription concerts, which included Andriessen’s TAO. Based on attendance, reviews, social-media buzz, and word of mouth, he speaks for the many who thoroughly experienced this great contemporary composer’s sound world over 16 days, 13 concerts, and five venues.  Read More...

President and CEO Deborah Borda Inducted Into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

 

On behalf of Deborah Borda, we’d like to thank the Academy.

No, our much-lauded President and CEO didn’t win an Oscar. But she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences last weekend in Cambridge, Mass., where the Academy is headquartered. Above, Borda (right) shakes hands with Geraldine L. Richmond, Secretary and Board Member of the Academy. 

Borda was in good company: fellow inductees included President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tom Hanks, and Katherine Farley, Chairman of Lincoln Center (also pictured).

The Academy “serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge” and “convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.”

Congratulations, Deborah!

N.Y. Philharmonic’s Kravis Prize for New Music Awarded to Unsuk Chin

 

We are delighted to announce that Unsuk Chin has been awarded The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. The Prize consists of $200,000 and a commission for the New York Philharmonic. She is the fourth recipient, after Henri Dutilleux, Per Nørgård, and Louis Andriessen.

“I am deeply honored to have been bestowed with The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, having such great respect and admiration for my predecessors and for the New York Philharmonic,” Unsuk Chin said. “Working with this exceptional orchestra for the first time some years ago, I immediately felt at home, both musically and personally, feeling such a close connection and such an intriguing sense of adventure with these wonderful musicians. I hugely admire the New York Philharmonic’s commitment to new composers and I am thrilled to have a chance to collaborate with them on a new work of mine.”

Philharmonic audiences may remember the 2013 US Premiere of her Gougalōn: Scenes from a Street Theater, named one of New York magazine’s “10 Best Classical Performances of the Year”; the US Premiere of her Philharmonic co-commissioned Clarinet Concerto, which Kari Kriikku performed in the 2014 opening subscription program (hear an excerpt below); and her Fantaisie mécanique performed by the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni at the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

“What Unsuk Chin writes is a music of the iridescent,” writes Paul Griffiths. “Just as the colors on the wing of a butterfly will seem to shift and flicker in the light, so this music is constantly alive with bewildering and enthralling possibility.” Read more in Unsuk Chin: An Appreciation.

(Photo: Priska Ketterer)

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