New York Philharmonic program to feature young composers

Posted on: May 13, 2010

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct his first School Day Concerts in six performances set to take place from May 19 to 21. The program will feature the world premieres of compositions by six of the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers, ages 10 to 11, and three participants in the New York Youth Symphony’s Making Score program, ages 13 to 16. The Very Young Composers program, led by New York Philharmonic bassist Jon Deak, is an afterschool initiative that pairs elementary school students with composer mentors to write works that will be performed by the orchestra. The NYYS’s Making Score program provides advanced instruction in orchestration, score reading, and compositional technique to aspiring composers under age 23. The concerts will be attended by 12,000 students and teachers from 100 elementary, middle, and high schools from the tri-state region. Alan Gilbert will be the first New York Philharmonic music director to lead the School Day performances since Zubin Mehta did so in 1991.

Posted May 13, 2010