For its 2014-15 Young People’s Concerts, the New York Philharmonic is partnering with fashion retailer Uniqlo on a clothing drive at which concertgoers can leave gently used clothes in bins at Avery Fisher Hall. The clothing will be distributed directly to people in need living in New York City homeless shelters by Uniqlo volunteers. At the concerts, Philharmonic musicians wear Uniqlo clothing with colors identifying each orchestral section, and children are invited to dress in the color of their favorite section: strings are clad in red or pink, woodwinds in green, brass in blue, percussion in orange, and harp and keyboards in light blue. The Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts continue on Saturday, January 24, with “New York Transformed.” The concert celebrates the orchestra’s hometown through Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; Karen LeFrak’s A Bite of the Apple, featuring video from NYC & Company; It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington; and music by Very Young Composers of New York City and Shanghai. Associate Conductor Case Scaglione leads the performance, and Education Vice President Theodore Wiprud hosts the event. A special podcast for children is available one week before the concert at http://nyphil.org/ypc, as is TuneUp, the children’s concert program.
Posted January 12, 2015