Young People’s Concerts Conclude with Coming to New York

The 96th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will conclude on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with “Coming to New York: Immigrant Voices,” the fourth program in this season’s series of YPCs, Music Across Borders.

Created by Jon Deak (Director, Very Young Composers Program) — a composer and former Philharmonic Associate Principal Bass — the Very Young Composers Program enables students from diverse backgrounds to compose music to be performed by Philharmonic musicians, sometimes by the full Orchestra.
Conducted by Thomas Wilkins, co-hosted by Mr. Wilkins and Philharmonic Teaching Artist Jihea Hong-Park, and directed by Habib Azar, the program will use music and storytelling to explore personal and collective identities in America. 

The program will feature selections from: Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra; Girl from the Da Ban City from Huang Ruo’s Folk Songs for Orchestra; Tumbao from Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonía No. 3, La salsa; Enough! I Intended To Leave You from Kareem Roustom’s Aleppo Songs for Orchestra; and Hero Brothers and Arbol de Sueños from Gabriela Lena Frank’s Peregrinos. The program will also feature World Premieres by two Philharmonic Very Young Composers: This Element That Questions a Woman, about Russian immigrant and suffragist Theresa Malkiel by 10-year-old Ilaria Loisa Hawley (2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award winner), and 16-year-old Ziyi Tao’s Being, centered on the concept of home while also expressing a sense of being lost.

Attendees are invited to arrive early to take part in YPC Overtures on the Grand Promenade and upper tiers of David Geffen Hall, at which children can meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and participate in an interactive performance featuring original compositions by Very Young Composers.

Single tickets to Young People’s Concerts start at $15; all tickets include admission to YPC Overtures. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the David Geffen Hall Box Office. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m.

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