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May 11: An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town! As part of Saturday May 11th's New York Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert (YPC), two Very Young Composers will guide the way for an audience compositional creation. This will occur on the Grand Promenade as part of the pre-concert activities. Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer storyteller Bill Gordh will host new pieces composed by VYCers Vivian Graham and Artemy Mukhin. NY Philharmonic teaching artist Jacinta Clusellas has mentored the process for the two young composers. The story for which the composers have composed centers on life in Instrument Village where all the instruments of the orchestra live. In this adventure, new sounds come into the Village and the result is new music. Vivian will work with a daytime musical setting and Artemy a nocturnal one. Each composer has created a scale that the other must compose with for the part of their pieces that represents after the new sounds have arrived. They have composed for Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion that will be played by NY Phil teaching artists. Following these pieces, the audience will be asked to contribute new sounds for another day's adventure. The program will run twice beginning at 1:00 PM and admission is included with a YPC ticket.

April 13: Peter and the Wolf. The Fabri Chamber Concerts present a Young Peoples Concert featuring the much loved "Peter and the Wolf" narrated by Jon Deak. The program will also include a suite of Russian tales told by Bill Gordh with his banjo. A solo work for Bass (who also narrates) by Deak of The Hound of the Baskervilles featuring bassist Richard Frederickson will round out the bill. The ensemble features virtuoso wind players from the New York Philharmonic: Sherry Sylar (flute), Kim Laskowski (bassoon), Pascual Martinez-Fonseca (clarinet) and Allen Spanier (Horn). The performance will be at House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street. Tix. $25 - Adults, $10.00 - Children. 212.289-0399. 3:00 PM. Limited Seating.  

March 2: Lincoln Center: VYC on the Mezzanine. For the Pre-Concert Interactive Program for the March 2 New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concert, Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak and co-producer Bill Gordh have invited two young composers to create new works to inspire the audience to collaborate on a new composition. To the Top of the Mountain presents a quartet of instruments (Flute, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion) trying to complete the 3 track challenge. Each of the composers, Michael Rodriquez and Alexander Rothschild-Douaihy has composed a piece of the quartet trying to get past three sonic obstacles and make it to the top. To add to the excitement, Michael had created one of the obstacles for Alexander and vice versa. The two trips up the mountain will provide a model for the audience to compose the third trip. An exciting and unique composing adventure! Admission included with Young Persons Concert ticket.

Feb 9: Scandinavia House. Bill will bring his banjo, as well as the 5-string kantele to accompany his telling of Scandinavian Tales for his annual family concert at Scandinavia House. Titled Lore from the Fjords, Bill shares a variety of marvelous tales from the mainland Scandinavian countries as well as Iceland. The hour long program will include "Ole and the Magpie" (Sweden), "The Raspberry Worm" (Finland), "The Merman's Mitten" (Norway) and "The Elf Woman's Gift" (Iceland). The hour-long concert begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Feb 9th at 58 Park Ave, NYC. FREE

Feb. 2: The New York Society Library. Bill will be telling stories at the Open House for the New York Society Library on Saturday, Feb. 2. There will be programs at 2:15, 3:00 and 3:45. Hands on craft making will also be available throughout the afternoon. The library, founded in 1754 is the oldest cultural institution in New York City. It is now located at 53 East 79th Street (near Madison). The Open House runs from 2:00 - 5:00. It is FREE to the public. Family Fun Day 2019



May 21. Insights at the Atrium: New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers. Bill will join Very Young Composer's (VYC) founder Jon Deak for a special event at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway focused on this unique program. It will feature performances of works by 3 very young composers as well as audience participation in a series of activities led by teaching artist and percussionist Justin Hines. Bill will narrate and lead an interactive composing event within the presentation of An Instrument Village Adventure: New Sounds in Town. VYCer Vivian Graham has composer a piece entitled No Walls about a day in Instrument Village when some new sounds come into town and how the instruments find new music. Artemy Mukhin, another VYC composer has created a piece about nighttime in the village. The audience will get to offer their own ideas for new sounds for the third piece in this adventure. There will also be a new work by VYCer Isai Rabiu. The pieces will be played by a quartet including Trombone, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion. The players include NY Philharmonic musicians and others who work with the program. This is a New York Philharmonic event at 7:30 on Tuesday, May 21 at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway = 61 West 62nd Street). One hour. FREE


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