Saturday, June 4th 11am
As it did in the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, the Philharmonic will highlight some of today’s youngest composers inVery Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic: The Continuum at National Sawdust. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program, the performance will feature Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists performing the World Premieres of chamber works composed by Very Young Composers and Teaching Artists from the United States, Venezuela, South Korea, and Finland. The works will explore the theme “What will the world be like in the year 2050?” The international composers will converse with their American counterparts on video during the concert.
The program will feature new music — composed and orchestrated by the students — resulting from online discussions the students have been having with each other about musical ideas, global issues, and the future of their communities.
The American composers include Composer’s Bridge Post-Graduate Mia Micic (United States, b. 2002), whose work Raft Dino Spies was premiered by the New York Philharmonic at a Young People’s Concert for Schools in May 2013 and has been subsequently performed by several professional orchestras nationally; Composer’s Bridge Post-Graduate Nina Moske (United States, b. 2003), who composed Syrian Love Song, for Aya in response to a rap sung by a 14-year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan, and whose Life was premiered by the Philharmonic at a Young People’s Concert for Schools in January 2014; Composer’s Bridge student Chi-Chi Ezekwenna (United States, b. 2004), whose work There Shall Be No Shame in the World, composed following a Musical Postcards correspondence with 13-year-olds living in the Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut, was premiered by Philharmonic musicians on aSaturday Matinee Concert in May 2015, and whose The Dishwasher — Part II was also premiered by the New York Philharmonic; and Composer’s Bridge student Aidan Ng (United States, b. 2003), who composed Starfury for the JACK Quartet, which performed the work at a Composer’s Bridge workshop. The international composers includeAngie Andrade (Venezuela, b. 2002) of Venezuela’s Jóvenes Compositores; Aino Hartonen (Finland, b. 2003) of Finland’s KUULE, minä sävellän; and Kyurim Kim (South Korea, b. 2005) of South Korea’s Gomah Jagoka.