For 20 years now, the Very Young Composers program at the New York Philharmonic has been giving children the opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to have their original compositions performed by some of the world's greatest musicians.
On June 4, 2016, we will celebrate the VYC's 20th Birthday with a concert like nothing we've done so far. We are partnering with National Sawdust, the acclaimed new Brooklyn venue, to present an international concert with New York Philharmonic musicians performing music by 7 composers, all born since 2000, who live in New York, Helsinki, Seoul and Caracas. Also on the program: works commissioned for the occasion by two distinguished composers who are veteran Teaching Artists of the Very Young Composers.
Here are the Very Young Composers:
Angie Andrade, Venezuela
Chi-Chi Ezekwenna, USA
Aino Hartonen, Finland
Taehyun Kwon, South Korea
Mia Micic, USA
Nina Moske, USA
Aidan Ng, USA
The Very Young Composers from Finland, South Korea, and Venezuela are not able to attend the concert, so we are asking you to help make it possible for them to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. You can help us make possible a video link to allow them to talk to the audience and their New York counterparts, and to hear the world premieres of their works. Your gift will also help cover the costs of the Teaching Artists who work with young composers; performers; commissions for Paola Prestini and Angelica Negron; and production and technology costs.
In order to ensure the vitality of the future of concert music, we must nurture and empower the creative voices of our children. For them, it has proven to be life-changing. Be a part of this concert and make a direct impact on the lives of these talented kids - and get some amazing rewards straight from our Very Young Composers. At the rate these kids are going, their gifts to you will be invaluable one day soon!
Very Young Composers (VYC) is an after-school program for children, ages 9 to about 13, from the public school system of New York City. The VYC approach to supporting children’s creativity has now been adapted by at least 42 VYC-affiliate organizations nationally and internationally – orchestras, schools, government agencies, and more. VYC students work with composer-Teaching Artists and performers who help them express and develop their own individual voices – without ever editing their ideas. Students gain skills to take the music that they imagine and orchestrate it for live ensembles in a concert setting.
Risks and challenges
Live streaming to South Korea, Finland, Venezuela, and the Netherlands will be vulnerable to bandwidth issues that could arise in any of the locations. We are working with our partners in all these countries, and with the technical teams of National Sawdust and the New York Philharmonic to minimize these risks. As a failsafe, we will procure videotaped statements from the Very Young Composers abroad, so that in the worst case we can hear their comments in the concert. Beyond that, every live performance, especially of brand-new music, has its performance risks; however, but the musicians of the New York Philharmonic are accustomed to playing the newest music with all their hearts. And performing regularly at National Sawdust (four times during NY PHIL BIENNIAL), we have excellent working relationships with the staff and crew there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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