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Help celebrate 20 years of empowering the youngest composers by making their NY PHIL BIENNIAL concert go international!
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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.

Working with Philharmonic Teaching Artists, Very Young Composers compose their very own music for Philharmonic musicians to play!
Working with Philharmonic Teaching Artists, Very Young Composers compose their very own music for Philharmonic musicians to play!

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.

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    STAY CURIOUS!
    Receive invitations to local VYC concerts and events as well as periodic updates of our most exciting news!

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    STAY CREATIVE!
    All of the above plus - Put pencil to paper and spark your inner composer with a set of 3 VYC Pencils

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    STAY ENGAGED!
    All of the above plus - Hear from the young composers themselves in a special video message to you!

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    STAY STYLISH!
    All of the above plus - Sport an official Very Young Composers T-shirt!

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    STAY AND LISTEN!
    All of the above plus - Receive a digital download of a New York Philharmonic performance.

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    STAY CONNECTED
    All of the above plus - Show your support and see your name listed in our concert program on June 4th.

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    STAY MUSICAL!
    All of the above plus - Enjoy a musical postcard composed by a Very Young Composer, especially written for you!

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    STAY IN TUNE!
    All of the above plus - For your generous donation, receive an autographed score written by a Very Young Composer!

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    STAY INSPIRED!
    All of the above plus - Enjoy VIP Access to rehearsals, and priority seating at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL VYC Concert on June 4th at National Sawdust.

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