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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: "Animals into Song — The Cunning Little Vixen"

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$15.00 - $42.00

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

12

Jan, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Journey to the enchanting world of The Cunning Little Vixen and discover how composer Leoš Janáček tells a story and develops characters, both human and animal, in music. What can humankind learn from the world of nature, and what does it sound like?

YPC Overtures | 12:45–1:45 PM
The hall comes alive! Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers. Find details here.
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Program

Janáček / Arr. Mackerras

Selections from The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

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New York Philharmonic Very Young Composer Nilomi Weerakkody

Soundscape for Orchestra

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Very Young Composer Melody Zhang

The Fox and the Tiger, for Quintet (World Premiere)

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Janáček / Arr. Mackerras

The Cunning Little Vixen Suite

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Artists

Jakub Hrůša

Conductor

Jakub Hrůša

Conductor

Jakub Hrusa

Conductor

Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. A frequent guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, he enjoys close relationships with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season he will make debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony.

Mr. Hrůša has collaborated with leading soloists, including Behzod Abduraimov, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang, Sol Gabetta, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, Karita Mattila, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Kristine Opolais, Stephanie d’Oustrac. Olga Peretyatko, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Josef Špaček, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Simon Trpčeski, Mitsuko Uchida, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Nikolaj Znaider.

A regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival and music director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years, he has conducted Barber’s Vanessa, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Turn of the Screw, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La bohème. He has led productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Carmen), Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Case), Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka and Lehár’s The Merry Widow), and Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico).

Recent recordings include Smetana’s Má vlast with the Bamberg Symphony (Tudor), and Bartók’s and Kodály’s Concertos for Orchestra with RSB Berlin (Pentatone). He has also recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Octavia Records); violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal); and nine discs of Czech repertoire with PKF-Prague Philharmonia, where he was music director from 2009 to 2015 (Pentatone and Supraphon).

Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He is president of the International Martinů Circle and The Dvořák Society, and in 2015 was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

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Students from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Puppet Designers / Puppeteers

Students from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

Puppet Designers / Puppeteers

Puppet Designers / Puppeteers

The dual mission of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts is to provide each student with professional preparation in conservatory arts education and in college preparatory academic education.

LaGuardia Arts is one of the original four specialized high schools in New York City, as established by the New York State Legislature in 1972. Currently there are nine specialized high schools in New York City, and LaGuardia Arts remains the sole specialized school of the arts. LaGuardia Arts provides areas of specialization in dance, drama, technical theater, instrumental music, vocal music, and fine arts. The Fine Arts Studio is the largest of the studios, with almost 1,000 students.

LaGuardia Arts was the first school in the nation to provide a free, publicly funded program for students with unique talents in the arts. This model has been replicated in most major cities throughout the country and the world.

Over the years, the school has earned an international reputation for excellence; the accomplishments of its graduates serve as the most vivid proof of the value of its specialized programs of instruction. Alumni have distinguished themselves in virtually every field of endeavor, including the arts and sciences as well as public service and other professions.

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Nehprii Amenii

Puppet designer and teaching artist

Nehprii Amenii

Puppet designer and teaching artist

Nehprii Ameni

Puppet designer and teaching artist

Nehprii Amenii is a puppeteer, visual theater artist, writer, and director. She has worked with Penumbra Theatre Company, The Flea Theater, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, IATI Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, American Dance Institute, Holland Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, Bread and Puppet Theater, Cirque du Soleil, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation.

In 2013 she was awarded the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for playwriting. In 2015 she was invited as a US delegate for the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a sponsored artist of the New York Foundation for the Arts, recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement grant, and supported by the Puffin Foundation.

Ms. Amenii uses puppetry and multimedia storytelling to teach English to newly arrived immigrant students. She serves on the advisory committee of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and holds a master’s in fine arts in theater production from Sarah Lawrence College. 

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Justin Jay Hines

Host

Justin Jay Hines

Host

Justin Hines

Host

Percussionist, composer, and educator Justin Jay Hines has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. He served as principal percussion of The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Since 1997 he has served as a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist in classrooms, concerts, workshops, and residencies across New York City and in educational programs in Japan. As a Broadway musician, he has played in many Tony Award–winning shows, including In the Heights, Pippin, Caroline or Change, and Tarzan. As an educator, he has collaborated with the St. Louis Symphony, New World Symphony, 92nd Street Y, Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for the Arts, and The Juilliard School. His classical compositions have been featured most prominently by his group Classical Jam at venues throughout the US and Asia. Currently Mr. Hines is a composition mentor for the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and is on the teaching faculty of New York University. In May 2018 he made his New York Philharmonic debut hosting the Young People’s Concert Inspirations and Tributes: “The Riddle of Shostakovich.” In November 2018 he appeared as The Hunter, The Cuckoo, and The Tipsy Blacksmith in the New York Philharmonic’s performances of waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss, conducted by Manfred Honeck.

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Doug Fitch

Director

Doug Fitch

Director

Doug Fitch

Director

Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch created several productions with the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre; Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen; A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky; and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale. The Philharmonic later performed Petrushka, one-half of A Dancer’s Dream, on tour at London’s Barbican Centre. Next year Le Grand Macabre will be remounted at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Fitch has also created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and for Bard’s SummerScape Festival. His Tanglewood production of Elliott Carter’s What Next? was filmed and later screened at the Museum of Modern Art.

Doug Fitch directed and designed the original version of Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moments at National Sawdust, a production that was remounted at the Salzburg Landestheater. He designed a third version for Master Voices at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. At National Sawdust he performed a live-animated version of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Alessio Bax, later remounted with Inon Barnatan at Town Hall. His cabaret, Doug Fitch’s Art Gallery Variety Show, has appeared at National Sawdust and Maison Francaise at Columbia University.

Mr. Fitch is a co-founder of Giants Are Small, which, in co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, developed Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood an iPad app, CD, and digital album featuring Alice Cooper as narrator and the German National Youth Orchestra. In May 2017 a live version was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Fitch as narrator. 

Doug Fitch’s recent projects include the World Premiere of Daniel Thomas Davis’s opera Six. Twenty. Outrageous at Symphony Space and Pan, created in collaboration with Marcos Balter and Claire Chase, at The Kitchen. 

 

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Special Thanks

Support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by The Theodore H. Barth Foundation and The Brodsky Family Foundation.

Major support for Very Young Composers is provided by Susan and Elihu Rose. Additional funding is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh; Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr.; The Rochlis Family Foundation; The ASCAP Foundation; the Solender Family Funds; the UJA-Federation of New York; and The West Family.

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