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The New York Philharmonic

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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: “Level Up — Beethoven, Andrew Norman, and Video Games”


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour

Date & Times


Mar, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

How is writing a symphony like playing a video game? In both you get to choose your own adventure! Find out where composers find inspiration, hear how melodies transform, and travel to new sound worlds.

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.
FREE for Young People’s Concert ticketholders

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Program To Include


Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5


Andrew Norman

Level I, from Play


Very Young Composer, Kyler Simon

New work


Edwin Outwater


Edwin Outwater



American conductor Edwin Outwater is equally adept at interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and connecting audiences with repertoire beyond the mainstream. His recent projects include Sound Health — a collaboration with soprano Renée Fleming, The Kennedy Center, and the National Institutes of Health — and a jazz version of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared with Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall in a concert for families featuring a World Premiere by Caroline Shaw, narrated by actor John Lithgow. This season, Chicago was introduced to The Line-Up, an outdoor concert series Mr. Outwater created and curated at Gallagher Way (adjacent to Wrigley Field), which combines multi-genre music performances with the technology and capabilities of major-league sports.

Edwin Outwater served as music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2006 to 2017, and was subsequently named the orchestra’s music director laureate. As music director he revitalized the orchestra with recordings, tours, and collaborations with artists, scientists, chefs, and musicians across all genres. From 2014 to 2017 he was director of Summer Concerts of the San Francisco Symphony and helped launch its groundbreaking SoundBox series.

Mr. Outwater’s recent debuts include Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Pacific Music Festival, as well as return engagements with the Chicago, San Francisco, Utah, and Tokyo Metropolitan symphony orchestras, among others. Mr. Outwater has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, New World, and Seattle symphony orchestras. In Canada he has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and many others. International appearances include the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, BBCNOW, Brussels Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, and the Mexico City Philharmonic orchestras.

A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater graduated cum laude in English literature from Harvard University, where he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and the a cappella group Harvard Din and Tonics, and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s in conducting from the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying with Heiichiro Ohyama and Paul Polivnick, in addition to studying music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein.

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Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator

Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator


Host / Curator

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota — a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music — with a live concert event at Los Angeles’s Theater at Ace Hotel. She also embarks on a European tour with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and cellist Markus Hohti.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre, and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). She is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavik’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers including Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. Ms. Sirota also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Ms. Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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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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