Young Peoples Concert

The New York Philharmonic

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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: "Coming to New York — Immigrant Voices"


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour

Date & Times


May, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

New York has long been home to wave after wave of immigrants who bring their distinctive cultures: languages, recipes, holidays, customs — and, of course, songs. Hear music reflecting the immigrant experience, with all of its challenges and triumphs, and explore how an orchestra made up of so many different instruments can work together to create a united, inspiring, and thrilling sound!

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

Young People’s Concerts are intended for children ages 6–12 and their families. All are welcome, but each person requires a ticket.

Learn more about the Young People's Concerts. Also part of New York Story: Threads of Our City


Program To Include


Selections from Concerto for Orchestra


Huang Ruo

Selection from Folk Songs for Orchestra


Roberto Sierra

Tumbao, from Sinfonia No. 3, La Salsa


Kareem Roustom

Enough I Intended To Leave You, from Aleppo Songs for Orchestra


Gabriella Lena Frank

Selections from Peregrinos


Very Young Composers

New works


Thomas Wilkins

Conductor and Host

Thomas Wilkins

Conductor and Host

Conductor and Host

Thomas Wilkins is music director of the Omaha Symphony and principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and he holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Past positions have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (Virginia) Symphony. He has also served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 2014 Mr. Wilkins received the prestigious Outstanding Artist award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards for his significant contribution to music in the state. During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Utah, and National symphony orchestras; and the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. This past summer’s schedule included his debut with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, a return to The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, and appearances with the San Diego Symphony. During the 2015–16 season, in addition to returning to Detroit, New Jersey, and Buffalo, he makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic. His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several boards of directors, including those of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Charles Drew Health Center (Omaha), Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and Museum of Fine Arts and the Academy Preparatory Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Currently he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.

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Jihea Hong-Park


Jihea Hong-Park


Jihea Hong-Park


Pianist Jihea Hong-Park performs regularly as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician in cities throughout the United States and abroad. She has been featured at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital and Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Korea's Incheon Performing Arts Center, Yun I-Sang Concert Hall, Japan’s Komae Ecorma Hall and Niigata Performing Arts Center among others. She has also appeared often as guest artist and lecturer at universities and colleges in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Ms. Hong-Park received her B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juilliard School. Upon her master's graduation in 2003, she received the school’s highest award, William Schuman Prize for her exceptional achievement, leadership and service in music. Ms. Hong-Park is currently a doctoral candidate in the Music and Music Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is presently on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division and the New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists.

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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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