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Young People's Concerts

Music Across Borders: "Dancing Across the Universe — The Waltz"

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$15-42

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

17

Nov, 2018

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

From Ferris wheels and carousels to ballroom floors and outer space, we can’t help but twirl — whether our feet are planted firmly on the ground or not! How did a simple Austrian folk dance come to universally represent our passion for going in circles? Discover the science behind spinning and music “in three.”

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.
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Program

Rodgers

Selection from Carousel Waltz, from Carousel

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Mozart

Six German Dances, K.600, Nos. 5 and 6

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J. Strauss II

Selection from Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltzes)

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Khachaturian

Waltz from Masquerade Suite

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Rosas

Sobre las olas

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Tailleferre

Waltz of the Telegrams from Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel

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J. Strauss II

Selection from On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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Tchaikovsky

Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker

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Artists

Gemma New

Conductor

Gemma New

Conductor

Gemma New

Conductor

New Zealand–born conductor Gemma New is currently music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, and resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season, she enjoys guest engagements with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Calgary, Louisiana, and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras; Charlotte, Detroit, Drummondville, Jacksonville, San Diego, Toronto, Tucson, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras; and CMI Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Florida Orchestra, and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt. In the summer of 2018 Ms. New made her Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra debut, returned to the Grant Park Music Festival, and served as a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

In recent seasons, Ms. New’s guest conducting has taken her around the world, to orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Europe. She has also appeared with the Albany, Atlanta, Berkeley, Long Beach, Miami, New Jersey, North Carolina, Omaha, San Diego, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, and Opus Orchestra in New Zealand.

A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gemma New has led youth, school, and community programs with that orchestra. She has also held a David A. Karetsky Conducting Fellowship at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and an Ansbacher Fellowship, during which she was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to take up residence at the Salzburg Music Festival. She has also resided in Leipzig as a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellow, studying Mendelssohn’s music with Kurt Masur and leading the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra in the historic Lindensaal of Markkleeberg. She has also served as associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony.

Holding a strong interest in contemporary music, Ms. New made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2013 leading works by John Adams and Andrew Norman on the American Soundscapes series. In 2017 she received a Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award, in support of her operatic pursuits. Ms. New has conducted several contemporary operas and assisted on operas by Mozart, Verdi, and Ravel. Most recently she led Jean-Pierre Arnaud’s arrangement of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

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Fred Child

Host

Fred Child

Host

Fred Child

Host

Fred Child is the host of American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America. He is also the commentator and announcer for Live From Lincoln Center, the only live performing arts series on television.

Mr. Child appears as a host and speaker at classical music festivals and events around the country, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Beyond the world of classical music, he hosted NPR’s innovative Creators@Carnegie, a program of wide-ranging performers in concert, including Brian Wilson, David Byrne, Dawn Upshaw, Youssou N’Dour, Emmylou Harris, and others.

In recent years, Fred Child has hosted a series of unique, live, national concert broadcasts, from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York to Los Angeles, London, Boston, and Cardiff, Wales. His music reviews have appeared on NPR. He’s been a contributor to Billboard magazine, and a concert host and commentator for BBC Radio 3.

While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Fred Child studied classical piano. He also dabbles in guitar, percussion, and bagpipes. His percussion band opened for the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum. He has narrated works at the Aspen Festival, with the Virginia Symphony, with the U.S. Marine Band, and at the Round Top Festival-Institute. His rare musical performances in public include percussion with guitarist Sharon Isbin and piano four-hands duets with Andre-Michel Schub. He appears as an actor in a video commissioned for the Partita for Solo Violin by Philip Glass.

He loves baseball (throws right, bats left) and soccer (he’s a fan of North London’s Tottenham Hotspur), and is an avid hiker, climber, skier, cyclist, a licensed private pilot, and a certified scuba diver.

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Amy Mainzer

Astronomer

Amy Mainzer

Astronomer

Amy Mainzer

Astronomer

Amy Mainzer is a senior research scientist in the Science division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She serves as the principal investigator for the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), a NASA space mission dedicated to observing, tracking, and characterizing near-Earth asteroids and comets. Prior to joining JPL in 2003, she worked as an engineer at Lockheed Martin, where she built a small camera for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Dr. Mainzer serves as the curriculum advisor and on-camera host for the PBS Kids television series Ready Jet Go!, which teaches space and Earth science to three- to eight-year-olds. At JPL Dr. Mainzer has mentored approximately two dozen students, ranging from high school through graduate levels. In 2018 she received the NASA Exceptional Public Service medal for her work on near-Earth asteroids.

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Paunika Jones

Dancer

Paunika Jones

Dancer

Paunika Jones

Dancer

Paunika Jones was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and is an alumna of the New World School of the Arts. After graduating, she began her dance career at Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she ascended through the ranks from a member of the professional training program to principal dancer. From there, she worked in various ballet, contemporary, and dance theater companies, both nationally and internationally. During her ever-expanding career, Ms. Jones has developed a love for ballet and dance instruction, yoga, GYROKINESIS, and overall well-being. She plans to further her studies in these areas and continue blooming artistically, which includes cultivating her own dance / performance art company.

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Lacey Thomas

Dancer

Lacey Thomas

Dancer

Lacey Thomas

Dancer

Lacey Thomas is a native New Yorker who began training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School under the direction of the late artistic director emeritus Arthur Mitchell; she received a graduate certificate from the Professional Training Program in 2013. She became a member of New York City Opera Children’s Division at age 12, performing in Verdi’s Macbeth, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Ms. Thomas has also studied modern, jazz, tap, and African genres, and, while majoring in business management at the City College of New York, she continued her professional training with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. She joined Charlotte Ballet II in 2013 and performed in works including Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Jean-Pierre Bounefoux’s Cinderella.  

Ms. Thomas has performed as a guest artist for the Albano Ballet Company in Hartford, Connecticut, and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and she was featured as a ballet dancer and instructor in the documentary Black Ballerina. After starting her own open hip hop classes she founded her own dance company, LEGACY, in 2018. The hip hop–based company uses her ballet background in training aspiring professionals as versatile dancers. Lacey Thomas is the first hip hop faculty instructor at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, and she leads the dance department at Urban Academy Laboratory High School.

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Kirya Traber

Scriptwriter and Director

Kirya Traber

Scriptwriter and Director

Kirya Traber

Scriptwriter and Director

Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded writer and performer, and has been an artist-in-residence with Lincoln Center Education since 2015. Her plays include The New York Times Critic’s Pick Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ (produced by Ping Chong + Company in 2018); Music in Color: The Legacy of Florence Price (commissioned by Orchestra of. St Luke’s, 2017); Both My Grandfathers (Lincoln Center Education, 2015); and The Life of Belle da Costa Greene (commissioned by The Morgan Library & Museum, 2013). Kirya Traber is the recipient of a California Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Robert Redford’s Sundance Foundation Award for Activism in the Arts.

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