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New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts Kick Off 1/22-23


The 2011–12 New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts, designed for children ages 3 to 6, will begin on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 12:30 and 3:00 p.m., and Monday, January 23, at 10:30 a.m., at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street. The first program, titled "Allegro and Adagio," will explore how tempo makes music fun, featuring selections by Mozart as part of the season's theme, Mozart and Friends.

Philharmonic Associate PrincipAl Viola Rebecca Young is the host; Dorian Rence, also a violist with the Philharmonic, is the writer and narrator of stories about Philippe the Penguin, a character created for the series; and Marion Schoevaert is the illustrator.

New York Philharmonic violinists Anna Rabinova and Kerry McDermott, violist Judith Nelson, cellist Qiang Tu, and bass Satoshi Okamoto will perform.

Now in their seventh season, the Very Young People's Concerts are designed by Philharmonic musicians working with faculty from Teachers College of Columbia University to introduce young children to classical music through games, active listening, and hands-on music-making. Before each concert, musicians are stationed throughout Merkin Concert Hall to greet families and initiate musical activities on the day's theme.

After each performance, children have an opportunity to try orchestral instruments
themselves. The next Very Young People's Concerts will take place March 25 and 26, 2012, with a
focus on "Treble and Bass."

Single tickets start at $21. Limited availability. For information, call (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also

Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m.

To determine ticket availability, call the Philharmonic's Customer Relations Department at (212) 875-5656. For press tickets, call Lanore Carr in the New York Philharmonic Communications Department at (212) 875-5714, or e-mail her at

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