The New York Philharmonic Announces New Additions For NEW YORK STORIES: THREADS OF OUR CITY
The New York Philharmonic announces updates to the ancillary activities presented as part of New York Stories: Threads of Our City, January 14-27, 2019, two weeks of concerts and events examining New York City's roots as a city of immigrants. The centerpiece is the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, which reflects on the New York garment industry at the turn of the 20th century and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them young immigrants.
New York Philharmonic bassist Max Zeugner and cellist Ru-Pei Yeh will perform Julia Wolfe's Retrieve, and singers from The Crossing will perform selections from Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth in a special guided tour of three Tenement Museumapartments, January 14, 2019. The tour visits the Gumpertz (1875), Confino (1890), and Rogarshevsky (1916) family apartments, connecting Julia Wolfe's music to the stories of immigrant garment workers of the time. The evening will begin with a welcome reception at the Tenement Museum Visitor Center, with composer Julia Wolfe in attendance and complimentary wine and food from the Lower East Side.
The Philharmonic's Your Story, Our Story webpage, presented by the Tenement Museum, is now populated with stories of Philharmonic musicians' immigration, migration, and cultural heritage. Philharmonic audience members and fans are invited to share their own stories on the webpage, or during the January 24-26 subscription concerts, when Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth will be premiered, at a table set up in the hall with assistance from representatives from the Tenement Museum.
The New York Philharmonic Archives will present the exhibit Immigrant New York: Celebrating the Workers and Musicians of Our City in the Bruno Walter Gallery on David Geffen Hall's Grand Promenade, exploring immigrant musicians of the Philharmonic, both past and present, and immigrant factory workers. The exhibit will feature materials and documents from the holdings of the New York Philharmonic Archives; the Forward, including its front-lines coverage of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and its aftermath as well as profiles of the victims; the Museum of the City of New York; the National Archives at New York City; and the Kheel Center at Cornell University. Highlights include:
- An example of a shirtwaist and photos of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire from the Museum of the City of New York
- Ship manifests, passport applications, and naturalization and census records of Philharmonic musicians and Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victims from the holdings of the National Archives at New York City
- Personal histories of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire victims as reported in the Forward and researched by historians at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University
The free Insights at the Atrium event "Fire in my mouth: Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire," at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on January 15 will feature composer Julia Wolfe, Forward archivist Chana Pollack, and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition founder Ruth Sergel discussing the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, its impact, and the importance of memorializing it. Ms. Wolfe will discuss her new multimedia work Fire in my mouth, and Ms. Pollack will present archival materials from the Forward's front-lines coverage of the tragedy and its aftermath. Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda moderates.
New York Stories: Threads of Our City will also feature GRoW at Annenberg Sound ON: "Threads," a new-music concert featuring Philharmonic musicians performing chamber music by composers influenced by their time in America.
More information and ancillary materials related to New York Stories: Threads of Our City are available at nyphil.org/stories.
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