The New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts Concludes 12th Season, 4/30

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts Concludes 12th Season, 4/30

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages 3 to 6, will conclude its 12th season Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Monday, May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street. The program, titled "Woodwinds," is the final of three installments in Philharmonic Families, the season's theme that presents an overview of the entire orchestra. The "Woodwinds" program will feature Philharmonic musicians performing selections from Rossini's La gazza ladra Overture and Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin as well as "This Violist Went Wandering," set to the tune of "Once an Austrian Went Yodeling." Hosted again by Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young, the program will feature Philharmonic flutist Yoobin Son, Associate Principal Oboe Sherry Sylar, Acting Associate Principal Clarinet Pascual Martínez Forteza, guest bassoonist Harrison Miller, and horn player R. Allen Spanjer. Production designer Doug Fitch - with whom the Philharmonic has collaborated on several acclaimed staged productions, and who began his involvements in Philharmonic VYPCs in January 2017 - created artwork for the concert, which also features Philippe the Penguin, a character created for the series.

Lincoln Center's Boro-Linc will present a free performance of the Very Young People's Concert Philharmonic Families: "Woodwinds" at the Center for Family Life at PS 503/506 in Brooklyn on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a pre-performance workshop at 6:30 p.m.

The VYPCs 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.

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Support for Very Young People's Concerts is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman and Shirley Brodsky.

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Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Single tickets start at $25. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the David Geffen Hall Box Office. 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. (Ticket prices subject to change.)

Admission to the Boro-Linc event at the Center for Family Life at PS 503/506 is free; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For press tickets, call Lanore Carr at the New York Philharmonic at (212) 875-5714, or email her at


Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (sold out)
Monday, May 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Center for Family Life at PS 503/506
343 60th Street
Brooklyn, New York
Friday, June 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-performance workshop at 6:30 p.m.

Yoobin Son, flute
Sherry Sylar, oboe
Pascual Martínez Forteza, clarinet
Harrison Miller§, bassoon
Allen Spanjer, horn
Rebecca Young, host
Doug Fitch, production designer

Philharmonic Families: "Woodwinds"

ROSSINI / Arr. P. Erwin Selection from La gazza ladra Overture
TRADITIONAL / Arr. R. Young and T. Wiprud "This Violist Went Wandering"
RAVEL / Arr. Jones and Schuller Selections from Le Tombeau de Couperin

§ New York Philharmonic guest artist

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