Very Young People's Concerts Continue with Philharmonic Playdates: 'Make-Believe'

Very Young People's Concerts Continue with Philharmonic Playdates: 'Make-Believe'

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages 3 to 6, will continue Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Monday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street. The program, titled "Make-Believe," is the second installment in Philharmonic Playdates, the season's theme that imagines playdates with the Orchestra. Hosted by Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young, the program will feature Martin?'s La Revue de cuisine, performed by Philharmonic clarinetist Amy Zoloto, bassoonist Roger Nye, Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin, violinist Quan Ge, cellist Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales, and pianist Eric Huebner. Designer and director Doug Fitch - with whom the Philharmonic has collaborated on several acclaimed staged productions - has designed and directed the Very Young People's Concerts since January 2017.

Lincoln Center Education's Big Umbrella Festival, the world's first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families, will present an amended version of Philharmonic Playdates: "Make-Believe" on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. The relaxed performance - open to anyone, but designed with the needs of people with autism, sensory and communication disorder, or learning disabilities in mind - will include pre-concert musical games with musicians and Martin?'s La Revue de cuisine, hosted by Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young with audience participation.

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 lead 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, Philharmonic Playdates: "Building Blocks," will take place June 3-4, 2018.

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

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Citi. Preferred Card of the New York Philharmonic.

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Emirates is the Official Airline of the New York Philharmonic.

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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 for the April 8-9 performances start at $26; tickets for the April 14 performance are $18. 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.)

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 8, 2018, 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (both sold out)
Monday, April 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Amy Zoloto, clarinet
Roger Nye, bassoon
Christopher Martin, trumpet
Quan Ge, violin
Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales, cello
Eric Huebner, piano
Rebecca Young, host
Doug Fitch, designer / director

Philharmonic Playdates: "Make-Believe"

MARTIN? La Revue de cuisine

Photo: Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young
hosting a Very Young People's Concert
Photo: Michael DiVito

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