Leonard Bernstein'sNew York Bernstein Overture to West Side Story Copland Skyline from Music for a Great City Bernstein Symphony No 2 ‘Age of Anxiety: Masque’ Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
New York Philharmonic Alan Gilbert conductor Jamie Bernstein narrator Benjamin Grosvenor piano
The New York Philharmonic's committed advocacy of new music was matched in the 20th century by their equal belief in the nurturing of new audiences through their famed Young People's Concerts. Though begun in the 1920s, Leonard Bernstein's arrival as music director of the orchestra revolutionised the events. They were broadcast for a start, and this allied to the presentational and musical skills of the televisual, eloquent and engaging young conductor, helped create a much beloved institution that inspired - and continues to do so today - a generation of music lovers. It's a heritage lovingly embraced by his daughter Jamie Bernstein, who as narrator here will work with conductor Alan Gilbert to fire a love of music in the young of today.
Before the Young People’s Concert in the Barbican Hall, which will present the sights and sounds of New York through the eyes of Bernstein, we invite the audience to explore New York City through music with the New York Philharmonic. From exploring the sounds of central park on the cello, testing your knowledge on the sites and sounds of the city or composing your own Big Apple piece, we aim to encourage the audience to explore music in many different ways. We will also present new compositions created by East London school children the week before with the Orchestra.