2017–18: An African-American Legacy: The Harlem Renaissance

Poetry, novels, painting, drama, music, fashion…they all blossomed and converged uptown in Harlem on the tide of the Great Migration. It was the Jazz Age and African-American music proliferated — not just in jazz, but also in symphonic music. Antonín Dvořák’s open embrace of African-American musical traditions in his New World Symphony helped pave the way for new voices. By 1920, William Grant Still was composing symphonies and conducting major orchestras. Duke Ellington was establishing himself as a band leader, eventually to compose major orchestral works as well. Discover the legacy they launched, how the Harlem Renaissance is reflected in their work, and how today’s youth carry on the tradition in the freshest new music.

With curriculum for advance preparation, a stimulating and interactive performance format, live cameras giving everyone an up-close view of the action on a big screen, and the thrilling sound of one of the world’s great orchestras, Young People’s Concerts for Schools consistently receive top ratings from teachers for education value.

Resource Materials for Teachers
(available in November)

Joshua Gersen, conductor
Theodore Wiprud, host


Elementary Schools Concerts (grades 3–6)


Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:30am–11:30am Sold out
Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00pm–1:00pm
Friday, February 2, 2018 11:00am–12:00pm Sold out
Friday, February 2, 2018 12:30pm–1:30pm

Teachers' Workshop Wed, November 1, 2017 4:00–6:00 PM

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Middle and High Schools Concerts (grades 6–12)


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:30am–11:30am Limited Availability
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00pm–1:00pm

Teachers' Workshop Mon, October 30, 2017 4:00–6:00 PM

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Tickets

$8 per student


More Ways To Engage

Young People's Concerts Play!
Watch the famous Young People’s Concerts in your classroom or home. Welcome to a library of educational concerts available for on-demand streaming, along with a host of interactive features to help you get even more out of the concert experience. Learn more

Open Rehearsals
Attend a real Philharmonic rehearsal! From September to June — on 26 week-day mornings — you and your school group have the opportunity to watch the Philharmonic at work. Learn more.

Student Rush
Students can purchase $18.00 rush tickets for select concerts up to 10 days before the concert.
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Young People’s Concerts for Schools are made possible with support from the Carson Family Charitable Trust and the Mary and James G. Wallach Family Foundation.

Additional support is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman, Tiger Baron Foundation, Muna and Basem Hishmeh and the Mary P. Oenslager Student Concert Endowment Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist positions are funded by The Susan W. Rose Fund for Teaching Artists.

Very Young Composers is sponsored, in part, by The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc., Muna and Basem Hishmeh, Mr. and Mrs. A. Slade Mills, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Solender, and The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.