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Young People’s Concert: Composing Inclusion

Apr 20

Featuring students from the Juilliard Preparatory Division, this concert will celebrate the creativity of young musicians with newly commissioned works for professional and youth orchestras. In partnership with the Juilliard Preparatory Division and American Composers Forum.

Arrive early for YPC Overtures, on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade and Hearst Tier 1, where children can try out orchestral instruments and families can engage in crafting and interactive workshops. Activities begin at 1:00 PM.

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


Program to Include

Andrés Soto

Fantasía en la Plaza (World Premiere, New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with The Juilliard School Preparatory Division and American Composers Forum)

Nicolás Lell Benavides

Querencia (World Premiere, New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with The Juilliard School Preparatory Division and American Composers Forum)

William Dawson

Negro Folk Symphony, II. Hope in the Night


Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser Conductor / Host

A passionate communicator, Canadian conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser brings clarity and meaning to the concert hall, fostering deep connections between audiences and performers. He is an innovative, creative visionary who believes that the beauty of music can heal and unite all of us beyond differences.

Learn more about Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser

Doug Fitch Director / Designer

Doug Fitch has directed and designed several staged projects for the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and A Dancer’s Dream (combining Stravinsky’s ballet scores for The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka), as well as HK Gruber’s Gloria — A Pig Tale, which the NY Phil co-presented with MetLiveArts and The Juilliard School. He has also directed several NY Phil Young People’s Concerts and Very Young People’s Concerts. Fitch’s career highlights include designing and directing Puccini’s Turandot at Santa Fe Opera; Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at Los Angeles Opera; and Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which became an award-winning app narrated by Alice Cooper; and he designed sets and costumes for the PBS Great Performances broadcast of Black Lucy and the Bard for the Nashville Ballet with music by Rhiannon Giddens, and Suzanne Farrin’s Dolce la Morte for MetLiveArts. He created  Tanglewood’s production of Carter’s What Next?, which was filmed and screened at The Museum of Modern Art. Fitch’s production of Orphic Moments (comprising works by Matthew Aucoin and Gluck) was premiered at National Sawdust and reprised at Salzburg’s Landestheater and The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Le Grand Macabre was remounted at Hamburg’s ElbPhilharmonie. Fitch devised a puppet production titled Punkitititi, featuring the Salzburg Marionette Theater and starring Geoff Sobelle, which was presented by Mozart Woche 2020. Currently, he is developing several new music / theater projects with composers Shih-hui Chen, Scott Wheeler, and Doug Cuomo, and will direct and design a production of Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at Boston Lyric Opera.

Learn more about Doug Fitch

American Composers Forum Creative Partner

American Composers Forum (ACF) supports and advocates for individuals and groups creating music today by demonstrating the vitality and relevance of their art. ACF connects artists with collaborators, organizations, audiences, and resources. Through storytelling, publications, recordings, hosted gatherings, and industry leadership, ACF activates equitable opportunities for artists. It provides direct funding and mentorship to a broad and diverse field of music creators, highlighting those who have been historically excluded from participation.Founded in 1973 by composers Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus as the Minnesota Composers Forum, the organization continues to invest in its Minnesota home while connecting artists and advocates across the United States, including its territories and the sovereign Native nations. ACF frames its work with a focus on racial equity and includes within that scope, but does not limit it to, diverse gender identities, musical approaches and perspectives, religions, ages, (dis)abilities, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and broad definitions of being “American.”

Learn more about American Composers Forum

Juilliard School Pre-College Orchestra Creative Partner
Juilliard Preparatory Division Creative Partner


Lead support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by Evalyn E. and Stephen E. Milman.

Major support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Support for Young People’s Concerts is provided by The Theodore H. Barth Foundation and The Brodsky Family Foundation.

Nicolás Lell Benavides’s and Andrés Soto’s commissions are part of Composing Inclusion: a collaboration between the New York Philharmonic, American Composers Forum, and The Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division, powered by the Sphinx Venture Fund.