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Very Young People’s Concerts: Make Believe

May 18

Music inspires our imaginations! Come and explore how music helps us to pretend and takes us to far-away places. The performance includes music from Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

For children ages 3–6 and their families.

Part of Family Programs

Date / Time

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Location

Merkin Hall

Directions

Additional Info

This concert will not be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.

Artists

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

Rebecca Young Host

Rebecca Young joined the New York Philharmonic in 1986 as its youngest member. In 1991 she won the position of Associate Principal Viola. Two months later she was named principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After spending the 1992–93 season in Boston and two summers at Tanglewood, she ultimately decided to return to her family in New York, resuming her Associate Principal position with the Philharmonic in September 1994. She can currently be seen leading the viola section of the All-Star Orchestra, a popular televised educational series about classical music.

Learn more about Rebecca Young

New York Philharmonic Musicians

SPECIAL THANKS

Support for Very Young People’s Concerts is provided by the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.