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Gustavo Dudamel To Join the NY Phil for a Weeklong Celebration of Music Education, April 2024

Posted January 3, 2024

The New York Philharmonic announced today that Gustavo Dudamel — our future Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Music and Artistic Director — will join the Orchestra in April for a weeklong celebration of music education, part of our season-long celebration of the centennial of the beloved Young People’s Concerts.

As the centerpiece of the week, Dudamel will lead the Orchestra in our annual Spring Gala concert, on April 24, which also features an eclectic group of soloists: artist, actor, author, and activist Common; soprano Hera Hyesang Park; and — a most familiar face to New Yorkers — guitarist and former Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams. The NY Phil will also perform several works side-by-side with student musicians from communities across New York City.

Common (Photo by Brian Bowen Smith); Hera Hyesang Park (Photo by Bruno Grandi); Bernie Williams (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Throughout that week, the NY Phil presents Building Tomorrow’s Legacy Today in collaboration with the following community and school partners: All-City High School Concert Band / Orchestra; Bloomingdale School of Music; Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music; Chamber Music Center of New York; Corona Young Music Project; East River Children and Youth Orchestra; Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School; Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School; Harlem School of the Arts;  Harmony Program; ISO at Third Street; New York Youth Symphony; Noel Pointer Foundation; Opportunity Music Project; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Orchestrating Dreams; Special Music School; Susan E. Wagner High School; Talent Unlimited High School; Tottenville High School; and Upbeat NYC.

    • For the occasion the Orchestra is collaborating with the above community and school partners across the city to form a youth orchestra, comprising high school musicians selected through auditions overseen by staff and guest faculty from top music programs in the country. Members of the ensemble will perform side-by-side with the Philharmonic in select works on the Spring Gala concert, and Gustavo Dudamel will work with the full orchestra in a private rehearsal that week before leading them in a concert at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School on April 26.

    • The dress rehearsal for the Spring Gala concert — on the morning of April 24 — will be open to full-time music teachers, families of the performers, and members of NY Phil community partner organizations. Attendees will be invited to a post-rehearsal lunch with Gustavo Dudamel and Philharmonic musicians at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.

  • As part of NYC Arts in Education Roundtable’s annual Face to Face Conference, Dudamel will participate in a conversation about the importance of high-level arts education, April 25 at noon, at The City College of New York’s Shepard Hall. The discussion will be attended by arts leaders, NY Phil Teaching Artists, elected officials, and other supporters of the arts from around New York City.


Altogether, the week will be a thrilling celebration of the past, present, and future of music education.

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