Very Young Composers from Fukushima and New York

WHEN
March 24, 2015 at 5pm - 6pm
WHERE
Lincoln Center – David Rubinstein Atrium (61 W 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023)

Very Young Composers from Fukushima and New York

 

 

On March 24, participants of the TOMODACHI New York Fukushima Very Young Composers Program delivered a special performance at the Lincoln Center. 

Beginning in October 2014, children ages 10-15 from Fukushima and New York City collaboratively composed short “musical postcards” based on the Japanese folksong “chou-cho” (butterfly), for a performance by musicians of the New York Philharmonic. This TOMODACHI program promotes meaningful cultural exchanges through the exploration of music, providing a way for youth to communicate on a person-to-person level that goes beyond country borders and language issues. 

 

(Photo courtesy of the New York Philharmonic)

The concert culminated a week-long residency by the nine 10–14-year-olds from Fukushima. Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists performed the works. The Very Young Composers also had the opportunity to meet Philharmonic Radio Host and Board Member Alec Baldwin and President Matthew VanBesien, pictured below:

(Photo courtesy of the New York Philharmonic)

Click here for a summary on the New York Philharmonic website. Click here to see a video of the Japanese student and an American student being interviewed after the event by Member of the Board of Directors Fred Katayama. Here's a separate video with their parents.

USJC would like to express its sincere appreciation to the New York Philharmonic for a wonderful program and event. The TOMODACHI New York Fukushima Very Young Composers Program is made possible by the generous support from the TOMODACHI Fund for Exchanges.

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