WQXR and New York Philharmonic Co-Present Two Special Concerts for Families


WQXR and New York Philharmonic to Co-Present Two Special Concerts for Families, Featuring Philharmonic Musicians and Teaching Artists
Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, April 11
at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR
Tickets on Sale Now


(New York, NY – March 12, 2015) – This spring, WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, and the New York Philharmonic will co-present two special family concerts at the station’s live event venue, The Greene Space. Tickets for the events are available at www.thegreenespace.org. They will also be available to audiences outside of New York as live video webcasts at www.thegreenespace.org.

New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concert Co-Presented with WQXR

Philharmonic Playdates: "Make Believe"

Saturday, March 21, 11am

Tickets $25

Ages 3-6

Imagine having a play date with the Orchestra!  Join Philippe the Penguin and musicians of the New York Philharmonic to make new friends and share in the fun of music. Explore how music helps us to pretend and takes us to far-away places, with music from Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals and more.

Designed by Philharmonic musicians together with faculty of Columbia University's Teacher College, Very Young People's Concerts combine games, storytelling, and great music in one fun-filled hour that unlocks children's imagination and talent. Philharmonic musicians will performing Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op. 46, No. 8; selections from Mozart’s Allegretto con variazioni from the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K.581; and selections from Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals. Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young is the host and Marion Schoevaert is the illustrator.

“The Land of Musical Opposites,” with New York Philharmonic Teaching Artists, Co-Presented with WQXR

Saturday, April 11 at 11am

Tickets $25

Ages 8-12

Kaleidoscope, the Teaching Artists Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic, presents "The Land of Musical Opposites," its take on Shakespeare’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on music by Felix Mendelssohn. Learn how Mendelssohn, Schumann and Mozart mix and match musical opposites to create new settings that tell the story of different characters, including the fairies and humans from Shakespeare's play. You can even sing along with the fairies as you help create a world of enchantment. 

WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, New York Philharmonic This Week, and The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, videos, and a free app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.

The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. This season’s projects will connect the Philharmonic with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours; digital downloads; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; and as a resource through its wide range of education programs. Having commissioned and/or premiered works by leading composers from every era, the Orchestra now champions contemporary music through CONTACT! and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. A resource for its community and the world, the Philharmonic complements its annual free citywide Concerts in the Parks with wide-ranging education programs, including the famed Young People’s Concerts and the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships at home and abroad that combine performance with intensive training by Philharmonic musicians to cultivate tomorrow’s leading orchestral musicians. Renowned around the world, having appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries, America’s oldest symphony orchestra has long been a media pioneer, releasing almost 2,000 recordings since 1917 and today sharing live performances through downloads and online. Alan Gilbert became Music Director in 2009, succeeding 20th-century musical giants including Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.

MetLife Foundation is the Lead Corporate Underwriter for the New York Philharmonic’s Education Programs.

Programs of the New York Philharmonic are supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.