Note: The source article for the May 10 News Brief excerpt below did not include the complete credits for Project Inclusion. The full credits are now included in the text below and in the photo caption.
“Last Saturday, the Grand Promenade of the New York Philharmonic’s David Geffen Hall reverberated with the sound of cow bells clanging, sleigh bells ringing, castanets clicking, and maracas rattling, as young concertgoers ‘composed’ their own musical works and professional musicians ‘played’ them,” writes Peggy Taylor in Tuesday’s (5/9) West Side Rag (NYC). “All then attended the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert, New Voices: Composing Inclusion, in which 48 student musicians from Juilliard’s competitive Music Advancement Program (MAP) sat alongside 59 members of the Philharmonic and played three world premiere pieces by composers generally underrepresented on the classical music scene.” The concert was part of the two-year Composing Inclusion program, a partnership between Juilliard, the New York Philharmonic, and the American Composers Forum, with support from the Sphinx Venture Fund. “Principal Philharmonic Clarinetist Anthony McGill, artistic director of MAP … declared it ‘the most exciting day of my life. These young musicians, whose ages range from 10 to 18, have been rehearsing for months to get on the stage with the Philharmonic. Our mission is to find talent from the five boroughs of New York, especially from underserved areas.’ ” Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli hosted the concert, which opened with the chamber version of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and included the world premieres commissioned for this event: “As I Am,” by Jordyn Davis; “and does the Moon also fall?” by James Diaz; and “Subwaves” by Trevor Weston.