New York Philharmonic Expands Very Young People's Concerts

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The New York Philharmonic has doubled the number of Very Young People's Concerts (aimed at children aged 3-5) it will offer next year.

The one-hour concerts, performed by members of the New York Philharmonic, are designed to introduce young children to classical music through games, active listening and hands-on music-making.

The first Very Young People's Concert of 2007 will take place January 14 at Merkin Concert Hall. The theme is "Major and Minor," featuring "Winter" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Philharmonic violinist Sharon Yamada will be the soloist, with assistant principal timpanist and section percussionist Joseph Pereira serving as host. The program will incorporate a narrative written and performed by Philharmonic violist Dorian Rence, with illustrated projections.

Upcoming concerts in the series, all hosted by Pereira, include "Same and Different" on February 18 and "Long and Short" on April 15; each program will feature a different section from The Four Seasons. After the performances, children will have an opportunity to try orchestral instruments themselves.

Parents who subscribe to the Very Young People's Concert series will receive, in advance, a CD featuring the season's repertoire to prepare children for the programs.

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