Bloomingdale’s School of Music presents Album for the Young’s An Afternoon of World Premieres on March 19, 2022 at 3 p.m. at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at the Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia. The concert will feature 16 student compositions from the A4TY (Album for the Young) student composition program. Selections range from solo works for piano to works for small chamber ensembles of mixed strings, percussion and winds. The concert will also feature the premiere of a new work commissioned for cello, three violins and vibraphone by composer Yvonne Troxler.
“And yes, it was indeed works of art – not a children’s recital! Professional composers, take note: this bubbling center of creativity in Bloomingdale’s deserves national attention!” said John Deak, founder of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program.
For 18 years, the Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) has given special attention to introducing students (ages 7-18) to composition through their A4TY (Album for the Young) student composition program. . For more information on Album for the Young, visit https://www.bsmny.org/a4ty/. Tickets for the concert are $20 and can be purchased here. The evening will also be broadcast live.
The Bloomingdale School of Music’s A4TY (Album for the Young) student composition project encourages students (ages 7-18) to compose new music and commissions professional composers to write new works for its students. For young music students, the composer is perhaps the most distant figure in the musical process – either a famous name from the history books or little more than an afterthought. Professional composers often work with professional musicians, writing with their particular abilities in mind. For students and composers alike, it can be eye-opening to participate in the process of creating and preparing a piece of music written for young performers. A4TY seeks to bring these two groups into direct contact, opening a window into each other’s working methods and creative process. Additionally, students perform the works of others, increasing their exposure to new and original music and honing their ability to articulate musical ideas throughout the rehearsal process.
The A4TY student composition project commissions composers to write new works for the Bloomingdale School of Music. Additionally, there is a call for scores from student composers in the Bloomingdale’s community. The project, now in its sixteenth season, was founded by Katy Luo and is currently hosted by Margalit Cantor.
Founded in 1964, The Bloomingdale School of Music is dedicated to the belief that music changes lives and that everyone should have access to a high quality music education, regardless of economic status, race, religion, level of ability or gender. Bloomingdale’s is a music-focused community center where all are welcome to join and learn about music from top teachers. We are dedicated to our mission – to make music education accessible to anyone who wants to learn – and remain focused on supporting that mission through our values. www.bsmny.org/