Bloomingdale School of Music students, ages 7-18, take the stage to perform each others' original compositions. In addition, a new work by composer Taylor Brook will be premiered at both concerts.
"And yes, they were Works of Art indeed - no kiddie recital, this! (George Crumb, move over!)."
- Jon Deak, Founder, New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program
For 15 years Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) has maintained a special focus on introducing very young children (ages 7-17) to composition through their A4TY (Album for the Young) student Composing Program. The March 9th recitals will feature more than 30 student compositions, divided over two concerts, ranging from solo works for piano, violin or cello, to works for small chamber ensembles of strings or mixed wind, strings, brass and percussion groups. The first concert at 2 pm is for the very young students the second concert at 5 pm will represent the work of older and more advanced students. Both recitals which feature the premiere of a new commissioned work by composer, Taylor Brook, current 2018-19 Con Edison Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence.
Since its inception the A4TY program has premiered over 150 scores, commissioned 23 professional composers and presented 199 students performing new music.