Concert for Young People
(details below)
Ages toddlers to 14
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Concert for Young People
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 4:00 PM
The Unitarian Church of All Souls • 80th & Lex Ave.


Todd Reynolds
violin and electronics

Patti Monson

Preston Stahly

Music for:
Piccolo, F
lute, Alto Flute,
Bass Flute, Violin,
keyboard, audience noises,

Suggested donation: $10
Call for reservations: 212-234-4325

The New York Art Ensemble's

Second Annual

Concert for Young People

Presenting to children the fun new sounds and ideas
in today’s musical tool box

New York, NY – The New York Art Ensemble will present its second annual Concert for Young People for kids ages toddlers through 14 at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, on Lexington Avenue at 80th Street, on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 4:00 PM. The concert will feature top caliber NYC musicians and composers who share a commitment to educating children about the joy and excitement of new American music. Admission is $10 for kids and adults. Seating is limited. Call for reservations: 212-234-4325. 

"After the success of last year’s Concert for Young People, we were asked by many of the parents to continue the event,” said Preston Stahly, director of the New York Art Ensemble. “Parents and children enjoy the informal, family-friendly aspect of our concerts.  We don’t ask children to ‘sit still and listen;’ they interact with the musicians and participate in making the music.  We want kids to experience the fun and freedom of New American Classical music, and to feel involved in its creation.” 

Featured on the concert will be Patti Monson, an extraordinarily versatile musician performing on piccolo, flute, alto flute, and bass flute.  She is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and performs regularly with Bang On a Can, Flute Force, Music from China, Sequitur, and others.  

Todd Reynolds, the well-known virtuoso violinist and electronics composer, whose performances have brought rave reviews from critics, performed in last year’s NYAE Concert for Young People and is back again this year with musical excerpts from his new show at The Monkey, New York's only dedicated surround sound listening room. 

Preston Stahly, the director of the NYAE and a composer who has written for film and television, including the Children’s Television Workshop, will host the event and create live music on the spot with the musicians, the kids, and with GarageBand, a popular new Apple Computer program that makes creating and recording music far more accessible than ever before. 

Audience participation: Children in the audience will be given percussion instruments and glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and the musicians will interact with them during the performances. There will be lots of open space for the kids, and seating for the adults. After the approximately 60-minute program there will be a drawing for prizes. 

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The New York Art Ensemble, Inc., is nonprofit composers’ organization that seeks to challenge, entertain, educate and connect the public to the best of new American classical music. It presents eclectic programming that reflects the energy and diversity of America's contemporary musical environment and features professional musicians of the highest level. 

The NYAE specializes in music ranging from New Age and Minimal to Rags, Jazz, and Progressive Classical.  The goal is to reinvigorate the public's concert-going experience through an innovative approach to programming and through educational initiatives, which include concerts, instruction, workshops and a national young composers' competition, held annually. The competition’s two-fold purpose is to encourage outstanding young American composers and to provide a prominent forum for their recognition.  

“We feel it’s very important to cultivate the audiences and performers of tomorrow and to show kids how exciting new Progressive Classical musical performances can be,” added Mr. Stahly. 

New York Art Ensemble, 640 West 139th Street, Suite 60, New York, NY 10031