NYCP is the region’s only professional orchestra sharing exclusively free performances. Comprised of creative and virtuosic young musicians, NYCP’s adventurous programming shares familiar masterpieces, bold new commissions, and unexpected musical treasures. Each season, thousands of NYCP concertgoers experience both the dynamic power of the orchestral repertoire and the versatile intimacy of chamber performance. NYCP is proud to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Stefan Jackiw, Sumi Jo, Alex Kerr, Donald Weilerstein, and Chee-Yun, and is under the baton of Music Director and Founder Dongmin Kim.
New York Classical Players (NYCP) is an ensemble dedicated to the highest standards of artistry, collaboration, and virtuosity. Inspired by the belief that access to musical excellence is an essential human right, NYCP presents all concerts free of charge.
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NYCP is proud to announce the 2017/18 season, featuring NYCP’s dynamic roster of musicians in 25 performances throughout New York City and beyond. All concerts are presented free of charge to all audiences.
The season builds on the ensemble’s noted versatility, and showcases virtuosic performance, consummate artistry, and the pure joy of musicmaking. The 2017/18 season features guest performances by some of today’s leading classical musicians, including 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner Tessa Lark, pianist Haesun Paik - whose performances are "a wonder — elastic, mercurial, charged with meaning, surprising" (Boston Globe), and William Short, Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. From Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos to the poetic fire of Saint-Saen’s Rondo Capriccioso, the ensemble’s five cycles of orchestral programs will delight music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
In December, NYCP returns to the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for “American Encounters,” the ensemble’s annual three-concert chamber series exploring the Library’s astonishing archives of American chamber music. Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring open the series, followed by retrospective performance of Dvorak’s American quartet and the four-player works inspired by this legendary contribution. Works by Amy Beach, Rebecca Clark, and Mary Howe conclude the series in a concert exploring the underplayed works of American women composers. An exhibit of the original scores offers an unparalleled opportunity for audiences to deeply connect with the music of “American Encounters.”
Beyond its seasonal offerings for local audiences, NYCP takes it artistry on the road for its first-ever Arkansas Tour in October, sharing the ensemble’s vision and artistry with audiences in Little Rock, Jonesboro, and Fayetteville, among other Arkansas communities. The statewide tour partners NYCP with local universities, blending the ensemble’s model of free performance with community outreach and educational programming for student musicians.
Dedicated to expanding the chamber orchestra repertoire as well as championing the works of the next generation of composers, NYCP performs three premieres this season, including a new chamber arrangement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 by Yoomi Paick, a reimagining of a Schubert fantasy by Dobrinka Tabakova in a New York premiere, and Eric Nathan’s “Omaggi a Gesualdo”, a new work inspired by the complex and austere beauty of Renaissance music. Past premieres have included works by Clint Needham, Texu Kim, Joseph Hallman, Edward Smaldone, and Teddy Niedermaier, among others.
NYCP is presented free of charge thanks to the generous supporters who share our commitment to accessible and extraordinary performances.
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