March 11: Very Young Composers Showcase at Lincoln Center. At 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 11 at David Geffen Hall, The VYC (Very Young Composers) Showcase will present new works by Jordan Millar (10), Mondriana Villegas (13) and Mia Micic (14). The showcase which precedes the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert presents these three young composers' musical answer to the question "What is the sound of the world right now?". The Young Peoples Concert is The Ages of Music: Modern and features the work of John Adams and the showcase moves modernity into the compositional hands of these 3 young composers. The event is produced and hosted by founder Jon Deak and Bill Gordh. The musicians for the showcase include Satoshi Okamoto on bass, Anna Urie on flute, Howard Wall on horn, Justin Hines on percussion and features vocalist Alma Micic. Attendance at the showcase is free for YPC ticketholders.
Feb. 11: Scandinavia House.
Bill will present a family program of storytelling entitled "The Man Who Sold His Beard" and other Scandinavian tales on Saturday Feb 11 at 11:00 AM at Scandinavia House. Tales from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland - clever girls, shepherd boy, trolls and fairies and a pig who wants to change its living conditions, not to mention the man who sold his beard! It will be an exciting morning. Scandinavia House is at 58 Park Avenue (Between 37th and 38th Streets). The Program is FREE.
January 21: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. New works by 3 Very Young Composers will be performed on stage at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on Saturday, January 21 at 1:10 PM. Ming-Xing Hawkins (12), Edgar Jaen (11) and Ziyi Tao (14) have worked with folktales from their shared heritages to compose pieces for the showcase entitled Romantic Ramblings Around the World. This mini-concert precedes the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert The Ages of Music: Romantic. The pieces will be played by outstanding musicians including members of the orchestra. They are Michelle Farah (Oboe), Alexia Y. Gonzales (Cello), Peter Kenote (Viola), Satoshi Okamoto (Bass) and Anna Rabinova (Violin). The young composers worked with mentor/Teaching Artist Polina Nazaykinskaya. As always, the showcase will be hosted by Jon Deak (founder of VYC) and Bill Gordh (co-producer and storyteller). Admission is included with ticket to the Young Peoples Concert.
Dec. 3: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. Constructing Classical: The Rondo is the title of this Very Young Composers' Showcase featuring new pieces by composers Davis Luengthada and Theo Olsen. Each has composed a rondo to illustrate how this form still speaks ever since the Classical era of music represented in the New York Philharmonic's Young Peoples Concert in an all Mozart program. They have also completed colorful graphic scores to illustrate their work. The pieces will be played by Anna Urey (Flute), Ben Fingland (Clarinet), Peter Kenote (Viola), Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales (Cello) and Justin Hines (Percussion). Trevor Bumgarner was the composer mentor for this project and the program will be hosted by co-producer Bill Gordh and VYC founder Jon Deak. The program begins at 1:10 preceding the Young Peoples Concert and admission is included with the YPC ticket.
Oct 22, 2016: Very Young Composers at David Geffen Hall. Austin Celestin, Maya Lubetsky and Michael Pineda are composing new works to be played on stage at David Geffen Hall for the Young People's Concert (YPC) Overtures preceding the 2:00 PM concert on Saturday Oct 22 at 1:00 PM. Working from the theme of Baroque Music to be explored at the YPC, these Very Young Composers are writing passacaglia in a program entitled Building the Baroque in which the composer/architects have designed original Baroque Chapels for Instrument Village, the little town where are the instruments of the orchestra live, work and play. Since the instruments do everything with their music, the building of the new chapels will take a musical form. In that both Baroque and contemporary Hip-Hop share the notion of a basso continuo, these new pieces created by the young composers will bring together these two musical forces. The pieces are written for Bass, Percussion, Violin, Viola and Clarinet and will be performed by NY Philharmonic members. Bill Gordh and Jon Deak (founder of the VYC) will continue in their roles as co-producers and hosts of the concert.
March 16 - 18: Virgina State Reading Association Annual Conference. Bill will be a featured speaker at the Virginia State Reading Association's Annual Conference March 16 - 18 in Roanoke, VA. He will be presenting storytelling workshops on Friday and Saturday drawn from his book Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy. It is the 50th anniversary of the conference and is being held at the Hotel Roanoke. While in Roanoke Bill will also lead a children's chapel at St. John's Episcopal Church on Sunday morning, March 19th .