On Tuesday, April 26th, the Harmony Program and the New York Philharmonic hosted their second annual All Star event in the David Rubenstein Atrium of Lincoln Center. Selected through a competitive audition process, nine Harmony Program All Stars had the opportunity to be coached in small ensembles by members of the New York Philharmonic in preparation for their public performance before an audience of over 300 guests. This year’s concert featured, among other selections, the world premiere of a string quartet, Lucy’s Aria, written expressly for our Harmony Program All Stars by renowned American composer, John Corigliano, who was in attendance that evening.
The All Star experience was powerful for mentors, students, and families alike. One All Star, Chris Quezada, had six family members in the audience, all of whom were beaming with pride after the concert. “It was very emotional. It was my first time to see my nephew perform,” said Chris’ aunt. Chris’ sister Christina, who was spending her birthday at the concert, said, “Chris was like, ‘Christina! We’re going to play this song for you.’ That was a warm moment for me.”
The Harmony Program thanks the New York Philharmonic for making this special opportunity possible for our All Stars and classical music publishers, G. Schirmer, for commissioning original works for our students through our Living Harmony partnership. And, of course, we congratulate our Harmony Program All Stars on their impressive achievements!