The wind players of Decoda present an interactive family event, bringing young people and parents alike inside the mind of a composer. Become musical detectives, investigating how a composer’s decisions affect the mood and the feeling of the music. Learn compositional concepts while exploring music by Nielsen, Schulhoff, and Balliett. By the end, you may even become composers for Decoda!
Catherine Gregory, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Paul Wonjin Cho, clarinet
Brad Balliett, bassoon
Laura Weiner, french horn
THE COMPOSER’S TOOLBOX
This event is recommended for families with kids ages 5 and up.
All artists and dates are subject to change and cancellation without notice as we work closely with local health experts and officials.
Decoda was founded in 2012 by alumni of Ensemble Connect, a two-year fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. At home in New York City, Decoda partners with organizations such as WQXR, the Police Athletic League, NYPD, and NYC Administration for Children’s Services to engage a diverse cross-section of the city in creative songwriting workshops and interactive performances that promote collaboration and compassion. Music for Transformation, Decoda’s social justice initiative, empowers vulnerable and disenfranchised voices of incarcerated individuals and has been recognized by CNN, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine. Other ongoing programs like the annual Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute and residencies at the Royal Academy of Scotland and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London serve to expand the global community of audience-centric performers and to create a ripple effect of deep engagement through music around the world.
As the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda’s activities are anchored in creating compelling performances. In the 2018–19 season, Decoda debuted include two concerts presented by Carnegie Hall and a first appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Decoda’s past engagements included performances at the Southbank Centre and the Barbican (London), Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Festival (UAE), Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Bay Chamber Concerts (Maine), Við Djúpið Festival (Iceland), Carnegie Kids @ Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Center for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), Programa de Educación Musical Fomento Cultural Banamex & Carnegie Hall (Mexico), the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, the Chelsea Music Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Sawdust in NYC.