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PHOTOS: 176th Season Opening Gala Concert

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic were the honorees of 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, the 106 All-Stars performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in a concert broadcast on Facebook Live, hosted by Alec Baldwin. The Gala also included a star-studded red carpet, buzzing cocktail reception, and glamorous dinner.

On the Cover: George Curran

“We could be soloists on our instruments, but we choose to sing together in one voice.” — George Curran

Kicking off a season highlighting the All-Stars of the New York Philharmonic is Philharmonic Bass Trombone George Curran. You can find George onstage sitting in the back row, between Principal Tuba Alan Baer and trombone David Finlayson — which is fitting, because his instrument plays for both team trombone and team tuba.

But George didn’t get his start on trombone. In fact, unlike many professional musicians, who start playing their instrument at a very young age, George switched to trombone at the age of 22, after flirting with a career in engineering. Fortunately for Philharmonic audiences, he followed his heart and his passion for performing.

George’s switch to trombone led him to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he performed in a brass section with Christopher Martin, Colin Williams, and Richard Deane. 

Check out George’s Q & A video (above) to learn more about his nerdy interests (spoiler alert: he loves Star Wars) and why he finds the New York Philharmonic brass section so special.

In September and October you can find George on the cover of Playbill as well as featured on the Philharmonic’s social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr for more!

In November we will feature cellist Ru-Pei Yeh. 

Learn more about George Curran

Empire State Building To Glow Red for Opening Gala Concert

 

We’ll paint the town red.

Whether or not you join us Tuesday night for 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic Red in honor of our 176th season.

By the way, if you won’t be joining us, you can still watch the concert free on Facebook! Tune in a few minutes before 7:30.

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)

Alec Baldwin To Host Facebook Live Broadcast of Opening Gala Concert

The record-holder for most frequent Saturday Night Live host, Alec Baldwin is adding another hosting gig to his resume: the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook Live broadcast of 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra. Catch it this Tuesday, September 19, starting at approximately 7:25 p.m.

The celebratory concert saluting the virtuosos who make up the New York Philharmonic launches our 2017–18 season with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden.

Directed by Habib Azar, the broadcast will later be available for on-demand viewing on the Philharmonic’s website, YouTube, and Facebook. It’s the Philharmonic’s fourth live concert broadcast on Facebook.

Alec Baldwin is the Radio Host of the New York Philharmonic, a Board Member, and Artistic Advisor of THE ART OF THE SCORE.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Something’s Coming: Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival

Calling all Bernstein lovers! The Philharmonic is celebrating Lenny’s 100th birthday with Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival (October 25–November 14) plus other events throughout the season — concerts, education activities, a Mahler marathon, and more — befitting the renowned composer, conductor, pianist, and educator who served as our Music Director (1958–69) and then Laureate Conductor.

Festival highlights include:
Bernstein-successor Alan Gilbert and Bernstein-protégé Leonard Slatkin leading Bernstein’s complete symphonies, with Jeremy Irons as speaker in the Kaddish Symphony, plus music by Gershwin and more (details here for the first program, second program, and third program)
An all-Bernstein Young People’s Concert — the series that Bernstein famously brought to national attention through the TV broadcasts 
Harvard and University of Michigan students studying Bernstein as an educator and conductor, and interviewing Philharmonic audience members who attended Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts as children
Leonard Bernstein: The Philharmonic’s First American Voice, an archival exhibit featuring original material from the Philharmonic Archives
The free Insights at the Atrium event “Inside the Orchestra: Working with Bernstein,” featuring Philharmonic musicians past and present reflecting on Bernstein as conductor and colleague

Later in the season, the tributes include performances plus the free event “Bernstein’s Mahler Marathon: The Sony Recordings,” 13 hours of Bernstein’s performances of his Philharmonic predecessor’s complete symphonies, and collaborations with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

To quote the man himself: “It’s been a family association in many ways, and even though faces change, the entity, the totality of the New York Philharmonic remains solid, and I remain bound to it by mysterious cords which tie me to the orchestra as long as I live. In some funny, spiritual sense, they will always be my orchestra, no matter who else’s orchestra they may be.”

It’s Back to School Week!

It’s Back to School Week at the New York Philharmonic!

As schoolchildren around the world return to classrooms, we’re celebrating the Philharmonic’s commitment to learning. No matter your age, background, and location, the 2017–18 season offers opportunities to connect with the Orchestra and some of the world’s most talented musicians, teaching artists, and scholars — and, of course, the music!

Broaden your insights into music through eight free talks at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Develop a young ensemble’s technique and confidence through workshops and clinics with Philharmonic musicians and coaches. Inspire teachers and classrooms through partnerships that foster the love of music, knowledge of the orchestra, collaboration, and creativity. And excite them with concerts designed just for them, at David Geffen Hall and online, free of charge (see below).

We’ll fill in the details all week, on nyphil.org and social media. Learn more about education at the Philharmonic, enter to win a special prize, and see just how easy it is to tap into the artistry, history, and creativity of the New York Philharmonic.

PHOTOS: Music Academy of the West 2017 Residency

The New York Philharmonic’s second performance residency at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara last week began with a concert for the history books. Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the last time as its Music Director during the Music Academy of the West’s 70th Anniversary Community Concert, which broke the record for the city’s largest classical concert. Also that week, Philharmonic musicians served as guest faculty and selected Fellows for the 2018 New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet performed, and Alan Gilbert led the Academy Festival Orchestra in the festival’s season finale.

New Five-Disc Recording of Former Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker

 

Stanley Drucker is a colossal name in the clarinet world, and in the world of the New York Philharmonic, where he spent 60 years as a member of the Orchestra, 48 as Principal.

A new five-disc recording lets you relive his artistry through previously unreleased recordings of solo and chamber music.

Stanley Drucker Heritage Collection: Live in Concert Discs 1–5 offers recordings made between 1972 and 2004 of works by Debussy, Brahms, Stravinsky, Boulez, and others. Would you like to hear him in the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with The Juilliard String Quartet, recorded at the Library of Congress in 1977? So would we! Violist Arnold Steinhardt and pianist Jens Nygaard are two of the other performers represented.

The recording, priced at $74.90 with free shipping, is available at Amazon.com.

Watch a video tribute to Drucker from when he retired.

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