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Yo-Yo Ma and Deborah Borda Discuss Art, Music, and Social Justice at Harvard

 

Last week Yo-Yo Ma joined the New York Philharmonic for a triumphant US Premiere. On Wednesday he traveled to Harvard, his alma mater, for a conversation with Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda — who in 2015 became the first arts executive to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence — for a free, public conversation about art, music, and social justice.

Here are some highlights from the talk, as reported by The Harvard Crimson:

 “It’s never art for art’s sake. Art for life’s sake, or I’d say even further, art for us, for humans.… We invented these things because we think they will help us.” — Yo-Yo Ma

“If you look at the canon, there’s another enormous issue: all the music we play is written by men.” — Deborah Borda, who then described the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19, which marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by commissioning 19 female composers

“[Borda’s] really a stellar example of marrying something that we may think of as an elitist form, classical music, and making it with purpose to better society, and not just for the few in the concert hall.” — audience member Mary Jane Kornacki

Interested in music with a social conscience? Join us in May and June.

(Photos: Paul Sekhri)

$5 Tickets On Sale for Phil the Hall, Hosted by Miss America Nia Franklin

Five-dollar tickets are now on sale for Phil the Hall, April 4–6. New York’s first responders, volunteers, and service professionals are invited to experience the New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, performing music connected to New York and its Orchestra — by Beethoven, Bernstein, students in the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and more — live at its Lincoln Center home.

Already confirmed to attend are those who work for the FDNY, NYPD, New Women New Yorkers, and Coalition for the Homeless; veterans; teachers; and many more.

Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, will host the concerts. In this new video, Nia explains why classical music is important to her and invites New Yorkers to come hear the New York Philharmonic.

Composer Ashley Fure Receives Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists

Last evening at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, composer Ashley Fure (seventh from left) received a Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. Her award has the added designation as the Hunt Family Award, endowed by Lincoln Center Trustee David Hunt.

Ms. Fure was nominated by both the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The World Premiere of her Filament, commissioned by the Philharmonic, opened our 2018–19 season, becoming the first piece conducted by Jaap van Zweden as Music Director.

Past Philharmonic-nominated winners include Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2018), Concertmaster Frank Huang (2017), and composer Julia Adolphe (2016).

Congratulations!

(Photos: Richard Termine)

Just Released! New Stravinsky Recording of Jaap van Zweden and New York Philharmonic

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The New York Philharmonic’s third release on Decca Gold, featuring Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (“incisive, blazingly powerful” — The New York Times) and Debussy’s La Mer (“bold, almost cinematic” — The New York Times) conducted by Jaap van Zweden, is out!

The album was recorded during concerts in September–October 2018, van Zweden’s opening weeks as Music Director.

Buy from our online store, or buy and stream it from online services.

Happy listening!

Digital Archives Releases 250+ Press Clipping Scrapbooks, 1903–79

The New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives has released more than 250 scrapbooks of press clippings from 1903 through 1979, available free online. The clippings are from publications around the world, including dozens of New York City papers not otherwise available online.

The clippings chronicle the history of the New York Philharmonic through the lens of the media, including coverage of Mahler’s appointment as Music Director by Mary Sheldon, the first woman President of the Philharmonic (December 1908); the 1930 European tour with Arturo Toscanini (May 1930); and extensive national and international coverage of Music Directors from Artur Rodziński and Dimitri Mitropoulos to Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, and Zubin Mehta.

Many of these scrapbooks have been previously unavailable to researchers, as they are too fragile to handle. They are now available to the public in high resolution. The “Search Inside” feature allows you to search any word within the scrapbooks.

Click here — and happy exploring!

PHOTOS: 2019 Lunar New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Pig at the eighth annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, a festive fire-themed evening — representing warmth, light, energy, and prosperity — presented by Starr International Foundation. Kahchun Wong made his Philharmonic debut conducting the program, which included the US Premiere of a new violin concerto by Oscar winner Tan Dun, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, music by Mozart, Shin Arirang, and more. Gala guests began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception and gathered after the concert for a dinner of Lunar New Year delicacies.

Announcing Our 2019–20 Season

In 2018–19 you met Jaap. In 2019–20 you’ll travel with Jaap — to the future, the past, and around the world.

Jaap’s second season as Music Director — which we proudly announced last night — is anchored by three special initiatives:
• Project 19, marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (granting women the right to vote) with commissions by 19 women composers
• hotspots festival, spotlighting three global hotbeds of classical music innovation: Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York
• Mahler’s New York, examining Mahler’s time in New York as composer and as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director — before the Philharmonic opens the Royal Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s 100-year history during the 2020 European tour

Before these special projects begin, Jaap will conduct the Orchestra in the US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s bold production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Nina Stemme, Johannes Martin Kränzle, and Katarina Karnéus.

The Orchestra will unveil seven World Premieres — Philip Glass, Tania León, Nico Muhly, Ellen Reid, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Nina C. Young  — and The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner Nadia Sirota will continue as host of two new-music series: Kravis Nightcap at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON at The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Other highlights: 
• Pianist Daniil Trifonov as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, plus Renée Fleming singing Björk, Fall Gala with Lang Lang, pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, violinist Janine Jansen, and Concertmaster Frank Huang
• Jaap conducting the second season of Phil the Hall, his first Young People’s Concert, and masterworks by Mozart, Bruckner, Shostakovich, and John Adams
• The debut of conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the return of conductors Susanna Mälkki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Franz Welser-Möst
• Movie scores performed live to the complete films (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Psycho, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Singin’ in the Rain, and Mary Poppins)

For even more, check out Season Highlights and The New York Times critics’ picks

In the words of President and CEO Deborah Borda: “The 2019–20 season continues the New York Philharmonic’s commitment to exploring the music of our time and our place in the artistic ‘ecosystem’ of New York — indeed, the world. We set our offerings in context — how they relate to today’s cultural zeitgeist as well as to the past.”

(Photo: Chris Lee)

A Look Back at New York Stories: Threads of Our City

In true musical fashion, New York Stories: Threads of Our City built to a powerful crescendo and finale this past weekend that still echoes in our ears, minds, and hearts. The World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, with its searingly vivid multimedia evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, perfectly capped our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

Here are some highlights, via video, photography, and social media. Read More...

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