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Highlights of Inaugural Phil the Hall Concert

Last night the New York Philharmonic opened its doors to first responders, volunteers, and other service professionals at the inaugural Phil the Hall concert, conducted by Jaap van Zweden and hosted by Miss America Nia Franklin. 

Watch highlights above, featuring portions of the Philharmonic’s performance of Bernstein’s Candide Overture and interviews with service professionals attending the event. And read the New York Times review.

Join us; all are welcome. Three performances remain: tonight at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Those wanting to attend can check nyphil.org for real-time ticket availability. Additionally, there will be a standby line in the lobby of David Geffen Hall, where tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang Elected Co-Chairs of Board

Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang have been elected the next Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. In September they will succeed Oscar S. Schafer, who is stepping down after holding the post of Chairman since 2015 and will continue to serve as Chairman Emeritus. In October the Orchestra will honor him and his wife, Didi, at the Fall Gala for their extraordinary service, which includes presenting the Concerts in the Parks. 

“The word ‘honor’ doesn’t adequately express my feelings about being part of the New York Philharmonic at this pivotal time,” said Oscar S. Schafer. “Having witnessed the vitality of the Orchestra’s performances and the creative planning since Deborah Borda and Jaap van Zweden arrived, I am confident in the Philharmonic’s next chapter. The musicians and their music-making will be in the best possible hands with Peter May and Oscar Tang as Co-Chairs, and I look forward to supporting them as Chairman Emeritus.”

Both Peter May and Oscar Tang currently serve on the Board of Directors, and have supported Philharmonic projects including co-chairing Opening, Lunar New Year, and Spring Galas. 

When the news was announced, President and CEO Deborah Borda said: “The New York Philharmonic is at the threshold of a new era. Thanks to Oscar Schafer’s enthusiasm and foresight, we now have the brilliant Jaap van Zweden as Music Director, and have set out on a path to security and greatness. But a truly great orchestra deserves a magnificent home, and much work lies ahead to achieve all we hope for in a renovated David Geffen Hall. The Philharmonic now needs the leadership team of two visionary and dedicated philanthropists, both committed to a sound grounding and imaginative problem solving. In Peter May and Oscar Tang we have such a team, whose love of New York is matched by their determination to help the Philharmonic to heighten our connection with our audiences, our community, and the world.”

(Photo: Fadi Kheir)

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.
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