Music can unite us around our common humanity and make the world a bit smaller, so we are proud that the New York Philharmonic will be represented by a piece of our heritage at the China Philharmonic’s performances this week in Tehran, Iran.
The China Philharmonic performs Dvořák’s New World Symphony tonight in Tehran on its historic Silk Road tour. The New York Philharmonic Archives houses the manuscript parts used at that work’s world premiere, given by the Philharmonic in 1893.
The Archives sent China Philharmonic Music Director Long Yu — a good friend of the New York Philharmonic and collaborator on our Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership — a bound copy of the first desk manuscript parts along with the world premiere program and a description of the Philharmonic’s first performance of the work for him to take to Iran.
We are honored that a little bit of New York Philharmonic history will be part of this significant occasion.