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  1. On Wednesday, September 27, the New York Philharmonic held its Opening Gala, kicking off a 2023–24 season that is sure to be nothing short of thrilling. David Geffen Hall was decked out for the festive occasion, with a palpable feeling of celebration in the air. The concert, which included masterpieces by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, marked the beginning of Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s farewell season at the NY Phil, and also marked a reunion with Yo-Yo Ma, the acclaimed soloist in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

    That concert was the centerpiece of the Gala evening, which honored Deborah Borda, the Orchestra’s former President and CEO. Over two stints as the NY Phil’s chief executive — totaling 14 years — Borda revitalized the Orchestra, worked with NY Phil and Lincoln Center leadership to transform David Geffen Hall, and deepened connections with New York City communities. This past June, just before she moved into the role of Executive Advisor to the President and Board of Directors, the NY Phil Board named her an Honorary Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York for her “outstanding service to the organization and the world of music.”

    All told, it was a splendid evening for the New York Philharmonic — an occasion to honor its past, revel in its present, and look ahead to its boundless future. Check out some highlights in the slideshow above!

  2. This past weekend, the New York Philharmonic concluded its 2023 residency at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University (OSU). The third year of a three-year partnership among the NY Phil, the McKnight Center, and OSU comprised three orchestral concerts, a chamber-music concert for young people, and educational activities, including masterclasses for OSU students led by 15 NY Phil musicians.

    Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducted masterpieces by Copland, Beethoven, Dvořák, and more, and was joined by soloists including violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. On the residency’s second concert, van Zweden shared the podium with guest conductor Jeff Tyzik, who led the Philharmonic in a selection of film scores, including NY Phil Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin’s reprisal of music from a John Williams soundtrack he premiered.

    Check out highlights from this year’s activities in the slideshow above. We’ll see you back at David Geffen Hall!

    All photos by Chris Lee unless otherwise noted

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  3. We want this gift to galvanize others to join in the transformation of the New York Philharmonic to return to the level of historical prominence and popularity it enjoyed when I first came to New York — the Golden Age under the baton of Maestro Leonard Bernstein.” So said NY Phil Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang on the historic $40 million gift he and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang, have made to the Orchestra, the details of which were announced earlier today.

    The landmark gift — the largest-ever single contribution to the NY Phil’s endowment — will expand the Orchestra’s programming and further its efforts to engage more closely with New York’s diverse communities and the entire music world. It will also formally establish The Oscar L. Tang and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang Music and Artistic Director Chair beginning in 2025, when Gustavo Dudamel becomes the NY Phil’s Music Director Designate before beginning his role as Music and Artistic Director in the 2026–27 season.

    President and CEO Gary Ginstling praised the couple, saying “Their extraordinary gift will help the NY Phil and Gustavo Dudamel reimagine what a 21st-century orchestra can be and ensure that the Philharmonic’s music-making will serve future generations.” Peter W. May, who serves alongside Mr. Tang as Co-Chairman, added: “Oscar and Agnes are exemplary New Yorkers, inspiring philanthropists, and the NY Phil is privileged to have their support and confidence as we approach the Gustavo Dudamel era.”

    Oscar Tang underscored the couple’s belief in the future of the Orchestra with Dudamel and Ginstling at the helm: “We believe their leadership, building on progress achieved in the past six years, will take the New York Philharmonic into a new Golden Age and make this institution a contemporary ideal of universality and excellence through broadened outreach and inclusive practice in every aspect of the institution.”