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Hear Philharmonic Musicians at Guild Hall in Hamptons in July

New York Philharmonic Musicians at Guild Hall 

The Concerts in the Parks are a sweet memory, and you won't hear the Orchestra in New York until September, but you can enjoy the exquisite artistry of New York Philharmonic musicians on the East End this summer.

On Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y., presents two enticing chamber concerts, both featuring Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim and violinist Quan Ge; Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young and violist Robert Rinehart; Associate Principal Cello Eileen Moon; and Principal Horn Philip Myers, with pianist William Wolfram as guest.

The July 15 concert presents music of Mozart and Brahms, and the July 16 concert presents music of Mozart, Dohnányi, and Dvořák.

Buy tickets to both nights and save $10 per ticket. Free Student Rush tickets are available.

If you agree that the civilized pleasure of chamber music is perfect for summer's more relaxed rhythm, do not miss these concerts!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Touring New York City

After back-to-back performances in Central Park, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic took the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — with major corporate support from MetLife Foundation, Citi, and Emirates Airline — on the road, bringing priceless music, absolutely free, to Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Before the Orchestra performed works by Rossini, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and others, each concert was preceded by an appearance by a band from each borough through Share the Stage, the Philharmonic’s initiative to salute the diversity of New York City's resident musicians.

Fellows from Shanghai Orchestra Academy Experience a Week as a Philharmonic Musician

Last week the New York Philharmonic hosted the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program’s first international Zarin Mehta Fellows, four students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy selected by audition for a week-long immersion in the life of an orchestral musician. The Fellows rehearsed and performed Beethoven with the Orchestra, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, in the Concerts in the Parks. They also had one-on-one lessons, toured the Philharmonic Archives, and explored New York City.

2016 Concerts in the Parks Begin in Central Park

The New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks are back for another summer of beautiful music under the stars. The 51st season kicked off this week with two concerts on Central Park's Great Lawn, drawing more than 63,000 music lovers over two nights. The first night opened with a tribute to the victims of the Orlando tragedy. Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill was the soloist in Mozart's lyrical Clarinet Concerto, and Music Director Alan Gilbert led the New York Philharmonic — plus four New York Philharmonic Global Academy students having the opportunity of a lifetime — in music by Beethoven, plus R. Strauss and Wagner. 

Biennial Beat: Philharmonic Finale with Friends Boulez, Stucky, and Nørgård

The steady crescendo of the past two weeks of the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL culminates in a grand finale on June 11, when Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic pay tribute to three Philharmonic friends: Pierre Boulez, Steven Stucky, and Per Nørgård. This final Biennial Beat video takes you inside.

Renowned Danish composer Nørgård is the second recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic, one of the world’s largest new-music prizes. His Eighth Symphony, well received at its premiere in Helsinki, will be given its U.S. Premiere. 

This powerful, lyrical work will be paired with a somewhat unusual piece by Pierre Boulez, an icon of 20th-century music and former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Composed in 1976 as a 70th birthday present for his friend, new-music advocate Paul Sacher, Boulez scored Messagesquisse for solo cello accompanied by six additional cellos. This performance will feature Philharmonic cellist Eric Bartlett as soloist plus his colleagues from the Philharmonic cello section.

Also on the program: the New York Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Second Concerto for Orchestra by the late Steven Stucky, one of his most popular works and a stunning showpiece for the Orchestra. Stucky is a composer with a long and close relationship with the New York Philharmonic, having been commissioned twice and also as the host of the Orchestra’s Hear & Now series. 

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Rice University Fellows Conclude Immersion with New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic recently hosted the first group of Zarin Mehta Fellows from our newest Global Academy partner, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

From May 22 to May 29 five fellows, selected by audition, worked closely with Orchestra musicians in one-on-one lessons, mock auditions, and chamber music coaching to delve into the working life of an orchestral musician. They even joined the Orchestra in the program conducted by David Robertson, May 26–28!

The Shepherd School is the third partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, which is connecting with institutions worldwide to train pre-professional orchestra musicians of the future by harnessing the Philharmonic’s deep resources for national and international collaborations. From June 11 to 17 students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, a Global Academy creation, travel to NYC as the first international Zarin Mehta Fellows, and in July the Philharmonic visits Shanghai for a performance residency and education activities with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy.

Relive the visit through the photos above and Zarin Mehta Fellow Laura Liu's Instagram!

Biennial Beat Episode Three: Aspen at the Whitney and the Next Generation

Week two of the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL is underway!

This episode of Biennial Beat (watch above) focuses on an important theme of the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL: showcasing the next generation of composers and musicians. This biennial features premieres written and performed by students and alumni from the world’s top music schools, festivals, and youth choruses, ranging from age seven to post-graduates, from the east coast to the west coast, from North America to Asia.

On June 8 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble performs music by recent alumni of the Aspen Music Festival and School: Thomas Kotcheff, Nina C. Young, and Christopher Stark. The concert will also include music of Aspen faculty member Stephen Hartke and the late Steven Stucky as well as a piece by The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen. All are New York Premieres.

Other members of the next generation featured in the NY PHIL BIENNIAL: Interlochen Arts Academy, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Yale’s New Music New Haven, and alumni from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, highlighting the youngest generation of budding composers. 

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