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From the Inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL: Premiere of Rouse's Fourth Symphony

NY Philharmonic Rouse NY PHIL BIENNIAL

With the NY PHIL BIENNIAL 2016 in full swing, relive the inaugural edition with the newly released Dacapo recording of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 4 (among other rousing Rouse works), which received its acclaimed World Premiere at the 2014 NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Musical America calls the Fourth Symphony “skillful and mature … the best Rouse I’ve heard in 20 years.”

Buy the CD here, or check it out on Spotify and iTunes.

Catch this year's biennial World Premiere with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: William Bolcom's Trombone Concerto, with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist, June 10.

SLIDESHOW: Stormtroopers at the Spring Gala

A short time ago, in a concert hall not far away … The New York Philharmonic threw its 2016 Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration, last night, fêting the Oscar-winning composer's contributions to movie music with stellar performances of his scores. After a buzzing cocktail reception, David Newman led the Orchestra in beloved music from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and more, along with clips from select films. The fun, festive evening concluded with a glamorous dinner.

Biennial Beat Episode Two: The Importance of Being Earnest

The NY PHIL BIENNIAL got off to a boundary-pushing start on Monday with JACK Quartet in a concert of World and New York Premieres at 92nd Street Y, followed by the launch of Jennifer Koh’s sprawling Shared Madness at National Sawdust last night.

“Do You Love Quoting Oscar Wilde’s Bons Mots?” asked The New York Times in its super-helpful NY PHIL BIENNIAL guide. “If you’re intrigued by all things Wilde … try the Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera based on ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’ It is having its first staged production in the United States from June 2 through 4 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theate.”

See you there? Great. Get ready with episode two of Biennial Beat — a video series filling you in on the stories behind the biennial — featuring The Importance of Being Earnest and its wild staging.

Philharmonic Trio Plays for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Lincoln Center Moments New York Philharmonic 

The New York Philharmonic is committed to music’s power to comfort and heal, so it was honored to send a trio of musicians to perform for members of our community with dementia and their caregivers on Friday in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center as part of a Lincoln Center accessibility program.

The concert was part of Lincoln Center Moments, a new pilot program of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, working with partners on the Lincoln Center campus. The program aims to make the campus and its programs accessible to this segment of our community, many of whom attended Lincoln Center events when they were younger, and to activate those with dementia by using well-known music to stimulate thoughts and feelings. The performance was followed by an arts workshop led by Lincoln Center Education teaching artists, who participated in an extensive training with CaringKind.

The performers were violinist Hannah Choi, cellist Nathan Vickery, and guest pianist Pallavi Mahidhara. They performed Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor.

The New York Philharmonic looks forward to continuing to bring music to all members of our community.

(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Rice University Fellows Begin Immersion with New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic Global Academy 

Five students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music are in New York City for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, described by Music Director Alan Gilbert as “an unparalleled window into the real life of the orchestral musician.”

During their New York residency, which runs through May 29, the Zarin Mehta Fellows train and play alongside Philharmonic musicians under the direction of David Robertson at David Geffen Hall, and rehearse and perform chamber music with Philharmonic musicians. The fellows also participate in mock auditions, take lessons with Philharmonic musicians, attend a seminar by Jennifer Johnson titled “What Every Orchestral Musician Needs to Know About the Body,” tour the Philharmonic Archives, attend concerts, and meet with management. The photo above shows the Fellows in an Orchestra Committee Panel Discussion on May 23.

Violinists Jae-Won Bang, MuChen Jessica Hsieh, and Laura Liu; violist Sergein Yap; and double bassist Caleb Quillen make up the latest group of Zarin Mehta Fellows, selected by audition in the fall of 2015 when Philharmonic musicians traveled to Rice to teach, also as part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between the Philharmonic and the Shepherd School of Music.

Follow along at home through Zarin Mehta Fellow Laura Liu's excellent Instagram account:


(Top Photo: Chris Lee)

Watch Insights at the Atrium – 'NY PHIL BIENNIAL: A Player's Guide'

On May 11 Music Director Alan Gilbert hosted Insights at the Atrium – "NY PHIL BIENNIAL: A Player's Guide" at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. His guests at the free event were performers and curators in the biennial, and they all had a conversation about what's in store.

If you missed it, here's the full video! See you at the biennial.

Mahler Wundersingers: Des Knaben Wunderhorn Philharmonic Soloists

New York Philharmonic Archives Mahler 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

This week's concerts feature Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which the New York Philharmonic first performed in 1910, when Alma Gluck sang the American premiere of "Rheinlegendchen" (one of the songs in the collection) with the composer, who was the Philharmonic's Music Director at the time, at the podium.

The New York Philharmonic Archives created a digital exhibit of all Philharmonic Des Knaben Wunderhorn soloists, from 1910 to the present, interspersed with various "wunderhorns" found in the Archives' collection of glass lantern slides.


SLIDESHOW: Tour Finale in San Francisco

“There was no doubt that we were in for some bold, brawny music-making. And the orchestra didn’t disappoint.” So said the San Francisco Chronicle of Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in San Francisco, wrapping up the whirlwind CALIFORNIA 2016 tour to great acclaim.

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