During the 2016–17 season the New York Philharmonic celebrates 175 seasons of serving our dynamic hometown, New York City, through The New World Initiative, which salutes our living history and home through community outreach; The New York Commissions, which give a platform to the voices of quintessentially New York composers; and other activities.

From concerts to movies with live orchestra, from commissions by New York composers to citywide immersion through a multidisciplinary exploration of Dvořák’s New World Symphony’s themes of home, the Orchestra is toasting its hometown.

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  • The New World Initiative

    The New World Initiative is a season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and its theme of “home” through performances, community outreach, and education projects. For example:

    • Multiple performances by the Philharmonic of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, from the Opening Gala through the Young People’s Concerts and Young People’s Concerts for Schools in January, through to the Concerts in the Parks in June. See event listing below.

    • Engagement with New York City–based performing ensembles to participate through performances and reinterpretations of the New World Symphony. The New York Philharmonic will offer participating organizations free tickets to Open Rehearsals, access to a traveling archival exhibit, and access to arrangements, scores, and sheet music bowed by Philharmonic musicians and conductors.

    • An online hub where every participating group is featured along with listings of their performances.

    • Curricula for New York City elementary and secondary schools exploring the work’s roots in African American and Native American music, and the controversy surrounding the establishment of an American voice in music.

    • Very Young Composers of the Philharmonic composing their own scores responding to the New World Symphony through a contemporary lens, for performance by ensembles of Philharmonic musicians and by the full Orchestra.

    • Multiple professional development workshops for music and social studies teachers, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education.

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