Press Release

Monday, July 02, 2018


Katherine E. Johnson Vice President, Communications (212) 875-5700;

For Immediate Release

Updates to the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 Season


Katia and Marielle Labèque To Perform MARTINŮ’s Concerto for Two Pianos

Repertoire Announced for Chamber Concerts at 92ND STREET Y,

The Juilliard School’s AXIOM Ensemble To Perform Music by Louis Andriessen
As Part of The Art of Andriessen

World Premieres of ASHLEY FURE’s Filament and CONRAD TAO’s Everything Must Go


The New York Philharmonic has announced updates to its 2018–19 season. Highlights include:

  • Martinů’s Concerto for Two Pianos will replace Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos in performances featuring Katia and Marielle Labèque, and led by Semyon Bychkov, May 2–4, 2019.
  • The full programs have been announced for two chamber concerts at 92nd Street Y; opening chamber music works and artists for the Saturday Matinee Concerts have been announced; programs have been announced for New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall; and dates and themes have been announced for Very Young People’s Concerts at Merkin Concert Hall.
  • The Juilliard School’s AXIOM ensemble, led by Jeffrey Milarsky, will perform De Staat by Louis Andriessen, recipient of the Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, and Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks as part of The Art of Andriessen, on October 14, 2018, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
  • The title of Ashley Fure’s New York Philharmonic commission receiving its World Premiere on the Opening Gala Concert, September 20, 2018, and reprised on the season’s first subscription program, September 21–22 and 25, 2018, is Filament. The title of Conrad Tao’s commission receiving its World Premiere September 27–28, 2018, is Everything Must Go.
  • Philharmonic Free Fridays — which offers free tickets for 13- to 26-year-olds — will take place on each of the 2018–19 season’s 24 Friday subscription concerts: September 21 and 28; October 5, 12, and 26; November 16, 23, and 30; December 7 and 14; January 4, 11, 18, and 25; February 1, 8, 15, and 22; March 1, 8, and 15; April 12; May 3; and June 7.
  • The New York Philharmonic announces new titles for its contemporary music initiatives and posts. Nadia Sirota is The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, and she will host both the Kravis Nightcap series and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON series, the latter of which she will also curate.
  • The Lunar New Year Concert will take place on February 6, 2019, rather than the previously announced date of February 5, 2019.

    An updated chronological listing for the entire 2018–19 season, incorporating all of the above updates and more, is available here (updates are bold). Please discard previous versions, and stay up to date by visiting the New York Philharmonic’s online newsroom.


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    The New York Philharmonic Ensembles concerts are funded, in part, by the Zubin Mehta Fund for the Orchestra, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic’s former Music Director, Zubin Mehta.

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    Support for Very Young People’s Concerts is provided by The Brodsky Family Foundation.

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    Ashley Fure’s commission is made possible with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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    Major support for Philharmonic Free Fridays is provided by an Anonymous Donor. Additional funding is provided by Muna and Basem Hishmeh.

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    Starr International Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Lunar New Year Gala.

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    Citi. Preferred Card of the New York Philharmonic.

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    Emirates is the Official Airline of the New York Philharmonic.

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    PurePoint Financial. Season Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

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    Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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