Join us for an unforgettable gala evening celebrating the remarkable achievements of Deborah Borda, Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO of the New York Philharmonic and the first female executive to command a major American orchestra. Immerse yourself in the sound of our new David Geffen Hall — a testament to Deborah Borda’s tireless dedication — as Music Director Jaap van Zweden opens his final season as Music Director by leading the Orchestra in works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The inimitable Yo-Yo Ma joins as soloist in Dvořák’s iconic Cello Concerto.

Create your perfect NY Phil evening and explore the various ways to participate in the gala below.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
David Geffen Hall

6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
7:30 PM Concert
Dinner and After-Party Follow

Attire: Black Tie

Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Beethoven Egmont Overture
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien
Dvořák Cello Concerto

Starting at $2,500

Opening Gala

A cocktail reception, prime concert seating, festive dinner, and late-night drinks and dancing await!

Make a Night of It
Starting at $500

Concert & After-Party

Celebrate with drinks, dancing, and fun after the concert.

On Sale June 27

Concert Only

Jaap van Zweden conducts this one-night-only event, featuring beloved cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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