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New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives Gives Scholars Fresh Understanding of Gilded Age

A team of sociologists has completed a study based on the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives that provides a new understanding of the cultural dynamics of Gilded Age society.

Headed by Fabien Accominotti of the London School of Economics and Shamus Khan of Columbia University, the study shows that in the late 19th century, Philharmonic audiences became more socioeconomically diverse than was previously thought. However, they remained segregated, with the elite sitting apart from middle class audience members. This reveals how in American society “elite cultural behaviors became a source of status by remaining distinctive while also acquiring currency with other social groups,” says Accominotti.

The team came to this conclusion by developing an online Philharmonic subscriber databasecontaining the names, addresses, and seat locations of Philharmonic subscribers dating back to the 19th century — using the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives.

The article, “How Cultural Capital Emerged in Gilded Age America: Musical Purification and Cross-Class Inclusion at the New York Philharmonic,” was published in the American Journal of Sociology 123, no. 6 (May 2018): 1743–1783. The study was funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hear more about this fascinating project on the podcast Especially Big Data.

PHOTOS: 2018 Concerts in the Parks

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, returned for the 53rd season of priceless music, absolutely free, in every New York City borough. Native New Yorker James Gaffigan conducted the Orchestra in music celebrating Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, evocative works by Saint-Saëns and Rimsky-Korsakov, and — for the first time ever — original compositions by students in the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. Joining the Orchestra were post-graduate students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, who performed alongside their Philharmonic mentors during their weeklong immersion in the life of an orchestral musician.

Shanghai Orchestra Academy Fellows Experience Immersion with New York Philharmonic

This week, the New York Philharmonic is hosting five Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) students selected by audition for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program — a week-long immersion in the life of an orchestral musician. The students, known as Zarin Mehta Fellows, are taking lessons with Philharmonic musicians, and rehearsing and performing alongside them in the Orchestra’s free Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. Read More...

Audra McDonald with N.Y. Philharmonic CD Released

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Sing Happy, the recording of Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald’s 2018 New York Philharmonic Spring Gala performance, is now available on CD — and it's the number-one classical recording on Amazon! It was released for download and streaming on May 11.

Recorded live at our Spring Gala on May 1, the recording represents McDonald’s first collaboration with Decca Gold, as well as her first solo recording with full orchestra. The concert was conducted by Andy Einhorn.

Learn more and buy here.

New York Philharmonic Receives Two NEA Grants

We are pleased and grateful that the New York Philharmonic has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grants for 2018–19 activities. The programs receiving grants are Philharmonic Schools and our radio program, The New York Philharmonic This Week.

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Here’s to another year in the Philharmonic’s long history of spreading the joy of music through education and audio broadcasts!

PHOTOS: 2018 Spring Gala

The New York Philharmonic’s 2018 Spring Gala celebrated two leading ladies: six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald — who performed songs both canonic and lesser-known, from South Pacific to “Facebook Song” — and Board Member Daisy Soros — who was honored for her decades of generosity and dedication to the Philharmonic.

On the Cover: Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin

“Playing trumpet in an orchestra is 80% waiting around and 20% terror.” — Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin

If you watched the New York Philharmonic’s Facebook Live broadcast from last September’s Opening Gala Concert, you probably caught a glimpse of this month’s On the Cover musician, Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is swept into motion by 12 measures of solo trumpet. Twelve measures, totally alone. For many trumpet players, this famous solo falls squarely into the 20% terror category.

In a new Q & A video above, Chris talks about playing Mahler’s Fifth under the baton of Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, and about being the successor of his childhood idol, former Philharmonic Principal Trumpet Philip Smith. (For even more about this excerpt and the Philharmonic’s historic trumpet section, listen to Philip Smith in the Philharmonic’s podcast, Listening Through Time.)

In May and June you can find Chris on the cover of Playbill and featured on the Philharmonic’s social media channels. Chris plans to chronicle a day in his life on Instagram and answer questions from fans on Facebook! Follow us to keep up with Chris: FacebookTwitterInstagramSnapchat, and Tumblr.

Learn more about Christopher Martin

2018 Zarin Mehta Fellows from Shanghai Orchestra Academy Named

This past week, students at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) auditioned for the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train and play among Philharmonic musicians, learning about the life of an orchestra musician from the inside.

Five lucky students — violinist Renchao Yu, violist Kuan Liu, flutist Fangyu Huang, clarinetist Yanru Chiu, and bassoonist Sihong Zhao — will travel to New York in June for a week of immersive activities in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life.

It’s all part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra that included the establishment of the SOA in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory.

Congrats and see you this summer!

(Photo courtesy of Shanghai Orchestra Academy)

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