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What’s New

NY Phil Plays On

The New York Philharmonic exists to share the beauty and power of music with the public. Until we can resume doing so through the shared experience of live concerts, we are committed to doing what we can to bring our performances to you, in your own homes. 

Earlier this week we released NY Phil Plays On, a new portal for free content to provide comfort and connection to the millions of classical music fans worldwide in isolation. There you can find a selection of performances and other ways to enjoy your NY Phil, including:

— Nine editions of our award-winning radio program, The New York Philharmonic This Week

— We Are NY Phil @ Home, offering videos of our musicians proving that music is still possible in a world of social distancing

— A Young People’s Concerts Play! titled Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which features a full Young People’s Concert complemented by interactive learning videos, and a tool allowing kids to compose their own melodies

And visit our Facebook page on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m., EDT, for the closest experience to a live performance that we can offer right now — broadcasts of past performances. First up: Jaap van Zweden conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Join us!

We’ll be adding many more hours of digital content, including performance footage both past and new. Keep checking back for updates.

We know these are difficult times for you, your friends and family, and the world. They also pose a severe challenge to the Philharmonic, so we ask those who are able to please consider a contribution at whatever level is significant to you, to help us continue sharing the music.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Fun at the Phil: Sleepover at the Museum

The New York Philharmonic presented Fun at the Phil: Sleepover at the Museum, honoring composer / author / Philharmonic Vice Chair Karen LeFrak for her dedication to the Philharmonic and featuring her orchestral work based on her children’s book about a young boy celebrating his birthday at a natural history museum. Butterflies welcomed children and their families into the hall, where Ankush Kumar Bahl made his debut leading the Orchestra in Sleepover at the Museum and Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals — both narrated by Jamie Bernstein — and attendees of the family benefit enjoyed a fun-filled post-concert lunch.

We Are NY Phil: Acting Associate Principal Horn Leelanee Sterrett

We Are NY Phil brings you closer to Philharmonic musicians by focusing on their lives outside the concert hall and following the activities they are most passionate about.

Just in time for Women’s History Month, the third video of the series features Acting Associate Principal Horn Leelanee Sterrett, who talks about championing women composers and teaching the next generation of horn players.

“It was really important to me as a woman to start preparing and presenting music by women,” she said.

Watch the video above and on Facebook and IGTV.

Learn more about Leelanee Sterrett

Archives Exhibit on Phil’s First Woman Honors Project 19

New York Philharmonic Archives Exhibit 'The Special Case of Steffy Goldner'

If you find yourself in or near David Geffen Hall this week, do not miss The Special Case of Steffy Goldner, a media installation by artist Nives Widauer and the New York Philharmonic Archives.

This 20th century harp case, used in the Philharmonic's first tour to Europe in 1930, belonged to Stephanie "Steffy" Goldner, the first woman member of the New York Philharmonic. As part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment, the Archives teamed up with Widauer to put Steffy in the spotlight, using the harp case as a platform to tell her story.

New York Philharmonic Director, Archives and Exhibitions Gabryel Smith, President and CEO Deborah Borda, Doris Balant (Steffy Goldner's niece), Composer Nina C. Young, and Nives Wildauer pose in front of 'The Special Case of Steffy Goldner'

In the above photo, taken during the February 5 concert, are Gabryel Smith, Director, Archives and Exhibitions; President and CEO Deborah Borda; Doris Balant, Steffy Goldner's niece; composer Nina C. Young, whose Project 19 commission was receiving its World Premiere; and Nives Widauer. (Photo: Chris Lee)

You can see The Special Case of Steffy Goldner at David Geffen Hall on the Grand Promenade during Philharmonic concerts, now through February 22. The case will then go on tour, starting at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington, D.C. in March and April 2020.

Discover Steffy's story

Project 19 Profile: Ellen Reid

Here is the third in a series of video profiles of Project 19 composers created by women filmmakers. Filmmaker Carole Ann Wright profiles Ellen Reid — the third composer whose work the Orchestra is premiering as part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment through 19 commissions by women composers.

Reid talks about the physicality of her writing process and the images — a golden arrow and momentum — she had in mind for her Philharmonic commission. “I’m a five-foot tall woman, so the fact that I think my emotions belong on that stage is a political statement,” she says. “I went very personal and wrote about my emotional landscape for the past year.”

The New York Philharmonic will premiere Ellen Reid’s When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, February 20–22.

Watch the first two videos, profiling Nina C. Young and Tania León.

Announcing Our 2020–21 Season


“We are the orchestra of New York, and we are proud to be a vital part of this extraordinary city,” said Music Director Jaap van Zweden about the plans for the New York Philharmonic’s 2020–21 season, announced today.

Check out which concerts The New York Times critics are most looking forward to.

And here’s our snapshot of Jaap’s third Philharmonic season:

–The US Premiere of György Kurtág / Samuel Beckett’s Fin de partie (Endgame), directed by Claire van Kampen

–Season two of Project 19, featuring the premieres of eight Philharmonic commissions by Du Yun, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Jessie Montgomery, Angélica Negrón, Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Joan Tower, and Melinda Wagner

The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Chick Corea performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 (with his own, jazz-inflected cadenzas), composing a Trombone Concerto for Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, curating a post-concert Nightcap, and jamming at Chick and Friends

–A two-week Roomful of Teeth takeover, featuring the award-winning vocal ensemble in the Caroline Shaw Project 19 premiere and our two new-music series, Kravis Nightcap (as both curator and performer) and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON

–Jaap van Zweden conducting Phil the Hall and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer

–The Music Director conducting masterpieces like Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9

Jaap’s 60th Birthday Celebration, a one-night-only concert featuring the Maestro and many of his musical friends

Live-to-film performances of four classic movies

In the words of President and CEO Deborah Borda. “For the New York Philharmonic’s third season with Jaap van Zweden as Music Director, we have shaped programming around the hallmarks that defined his first two seasons: innovation and collaboration. We strive to innovate the concert experience — through the boldly staged production of the US Premiere of Kurtág’s Fin de partie, for example — and collaborate with other musicians and organizations — including Chick Corea, Roomful of Teeth, and citywide partners for Project 19. Our goal is to challenge the status quo and best serve our fellow New Yorkers in the 21st century.”

See you next season!

Project 19 Profile: Tania León

Here is the second in a series of video profiles of Project 19 composers created by women filmmakers.

In Carolina Méndez’s profile of Tania León — the second composer whose work the Orchestra is premiering as part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment through 19 commissions by women composers — León welcomes the viewer to her home on the Hudson (“I was born on an island, and my spirit needs water … to quiet my soul”) and inside the composition process of her new work, Stride, written in memory of Susan B. Anthony (“In my imagination I saw this woman from a century ago moving forward like nobody’s business.”)

The New York Philharmonic premieres Tania León’s Stride, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, February 13, 15, and 18.

Watch the first video, profiling Nina C. Young.

Video Profile of Project 19 Composer Nina C. Young

The Philharmonic has launched a series of Project 19 composer portraits by women filmmakers. View the first video in the series: Veena Rao’s profile of Nina C. Young — the first composer whose work the New York Philharmonic premiered as part of Project 19, the Orchestra’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment through 19 commissions by women composers.

Young, whose piece just kicked off Project 19, takes the viewer inside the composition process of her new work, Tread softly, inspired by the advances and setbacks of the women’s suffrage movement and women composers today. The title comes from the Yeats poem The Cloths of Heaven, which concludes: “Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”

The New York Philharmonic will reprise Nina C. Young’s Tread softly, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, February 8 and 11.

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