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PHOTOS: 2019 Concerts in the Parks

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, returned for the 54th season of priceless music, absolutely free, in every New York City borough. Conducting the iconic series for the first time, Music Director Jaap van Zweden led the Orchestra in evocative music by Rossini, Copland, Rachmaninoff, and — for the second year in a row — New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers. Check out photos in the slideshow above and a highlights reel here.

A Look Back at Music of Conscience

In true musical fashion, Music of Conscience built to a powerful crescendo and finale this past weekend that still echoes in our ears, minds, and hearts. The World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, “a streamlined, seething updating of [Beethoven’s] Fidelio” (The New York Times), perfectly capped our exploration of how music responds to social and political turmoil.

Here are some highlights, via video, photography, and social media. Read More...

Jaap van Zweden Honored by Bruckner Society of America

The Bruckner Society of America presented Music Director Jaap van Zweden with one of the Society’s Kilenyi Medals of Honor following his and the Orchestra’s performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 at the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The Medal was presented to him for his “exemplary work in furthering the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Anton Bruckner.”

Past recipients include the New York Philharmonic itself, plus several other Philharmonic luminaries: Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, John Barbirolli, Artur Rodzinsky, and Kurt Masur.

The medal was presented by John Berky, Executive Secretary of the Society; Michael Cucka, Treasurer; and William Carragan, Vice President and one of the editors of the Bruckner Edition, Vienna.

Upon receiving the Medal, Mr. van Zweden said, “If there is a road to Heaven, [Bruckner] surely proves that the road is more beautiful than Heaven itself.”

(Photo: Jennifer Taylor)

PHOTOS: 2019 Spring Gala

The New York Philharmonic’s 2019 Spring Gala celebrated two leading ladies: Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award–winning singer and actress Patti LuPone — who performed songs from some of her landmark Broadway performances — and Board Member Mary Wallach, who was honored for her dedication and commitment to the Philharmonic. Relive the night through performance highlights here and the slideshow above.

New Album: Soloists of the New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic’s fourth album on Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label, was released today. Soloists of the New York Philharmonic features concertos performed by Principal musicians of the New York Philharmonic:

Barber’s Violin Concerto with Concertmaster Frank Huang
Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps
Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 with Principal Flute Robert Langevin
Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill
William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi

Buy and stream it from online services.

Rebecca Young To Receive Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service


Before she became a member of the New York Philharmonic, Rebecca Young was a two-year-old attendee of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts led by Leonard Bernstein. Today, she is not only Associate Principal Viola of the Orchestra that introduced her to music — she is also the host of the Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concerts (VYPCs), intimate chamber music concerts for children ages 3 to 6, where she has sung, tap-danced, played drums, and ridden a scooter around the stage. Her philosophy is less to educate than “to make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

In recognition of her one-of-a-kind performances as VYPC host, Rebecca Young will receive a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras, celebrating professional orchestra musicians who provide exemplary service in their communities and make a significant impact through education and community engagement. She is one of five US orchestra musicians who will receive the award and present their work at the League’s National Conference on June 4.

Congratulations, Becky! You make us proud!

(Photo: Michael DiVito)

Highlights of Inaugural Phil the Hall Concert

Last night the New York Philharmonic opened its doors to first responders, volunteers, and other service professionals at the inaugural Phil the Hall concert, conducted by Jaap van Zweden and hosted by Miss America Nia Franklin. 

Watch highlights above, featuring portions of the Philharmonic’s performance of Bernstein’s Candide Overture and interviews with service professionals attending the event. And read the New York Times review.

Join us; all are welcome. Three performances remain: tonight at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Those wanting to attend can check for real-time ticket availability. Additionally, there will be a standby line in the lobby of David Geffen Hall, where tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang Elected Co-Chairs of Board

Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang have been elected the next Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. In September they will succeed Oscar S. Schafer, who is stepping down after holding the post of Chairman since 2015 and will continue to serve as Chairman Emeritus. In October the Orchestra will honor him and his wife, Didi, at the Fall Gala for their extraordinary service, which includes presenting the Concerts in the Parks. 

“The word ‘honor’ doesn’t adequately express my feelings about being part of the New York Philharmonic at this pivotal time,” said Oscar S. Schafer. “Having witnessed the vitality of the Orchestra’s performances and the creative planning since Deborah Borda and Jaap van Zweden arrived, I am confident in the Philharmonic’s next chapter. The musicians and their music-making will be in the best possible hands with Peter May and Oscar Tang as Co-Chairs, and I look forward to supporting them as Chairman Emeritus.”

Both Peter May and Oscar Tang currently serve on the Board of Directors, and have supported Philharmonic projects including co-chairing Opening, Lunar New Year, and Spring Galas. 

When the news was announced, President and CEO Deborah Borda said: “The New York Philharmonic is at the threshold of a new era. Thanks to Oscar Schafer’s enthusiasm and foresight, we now have the brilliant Jaap van Zweden as Music Director, and have set out on a path to security and greatness. But a truly great orchestra deserves a magnificent home, and much work lies ahead to achieve all we hope for in a renovated David Geffen Hall. The Philharmonic now needs the leadership team of two visionary and dedicated philanthropists, both committed to a sound grounding and imaginative problem solving. In Peter May and Oscar Tang we have such a team, whose love of New York is matched by their determination to help the Philharmonic to heighten our connection with our audiences, our community, and the world.”

(Photo: Fadi Kheir)

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