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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.

PHOTOS: 2020 Lunar New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Rat at the ninth annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, a festive evening presented by Starr International Foundation. Long Yu conducted the US Premiere of Gift by Chinese American composer Zhou Tian and the New York Premiere of Spin-Flip by Korean composer Texu Kim, plus violinist Gil Shaham as soloist in Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s The Butterfly Lovers and pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist in the intrinsically American Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin. Gala guests began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception and gathered after the concert for a dinner of Lunar New Year delicacies.

We Are NY Phil: Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young

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.

The second video of the series explores how humor continues to play a leading role in Rebecca Young’s approach to music and to hosting the New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts.

“Humor was big in my family,” Young says. “Getting [my kids] to laugh is how to keep them engaged.”

Young applies this same technique when hosting Very Young People’s Concerts, as thousands of delighted kids and parents can attest.

Young even has a secret language of bow gestures with her stand partner, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and uses it to make Phelps laugh as often as possible!

Watch the video above and on Facebook and IGTV.

Learn more about Rebecca Young

NY Philharmonic Very Young Composers Win ASCAP Award

New York Philharmonic Very Young Composer Jordan Millar being interviewed onstage at a Concerts in the Parks concert in 2018 

Just when we thought we couldn’t be prouder of them: two New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers — Ilaria Loisa Hawley (age 10) and Jordan Millar (age 13) — are among the youngest recipients honored with an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Bestowed on composers between the ages of 10 and 30, the honor is dedicated to the memory of the former ASCAP president and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer whose first composition was published when he was only six years old.

The Philharmonic premiered Ilaria’s This Element That Questions a Woman in May 2019 and Jordan’s Boogie Down Uptown in January 2018. Jordan’s was reprised in front of tens of thousands at the 2018 Concerts in the Parks.

Congratulations, Ilaria and Jordan!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

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