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New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 Toasted at Reception at New-York Historical Society

Women composers commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of Project 19

Pulitzer Prize–winning composers rubbed shoulders with journalists and sponsors at last night’s reception toasting Project 19 — the Philharmonic’s initiative to commission and premiere 19 new works by women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The reception took place at the New-York Historical Society, where guests met 12 Project 19 composers and explored the Society’s Women’s Voices digital instillation, revealing the hidden connections among exceptional and unknown women who left their mark on New York and the nation.

The photo above contains (left to right) Jessie Montgomery, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Joan Tower, Angélica Negrón, Joan La Barbara, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Tania León, Ellen Reid, Caroline Mallonee, and Paola Prestini. President and CEO Deborah Borda is at far right. (Not pictured: Project 19 composer Du Yun.)

The single largest women-only commissioning initiative in history, Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the premieres of the first six commissions. Visit for more information.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Oklahoma State University Residency

This weekend Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic gave the inaugural concerts of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, featuring Tony Award winner / Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara and Concertmaster Frank Huang. The concerts were a highlight of the residency at Oklahoma State University (OSU), in which the musicians engaged with OSU students and the Stillwater community. Go Pokes!

PHOTOS: 2019 Fall Gala

The New York Philharmonic ushered in its 178th season and honored outgoing Chairman Oscar Schafer and his wife, Didi — the most generous donors in Philharmonic history — with a star-studded night of Beethoven and festivities. Pianist Lang Lang wowed the crowd with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Music Director Jaap van Zweden led the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and Gala guests attended the buzzing cocktail reception and celebratory dinner. Relive the elegant evening, from the red carpet graced by the likes of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin through the concert and dinner attended by Bradley Cooper.

We Are NY Phil: Principal Harp Nancy Allen

Welcome to We Are NY Phil, a new video series that follows musicians of the New York Philharmonic outside the concert hall as they share their passions outside of music.

First up is Nancy Allen, an animal lover and Principal Harp of the Philharmonic since 1999. Her love for horses began as a child and hasn’t abated, despite her demanding career in music. In fact, her passions inform each other: complex, precise hand / foot coordination is necessary for both playing the harp and riding a horse.

Learn more about the harp and travel to upstate New York, where Nancy brought us along on a horseback riding session.

Watch the video on Facebook, Instagram TV, or click on the link above to watch the full director’s cut.

Nancy plays one of Schoenberg’s early songs, Erwartung, which she will perform this week, and an excerpt from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, which the Orchestra performs next week.

Learn more about Nancy Allen

New Album: Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth

Julia Wolfe Fire in my mouth Out Now 

The World Premiere in January of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, a searingly vivid evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, perfectly capped New York Stories: Threads of Our City, our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

We are delighted to announce that the recording of this performance by the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden is available in digital format on Decca Gold. It will be available in physical formats on October 4.

Fire in my mouth, which the Orchestra co-commissioned, also featured The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work “ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe’s music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory.” The performance earned the coveted spot in the highbrow / brilliant quadrant of New York magazine’s Approval Matrix.

PHOTOS: 2019 Vail Residency Concludes

The New York Philharmonic concluded its 17th annual summer residency at the picturesque Bravo! Vail Music Festival with two irresistible programs led by Leonard Slatkin: a charming evening of Cole Porter — joined by vocalists Nicole Cabell, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ben Bliss, and Rod Gilfry — and a passionate night of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky with pianist Yefim Bronfman. Philharmonic musicians took the occasional hike and worked with the talented New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers of Vail.

PHOTOS: 2019 Vail Residency Begins

The New York Philharmonic has returned to breathtaking Colorado for its 17th annual summer at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducted the first three concerts of the summer — featuring Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, and soloists Augustin Hadelich and Conrad Tao — and Alexander Joel led an evening of movie music. There’s more to come, so stay tuned to What’s New.
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