Start spreading the news! Today at a press conference at the David Rubenstein Atrium, we proudly announced our 2016–17 season, a momentous one marking our 175th anniversary and Music Director Alan Gilbert’s farewell season.
The 175th season (video here) celebrates our hometown of New York City through:
• The New World Initiative: a citywide, season-long immersion in Dvorak’s New World Symphony — perhaps the Philharmonic’s most famous World Premiere — aiming to reach as many New Yorkers as possible, making the symphony as much a part of New York as bagels, bodegas, and the subway
• The New York Commissions: World Premieres of New York–themed works by New York composers Wynton Marsalis, Sean Shepherd, and Julia Wolfe, in honor of the Philharmonic’s rich commissioning and premiering history
• New York films with live performances of their scores: West Side Story and Manhattan (part of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Spring Gala)
Alan Gilbert’s final season features masterpieces and ambitious projects, including:
• Seven World, U.S., and New York Premieres
• Wagner’s complete Das Rheingold, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth with Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, John Adams’s 70th birthday, Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, Handel’s Messiah, and much more
• Season finale exploring how music and musicians can effect positive change and harmony in the world
• Final Europe tour
The annual festival: Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival, conducted by Semyon Bychkov (video here).
The season’s Artist-in-Residence: violinist Leonidas Kavakos, who conducts and performs and premieres a new violin concerto by Lera Auerbach (video here).
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s second season as Composer-in-Residence features the New York Premieres of a new Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma and Wing on Wing, and a program celebrating spectral composer and fellow Finn Kaija Saariaho at Park Avenue Armory.
And yes, that's a new logo! The new visual identity evokes qualities that define this Orchestra: virtuosity, dynamism, sophistication, and confidence. The dynamic arrangement of letters and varied extensions of select letters suggests the excitement of live performance and the harmony of individual members of a large ensemble working together to achieve a singular effect.
For even more, check out Season Highlights and videos of Philharmonic musicians’ picks, guest artist greetings, and New York Philharmonic Global Academy highlights.
(Photo: Chris Lee)