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Dawn of a New Era

Posted March 22, 2022

“It’s finally happening — we are returning to our ‘new’ concert hall in October 2022. Thank you for your patience and support, and now, the musicians of the New York Philharmonic and I can’t wait to welcome you home,” said Music Director Jaap van Zweden about the New York Philharmonic’s 2022–23 season, announced today.

After two years of pandemic-related disruptions, and following an accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall, the NY Phil makes its triumphant return home this fall. Van Zweden and the Orchestra kick off this new era with a diverse slate of concerts — featuring everything from groundbreaking new works to familiar favorites that activate the hall’s new spaces — and with a renewed commitment to providing greater access and fostering deeper connections with the community.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store:

  • Lincoln Center and the NY Phil co-present HOME, an inaugural festival that, throughout October, features a combination of free events and concerts and multimedia performances conducted by the Music Director celebrating the capabilities of the new hall. Repertoire highlights include premieres of Marcos Balter’s Oyá, which features lighting and electronics to celebrate the new hall’s capabilities; Caroline Shaw’s Project 19 commission, with Roomful of Teeth; and Etienne Charles’s San Juan Hill, commissioned by Lincoln Center. The festivities culminate with Open House Weekend, including Family Day and Sonic Arcade.

  • Over the course of the season the NY Phil delves into the critical questions that have become more urgent over recent years. LIBERATION presents themes of social justice and equity in semi-staged performances featuring works by Courtney Bryan & Tazewell Thompson, Adolphus Hailstork, and William Grant Still. Jaap van Zweden takes the podium for two additional artistic explorations: SPIRIT, a musical expression of the exploration of the human spirit through epic works by Messiaen and J.S. Bach, and EARTH, which focuses on humanity’s impact upon the planet and the climate crisis through premieres by Julia Wolfe and John Luther Adams.

  • The Philharmonic introduces several new series: The 65th Street Session, a four-concert series curated by composer, singer, and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile; Artist Spotlight, which presents artists ranging from Eric Owens and Joshua Bell to Sterling Elliott and Harlem Chamber Players; and, in the new Sidewalk Studio, NY Phil @ Noon, with Philharmonic musicians, and the relocated Kravis Nightcap series of informal post-concert events.

  • There’s more than a dozen World, US, and New York Premieres by composers ranging from Wang Lu to Chick Corea.

  • Increased accessibility for New Yorkers is a priority, leading to initiatives including the 50-foot-long Digital Wall in the David Geffen Hall lobby, which will stream concerts free in real-time, flexible pricing for NY Phil @ Noon, and more.

“The journey has been long, and as we move into the new David Geffen Hall, the dawn of a new era for the New York Philharmonic has arrived,” said Deborah Borda, the Philharmonic’s Linda and Mitch Hart President and CEO. “It is time to begin anew.”

We can’t wait to see you next season!