The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Rooster with the sixth annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala, a festive musical evening presented by Starr International Foundation and conducted by Long Yu. The program blended East and West, concert hall and folk song. In the spotlight were soprano Sumi Jo and trumpet player Alison Balsom — both in their Philharmonic debuts — as well as virtuosos of the Orchestra, Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Flute Robert Langevin. Gala guests, many in traditional Chinese attire, began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception, and gathered after the concert for a dinner of delicacies.
The New York Philharmonic spent ten picturesque days performing six concerts in Vail, Colorado, for their 14th-annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail. The six-concert residency featured conductor/raconteur Bramwell Tovey, Chaplin’s City Lights with the score performed live to the film, Music Director Alan Gilbert leading powerhouse soloists including our own Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, violin dynamo Leila Josefowicz, and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens. Plus Philharmonic musicians worked with the Very Young Composers of Vail.