PHOTOS: Leonard Bernstein’s Legacy of Innovation at the N.Y. Philharmonic

Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival kicked off last night, with the first performances of Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium) with Joshua Bell, his Jeremiah Symphony, and the U.S. Premiere of Joey Roukens’s Boundless (Homage to L.B.)

As we celebrate our former Music Director in his 100th birthday year, here is a look back at his transformative tenure. Its echoes are heard and felt to this day at the New York Philharmonic.

PHOTOS: 176th Season Opening Gala Concert

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic were the honorees of 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, the 106 All-Stars performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in a concert broadcast on Facebook Live, hosted by Alec Baldwin. The Gala also included a star-studded red carpet, buzzing cocktail reception, and glamorous dinner.

PHOTOS: 2017 Bravo! Vail Residency

Backed by the scenic Colorado Rockies, the New York Philharmonic returned for its 15th annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail, celebrating its 30th anniversary. The six-concert residency celebrated the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary and Music Director Alan Gilbert’s tenure. The Music Director led our very own Concertmaster Frank Huang, Philharmonic friend Daniil Trifonov, Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan, a World Premiere by Julia Adolphe, and Mahler’s Seventh and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphonies. Conductor / raconteur Bramwell Tovey returned for an all-American program, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet made its Bravo! Vail debut, Philharmonic musicians worked with the Very Young Composers of Vail — and we announced that the residency will go on for another five years.

PHOTOS: 2017 Shanghai Residency Concludes

The New York Philharmonic’s third annual Shanghai performance residency has concluded triumphantly. Music Director Alan Gilbert led music by Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Philharmonic musicians inspired Very Young Composers of Shanghai, and the SOA held its second-ever graduation ceremony. The Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, presented by Starr International Foundation, is a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

PHOTOS: 2017 Shanghai Residency Begins

The New York Philharmonic’s third annual Shanghai performance residency, July 2–8, has begun. Music Director Alan Gilbert has already conducted the Orchestra in two concerts featuring Mahler, Dvořák, and Brahms with legendary pianist Yefim Bronfman, and Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen led a Young People’s Concert featuring music by Very Young Composers of New York and Shanghai. Philharmonic musicians have also been busy teaching Shanghai Orchestra Academy students — through lessons and a side-by-side rehearsal — and inspiring Very Young Composers. The residency is part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, presented by Starr International Foundation and a cornerstone and founding component of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

PHOTOS: 2017 Concerts in the Parks

The 52nd summer of the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, brought almost 100,000 music lovers to hear the New York Philharmonic perform for free in every New York City borough. In his final appearances in New York as Music Director, Alan Gilbert led masterworks by Dvořák, Bernstein, and Gershwin — all written in New York and premiered by the Philharmonic. Local bands gave pre-concert performances, and audiences joined the Orchestra in community performances of the “Goin’ Home” theme from Dvořák’s New World Symphony, all part of The New World Initiative and the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season celebration of its hometown.

PHOTOS: Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity

In his final subscription concerts as Music Director, Alan Gilbert concludes his eight years with the Philharmonic with a message about the power of music to build bridges and unite people across borders.

Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity, June 8–10, features Mahler’s Seventh Symphony performed by the Philharmonic alongside 23 orchestral musicians from Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, the U.K., and the U.S.

June 8 also featured cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble members, Philharmonic musicians, and Alan Gilbert on violin in two works commissioned by Silkroad. June 9 features trumpet player Wynton Marsalis. Mahler’s Seventh with the combined orchestra stands alone on June 10.

Watch the June 10 concert, Alan Gilbert's final subscription performance as Music Director, for free through Facebook Live. (It will be available for on-demand viewing through August 31 on the Philharmonic’s website, YouTube, and Facebook.)

Relive the June 8 concert and surrounding events: the rehearsal bringing the Philharmonic together with orchestral musicians from around the world, the free public symposium on cultural diplomacy (watch it here), and the Philharmonic Archives exhibit on how orchestras have used music to share a message of support and unity.

PHOTOS: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Spring Gala

New York City co-starred with Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the centerpiece of the New York Philharmonic’s 2017 Spring Gala at which the Orchestra performed Henry Mancini’s Oscar-winning score live, led by Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen, while the complete film was screened. Gala guests bedecked in little black dresses and pearls converged at David Geffen Hall for a glamorous evening that began with a champagne reception and wrapped up with a fabulous dinner attended by Philharmonic supporters. In the immortal words of Holly Golightly, “Oh, I love New York!”