PHOTOS: 2018 Concerts in the Parks

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, returned for the 53rd season of priceless music, absolutely free, in every New York City borough. Native New Yorker James Gaffigan conducted the Orchestra in music celebrating Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, evocative works by Saint-Saëns and Rimsky-Korsakov, and — for the first time ever — original compositions by students in the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. Joining the Orchestra were post-graduate students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, who performed alongside their Philharmonic mentors during their weeklong immersion in the life of an orchestral musician.

PHOTOS: 2018 Spring Gala

The New York Philharmonic’s 2018 Spring Gala celebrated two leading ladies: six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald — who performed songs both canonic and lesser-known, from South Pacific to “Facebook Song” — and Board Member Daisy Soros — who was honored for her decades of generosity and dedication to the Philharmonic.

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Concludes in Taipei

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic were triumphant in back-to-back performances in Taipei, the last city on the ASIA 2018 tour. Pianist Yuja Wang joined the Orchestra for landmark concertos by Brahms and Prokofiev, and the Maestro led the Orchestra in symphonic masterworks by Stravinsky and Mahler.

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Continues in Japan

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic traveled to Japan for four concerts in three cities — Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagoya. In addition to concerts with pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Ryu Goto, featuring works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, and J. Wagenaar, the Music Director Designate and Orchestra were joined by Philharmonic Patrons and members of the International Advisory Board.

PHOTOS: ASIA 2018 Tour Begins in Beijing

The New York Philharmonic’s ten-day, five-city ASIA 2018 tour — Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden’s first international tour with the Orchestra — has begun in Beijing. After a day atop the Great Wall, the Orchestra performed two concerts presented by China Merchants Bank, featuring pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Ryu Goto, and orchestral masterworks by Mahler and Stravinsky.

PHOTOS: 2018 Lunar New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Dog with the seventh annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, a festive evening of Eastern and Western music presented by Starr International Foundation and conducted by Long Yu. The concert included Olympic-level Ping Pong players giving the U.S. Premiere of Andy Akiho’s Ricochet, also featuring Philharmonic violinist Elizabeth Zeltser and percussionist David Cossin, plus Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with 13-year-old Serena Wang and the Farmers’ Chorus of the Yunnan Province in its first-ever appearance outside China. Gala guests began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception, and gathered after the concert for a dinner of Lunar New Year delicacies.

PHOTOS: Second Michigan Performance Residency

The New York Philharmonic went west this weekend — to Ann Arbor for its second residency with the University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan (U-M) in conjunction with the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden led Mahler; Leonard Slatkin led Bernstein featuring Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons; U-M students got the chance to perform with Philharmonic musicians; the Philharmonic presented lectures and master classes; and all saluted composer-conductor-former Music Director Leonard Bernstein in his centennial year.

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.