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!”

PHOTOS: Hamburg

The New York Philharmonic made its debut at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, where Alan Gilbert led acclaimed performances of music by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma, Mahler with Christina Landshamer, and John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, which also performed a late-night chamber concert.

PHOTOS: London

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour continued in London for the Philharmonic’s third residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in music by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, John Adams with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, and more, and the Philharmonic presented its first-ever Very Young People’s Concert abroad.

PHOTOS: Budapest and Vienna

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour took Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra to Budapest and Vienna, where they were praised for sensitive performances of Bartók and Mahler in the composers’ homelands.

PHOTOS: Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, and Essen

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour continued in Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, and Essen with powerhouse performances of Bartók, Mahler, John Adams, and more in photogenic halls. Meanwhile, in Vienna, the New York Philharmonic presented the Vienna Philharmonic with an anniversary present.

PHOTOS: The Tour Begins in Antwerp

The New York Philharmonic’s two-week, seven-country EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour — Alan Gilbert’s ninth and final international tour as Music Director — has begun in Antwerp, Belgium. The Orchestra’s first return to the photogenic city in almost a century included a rousing concert of John Adams, Prokofiev with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Berlioz at Antwerp’s newly opened Queen Elisabeth Hall.