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PHOTOS: Music Academy of the West 2017 Residency

The New York Philharmonic’s second performance residency at the Music Academy of the West in sunny Santa Barbara last week began with a concert for the history books. Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the last time as its Music Director during the Music Academy of the West’s 70th Anniversary Community Concert, which broke the record for the city’s largest classical concert. Also that week, Philharmonic musicians served as guest faculty and selected Fellows for the 2018 New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, the New York Philharmonic String Quartet performed, and Alan Gilbert led the Academy Festival Orchestra in the festival’s season finale.

New Five-Disc Recording of Former Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker


Stanley Drucker is a colossal name in the clarinet world, and in the world of the New York Philharmonic, where he spent 60 years as a member of the Orchestra, 48 as Principal.

A new five-disc recording lets you relive his artistry through previously unreleased recordings of solo and chamber music.

Stanley Drucker Heritage Collection: Live in Concert Discs 1–5 offers recordings made between 1972 and 2004 of works by Debussy, Brahms, Stravinsky, Boulez, and others. Would you like to hear him in the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with The Juilliard String Quartet, recorded at the Library of Congress in 1977? So would we! Violist Arnold Steinhardt and pianist Jens Nygaard are two of the other performers represented.

The recording, priced at $74.90 with free shipping, is available at Amazon.com.

Watch a video tribute to Drucker from when he retired.

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.

VIDEO: Alan Gilbert Bids Vail Farewell with Beethoven’s Ninth

Alan Gilbert made his final appearance at Bravo! Vail as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic on July 28, 2017, bidding farewell with Beethoven’s immortal Ninth Symphony (of which the Philharmonic gave the U.S. Premiere in 1846). Watch a clip of the performance, featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Joseph Kaiser, bass Morris Robinson, and the Colorado Symphony Chorus directed by Duain Wolfe — preceded by a heartfelt message from Bravo! Vail artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott.

VIDEO: Julia Adolphe’s White Stone, Premiered at Bravo! Vail

In the fourth concert of the New York Philharmonic’s 15th annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic give the World Premiere of Julia Adolphe’s White Stone, commissioned by Bravo! Vail. Of the third piece she's written for the New York Philharmonic, the composer says: “White Stone captures the struggle to be resilient and powerful in the face of overwhelming obstacles and fear of defeat.” Check out an excerpt of the new work's World Premiere.

VIDEO: Concertmaster Frank Huang Plays Mozart’s Turkish Concerto at Bravo! Vail

The New York Philharmonic has arrived in scenic Vail, Colorado, for its 15th annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail, celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer. A highlight of the residency so far: Concertmaster Frank Huang in his Bravo! Vail concerto debut, joining the Orchestra and Music Director Alan Gilbert in this rollicking Rondeau from Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish.

VIDEO: Very Young Composers of Shanghai Learn from Philharmonic Musicians

On July 5, New York Philharmonic musicians participated in a session for Very Young Composers of Shanghai, ages 10–15, as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership. Philharmonic Artistic Director, Very Young Composers, Jon Deak (red shirt) guided a group rhythm exercise, Philharmonic violinist Kuan Cheng Lu demonstrated melodic range, and Assistant Principal Timpani / Percussionist Kyle Zerna showed what was special about Chinese cymbals. 

(Video: Chris Lee)

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