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David Geffen Hall Plans Announced: Video Highlights

On Monday the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center announced our plans for the reimagination of David Geffen Hall. Our goals are: to create one of the world’s finest concert halls, to reimagine all public spaces to create a deeper audience and community experience, and to build a greater connection with the world outside.

Watch the highlights video above.

More information, images, and FAQs are available on the project’s website, workinginconcert.info.

David Geffen Hall Plans Announced

Graphic for Working in Concert, the Lincoln Center / New York Philharmonic project to reimagine David Geffen Hall 

The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center are thrilled to announce our plans for the reimagination of David Geffen Hall. Our goals are: to create one of the world’s finest concert halls, to reimagine all public spaces to create a deeper audience and community experience, and to build a greater connection with the world outside. 

The redesigned hall will feature (see rendering below): 
A more intimate connection to the Orchestra, with every seat closer to the stage, wrap-around seating, and clearer sight lines 
Superior acoustics and increased clarity of sound
A bigger lobby with a Welcome Center, expanded food and drink options including a destination eatery, and a media streaming wall that can broadcast concerts in real time
The Sidewalk Studio, showcasing our education and community programs
Greater accessibility and clearer navigation inside the building
Many more restrooms!

There will be two brief closures before the work is accomplished in March 2024:
May 2022–October 2022, after which the hall will reopen for a concert season, running from November 2022–April 2023
May 2023–February 2024, during which the Orchestra will perform in New York City venues, mostly Carnegie Hall and New York City Center

More information, images, and FAQs are available on the project’s website, workinginconcert.info.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new and improved home in March 2024!

Rendering of the interior of the reimagined David Geffen Hall

The interior of the reimagined David Geffen Hall as it will appear in March 2024

Fire in my mouth Recording Nominated for Two Grammys

Graphic of the cover of the New York Philharmonic's recording of Julia Wolfe's 'Fire in my mouth' 

We are delighted to announce that our recording of the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is nominated for two Grammy awards:

Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Julia Wolfe)

Best Engineered Album, Classical (Bob Hanlon and Lawrence Rock, engineers; Ian Good and Lawrence Rock, mastering engineers). Lawrence Rock is Audio Director of the New York Philharmonic; Ian Good is Assistant, Digital Platforms & Experience at the New York Philharmonic.

Fire in my mouth, co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, is a searingly vivid evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The World Premiere performances, this past January, capped New York Stories: Threads of Our City, our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

The performances featured The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work “ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe’s music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory.”

Buy, download, or stream the album

New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 Toasted at Reception at New-York Historical Society

Women composers commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of Project 19

Pulitzer Prize–winning composers rubbed shoulders with journalists and sponsors at last night’s reception toasting Project 19 — the Philharmonic’s initiative to commission and premiere 19 new works by women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The reception took place at the New-York Historical Society, where guests met 12 Project 19 composers and explored the Society’s Women’s Voices digital instillation, revealing the hidden connections among exceptional and unknown women who left their mark on New York and the nation.

The photo above contains (left to right) Jessie Montgomery, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Joan Tower, Angélica Negrón, Joan La Barbara, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Tania León, Ellen Reid, Caroline Mallonee, and Paola Prestini. President and CEO Deborah Borda is at far right. (Not pictured: Project 19 composer Du Yun.)

The single largest women-only commissioning initiative in history, Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the premieres of the first six commissions. Visit nyphil.org/project19 for more information.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Oklahoma State University Residency

This weekend Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic gave the inaugural concerts of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, featuring Tony Award winner / Oklahoma native Kelli O’Hara and Concertmaster Frank Huang. The concerts were a highlight of the residency at Oklahoma State University (OSU), in which the musicians engaged with OSU students and the Stillwater community. Go Pokes!

PHOTOS: 2019 Fall Gala

The New York Philharmonic ushered in its 178th season and honored outgoing Chairman Oscar Schafer and his wife, Didi — the most generous donors in Philharmonic history — with a star-studded night of Beethoven and festivities. Pianist Lang Lang wowed the crowd with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Music Director Jaap van Zweden led the Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and Gala guests attended the buzzing cocktail reception and celebratory dinner. Relive the elegant evening, from the red carpet graced by the likes of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin through the concert and dinner attended by Bradley Cooper.

We Are NY Phil: Principal Harp Nancy Allen

Welcome to We Are NY Phil, a new video series that follows musicians of the New York Philharmonic outside the concert hall as they share their passions outside of music.

First up is Nancy Allen, an animal lover and Principal Harp of the Philharmonic since 1999. Her love for horses began as a child and hasn’t abated, despite her demanding career in music. In fact, her passions inform each other: complex, precise hand / foot coordination is necessary for both playing the harp and riding a horse.

Learn more about the harp and travel to upstate New York, where Nancy brought us along on a horseback riding session.

Watch the video on Facebook, Instagram TV, or click on the link above to watch the full director’s cut.

Nancy plays one of Schoenberg’s early songs, Erwartung, which she will perform this week, and an excerpt from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, which the Orchestra performs next week.

Learn more about Nancy Allen

New Album: Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth

Julia Wolfe Fire in my mouth Out Now 

The World Premiere in January of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, a searingly vivid evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, perfectly capped New York Stories: Threads of Our City, our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

We are delighted to announce that the recording of this performance by the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden is available in digital format on Decca Gold. It will be available in physical formats on October 4.

Fire in my mouth, which the Orchestra co-commissioned, also featured The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directed by Francisco J. Núñez. The New York Times called the work “ambitious, heartfelt, often compelling. … There is both heady optimism and a sense of dread in Ms. Wolfe’s music. … Mr. van Zweden led a commanding account of a score that … ends with an elegiac final chorus in which the names of all 146 victims are tenderly sung to create a fabric of music and memory.” The performance earned the coveted spot in the highbrow / brilliant quadrant of New York magazine’s Approval Matrix.

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