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NY Phil Celebrates Year of the Rabbit with Lunar New Year Gala

The New York Philharmonic celebrated the Lunar New Year in style, with a festive Concert and Gala at the new David Geffen Hall. The program featured the return of conductor Long Yu and NY Phil debuts by erhu virtuoso Yiwen Lu and violinist Ning Feng in a potpourri of works by composers ranging from Qigang Chen to Leonard Bernstein. The Gala evening — which began with a pre-concert cocktail reception and ended with a seated dinner — was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Starr International Foundation; Honorary Gala Chairs Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg; and Gala Co-Chairs Angela Chen and Misook Doolittle, both also Board Members, and Board Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang. It was an altogether spirited evening, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit — a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity.

See the slideshow above for some highlights of the festivities.

Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Winter Benefit

On December 7, the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Winter Benefit was held, marking the end of a triumphant 2022. The Young New Yorkers (YNY), a dynamic group of young professionals, play an important role in the life of the Orchestra, and are an essential part of its future. Hosted by Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons, the benefit included a reception, a performance by Musicians from the New York Philharmonic, dinner, and dancing. Enjoy the above slideshow for a taste of the festive event, and learn more about how to support YNY here!

All photos by Fadi Kheir

The NY Phil Remembers Stanley Drucker (1929–2022)

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of the legendary orchestral clarinetist Stanley Drucker, who joined the Philharmonic in 1948, at age 19, and was appointed Principal Clarinet by Leonard Bernstein in 1960. Over the course of his 60-year tenure he appeared in more than 10,200 concerts in 60 countries, with solo turns including 64 performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and worked during the tenures of nine NY Phil Music Directors. Accolades on his retirement in 2009 included the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a clarinetist” and being named an Honorary Member of the New York Philharmonic. At the time, then Music Director Lorin Maazel said: “He stands alone in the world of clarinetists. His contribution to the orchestra and its fame is immeasurable.” The Philharmonic extends condolences to his wife, Naomi, and to his children and grandchildren.

See the slideshow above for a look back at Stanley Drucker's historic career.

NY Phil Inaugurates New David Geffen Hall with Two Opening Galas

The New York Philharmonic capped off its monthlong HOME festival in style at the end of October, inaugurating the completely transformed David Geffen Hall with activities presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center: two Opening Galas, plus Open House Weekend, which offered wide-ranging activities so the public could discover New York’s new home for music.

The first Gala, The Journey, brought together stars of stage and screen to perform alongside the Orchestra to celebrate David Geffen Hall’s decades-long journey to completion. The soloists included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Brandon Victor Dixon, Renée Fleming, Joaquina Kalukango, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bernadette Peters, and Vanessa Williams.

The second, The Joy, spoke to the spirit of unity and hope, with Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducting the World Premiere of Angélica Negrón’s You Are the Prelude, commissioned by the Philharmonic for the occasion, and Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony, with the New York Philharmonic Chorus uplifting the audience with the iconic “Ode to Joy” finale.

Open House Weekend invited audiences of all ages to explore everything the new hall has to offer with a variety of family-friendly activities — completely free. All told, some 15,000 people dropped by over the course of the weekend.

Check out some of the highlights above, and be sure to stop by David Geffen Hall to see it all for yourself as our 2022–23 season continues!

Critics Roundup: David Geffen Hall Reopens

The wait is over! The new David Geffen Hall has officially opened its doors, ushering in not just the NY Phil’s 2022–23 concert season, but also a brand-new era for the Orchestra. The new hall — completed two years ahead of schedule and on budget — is the result of an extensive renovation, a collaboration by Lincoln Center and the NY Phil.

Here’s a sampling of what critics are saying about the sights — and, of course, the sounds — of the Orchestra’s totally transformed home following the first week of performances:

“The sound finds you. … It’s as if you’re inside the body of an instrument.”

  – Michael Andor Brodeur, The Washington Post

“The sound, like the whole experience of being there, is far more immediate and warm. ... the sound was glistening and lucid. … We hear with our eyes as well as our ears, and simply seeing your fellow audience members sitting above and around the stage makes Geffen sound more human.” 

– Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

“Standing on the stage looking out, I felt the space was invitingly intimate. I felt the same sitting in various seats close and far, high and low. … I’m guardedly optimistic about what has been accomplished. The transformation of the public spaces already seems a triumph. Especially the spacious yet cozy main lobby just off the plaza, which has a 50-foot-wide video screen on the back wall, upon which live performances will be screened for free, so passers-by can get a sense of what’s going on upstairs.”

  – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“It feels, in a word, warm. … Stylish, effective, and harmonious.”

  – Nicholas Kenyon, The Telegraph

“Not only is there a largely new hall, but the New York Philharmonic is also launching an imaginative programme for the opening season, arguably the most eye-catching of any major international orchestra.”

  – Richard Fairman, Financial Times 

Don't just take their word for it! Check out our 2022–23 event calendar and stop in to see what all the buzz is about. We can’t wait to see you all season long — and beyond.

All photos by Chris Lee unless otherwise noted

NY Phil at Oklahoma State University

With the opening of the new David Geffen Hall just around the corner, the New York Philharmonic took a weekend excursion to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to kick off its residency at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University — its first return since helping inaugurate the hall in 2019. The residency marked the beginning of a three-year partnership among the NY Phil, the Center, and OSU, announced in March.

The residency not only provides the Stillwater community’s music lovers with world-class orchestral music; it also includes educational activities, such as masterclasses for OSU students, led by NY Phil musicians, and a Very Young People’s Concert for local first and second graders.

Check out some of the highlights of the residency, which included Gil Shaham playing Mendelssohn, Conrad Tao playing Mozart, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (which New Yorkers can hear in late October), and more.

All photos by Chris Lee

David Geffen Hall Update: Tuning Week!

The week of August 15 marked another thrilling milestone in the New York Philharmonic’s long-awaited return to its home in the new David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. Music Director Jaap van Zweden led acoustic tuning rehearsals, giving the brand-new Wu Tsai Theater a trial run.

Not only were van Zweden and the musicians able to get a first taste of their new home; the four days of sessions provided feedback to the acousticians committed to a sound that is nothing short of first-rate by October, when concerts begin. As Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill put it: “I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised and excited about the hall. I can’t wait to open the season.”

Enjoy this sneak peak of what lies in store for the NY Phil and our audiences!

All photos by Chris Lee

Inaugural Composing Inclusion Composer Commissions Announced

Composers James Díaz and Jordyn Davis

The New York Philharmonic has championed diverse, contemporary artistic voices since our founding, and with a new season — and a new home — on the horizon, this commitment is as vital as ever. The NY Phil is partnering with The Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division and American Composers Forum in Composing Inclusion, a new two-year program designed to develop the next generation of composers, made possible by a $100,000 grant from Sphinx Venture Fund.

Out of a competitive field, nine Black and / or Latino composers have been chosen to develop adaptable works — which can be performed by a variety of ensembles, from professionals to students, and in various instrumental configurations — through a series of workshops and rehearsals, engaging multiple generations and members of New York’s musical community. The works of two of the nine composers — Colombian-born James Díaz (above, left) and American bassist, composer, songwriter, vocalist, and multi-award-winner Jordyn Davis (right) — will be featured on the NY Phil’s Young People’s Concert: New Voices, on May 6, 2023, at David Geffen Hall’s Wu Tsai Theater, conducted by Paolo Bortolameolli in his NY Phil debut.

“The work of these incredible musical creators will send an important message about who should be represented and how that can happen within a concert experience,” said Gary A. Padmore, the NY Phil’s Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, The Sue B. Mercy Chair. “This will be a transformative experience for the Philharmonic and our community, as we celebrate the inauguration of this initiative in our new David Geffen Hall.”

To read more about the program and the featured composers, click here.