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All concerts and events through January 5 are cancelled. Learn More about our response to Covid-19. Support the Philharmonic by donating your tickets.

Remembering Leon Fleisher

 Leon Fleisher performing Hindemith's Piano Music with Orchestra, then Music Director Lorin Maazel conducting, 2006 (photo by Chris Lee) 

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of the magnificent American pianist Leon Fleisher. The collaboration began with his Philharmonic debut in November 1944, when he performed Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 at age 16, and spanned his career as a pianist for the left hand and his return to two-hand performances. By his final Philharmonic appearances in 2008, Fleisher performed with the Orchestra 47 times, led by the preeminent conductors of his time, including Music Directors Szell, Bernstein, Boulez, Mehta, and Maazel. We remember Leon’s warmth, wit, and musicianship, and extend condolences to his family and friends.

(Photo by Chris Lee: Leon Fleisher performing Hindemith’s Piano Music with Orchestra with the New York Philharmonic in 2006)

To Shanghai, with Love


Though we can’t travel this year, we refused to let that stop us from participating in the annual Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership, a joint endeavor between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, to help train and inspire the next generation of orchestral musicians through instructional and performance activities. The visit to China has been postponed to the summer of 2021. Starr International Foundation has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership for six years.

 

Instead of planned trip to Shanghai for performances as well as instruction at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), scheduled for last month, in July the Philharmonic is participating in a variety of online projects.

 

Today SOA launched a virtual side-by-side performance of a selection from the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, featuring 50 Philharmonic musicians and 30 SOA students, released today (above).

 

Three Philharmonic principal players are giving one-on-one masterclasses. They are Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, to be shared with SOA students and with students at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and non-professional young players. Here’s one of them.

 

The new Philharmonic Sound of SOA series includes seven videos of past performances by Philharmonic musicians and SOA students. Each is introduced by a Philharmonic musician who participated in the performances: Concertmaster Frank Huang, violist Vivek Kamath, cellist Patrick Jee, Principal Flute Robert Langevin, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, Associate Principal Trombone Colin Williams, and Principal Tuba Alan Baer.  Here’s a taste.

 

Other activities include online auditions and a virtual graduation ceremony, which included a commencement address by Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda. In it she said:

 

Music nurtures. Music heals. Now and in the years to come, more than ever, the world will need music. Yes, much is uncertain about the coming months and years, but one thing is sure. Music will be needed. And you will be needed. Yours is the generation that will create the new paradigm for music in a world that is changing quickly, and you have the tools to meet that challenge. You will help to forge a more profound connection, and more timely connection, between our music and our public.”

 

Learn more about this international collaboration — including photos and video of past highlights, and how to enroll — nyphil.org/shanghai.

 

See you next summer!

 

America’s Orchestra on CNN’s The Fourth in America

The Fourth in America

America’s first orchestra is being featured in a Fourth of July celebration you can enjoy at home! Tune in to CNN Saturday night for The Fourth in America, the primetime musical special with an all-star line-up, airing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight EDT and hosted by CNN anchors Don Lemon and Dana Bash.The Fourth in America will honor the United States military, frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, and citizens across the country demanding equality.

The Philharmonic will be seen and heard in a newly recorded virtual performance of America the Beautiful, played by the Orchestra’s musicians from their homes, and a past performance of the Candide Overture by Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein.

Oher ensembles featured in the broadcast: “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, US Navy Band, US Army Field Band, and the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Chicago and New York Youth Symphony orchestras. You’ll also catch performances by Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, CeCe Winans, the Harlem Gospel Choir, and more.

Happy Fourth of July!

Concerts in the Parks @ Home Musician Slideshow

More than 14 million people have attended the free New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks since they began in 1965, but only a select few have experienced them from the musicians’ perspective. As promised, here’s a sample of the view from the stage.

Don’ t forget: tonight is our star-studded broadcast, the culmination of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, our week-long celebration of the beloved summer series that has brought 14 million New Yorkers together for priceless music under the stars, absolutely free, since 1965. While you watch, recreate the classic Concerts in the Parks experience using this downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist, tonight’s program, and these Zoom backgrounds.

And in case you missed it: check out this slideshow of the past 50+ years of Concerts in the Parks; the virtual archival exhibits Top 10 Concerts in the Parks Moments and Priceless Music, Absolutely Free; and al fresco performances by bass trombonist George Curran and oboist Robert Botti.

Concerts in the Parks @ Home Slideshow

Tonight won’t be just any night. Tonight is our broadcast that is at the center of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. The superstar soloists are violinist Joshua Bell (performing music from, you guessed it, West Side Story), Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, and the Philharmonic, including selections performed by the musicians at a social distance and led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. The broadcast culminates our week-long celebration of the beloved summer series that has brought 14 million New Yorkers together for priceless music under the stars, absolutely free, since 1965. 

To set the mood, flip through this slideshow of photos from 50+ years of the Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks. (You can check out the musicians’ point of view in their slideshow.)

While we can’t convene with our fellow New Yorkers in person this summer, we can gather virtually — not only with our neighbors, but with anyone across the country and around the world. Where will you be tuning in? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (#nypparksathome), and we’ll pin your city on our global tune-in map

While you watch, recreate the classic Concerts in the Parks experience using this downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist, tonight’s program, and these Zoom backgrounds.

And in case you missed it: check out the virtual archival exhibits Top 10 Concerts in the Parks Moments and Priceless Music, Absolutely Free, plus al fresco performances by bass trombonist George Curran and oboist Robert Botti.

Concerts in the Parks @ Home Archival Exhibits

Today in Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — an online celebration of the beloved, free summertime series — we unveil two virtual exhibits by the New York Philharmonic Archives, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

We recommend starting with Top 10 Concerts in the Parks:

Then, to learn about how it all began, dive into Priceless Music, Absolutely Free:

In case you missed it: check out outdoor performances by bass trombonist George Curran and oboist Robert Botti; a global tune-in map; a downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist; and Zoom backgrounds.

Stay tuned for photo slideshows and, of course, the star-studded broadcast tomorrow (Thursday, June 25) at 7:30 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube.

Oboist Robert Botti Plays Outdoors for Concerts in the Parks @ Home


New York Philharmonic oboist Robert Botti performs — what else — Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, the composer behind iconic films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Untouchables. Robert is joined by the birds out in Mount Kisco in Westchester, NY. His outdoor performance is part of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, our way of recreating the magic of the beloved annual series of free outdoor concerts across the city.

In case you missed it: check out bass trombonist George Curran’s outdoor performance; two Concerts in the Parks archival exhibits on Google Arts & Culture (Top 10 Concerts in the Parks and Priceless Music, Absolutely Free); a global tune-in map; a downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist; and Zoom backgrounds.

Stay tuned for photo slideshows and, of course, the star-studded broadcast tomorrow (Thursday, June 25) at 7:30 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube.

Bass Trombone George Curran Plays Outdoors for Concerts in the Parks @ Home


New York Philharmonic Bass Trombone George Curran heads outdoors, the ideal venue for a performance of Steven Verhelst’s Hymn for Planet Earth (on George’s 2017 album, Vital Signs). His outdoor performance is part of Concerts in the Parks @ Home, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, our way of recreating the magic of the beloved annual series of free outdoor concerts across the city.

In case you missed it: the four-day Concerts in the Parks @ Home celebration began yesterday with a downloadable prep-your-picnic checklist, a global tune-in map, and Zoom backgrounds of Central Park, Prospect Park, and fireworks.

Stay tuned for an archival exhibit on Google Arts & Culture, photo slideshows, and the star-studded broadcast this Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 PM EDT on Facebook and YouTube.

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