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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.

Berlioz, Bells, and Antwerp

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour began with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performing in Antwerp on March 23 — the Orchestra’s first performance in that Belgian city since 1920 took place in the inaugural season of Queen Elisabeth Hall. Hear a taste of Berlioz’s revolutionary “Symphonie fantastique,” which will be performed five times on this, Alan Gilbert’s final tour as Music Director.

Announcing the New York Philharmonic String Quartet

New York Philharmonic String Quartet 

We’re excited to announce the formation of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, comprising Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey.

The quartet will make its debut in John Adams’s Absolute Jest in New York and on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour, both led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Also during the tour, the quartet will perform Dvořák’s American Quartet at Hamburg’s newly opened Elbphilharmonie. This summer they’ll perform at the Philharmonic’s annual Bravo! Vail summer residency.

In the 2017–18 season, the quartet will make its New York recital debut at 92nd Street Y on November 12, 2017, performing Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor; Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 4; and Dvořák’s String Quartet in F major, American (co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and 92nd Street Y).

For photos and audio clips and to stay updated on the quartet, visit artists/new-york-philharmonic-string-quartet.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Are Europe-Bound

Today we announced details of the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour, March 23–April 7, 2017, featuring 14 concerts in Antwerp, Luxembourg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Budapest, Vienna, London, and Copenhagen.

The Orchestra will be joined by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, soprano Christina Landshamer in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, cellist Yo-Yo Ma in the European Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto; and Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey as the quartet in John Adams’s Absolute Jest.

The Orchestra will perform in Hamburg’s newly opened Elbphilharmonie, and appear in its third International Associate residency at London’s Barbican Centre — including the Philharmonic’s first-ever international Very Young People’s Concert.

The EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour is sponsored by J.C. Flowers & Co. Generous support is provided by Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis.

Check back in March and April for photo and video dispatches from the road!

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