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Empire State Building To Glow Red for 175th Anniversary Opening Gala Concert

Empire State Building New York Philharmonic

We’ll paint the town red.

Whether you join us tonight for our 175th Anniversary Opening Gala Concert, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic Red in honor of our 175th season, which, appropriately enough, celebrates our hometown.

By the way, if you won’t be joining us, you can still watch the concert free on Facebook! Tune in a few minutes before 7:30.

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)

Empire State Building To Glow Red for Opening Gala Concert

Empire State Building New York Philharmonic

We'll paint the town red.

On Thursday night, whether you join us for our Opening Gala Concert or not, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic Red in honor of our 174th season, which kicks off that evening.

By the way, if you won't be joining us, you can still watch the concert free on Live From Lincoln Center and listen to it on Classical 105.9 WQXR!

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)


PHOTOS: Concerts in the Parks Conclude in Queens, Central Park, and Staten Island

The New York Philharmonic's 2014 Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have concluded — albeit too quickly due to inclement weather. 

Check out photos from the free outdoor concerts ending with spectacular fireworks in Queens’s Cunningham Park, Central Park’s Great Lawn — which became home to 46,000 picnickers and Philharmonic fans — and the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island. 

PHOTOS: Concerts in the Parks Begin in Brooklyn

The New York Philharmonic's 2014 Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have begun! 

Check out highlights from last night's kick-off in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, where 15,000 picnickers flocked to hear Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic perform beautiful music by Richard Strauss, Smetana, and Tchaikovsky under the stars, followed by spectacular fireworks. What politicians and celebrities can you spot in the audience?

Stay tuned for more snapshots from the Concerts in the Parks — and join us in Queens's Cunningham Park (tonight), Central Park (Friday and Monday), Staten Island (Sunday), or the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park (Tuesday).

Great News: $23 Million in Arts Funding for NYC Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio New York City Scott Stringer Carmen Farina Ted Wiprud NY Philharmonic

It's a great day for arts education: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today a plan for how New York City will spend $23 million in arts funding for NYC schools. 

The plan: the City will hire 120 new arts teachers at underserved middle and high schools, improve arts facilities, and foster partnerships with cultural institutions across NYC. The new investment will offer new music, dance, visual arts, and theater classes and activities for thousands of students.

Our own Vice President of Education, Theodore Wiprud, is Co-Chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, and he was there on the podium with Mayor de Blasio for the announcement. 

Wiprud and his Co-Chair, Kati Koerner, provided this statement: “The arts education practitioners and cultural institutions that make up the Roundtable applaud the Mayor, the City Council, and the Chancellor’s decisive leadership in directing such a significant amount of funding in the FY15 City budget toward a variety of innovative arts education initiatives. Our members are excited about the range of meaningful opportunities the Mayor’s plan will afford for us to partner with schools. Together, we can ensure that the peerless cultural resources of this City are used to deepen arts learning for all students from pre-K through high school.”

“We want every child to feel the spark that comes from learning something they are passionate about," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "And so often, it’s taking up an instrument, honing an artistic craft, or performing for the first time that helps a young person come into their own for the first time. The investments we are making here won’t just help our students explore music, dance and the arts. They will help these children grow in a way that helps them succeed in school and in life.”

Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

NOTE! Use Jaffe Drive During Columbus Ave. Repaving

Lincoln Center Construction NY Philharmonic 

Lincoln Center recently alerted us to some work the City will be doing that could affect your visit to Avery Fisher Hall.

Bottom line: Please don't drop people off, or be dropped off by your taxi or car, on Columbus Avenue in front of Lincoln Center. Instead, use Jaffe Drive, the new drive that branches right off of Columbus just south of Broadway and 65th Street. It's safe, dry, and accessible. In fact, we urge you to use it after the work is done!

The image below shows Jaffe Drive branching from Columbus and pointing directly at Avery Fisher Hall.

Jaffe Drive Lincoln Center

Here's the full information Lincoln Center distributed:

The City has advised of upcoming construction activity in connection with its 3rd Water Tunnel Project that will affect traffic conditions adjacent to Lincoln Center.

Beginning Monday, April 7th, City contractors will remobilize on Columbus Avenue to repave the street now that they are materially complete with construction in this area. They will proceed in phases over 6–8 weeks, beginning with the area between 63rd and 64th Street. There will be periods when this work will limit curb-side drop off areas in front of Lincoln Center on Columbus Avenue.

City contractors are also expanding their operations on 62nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. This work will reduce the street width to accommodate one-way traffic only. Beginning Monday, April 14th, 62nd Street will operate west-bound only between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. This is anticipated to last until the fall. There will be no material impact to our garage and concourse entrances and exits. Northbound traffic on Amsterdam Avenue will access the garage at 63rd Street. All vehicles exiting the 62nd Street ramps will be directed westbound.

In connection with the circulation change at 62nd Street, DOT is also modifying the one-way direction of 60th Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue to eastbound only for the same period.

PHOTOS: Philharmonic Al Fresco

More than 144,000 New Yorkers and visitors gathered in NYC's five boroughs to hear the Philharmonic during the ever-popular Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Audiences were rapt for Principal Cello Carter Brey's stirring performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra delivered powerful accounts of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and beautiful sunsets and Bay Fireworks accompanied the New York skyline.

Re-live highlights from the Concerts in the Parks through the Virtual Tour.

Come and Get 'Em

Parks T-Shirt

Almost as hotly anticipated as the Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks is the Parks t-shirt.

This year, Concerts in the Parks t-shirts are available in the Philharmonic's online store, at store.nyphil.org. It's the perfect way to cool off and commemorate your evening with the Philharmonic under the stars.

Tonight is your last chance to enjoy the Philharmonic al fresco this summer. Pack a picnic, and join us in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx at 8!

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