New York’s Orchestra Is Back! That was the very apt title of last night’s Gala evening with Itzhak Perlman. The heart of the evening was, of course the New York Philharmonic, with Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducting works by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Johann Strauss II, and joining the legendary violinist for Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1.
Guests at the Gala, held in Alice Tully Hall, were treated to a full evening’s festivities. They reunited at a pre-concert reception and reconvened at a dinner where they mingled with glamorous guests and Philharmonic musicians — and were regaled by the jazz band Del and the Rad Rompers.
After 556 days since the last concert in David Geffen Hall, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic opened the 2021–22 season with a concert at Alice Tully Hall, one of the New York City venues where the Orchestra will perform through June. The program featured a tapestry of the classic and contemporary, tracing a journey from the contemplative and commemorative to virtuosic joy. Maestro and Orchestra were joined onstage by a poet, an internationally acclaimed guest soloist, and musicians from the Orchestra performing solos. Relive the evening that The New York Times called “a heartening return,” with a program that was “thoughtfully conceived and finely performed.”
(Photos: Chris Lee, unless otherwise credited)