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We’re Glad That You Could Join Us

Throughout the New York Philharmonic’s 2022–23 season, which marked the opening of the new David Geffen Hall, there were many opportunities for many of the Philharmonic’s biggest supporters — from Young New Yorkers (YNYs) to Patrons — to connect more closely with the Orchestra they love. The events included the YNY Winter Benefit, Prelude Receptions, Music with a View chamber music concerts, and a special Salon featuring Sir András Schiff, the season’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

Check out the slideshow above for a look back at the season’s events.

NY Phil Celebrates John Williams at Spring Gala

The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala celebrated the inimitable John Williams — who, over the past six decades, has created the soundtrack of our lives. Ken-David Masur, son of the late NY Phil Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur, made his Philharmonic debut conducting the Orchestra in a wide-ranging selection of Williams’s iconic film scores, from Superman and Star Wars to the Oscar-winning animated short Dear Basketball, starring the late Kobe Bryant. Steven Spielberg, who has partnered with Williams on 29 feature films, was on hand to honor his friend, introducing excerpts from three of their collaborations — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial — with the Orchestra performing Williams’s music live to film. Then Williams himself took the podium to conduct several encores — all to rousing standing ovations.

Check out some highlights from the evening’s celebration in the slideshow above.

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.

Lunar New Year Gala Welcomes Year of the Tiger

The New York Philharmonic’s celebrations of the Lunar New Year returned, welcoming the Year of the Tiger with a happy roar. The concert featured performances by conductor Earl Lee, violinist Stella Chen, and soprano Hera Hyesang Park. It was only part of the colorful and festive Gala evening, presented by Starr International Foundation and chaired by Board Members Angela Chen and Misook Doolittle as well as Board Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang. The Gala Chairs concluded their letter to the gathered guests with a joyous call: “Let us leap into the Lunar New Year with a tiger’s vigor and lead New York’s next renaissance, together, with hope and the power of music.” (All photos by Chris Lee unless otherwise noted.)

Gala Celebrates that New York’s Orchestra Is Back!

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.

New York’s Orchestra Is Back

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)

Thanks and Best Wishes, Carol!

Violinist Carol Webb has retired after 39 storied years at the New York Philharmonic. The first woman to join the first violin section, over her four decades with the Orchestra she served as Chair of the Tour Committee during the historic visit to North Korea, appeared as a soloist, and nourished her colleagues with home-baked goods. Enjoy this slideshow of Carol and the Philharmonic through the years.

SLIDESHOW: Stormtroopers at the Spring Gala

A short time ago, in a concert hall not far away … The New York Philharmonic threw its 2016 Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration, last night, fêting the Oscar-winning composer's contributions to movie music with stellar performances of his scores. After a buzzing cocktail reception, David Newman led the Orchestra in beloved music from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and more, along with clips from select films. The fun, festive evening concluded with a glamorous dinner.