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PHOTOS: Shanghai Residency Concludes

That's a wrap. The New York Philharmonic has completed its first annual performance residency as part of the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership (presented by the Starr International Foundation). The eight days of concerts and coachings included the first-ever Young People’s Concert in China — in which the Orchestra’s ranks included Shanghai Orchestra Academy students, and which featured music by Very Young Composers of Shanghai and New York City, a Bernstein triptych, and the Chinese premiere of a work by Philharmonic Board Member Karen T. LeFrak with a dynamic video by NYC & Company. The residency and partnership is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

PHOTOS: Spring Gala Salutes Concerts in the Parks

Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts in the Parks — the New York Philharmonic’s Spring Gala — feted the beloved series with a lively concert of favorites, MLB Hall of Famer Joe Torre narrating Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, and projections of archival videos and photos. Guests arrived for the pre-concert reception on a fabulous "green" carpet, and the post-concert dinner honored Philharmonic Chairman Oscar Schafer and his wife, Didi, for their generosity and dedication in presenting the Concerts in the Parks since 2007.

PHOTOS: The Tour Begins in Dublin

The New York Philharmonic's two-week, six-country EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour has begun in Dublin, Ireland, with school visits; a sold-out concert with Joyce DiDonato joining Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra; and a few pints.

PHOTOS: Chinese New Year Concert and Gala

On February 24 the New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Sheep at its fourth-annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala. Philharmonic supporters gathered for a cocktail reception, dinner, and the concert itself — spotlighting cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, sheng master Wu Tong, vocalist Lei Jia, and ghijak player Gulinaer Yiming with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Long Yu. Check out photos from the festive evening.

SLIDESHOW: A Glamorous Opening Gala

The New York Philharmonic launched its 2014–15 season last night! Following a glittering pre-concert reception, the Opening Gala centered on La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema, in which Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra were joined by a starry array of artists — Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, and Josh Groban plus Martin Scorsese and Alec Baldwin. Afterward, the Gala audience crossed the Lincoln Center Plaza for a post-concert dinner in the David H. Koch Theater. Echoing the festive occasion, the Empire State Building shone Philharmonic red last night in celebration of the new season. Relive the festivities!

PHOTOS: Show Boat Opening Night

The New York Philharmonic’s semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein’s Show Boat launched last night. The all-star cast — with Vanessa Williams, Fred Willard, Jane Alexander, Lauren Worsham, Norm Lewis, and Julian Ovenden, among others — and Orchestra delivered riveting performances, from “Ol’ Man River” to “Can't Help Lovin’ Dat Man” to “Make Believe,” and the crowd went wild. Check out photos from opening night, and catch the show before it closes this Saturday, November 8.

Photos: Chris Lee

Glenn Dicterow, A Most Masterful Musician

The longest serving Concertmaster in the New York Philharmonic’s 172 year history

“It has been an amazing 34 years,” Glenn Dicterow said of his departure as Concertmaster. “Every single one has been challenging and inspiring. I feel very much part of the Philharmonic family. It is not going to be easy for me to leave this great Orchestra, which has been part of my life for so long.”  Watch the slide show that captures some of Glenn’s many Philharmonic and family experiences and read the excerpts from the hundreds of reviews over the years.

Read what Glenn has to say about his performances and listen to excerpts in our Online Exhibit.

PHOTOS: Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd

A bloody good time was had last night at the New York Philharmonic. The Spring Gala celebrated opening night of the Philharmonic’s staging of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s wickedly macabre musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with an all-star cast led by Bryn Terfel and Oscar winner Emma Thompson — “tonight is the most thrilling night of my professional career,” she said during brief remarks at the Gala dinner — along with the Orchestra performing the score, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. The glitterati — Meryl Streep, Neil Patrick Harris, Bernadette Peters, and Governor Andrew Cuomo, to name a few — feted the production with the Philharmonic, its generous supporters, and even Sondheim himself at a festive cocktail reception and the Spring Gala dinner after the show. Relive the excitement.

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