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Reclaiming Our Joy

 Reclaiming Our Joy: Celebrating Our Right to Happiness, upcoming in The Unanswered Questions series

For artists, the notions of joy and justice have long been drivers of creative expression. But to what extent are the expression of joy and the pursuit of justice connected? On Friday, March 18, 2022, at 1:45 p.m. ET, Reclaiming Our Joy: Celebrating Our Right to Happiness explores this question and more. The conversation — part of the Philharmonic’s Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within, a festival examining issues of identity will be streamed live on the Philharmonic’s Facebook page.


The event — the fourth installment of The Unanswered Questions, a new series presented by the NY Phil and John Jay College of Criminal Justice exploring complex societal topics raised by the Orchestra’s programming — features a panel comprising countertenor and the Philharmonic’s 2021–22 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Anthony Roth Costanzo; composer Joel Thompson; trans-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond; and housing policy advocate / interdisciplinary artist Rasheedah Phillips. Educator and activist Toya Lillard moderates the discussion. 


Previously, on January 27–29, Costanzo and Bond explored their joy and issues of queer identity with Only an Octave Apart — featuring classical / pop mashups from Henry Purcell and Dido to Philip Glass and the Bangles — a production The New York Times called “sublime.” These performances were a part of the first week of orchestral concerts in the Authentic Selves festival, conducted by Jaap van Zweden and also featuring the world premiere of Thompson and Tracy K. Smith’s The Places We Leave.


The first three events in The Unanswered Questions are already available on demand on YouTube; Reclaiming Our Joy will be added at a later date.

 

Dedication to the People of Ukraine

 The Ukrainian flag

The New York Philharmonic stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and dedicates this week’s concerts to the strength, courage, and resilience of those resisting Russia’s invasion of that sovereign nation.

This week’s program pays tribute to the fortitude of the human spirit in the face of the fiercest adversity. Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, The Inextinguishable, was composed during World War I and extols, in the composer’s words, “the elemental will to live.” And under the weight of manifold crises, Beethoven proclaimed, “I will seize Fate by the throat; it shall certainly not crush me completely.” His Fifth Symphony has become emblematic of human struggle.

That such enduring music was created in times of fear and conflict reminds us of eternal truths: that music has the power to unite; that the will for freedom and self-determination is indomitable. The New York Philharmonic joins our voice with those heard in crowds gathered across the world to support the Ukrainians in their defiance of such stark, violent aggression, and hopes for the time when their sacrifices will be rewarded with enduring independence and peace.

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.)

A Charismatic Debut, on NYPhil+


The soloist whom The New York Times acclaimed for his “fiery vibrato, dramatic phrasing, richly voiced yet crisp forzando chords,” and called “a charismatic protagonist and a generous collaborator” in Dvořák’s beloved Cello Concerto. The conductor who led the concert with “decisive urgency” and who delivered “a slow burn that built toward truly stirring finales.” Altogether, “an evening of bold, charismatic musical storytelling.”

 

Sorry you missed it? Don’t be! The New York Philharmonic debut of Sheku Kanneh-Mason — the cellist who took the world by storm at the 2018 Royal wedding — and the return of conductor Simone Young is now available on NYPhil+, our streaming platform presenting hours of historic and newly recorded performances.

 

The November 2021 program, which took place at Alice Tully Hall, also features two of the three Bs of classical music: Webern’s respectful yet powerful orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Fuga (Ricercata) from Musical Offering, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1.

 

The concert will be available on NYPhil+ for 90 days.

The Tough Questions

 Julius Eastman, by Marbeth

Despite Julius Eastman’s early success as a composer and performer, a confluence of tragic circumstances led to his becoming isolated and unhoused, not ever having had the chance to hear his only symphony performed by the time he died at age 49. Jaap van Zweden will conduct the Philharmonic’s first performances of the work (Symphony No. II — The Faithful Friend: The Lover Friend’s Love for the Beloved) on February 3 and 5, in the second week of orchestral performances in Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within.

Before that, on Friday, January 28, at 1:45 p.m. ET, Unjust Malaise: Julius Eastman and a Broken Mental Health System delves into the avant-garde composer’s life and the ways in which society ostracizes, even criminalizes, behavior deemed to be deviant. The conversation will be streamed live on the Philharmonic’s Facebook page.

The event — the third installment of The Unanswered Questions, the new series presented by the NY Phil and John Jay College of Criminal Justice exploring complex societal topics raised by the Orchestra’s programming — features composer, music historian, and conductor Luciano Chessa; Leah Goodridge, Esq., managing attorney for housing policy at Mobilization for Justice; poet R. Nemo Hill; and composer-performer Mary Jane Leach. Gayle Murchison, associate professor of music at the College of William and Mary, moderates the discussion. 

The first two events in The Unanswered Questions are already available on demand on YouTubeUnjust Malaise will be added at a later date.

RECONNECT with YPCs Online


Kids — of all ages — can now enjoy the New York Philharmonic’s beloved Young People’s Concerts with RECONNECT, our new set of virtual YPCs, available on NYPhil+ and at nyphil.org/reconnect. Each episode centers on music by composers trying to reconnect with the people and places they miss.

Episode 1 centers on Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist, conducted by Simone Young in November 2021, revealing the composer’s longing for his Czech homeland while he was living in New York City.

Episode 2 explores Anna Clyne’s Within Her Armswhich Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducted at our season-opening concerts that also featured poet Mahogany L. Browne this past September showing how music and poetry can help express big emotions.

Episode 3 is coming soon. It focuses on Very Young Composers and features performances of Devon Lee’s and Larissa Lakner’s compositions alongside their reflections on ideas of reaching out to old friends and connecting with composing itself.

These performances and discussions are complemented by Philharmonic Teaching Artist–designed lessons and activities, also available free at nyphil.org/reconnect.

Hear the NY Phil in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” in Theaters and on CD Today

Released today: Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of West Side Story, as well as the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with music performed by the NY Phil and Gustavo Dudamel.

Steven Spielberg’s anticipated new reimagining of West Side Story, with music performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, opens in theaters today. The West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is also available on CD today, with a vinyl version coming in early 2022. The digital versions — both standard and Dolby Atmos Music — are available to stream here.

The film is an adaptation of the original 1957 Broadway show with music by Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The soundtrack comprises 21 songs from the film; the physical versions will feature liner notes from Academy Award®–winning composer and West Side Story music consultant John Williams.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (María). Moreno — one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards — also serves as one of the film’s executive producers. 

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score, Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Thoroughly Modern Millie), who supervised the cast on vocals; and GRAMMY®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who serves as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a. and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. West Side Story has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein. 

From 20th Century Studio, The Walt Disney Company releases West Side Story in US theaters today. 

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.