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Digital Archives Releases 250+ Press Clipping Scrapbooks, 1903–79

The New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives has released more than 250 scrapbooks of press clippings from 1903 through 1979, available free online. The clippings are from publications around the world, including dozens of New York City papers not otherwise available online.

The clippings chronicle the history of the New York Philharmonic through the lens of the media, including coverage of Mahler’s appointment as Music Director by Mary Sheldon, the first woman President of the Philharmonic (December 1908); the 1930 European tour with Arturo Toscanini (May 1930); and extensive national and international coverage of Music Directors from Artur Rodziński and Dimitri Mitropoulos to Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, and Zubin Mehta.

Many of these scrapbooks have been previously unavailable to researchers, as they are too fragile to handle. They are now available to the public in high resolution. The “Search Inside” feature allows you to search any word within the scrapbooks.

Click here — and happy exploring!

PHOTOS: 2019 Lunar New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic welcomed the Year of the Pig at the eighth annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, a festive fire-themed evening — representing warmth, light, energy, and prosperity — presented by Starr International Foundation. Kahchun Wong made his Philharmonic debut conducting the program, which included the US Premiere of a new violin concerto by Oscar winner Tan Dun, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, music by Mozart, Shin Arirang, and more. Gala guests began the evening with a colorful cocktail reception and gathered after the concert for a dinner of Lunar New Year delicacies.

Announcing Our 2019–20 Season

In 2018–19 you met Jaap. In 2019–20 you’ll travel with Jaap — to the future, the past, and around the world.

Jaap’s second season as Music Director — which we proudly announced last night — is anchored by three special initiatives:
• Project 19, marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (granting women the right to vote) with commissions by 19 women composers
• hotspots festival, spotlighting three global hotbeds of classical music innovation: Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York
• Mahler’s New York, examining Mahler’s time in New York as composer and as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director — before the Philharmonic opens the Royal Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s 100-year history during the 2020 European tour

Before these special projects begin, Jaap will conduct the Orchestra in the US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s bold production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Nina Stemme, Johannes Martin Kränzle, and Katarina Karnéus.

The Orchestra will unveil seven World Premieres — Philip Glass, Tania León, Nico Muhly, Ellen Reid, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Nina C. Young  — and The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner Nadia Sirota will continue as host of two new-music series: Kravis Nightcap at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON at The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Other highlights: 
• Pianist Daniil Trifonov as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, plus Renée Fleming singing Björk, Fall Gala with Lang Lang, pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, violinist Janine Jansen, and Concertmaster Frank Huang
• Jaap conducting the second season of Phil the Hall, his first Young People’s Concert, and masterworks by Mozart, Bruckner, Shostakovich, and John Adams
• The debut of conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the return of conductors Susanna Mälkki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Franz Welser-Möst
• Movie scores performed live to the complete films (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Psycho, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Singin’ in the Rain, and Mary Poppins)

For even more, check out Season Highlights and The New York Times critics’ picks

In the words of President and CEO Deborah Borda: “The 2019–20 season continues the New York Philharmonic’s commitment to exploring the music of our time and our place in the artistic ‘ecosystem’ of New York — indeed, the world. We set our offerings in context — how they relate to today’s cultural zeitgeist as well as to the past.”

(Photo: Chris Lee)

A Look Back at New York Stories: Threads of Our City

In true musical fashion, New York Stories: Threads of Our City built to a powerful crescendo and finale this past weekend that still echoes in our ears, minds, and hearts. The World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, with its searingly vivid multimedia evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, perfectly capped our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

Here are some highlights, via video, photography, and social media. Read More...

Opera News Profiles ‘Visionary’ Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda

 

“I will do everything I can to move our art form along the evolutionary path. Will it be revolutionary? I hope so.”

So says President and CEO Deborah Borda in January’s Opera News.

The profile is a vivid snapshot of Borda in action at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, touching on her personal background, her hard-won insights from her successful career in orchestra administration, her bond with Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and defining work traits such as her intense preparation: “I give a lot of thought to what I do,” Borda says. “I always say, the best way to invent the future is to predict it.” 

Read the article here.

(Photo: Dario Acosta)

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