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All concerts and events through January 5 are cancelled. Learn More about our response to Covid-19. Support the Philharmonic by donating your tickets.

Remembering Nick Webster

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing, on April 3, of Albert K. (“Nick”) Webster, a longtime leader of the organization (1962–71 and, as Managing Director, 1975–90). During his tenure the Philharmonic grew artistically and financially thanks to his commitment to the highest artistic and business standards. His legacy includes the formation of the Volunteer Council, and he was involved in the creation of the Concerts in the Parks. On leaving the Philharmonic Nick said: “My most cherished memories are of the people that make this institution so extraordinary: the staff, the Board of Directors, the volunteers, and, most particularly, the musicians of the Orchestra, whom I love and respect as no others.” The admiration and affection are returned. The Philharmonic extends condolences to his wife, Sally, and his children and grandchildren, and to the other artistic organizations he served.

View highlights from his tenure in the slideshow above.

Tonight: How To Watch Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) on Facebook and YouTube


You’re invited! Tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT we’re broadcasting Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre (in concert).

There are two ways to watch:
To join our watch party on Facebook, click here.
To watch the livestream on YouTube, click here (link will be active at 7:30).

Follow along with the program notes here.

Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducted this performance in 2018. It starred soprano Heidi Melton as Sieglinde, tenor Simon O’Neill as Siegmund, bass John Relyea as Hunding, and of course the New York Philharmonic.

See you tonight and every Thursday night for our weekly series of past performances broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.

Be well!

A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Krzysztof Penderecki on March 29, 2020, at the age of 86. The leading Polish composer of his generation with a warm and generous heart, he was a good friend of the Orchestra, which performed 14 of his compositions — including his Symphony No. 2 (in its World Premiere) and Seven Gates of Jerusalem (in its US Premiere) — and presented four of his chamber works. He also conducted the Philharmonic 12 times, including during the 1997 Composer Week in which the Philharmonic celebrated him. The New York Philharmonic Musicians, Board, and Staff extend deepest condolences to his wife, Elzbieta, and his family and friends.

You can hear two of the Philharmonic’s more recent performances — the Violin Concerto No. 2 and Cello Concerto No. 2 — at the SoundCloud link above.

NY Phil Plays On

The New York Philharmonic exists to share the beauty and power of music with the public. Until we can resume doing so through the shared experience of live concerts, we are committed to doing what we can to bring our performances to you, in your own homes. 

Earlier this week we released NY Phil Plays On, a new portal for free content to provide comfort and connection to the millions of classical music fans worldwide in isolation. There you can find a selection of performances and other ways to enjoy your NY Phil, including:

— Nine editions of our award-winning radio program, The New York Philharmonic This Week

— We Are NY Phil @ Home, offering videos of our musicians proving that music is still possible in a world of social distancing

— A Young People’s Concerts Play! titled Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which features a full Young People’s Concert complemented by interactive learning videos, and a tool allowing kids to compose their own melodies

And visit our Facebook page on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m., EDT, for the closest experience to a live performance that we can offer right now — broadcasts of past performances. First up: Jaap van Zweden conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Join us!

We’ll be adding many more hours of digital content, including performance footage both past and new. Keep checking back for updates.

We know these are difficult times for you, your friends and family, and the world. They also pose a severe challenge to the Philharmonic, so we ask those who are able to please consider a contribution at whatever level is significant to you, to help us continue sharing the music.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Fun at the Phil: Sleepover at the Museum

The New York Philharmonic presented Fun at the Phil: Sleepover at the Museum, honoring composer / author / Philharmonic Vice Chair Karen LeFrak for her dedication to the Philharmonic and featuring her orchestral work based on her children’s book about a young boy celebrating his birthday at a natural history museum. Butterflies welcomed children and their families into the hall, where Ankush Kumar Bahl made his debut leading the Orchestra in Sleepover at the Museum and Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals — both narrated by Jamie Bernstein — and attendees of the family benefit enjoyed a fun-filled post-concert lunch.

We Are NY Phil: Acting Associate Principal Horn Leelanee Sterrett

We Are NY Phil brings you closer to Philharmonic musicians by focusing on their lives outside the concert hall and following the activities they are most passionate about.

Just in time for Women’s History Month, the third video of the series features Acting Associate Principal Horn Leelanee Sterrett, who talks about championing women composers and teaching the next generation of horn players.

“It was really important to me as a woman to start preparing and presenting music by women,” she said.

Watch the video above and on Facebook and IGTV.

Learn more about Leelanee Sterrett

Archives Exhibit on Phil’s First Woman Honors Project 19

New York Philharmonic Archives Exhibit 'The Special Case of Steffy Goldner'

If you find yourself in or near David Geffen Hall this week, do not miss The Special Case of Steffy Goldner, a media installation by artist Nives Widauer and the New York Philharmonic Archives.

This 20th century harp case, used in the Philharmonic's first tour to Europe in 1930, belonged to Stephanie "Steffy" Goldner, the first woman member of the New York Philharmonic. As part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th amendment, the Archives teamed up with Widauer to put Steffy in the spotlight, using the harp case as a platform to tell her story.

New York Philharmonic Director, Archives and Exhibitions Gabryel Smith, President and CEO Deborah Borda, Doris Balant (Steffy Goldner's niece), Composer Nina C. Young, and Nives Wildauer pose in front of 'The Special Case of Steffy Goldner'

In the above photo, taken during the February 5 concert, are Gabryel Smith, Director, Archives and Exhibitions; President and CEO Deborah Borda; Doris Balant, Steffy Goldner's niece; composer Nina C. Young, whose Project 19 commission was receiving its World Premiere; and Nives Widauer. (Photo: Chris Lee)

You can see The Special Case of Steffy Goldner at David Geffen Hall on the Grand Promenade during Philharmonic concerts, now through February 22. The case will then go on tour, starting at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington, D.C. in March and April 2020.

Discover Steffy's story

Project 19 Profile: Ellen Reid

Here is the third in a series of video profiles of Project 19 composers created by women filmmakers. Filmmaker Carole Ann Wright profiles Ellen Reid — the third composer whose work the Orchestra is premiering as part of Project 19, the Philharmonic’s celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment through 19 commissions by women composers.

Reid talks about the physicality of her writing process and the images — a golden arrow and momentum — she had in mind for her Philharmonic commission. “I’m a five-foot tall woman, so the fact that I think my emotions belong on that stage is a political statement,” she says. “I went very personal and wrote about my emotional landscape for the past year.”

The New York Philharmonic will premiere Ellen Reid’s When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, February 20–22.

Watch the first two videos, profiling Nina C. Young and Tania León.

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