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New Album: Soloists of the New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic’s fourth album on Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label, was released today. Soloists of the New York Philharmonic features concertos performed by Principal musicians of the New York Philharmonic:

Barber’s Violin Concerto with Concertmaster Frank Huang
Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps
Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 with Principal Flute Robert Langevin
Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill
William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi

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Rebecca Young To Receive Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service


Before she became a member of the New York Philharmonic, Rebecca Young was a two-year-old attendee of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts led by Leonard Bernstein. Today, she is not only Associate Principal Viola of the Orchestra that introduced her to music — she is also the host of the Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concerts (VYPCs), intimate chamber music concerts for children ages 3 to 6, where she has sung, tap-danced, played drums, and ridden a scooter around the stage. Her philosophy is less to educate than “to make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

In recognition of her one-of-a-kind performances as VYPC host, Rebecca Young will receive a Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras, celebrating professional orchestra musicians who provide exemplary service in their communities and make a significant impact through education and community engagement. She is one of five US orchestra musicians who will receive the award and present their work at the League’s National Conference on June 4.

Congratulations, Becky! You make us proud!

(Photo: Michael DiVito)

Highlights of Inaugural Phil the Hall Concert

Last night the New York Philharmonic opened its doors to first responders, volunteers, and other service professionals at the inaugural Phil the Hall concert, conducted by Jaap van Zweden and hosted by Miss America Nia Franklin. 

Watch highlights above, featuring portions of the Philharmonic’s performance of Bernstein’s Candide Overture and interviews with service professionals attending the event. And read the New York Times review.

Join us; all are welcome. Three performances remain: tonight at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Those wanting to attend can check for real-time ticket availability. Additionally, there will be a standby line in the lobby of David Geffen Hall, where tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang Elected Co-Chairs of Board

Peter W. May and Oscar L. Tang have been elected the next Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. In September they will succeed Oscar S. Schafer, who is stepping down after holding the post of Chairman since 2015 and will continue to serve as Chairman Emeritus. In October the Orchestra will honor him and his wife, Didi, at the Fall Gala for their extraordinary service, which includes presenting the Concerts in the Parks. 

“The word ‘honor’ doesn’t adequately express my feelings about being part of the New York Philharmonic at this pivotal time,” said Oscar S. Schafer. “Having witnessed the vitality of the Orchestra’s performances and the creative planning since Deborah Borda and Jaap van Zweden arrived, I am confident in the Philharmonic’s next chapter. The musicians and their music-making will be in the best possible hands with Peter May and Oscar Tang as Co-Chairs, and I look forward to supporting them as Chairman Emeritus.”

Both Peter May and Oscar Tang currently serve on the Board of Directors, and have supported Philharmonic projects including co-chairing Opening, Lunar New Year, and Spring Galas. 

When the news was announced, President and CEO Deborah Borda said: “The New York Philharmonic is at the threshold of a new era. Thanks to Oscar Schafer’s enthusiasm and foresight, we now have the brilliant Jaap van Zweden as Music Director, and have set out on a path to security and greatness. But a truly great orchestra deserves a magnificent home, and much work lies ahead to achieve all we hope for in a renovated David Geffen Hall. The Philharmonic now needs the leadership team of two visionary and dedicated philanthropists, both committed to a sound grounding and imaginative problem solving. In Peter May and Oscar Tang we have such a team, whose love of New York is matched by their determination to help the Philharmonic to heighten our connection with our audiences, our community, and the world.”

(Photo: Fadi Kheir)

Yo-Yo Ma and Deborah Borda Discuss Art, Music, and Social Justice at Harvard


Last week Yo-Yo Ma joined the New York Philharmonic for a triumphant US Premiere. On Wednesday he traveled to Harvard, his alma mater, for a conversation with Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda — who in 2015 became the first arts executive to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence — for a free, public conversation about art, music, and social justice.

Here are some highlights from the talk, as reported by The Harvard Crimson:

 “It’s never art for art’s sake. Art for life’s sake, or I’d say even further, art for us, for humans.… We invented these things because we think they will help us.” — Yo-Yo Ma

“If you look at the canon, there’s another enormous issue: all the music we play is written by men.” — Deborah Borda, who then described the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19, which marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by commissioning 19 female composers

“[Borda’s] really a stellar example of marrying something that we may think of as an elitist form, classical music, and making it with purpose to better society, and not just for the few in the concert hall.” — audience member Mary Jane Kornacki

Interested in music with a social conscience? Join us in May and June.

(Photos: Paul Sekhri)

$5 Tickets On Sale for Phil the Hall, Hosted by Miss America Nia Franklin

Five-dollar tickets are now on sale for Phil the Hall, April 4–6. New York’s first responders, volunteers, and service professionals are invited to experience the New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, performing music connected to New York and its Orchestra — by Beethoven, Bernstein, students in the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and more — live at its Lincoln Center home.

Already confirmed to attend are those who work for the FDNY, NYPD, New Women New Yorkers, and Coalition for the Homeless; veterans; teachers; and many more.

Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, will host the concerts. In this new video, Nia explains why classical music is important to her and invites New Yorkers to come hear the New York Philharmonic.

Composer Ashley Fure Receives Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists

Last evening at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, composer Ashley Fure (seventh from left) received a Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. Her award has the added designation as the Hunt Family Award, endowed by Lincoln Center Trustee David Hunt.

Ms. Fure was nominated by both the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The World Premiere of her Filament, commissioned by the Philharmonic, opened our 2018–19 season, becoming the first piece conducted by Jaap van Zweden as Music Director.

Past Philharmonic-nominated winners include Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir (2018), Concertmaster Frank Huang (2017), and composer Julia Adolphe (2016).


(Photos: Richard Termine)

Just Released! New Stravinsky Recording of Jaap van Zweden and New York Philharmonic

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The New York Philharmonic’s third release on Decca Gold, featuring Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (“incisive, blazingly powerful” — The New York Times) and Debussy’s La Mer (“bold, almost cinematic” — The New York Times) conducted by Jaap van Zweden, is out!

The album was recorded during concerts in September–October 2018, van Zweden’s opening weeks as Music Director.

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Happy listening!

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