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Future Archive

The Leon Levy Foundation has given the NY Phil Digital Archives $1.5 million toward supporting technological innovation.

Millions upon millions of people around the world have already delved into the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives, a treasure trove of information about music in America going back to 1842 that is available for free online. Now, thanks to the Leon Levy Foundation, the Digital Archives can embark on a five-year modernization that includes an expansion to new lobby screens, bringing the Orchestra’s multifaceted collections to all who visit the renovated David Geffen Hall, due to reopen in the fall of 2022.

This ambitious plan is bolstered through a recent $1.5 million gift from the Leon Levy Foundation, supporting the $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) digital infrastructure challenge grant the Philharmonic was awarded last December. Thanks to this collaboration, the Digital Archives will remain at the forefront of technological development and adapt to rapidly evolving research and content needs by migrating to a cloud-based system, building an advanced search function, incorporating multimedia storage functionality, and more.

Since its founding the Digital Archives, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, has been made possible by unprecedented support from the Leon Levy Foundation, with this latest gift bringing its total contributions to $6.5 million.

While we wait for the next chapter in the life of the Philharmonic and its archives to begin next year, virtual visitors can already peruse more than four million pages of correspondence, photographs, marked scores and orchestral parts, printed programs, financial ledgers, minutes from business and artistic meetings, and press clippings. Choose your own adventure today at archives.nyphil.org.

New York’s Orchestra Is Back

After 556 days since the last concert in David Geffen Hall, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic opened the 2021–22 season with a concert at Alice Tully Hall, one of the New York City venues where the Orchestra will perform through June. The program featured a tapestry of the classic and contemporary, tracing a journey from the contemplative and commemorative to virtuosic joy. Maestro and Orchestra were joined onstage by a poet, an internationally acclaimed guest soloist, and musicians from the Orchestra performing solos. Relive the evening that The New York Times called “a heartening return,” with a program that was “thoughtfully conceived and finely performed.” (Photos: Chris Lee, unless otherwise credited)

WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert, August 21, 5:00 PM ET

New York City’s hometown orchestra kicks off the star-studded concert in Central Park on August 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET — broadcast on CNN!

The New York Philharmonic is New York City’s hometown orchestra, so who better to kick off WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert — the August 21 star-studded concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, produced by New York City, Clive Davis, and Live Nation that begins at 5:00 p.m. ET — celebrating the Big Apple’s comeback after the pandemic.

 

After the Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, opens the concert with a new New York Medley, arranged by William Ross, and Bernstein’s Candide Overture, they’ll be joined by two stellar vocalists. Tenor Andrea Bocelli, who last performed with the Orchestra in Central Park in 2011, will sing ’O sole mio and Youll Never Walk Alone from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. The Philharmonic closes its set with its first-ever collaboration with Jennifer Hudson — winner of honors including Academy and Grammy Awards and the star of the new Aretha Franklin biopic — singing Nessun dorma from Puccini’s Turandot, which the queen of soul herself once sang on the Grammys.

 

WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert is a highlight of NYC Homecoming Week, August 14–22, which also features cultural events, free movie screenings, Restaurant Week, and more. Learn about the week’s activities as well as concert VIP packages (with premium location, VIP entrance, private restrooms, concessions with specialty food and drink options, and more) at nyc.gov/homecomingweek.

 

Can’t make it in person? No worries! You can catch the five-hour extravaganza live beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español; you can also watch it without a cable login on CNN.com and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Chromecast, and Roku.

 


Nessun dorma from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Adami, and Renato Simoni, arranged by Steven Mercurio published by Casa Ricordi, a Universal Music Publishing Classical company

Bravo! Vail Residency Concludes

The New York Philharmonic’s 2021 Bravo! Vail residency concluded with performances both grand and informal. In addition to the Orchestra’s reunions with Bramwell Tovey and Broadway darling Kelli O’Hara, the Orchestra’s musicians performed works by Colorado’s Very Young Composers and gave a surprise performance as they bid their Rocky Mountain friends farewell.

Now, the Philharmonic gears up for concerts for audiences in New York beginning in September. See you in the fall!

(Photos: Zach Mahone)

Return to Bravo! Vail Music Festival

The New York Philharmonic reunited with Music Director Jaap van Zweden and live audiences after almost a year and a half in their return to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, following last summer’s interruption in this annual residency that began in 2003. Maestro and Orchestra performed repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Jessie Montgomery and Carlos Simon in the first four of the Orchestra’s six concerts. They were joined by three dynamic pianists who are Philharmonic friends — Daniil Trifonov, Conrad Tao, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet — and Principal Cello Carter Brey was the soloist in the Philharmonic’s first livestream from Vail. 

Coming up tonight: Bramwell Tovey’s return for the residency’s final two concerts.

(Photos: Zach Mahone)

New on NYPhil+: Bronfman Plays Shostakovich


With last month’s announcement of the 2021–22 season, our collective return to the concert hall this fall is one big step closer. But we’re still releasing newly recorded performances on NYPhil+, the Philharmonic’s streaming service, to tide you over!

Bronfman Plays Shostakovich is an enticing program captured in Alice Tully Hall, where next season opens on September 17. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Lyric for Strings by the 20th century composer George Walker, composed in memory of his grandmother, an escaped slave. The formidable Yefim Bronfman, a longtime Philharmonic friend, joins Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin in Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically optimistic concerto. And the beautiful finale is Mozart’s intimate yet epic Gran Partita.

The concert will be available to stream for one year. Stream it at your convenience and discover our 50+ hours of wide-ranging performances on NYPhil+.

Remembering Morris (Arnie) Lang

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Morris “Arnie” Lang, Percussionist / Assistant Principal Timpani (1955–96). Arnie played alongside legendary timpanist Saul Goodman and the famed percussion section comprising Buster Bailey, Walter Rosenberger, and Roland Kohloff, as well as today’s Principal Percussion Christopher S. Lamb and Associate Principal Percussion Daniel Druckman.

Highlights of his Philharmonic tenure included the World Premiere of Colgrass’s Déjà vu and master classes on tours to the Soviet Union, the first being in 1959 led by Leonard Bernstein. Over the years Lang’s performances of percussion literature included the premiere recording of Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani along with works by Chávez, Varèse, and Stravinsky.

The native New Yorker operated a music publishing company, published books on percussion, and produced highly prized drums, including a true replica of the infinitely collectible Billy Gladstone snare drum used by artists and orchestras all over the world. He was a prolific teacher and / or professor at Brooklyn College, Manhattan School of Music, and Lehman College, working with students from across the globe.

View a slideshow capturing moments of Arnie Lang’s Philharmonic tenure, above, and join us in extending condolences to his wife, Elizabeth; son, David; and five grandchildren.

Mourning the Passing of Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen (center) with Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic after the premiere of Agamemnon, October 2018 (photo by Chris Lee)

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Louis Andriessen (1939–2021), the groundbreaking composer and recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music in 2016. The Orchestra honored the Dutch composer in 2018 through the multi-week The Art of Andriessen. Anticipating that celebration, which included the World Premiere of Agamemnon, a Philharmonic commission, Music Director Jaap van Zweden said: “Louis Andriessen is one of my heroes, and I am honored that he has written a piece for my first year with the New York Philharmonic, particularly because he has not written for orchestra for many years.” The musicians will long remember his brilliance and warmth, and extend condolences to his family and friends.



(Photo by Chris Lee: Louis Andriessen bowing after Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic premiered his Agamemnon, October 2018; video of a selection from Andriessen’s Symphony for Open Strings conducted by van Zweden on October 7, 2018)