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The Art of Andriessen: Recapping an Exploration of a Modern Master


“Whatever narratives … the music evokes in you, the pungent, precise harmonies are the result of the acute ear this composer brings to all his music, as we are learning from the Philharmonic’s two-week series ‘The Art of Andriessen.’”

So wrote The New York Times Senior Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini in his review of the October 10–13 subscription concerts, which included Andriessen’s TAO. Based on attendance, reviews, social-media buzz, and word of mouth, he speaks for the many who thoroughly experienced this great contemporary composer’s sound world over 16 days, 13 concerts, and five venues.  Read More...

President and CEO Deborah Borda Inducted Into American Academy of Arts & Sciences


On behalf of Deborah Borda, we’d like to thank the Academy.

No, our much-lauded President and CEO didn’t win an Oscar. But she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences last weekend in Cambridge, Mass., where the Academy is headquartered. Above, Borda (right) shakes hands with Geraldine L. Richmond, Secretary and Board Member of the Academy. 

Borda was in good company: fellow inductees included President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Tom Hanks, and Katherine Farley, Chairman of Lincoln Center (also pictured).

The Academy “serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge” and “convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.”

Congratulations, Deborah!

N.Y. Philharmonic’s Kravis Prize for New Music Awarded to Unsuk Chin


We are delighted to announce that Unsuk Chin has been awarded The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. The Prize consists of $200,000 and a commission for the New York Philharmonic. She is the fourth recipient, after Henri Dutilleux, Per Nørgård, and Louis Andriessen.

“I am deeply honored to have been bestowed with The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, having such great respect and admiration for my predecessors and for the New York Philharmonic,” Unsuk Chin said. “Working with this exceptional orchestra for the first time some years ago, I immediately felt at home, both musically and personally, feeling such a close connection and such an intriguing sense of adventure with these wonderful musicians. I hugely admire the New York Philharmonic’s commitment to new composers and I am thrilled to have a chance to collaborate with them on a new work of mine.”

Philharmonic audiences may remember the 2013 US Premiere of her Gougalōn: Scenes from a Street Theater, named one of New York magazine’s “10 Best Classical Performances of the Year”; the US Premiere of her Philharmonic co-commissioned Clarinet Concerto, which Kari Kriikku performed in the 2014 opening subscription program (hear an excerpt below); and her Fantaisie mécanique performed by the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni at the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

“What Unsuk Chin writes is a music of the iridescent,” writes Paul Griffiths. “Just as the colors on the wing of a butterfly will seem to shift and flicker in the light, so this music is constantly alive with bewildering and enthralling possibility.” Read more in Unsuk Chin: An Appreciation.

(Photo: Priska Ketterer)

PHOTOS: Launch of Music Director Jaap van Zweden

New York, Meet Jaap — Opening Gala of the New York Philharmonic’s 177th season — inaugurated the Orchestra’s 26th Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, with a groundbreaking World Premiere by Ashley Fure, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with soloist Daniil Trifonov, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The Gala also included a red carpet walked by the likes of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin and Patricia Clarkson, a festive cocktail reception, and a celebratory dinner. Relive the momentous evening.

Philharmonic Musicians Welcome Jaap

Jaap is in the building! Hear what some of the musicians of the New York Philharmonic have to say about our new Music Director on the cusp of his inaugural season.

Want to experience Jaap live and in person? Attend his official launch at the Opening Gala Concert this Thursday, attend the Free Open Rehearsal on September 27, or catch one of his many programs with the Orchestra this season.

New York, meet Jaap!

Empire State Building To Glow Red for Launch of Jaap van Zweden’s Inaugural Season


We’ll paint the town red.

Whether or not you join us Thursday night for New York, Meet Jaap, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic red, this time shining all the brighter in celebration of Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s inaugural season.

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)

VIDEO: Philharmonic Helps Jimmy Fallon With ‘Name That Song’ on The Tonight Show

The New York Philharmonic has performed in Central Park many times. Until last night, it had never performed the music of SisQó.

Last night The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon left the studio for a special show in Central Park. For the occasion, Fallon asked members of the Philharmonic to join the show’s band, The Roots, for an epic installment of “Name That Song Challenge” featuring singer Carrie Underwood and actors Blake Lively and Henry Golding. Play along at home! 

PHOTOS: Leonard Bernstein’s Legacy of Innovation at the N.Y. Philharmonic

As we celebrate our former Music Director on his 100th birthday, here is a look back at his transformative tenure. Its echoes are heard and felt to this day at the New York Philharmonic.

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