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Throwback Thursday

Jackie Kennedy and John D. Rockefeller III

50 years ago, two special guests attended Opening Night of the Philharmonic's 1963–64 season in style: Jackie Kennedy and John D. Rockefeller III.

You, too, can be among the season-opening attendees. The box office opens Sunday at noon, when you can grab tickets to the Opening Gala with Yo-Yo Ma, the subscription season-opening concerts with Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, and any of this season's other 100+ concerts. If you're a subscriber, you can get your tickets now and take advantage of the One Week Sale, which ends this Sunday at noon.

Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic Digital Archives

Forever Becky Young

Becky Young and Bernstein

Before she became the Philharmonic's Associate Principal Viola, before she became host of the Very Young People's Concerts, Rebecca Young hobnobbed with Leonard Bernstein at a Young People's Concert back when she was a young person herself.

As host of the VYPCs, Becky says she gets to "run around the stage in a fun and lively way, engaging our youngest concert-goers as we introduce them to classical music."

Photo courtesy of the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.

A Concertmaster's Life

Glenn Dicterow

Glenn Dicterow comes full circle during his farewell season as the Phil's longest-serving Concertmaster: in December he'll be spotlighted in solos from Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), one of the first pieces he performed with the Orchestra, on Live From Lincoln Center.

“That’s one way to get one’s feet wet: trial by fire. Strauss must have hated violinists because he wrote the most challenging, impossibly hard licks for the violin. It ends with one of the most heavenly dialogues that Strauss ever wrote for solo violin and horn.”

VIDEO: It Takes Yo-Yo To Tango

When Yo-Yo Ma premiered Osvaldo Golijov's Azul, the Los Angeles Times couldn't say enough good things about the collaboration: "Of all the music written for Ma, this one captures him most fully.... Ma and Golijov are artists made for each other.”

Yo-Yo Ma headlines the Philharmonic's Opening Gala with Azul and Piazzolla's La serie del Ángel, and Alan Gilbert can't wait: "It's a dream to have Yo-Yo Ma opening the season."

Hear more of Alan's thoughts on Yo-Yo, Golijov, and Piazzolla in this video.

Ring-a-Ding-Ding!

Michelle Kim

If she weren't a violinist, Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim says she'd be a vocalist. "We are all ultimately trying to sound like the voice," she says. Her father is a tenor and her son, Ethan, sings in the school chorus.

So it comes as no surprise that Michelle's ringtone is The Voice himself, Frank Sinatra. Her current selection is Ol' Blue Eyes singing "Fly Me to the Moon."

"Always loved him and always will," Michelle says.

Movie Music Mash-Up

A Dancer's Dream

On this date in 1926, the film Don Juan, starring John Barrymore, was released, featuring the Philharmonic on the sound track — the first time in history that a symphony orchestra was heard on a movie.

Fast forward to today:

The Phil presents THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic, September 17–21, with Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor

Also in September, the Orchestra will act, juggle, and perform on movie screens worldwide for the screening of the Phil's hit season finale event, A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky.

As for Don Juan, Alan Gilbert will conduct R. Strauss's musical depiction of the rogue in November, with Glenn Dicterow on the concertmaster solos during his Philharmonic farewell season.

This Is Your Brain on Movie Music

Coen Brothers

"Sometimes the music is the best thing in the film; sometimes the music is telling you how to feel more than the visual images." — Alec Baldwin, Artistic Advisor for THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic. 

Judging by their own creative use of music, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen might very well agree, as would their frequent collaborator, composer Carter Burwell. They’ll all be on hand for “The Mind, Music, and Moving Images,” a special program on September 21 during the Phil’s first Film Week. The discussion, moderated by Alec Baldwin, the Phil’s Radio Host, will explore the relationships between music, film, the brain, and human emotions, along with the creative choices behind movie music.The co-presentation with the World Science Festival will also include neuroscientist Aniruddh D. Patel, author of Music, Language, and the Brain.

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