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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)