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NY Phil Concludes 2023 Bravo! Vail Residency

The New York Philharmonic’s historic 2022–23 season came to a grand conclusion with the Orchestra’s 20th summer residency at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. From July 19 through 26, the NY Phil performed in six concerts, two conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and were joined by conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, Hannu Lintu, Justin Freer, and Marin Alsop. With virtuosic soloists including Stefan Jackiw, Anne-Marie McDermott, Yunchan Lim, and the NY Phil’s own Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, and repertoire ranging from Sibelius to Bruckner to new works by Corea and Nina Shekhar — and much more — the residency brought the world-class stylings of the Philharmonic to the picturesque landscapes of Vail, Colorado, for an unforgettable musical experience. 

See the slideshow above for highlights from the NY Phil's residency!

NY Phil Musicians Return to the Shanghai Orchestra Academy

Following the NY Phil’s Tour to Taiwan & Hong Kong, a delegation of musicians and staff traveled to Shanghai. The visit marked the first in-person activities as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership — a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music — since 2019. Over the course of the week, nine Philharmonic musicians performed in the Music in the Summer Air Festival, shared their expertise through teaching and side-by-side performance, and attended the commencement ceremonies for the graduating instrumentalists receiving advanced degrees in 2023. Starr International Foundation has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership since its inception in 2014.


All photos courtesy of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership unless otherwise noted.

The NY Phil’s Triumphant Tour to Taiwan & Hong Kong

Following five sold-out concerts in three cities, the New York Philharmonic has returned home from its first trip to Asia since 2019. The Tour to Taiwan & Hong Kong, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, included appearances in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Hong Kong, with the Orchestra performing symphonic masterpieces by Beethoven, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and — joined by violinist Hilary Hahn, the NY Phil’s 2023–24 season Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Following the tour a group of musicians returned to Shanghai for the first live activities in the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Partnership in four years. The Presenting Sponsor for the tour and the partnership is Starr International Foundation.

See the slideshow for highlights from the tour, and check back for photos from the return to Shanghai.

All photos by Chris Lee

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks Return!

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, are back! The beloved NY Phil tradition — which has treated over 15 million New Yorkers to priceless music, absolutely free, since 1965 — returned with four consecutive outdoor concerts, June 13–16, in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Music Director Jaap van Zweden led the Orchestra in iconic masterpieces by Copland and Beethoven, familiar favorites by Rossini and J. Strauss II, and works created through the NY Phil’s Very Young Composers Program. On Sunday, June 18, Musicians from the Philharmonic performed works by Hadyn and Schubert in the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island, at the St. George Theatre.

See the slideshow above for highlights from this year’s series.

All photos by Chris Lee

Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Summer Benefit

The Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic (YNY) Summer Benefit welcomed the sunnier season in style! On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at The Bowery Hotel, YNY Chair and NY Phil Board Member Sarah Jane Gibbons welcomed guests for a performance by four NY Phil musicians — violinists Audrey Wright and Alina Kobialka, violist Vivek Kamath, and cellist Ru-Pei Yeh, The Credit Suisse Chair in honor of Paul Calello — that was followed by dinner, dancing, and cocktails. The YNY Summer Benefit celebrates orchestral music in New York City while raising vital funds for our education and community initiatives, including our famed Young People’s Concerts and Very Young Composers Program.

See the slideshow above for some of the evening’s highlights.

All photos by Fadi Kheir

We’re Glad That You Could Join Us

Throughout the New York Philharmonic’s 2022–23 season, which marked the opening of the new David Geffen Hall, there were many opportunities for many of the Philharmonic’s biggest supporters — from Young New Yorkers (YNYs) to Patrons — to connect more closely with the Orchestra they love. The events included the YNY Winter Benefit, Prelude Receptions, Music with a View chamber music concerts, and a special Salon featuring Sir András Schiff, the season’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

Check out the slideshow above for a look back at the season’s events.

NY Phil Celebrates John Williams at Spring Gala

The New York Philharmonic Spring Gala celebrated the inimitable John Williams — who, over the past six decades, has created the soundtrack of our lives. Ken-David Masur, son of the late NY Phil Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur, made his Philharmonic debut conducting the Orchestra in a wide-ranging selection of Williams’s iconic film scores, from Superman and Star Wars to the Oscar-winning animated short Dear Basketball, starring the late Kobe Bryant. Steven Spielberg, who has partnered with Williams on 29 feature films, was on hand to honor his friend, introducing excerpts from three of their collaborations — Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial — with the Orchestra performing Williams’s music live to film. Then Williams himself took the podium to conduct several encores — all to rousing standing ovations.

Check out some highlights from the evening’s celebration in the slideshow above.

NY Phil Celebrates Year of the Rabbit with Lunar New Year Gala

The New York Philharmonic celebrated the Lunar New Year in style, with a festive Concert and Gala at the new David Geffen Hall. The program featured the return of conductor Long Yu and NY Phil debuts by erhu virtuoso Yiwen Lu and violinist Ning Feng in a potpourri of works by composers ranging from Qigang Chen to Leonard Bernstein. The Gala evening — which began with a pre-concert cocktail reception and ended with a seated dinner — was made possible by Presenting Sponsor Starr International Foundation; Honorary Gala Chairs Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg; and Gala Co-Chairs Angela Chen and Misook Doolittle, both also Board Members, and Board Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang. It was an altogether spirited evening, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit — a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity.

See the slideshow above for some highlights of the festivities.