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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.

Lunar New Year Gala Welcomes Year of the Tiger

The New York Philharmonic’s celebrations of the Lunar New Year returned, welcoming the Year of the Tiger with a happy roar. The concert featured performances by conductor Earl Lee, violinist Stella Chen, and soprano Hera Hyesang Park. It was only part of the colorful and festive Gala evening, presented by Starr International Foundation and chaired by Board Members Angela Chen and Misook Doolittle as well as Board Co-Chairman Oscar L. Tang and his wife, Agnes Hsu-Tang. The Gala Chairs concluded their letter to the gathered guests with a joyous call: “Let us leap into the Lunar New Year with a tiger’s vigor and lead New York’s next renaissance, together, with hope and the power of music.” (All photos by Chris Lee unless otherwise noted.)

Gala Celebrates that New York’s Orchestra Is Back!

New York’s Orchestra Is Back! That was the very apt title of last night’s Gala evening with Itzhak Perlman. The heart of the evening was, of course the New York Philharmonic, with Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducting works by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Johann Strauss II, and joining the legendary violinist for Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1.

Guests at the Gala, held in Alice Tully Hall, were treated to a full evening’s festivities. They reunited at a pre-concert reception and reconvened at a dinner where they mingled with glamorous guests and Philharmonic musicians — and were regaled by the jazz band Del and the Rad Rompers.

Thanks and Best Wishes, Carol!

Violinist Carol Webb has retired after 39 storied years at the New York Philharmonic. The first woman to join the first violin section, over her four decades with the Orchestra she served as Chair of the Tour Committee during the historic visit to North Korea, appeared as a soloist, and nourished her colleagues with home-baked goods. Enjoy this slideshow of Carol and the Philharmonic through the years.

SLIDESHOW: Stormtroopers at the Spring Gala

A short time ago, in a concert hall not far away … The New York Philharmonic threw its 2016 Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration, last night, fêting the Oscar-winning composer's contributions to movie music with stellar performances of his scores. After a buzzing cocktail reception, David Newman led the Orchestra in beloved music from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and more, along with clips from select films. The fun, festive evening concluded with a glamorous dinner.

SLIDESHOW: Tour Finale in San Francisco

“There was no doubt that we were in for some bold, brawny music-making. And the orchestra didn’t disappoint.” So said the San Francisco Chronicle of Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in San Francisco, wrapping up the whirlwind CALIFORNIA 2016 tour to great acclaim.

SLIDESHOW: California Playin'

Instruments: check. Music: check. Rad shades: check. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic went west this week for the CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, which launched with performances in Costa Mesa and San Diego. 

Pierre Boulez in Pictures

The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Pierre Boulez, our bold and innovative Music Director from 1971 to 1977 as well as a trailblazing composer and thinker.

The Philharmonic will dedicate its concerts taking place this week, January 7–9 and 12, featuring works by Sibelius, Richard Strauss, and Wagner and conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, to Boulez.

We invite you to remember Mr. Boulez through music and through this slideshow of his time at the New York Philharmonic.