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Webcasts, Broadcasts, and Recordings from the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL

Are you unable to join us in person for the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL? If so, you may be suffering from NY PHIL BIENNIAL FOMO.

We’re here to help.

Numerous biennial performances will be made available through live video webcasts, live audio streams, and on-demand video and audio. There’s even going to be a 24-hour biennial radio marathon.

Here’s a rundown (all times are EDT):

Just Announced! Special Family Concerts at WQXR's The Greene Space, March 21 & April 11

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We're thrilled to announce two new offerings of musical family fun this spring. 

On Saturday, March 21, and Saturday, April 11, the Philharmonic and WQXR will co-present two special family concerts at The Greene Space, the station's live event venue (which is terrific, if you haven't been). Get details and tickets at Update: the March 21 concert is sold out. 

Can't make it? They will be available to audiences online as live video webcasts at

The March 21 concert, Philharmonic Playdates: "Make Believe," is a Very Young People's Concert, which are intended for children ages 3–6. Join Philippe the Penguin and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic to explore how music helps us to pretend and takes us to far-away places, with chamber music by Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, and Mozart. Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young is the host and Marion Schoevaert is the illustrator.

The April 11 concert, "The Land of Musical Opposites," is intended for children ages 8–12. Kaleidoscope, the Teaching Artists Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic, will present its take on Shakespeare's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on music by Felix Mendelssohn. Learn how Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Mozart mix and match musical opposites to create new settings that tell the story of different characters.

A Very Beethoven Birthday, Alan: Check Out WQXR's Carnegie Hall Live

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How will Alan Gilbert be celebrating his birthday Monday night? As co-host for WQXR’s Carnegie Hall Live broadcast of that evening’s performance of three Beethoven Piano Concertos by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with his friend Leif Ove Andsnes as soloist.

The pianist will lead Beethoven’s Second, Third, and Fourth Piano Concertos from the keyboard, as Alan and WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon discuss Leif Ove’s extended musical adventure through the five piano concertos he has called “The Beethoven Journey” — what it means to dive into the great composer’s work so thoroughly, and his discovery of how and why audiences connect with this music.

Grab a slice of birthday cake and tune in to WQXR at 8:00 p.m. on February 23, 2015.

Hear the Opening Gala Concert Live via WQXR

Can't join us Tuesday night? Catch it on the radio or by clicking the play button above. (If you want to SEE the concert, good news: PBS's Great Performances will air it at a later date; we'll let you know when it's announced).

WQXR, New York's classical music radio station, will broadcast and stream the New York Philharmonic's Opening Gala Concert, La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema, live on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m., on air at 105.9 FM and online. Conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, the program will feature violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Renée Fleming, and singer/songwriter/actor Josh Groban. Elliott Forrest will host the broadcast.

La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema celebrates the lush and iconic scores from some of Italy's greatest films — including 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, and Once Upon a Time in the West, among others — with music by Nino Rota, Andrea and Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, and more. The program is presented in collaboration with Sugarmusic.

Special guest Martin Scorsese, Oscar-winning director and film preservation proponent, will deliver welcoming and introductory remarks. Award-winning actor, Philharmonic Board Member, and Philharmonic Radio Host Alec Baldwin returns as Artistic Advisor for the second season of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic, which highlights some of the genre's most distinctive uses of music.

New Yorker, WQXR Fall Previews Tip Oct. Nielsen Concerts

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Last week, in its "Fall Preview: 20 Classical Music Concerts to Watch For," WQXR included the all-Nielsen program October 1–3 conducted by Alan Gilbert.

"Alan Gilbert conducts the final installment of his Nielsen Project, a multi-season cycle aimed to raise the profile of the idiosyncratic yet highly expressive Danish composer. The program features the Maskarade Overture, the tumultuous Symphony No. 5 (1921-22), and the strange and imposing Symphony No. 6 (1924)," wrote WQXR's Brian Wise.

In The New Yorker, Russell Platt wrote:

On Oct. 1-3, Alan Gilbert conducts the Philharmonic in the finale of his Nielsen Project, a multi-season effort to bring the Danish composer Carl Nielsen, one of the most fascinating and fiercely expressive of the early moderns, to a broader audience; the program includes the engaging “Maskarade” Overture, the shattering Symphony No. 5 (a Bernstein favorite), and the mysterious and mercurial Symphony No. 6.

Learn more about The Nielsen Project.

[Insert Bow Hair Joke]: Vail Twitpic Becomes WQXR Photo of the Day

Yesterday a twitpic (a photo posted on Twitter) by violinist Sharon Yamada of three Orchestra members horsing around on an off day in Vail has gone viral. It is everywhere.

Well, not by mass pop-culture standards. But the tweet was favorited and retweeted quite a bit, and WQXR made it their Photo of the Day.

"Spotted near Vail, Colorado: New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt rehearse on horseback," the WQXR story began. It closed with an interesting riff on "another famous fiddler with a love of horses: Eugene Fodor Jr., the flamboyant virtuoso who was dubbed the 'cowboy violinist" during the 1970s and '80s.'" Follow the link for the whole story.

Audra McDonald, Philharmonic Help Open Harlem Week

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Last night at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, our old friend Audra McDonald joined us and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Harlem Week, a series of events that "celebrate the unique and diverse essence of Harlem." McDonald received an award as part of the event.

We are delighted to be deepening our ties with Harlem, reviving a connection that involved the Orchestra’s annual appearances there during the 1980s by adding a new element that involves more of what the Philharmonic can offer in terms of inspiration and expertise.

In August Philharmonic Teaching Artists will participate in the Harlem Children’s Festival, and we are discussing programmatic and outreach ideas that will enrich the lives of our musicians and the people who live and work in Harlem into the future.

Above, left to right: Terrance McKight, Evening Host, WQXR-FM; Robin Bell-Stevens, Executive Director, Jazzmobile; Actor/Writer/Producer Daniel Beaty; Marci McCall, Board Member, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald; New York Philharmonic President and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien; Elinor Tatum, Publisher, Amsterdam News; and representatives from Apple Bank for Savings. Photo: Chris Lee