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Leif Ove Andsnes N.Y. Philharmonic Residency Kicks Off On Stage and Online

Leif Ove Andsnes’s tenure as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence got off to a sparkling start this past week. Beginning October 12 through last night, the Norwegian pianist has been the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s seldom-performed yet brilliant Piano Concerto No. 4, conducted by Paavo Järvi. 

The New York Times Senior Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini wrote that Andsnes “gave a revelatory account of the piece. … Mr. Andsnes’s performance was so animated and effortless that the music sounded almost lucid. Mr. Jarvi matched his exuberance right through, drawing bright, crisp playing from the orchestra.” Read More...

N.Y. Philharmonic Musicians: Lenny Is Still With Us

“They will always be my orchestra,” Leonard Bernstein said of the New York Philharmonic.

And, as this video shows, Philharmonic musicians still consider him “Our Lenny,” whom we celebrate with Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival, Oct. 25–Nov. 14.

Watch as they open up about the enduring connection between them and our former Music Director, and the many ways in which his legacy lives on here.

N.Y. Philharmonic To Be Featured in Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows

The holidays aren’t complete without strolling by Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows, and this year passersby will see a good friend — the Philharmonic.

Created by David Hoey, Bergdorf Goodman’s senior director for visual presentation, and on view from November 14 to January 1, one of these spectacular windows will feature images inspired by this Orchestra: a red neon light show and depictions of musical instruments (see rendering above).

Pop in for the perfect gift for the music lover in your life: Philharmonic-branded Master & Dynamic headphones complete with a bespoke playlist ($550), or tickets to Amadeus: Live (April 14) plus an invitation to an exclusive post-performance Green Room gathering with the artists ($2,000).

The Philharmonic is one of seven New York City cultural institutions selected for this year’s windows. The others are Museum of the Moving Image, New York Botanical Garden, New-York Historical Society, American Museum of Natural History, UrbanGlass, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

“The holiday windows are a love letter to New York,” Mallory Andrews, Bergdorf’s senior VP of sales promotion, marketing, and public relations told Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s about exhibiting a range of music, art, history, film, and nature, and raising awareness of the seven cultural institutions.”

Watch Mahler 5 from the Opening Gala Concert

On September 19, we launched our 2017–18 season with a concert saluting the virtuosos who make up the New York Philharmonic. They performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden.

It was broadcast live on Facebook, the Philharmonic’s fourth live concert broadcast on that medium. Hosted by Alec Baldwin, the broadcast takes you inside the hall for a complete performance of Mahler’s Fifth and a chance to meet our new President and CEO, Deborah Borda.

Enjoy this archive video of the broadcast, which will be available for 45 days.

New York Philharmonic Launches a Time-Traveling Podcast

Can’t get enough of the 106 All-Stars of the New York Philharmonic? Neither can we. That’s why we’ve launched Listening Through Time, a new podcast featuring intimate conversations about how performances have evolved over generations of Philharmonic players.

In each episode, a Philharmonic musician (current or retired) and Philharmonic Archivist / Historian Barbara Haws listen to and compare the Orchestra’s performances from different eras. 

The inaugural episode features former Principal Trumpet Philip Smith assessing Philharmonic performances of the opening trumpet solo in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony (played on this season’s Opening Gala Concert and opening subscription program). The line-up includes former Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker, Principal Cello Carter Brey, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, bassist Orin O’Brien, and Principal Librarian Lawrence Tarlow.

Available on iTunes, Listening Through Time can also be found at archives.nyphil.org/podcast, where listeners can view related photographs and detailed background research, plus scores, parts, and printed programs from the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives.

PHOTOS: 176th Season Opening Gala Concert

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic were the honorees of 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, the 106 All-Stars performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in a concert broadcast on Facebook Live, hosted by Alec Baldwin. The Gala also included a star-studded red carpet, buzzing cocktail reception, and glamorous dinner.

On the Cover: George Curran

“We could be soloists on our instruments, but we choose to sing together in one voice.” — George Curran

Kicking off a season highlighting the All-Stars of the New York Philharmonic is Philharmonic Bass Trombone George Curran. You can find George onstage sitting in the back row, between Principal Tuba Alan Baer and trombone David Finlayson — which is fitting, because his instrument plays for both team trombone and team tuba.

But George didn’t get his start on trombone. In fact, unlike many professional musicians, who start playing their instrument at a very young age, George switched to trombone at the age of 22, after flirting with a career in engineering. Fortunately for Philharmonic audiences, he followed his heart and his passion for performing.

George’s switch to trombone led him to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he performed in a brass section with Christopher Martin, Colin Williams, and Richard Deane. 

Check out George’s Q & A video (above) to learn more about his nerdy interests (spoiler alert: he loves Star Wars) and why he finds the New York Philharmonic brass section so special.

In September and October you can find George on the cover of Playbill as well as featured on the Philharmonic’s social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr for more!

In November we will feature cellist Ru-Pei Yeh. 

Learn more about George Curran

Empire State Building To Glow Red for Opening Gala Concert

 

We’ll paint the town red.

Whether or not you join us Tuesday night for 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic Red in honor of our 176th season.

By the way, if you won’t be joining us, you can still watch the concert free on Facebook! Tune in a few minutes before 7:30.

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)

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