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New York Philharmonic

From Dvořák and Mahler to Kurt Masur and Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic has an enviable reputation as one of the greatest.

  • The New York Philharmonic, founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world.
  • Since its inception the Orchestra has championed the new music of its time, commissioning or premiering many important works, such as Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F; and Copland’s Connotations. The Philharmonic has also given the U.S. premieres of such works as Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. This pioneering tradition has continued to the present day, with works of major contemporary composers regularly scheduled each season.
  • Long a leader in American musical life, the Philharmonic has, over the last century, become renowned around the globe, appearing in 430 cities in 63 countries on 5 continents. In October 2009 the Orchestra, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, made its debut in Hanoi, Vietnam. In February 2008 the Orchestra, led by then Music Director Lorin Maazel, gave a historic performance in Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — the first visit there by an American orchestra and an event watched around the world and for which the Philharmonic earned the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy.
  • A media pioneer, the Philharmonic began radio broadcasts in 1922, and is currently represented by The New York Philharmonic This Week — syndicated nationally 52 weeks per year, and available on nyphil.org. On television, in the 1950s and 1960s, the Philharmonic inspired a generation through Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts on CBS.

Did you know?
On May 5, 2010, the orchestra gave its 15,000th concert — a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world.

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