NY Philharmonic to Launch 'Philharmonic Free Fridays' with THUNDERSTUCK World Premiere, 10/10
The New York Philharmonic will launch Philharmonic Free Fridays, offering 100 free tickets for young people ages 13-26 to each of the 18 Friday evening subscription concerts during the 2014-15 season. Philharmonic Free Fridays will launch October 10, 2014 - featuring Alan Gilbert conducting the World Premiere of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Thunderstuck, commissioned by the Philharmonic; Haydn's Symphony No. 103, Drumroll; and Brahms's Violin Concerto, featuring The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist- in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili. Information on ticket distribution is available at nyphil.org/freefridays.
Philharmonic Free Fridays are part of Share the Music!, a new initiative to support expanded access to the New York Philharmonic. In addition to Philharmonic Free Fridays, Share the Music! will encompass activities that help make the New York Philharmonic more accessible to more people in New York and around the world, such as a new digital portal on nyphil.org that will be a hub for existing and new free digital content, including new online educational offerings, delivered in a mobile-friendly environment, and the Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. Additional details about Share the Music! programs will be announced at a later date.
Share the Music! is made possible by an anonymous donor. The Philharmonic is fundraising for a matching campaign to support Share the Music!; if $2 million is raised by the end of 2014, the donor will contribute an additional $1 million. Contributions can be made by visiting nyphil.org/sharethemusic or calling (212) 875-5381.