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Orchestra League Announces New Appointments to BoardOrchestra League Announces New Appointments to Board
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Kjristine Lund, Anthony McGill, Alan Pierson, David M. Roth, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Matthew VanBesien, and Jonathan Weedman have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras. The League is a membership organization comprised of hundreds of orchestras from across North America. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

The New York Philharmonic and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music have entered into a partnership for the 2015-16 season, marking the third collaboration in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy - customized collaborations with partners worldwide that offer intensive training of pre-professional musicians by New York Philharmonic members. Under the partnership, Philharmonic musicians will travel to Houston to present master classes in fall 2015, and a group of student string players from The Shepherd School of Music, selected by audition, will travel to New York to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program in May 2016. (more...)

NY Philharmonic Selected for Wallace Foundation Audience-Building InitiativeNY Philharmonic Selected for Wallace Foundation Audience-Building Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

The New York Philharmonic has been selected for the New York-based Wallace Foundation's Building Audiences for Sustainability effort -- a new, six-year, $52-million initiative aimed at developing practical insights into how exemplary performing arts organizations can successfully expand their audiences. The Philharmonic has been granted $760,000 towards preliminary audience research and the first cycle of pilot projects on building millennial audiences for orchestral concerts. (more...)

Frank Huang Named Concertmaster of the New York PhilharmonicFrank Huang Named Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic announced today that Frank Huang has been appointed Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, of the New York Philharmonic, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert of the 2015-16 season, September 24, 2015. Mr. Huang follows Glenn Dicterow, who stepped down from his position at the end of the 2013-14 season after 34 seasons of service. (more...)

NY Philharmonic to Dedicate Concert to Avery Fisher & Family, 3/24NY Philharmonic to Dedicate Concert to Avery Fisher & Family, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

The memory and accomplishments of Avery Fisher the sound equipment pioneer, philanthropist, and New York Philharmonic Board Member will be honored at the New York Philharmonic concert March 24, 2015. (more...)

David Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center; Avery Fisher Hall Will Get New Name in 2015-16 SeasonDavid Geffen Donates $100 Million to Lincoln Center; Avery Fisher Hall Will Get New Name in 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Music and media executive and philanthropist David Geffen has given a $100 million gift to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to lead the complete transformation of its largest concert hall, it was announced today by Katherine Farley, Chair of Lincoln Center. The renowned performing arts building will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September 2015 at the start of the New York Philharmonic's 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Long Yu Reveals 'Compose 20:20'Long Yu Reveals 'Compose 20:20'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Conductor Long Yu announces 'the creation of an entire canon of new music, one of the most important projects in my life' - Compose 20:20 (more...)

NY Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives Completes Fourth Release of MaterialNY Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives Completes Fourth Release of Material
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

The fourth release of material in the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives - the multi-year initiative to digitize the Orchestra's extensive archives, funded by the Leon Levy Foundation - has been completed, with all existing Philharmonic printed programs, from the first concert in 1842 to the present, now available online, and current printed programs being added every concert week. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Lead New York Philharmonic's European Spring TourAlan Gilbert to Lead New York Philharmonic's European Spring Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic on the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, April 16-May 1, 2015. (more...)

NY Philharmonic to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Concerts in the Parks This SummerNY Philharmonic to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Concerts in the Parks This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

In June 2015 the New York Philharmonic will mark the 50th anniversary of its historic Concerts in the Parks, the iconic series of free outdoor performances that has been enjoyed by more than 14 million concertgoers since it was introduced in August 1965. The centerpiece of the Philharmonic's celebration will be five free performances throughout the boroughs of New York City, June 17-23, 2015; this will be complemented by a variety of activities, ranging from performances to crowdsourcing memories of parks concerts, and other online and educational projects. (more...)

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Announce 2015-16 SeasonAlan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Announce 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

The New York Philharmonic's 2015-16 season reflects Music Director Alan Gilbert's and the organization's belief in the rich rewards of collaboration with artistic and institutional leaders, and in expanding the idea of what a symphony orchestra can be through a range of diverse programming and educational activities. Artistic partnerships will grow through enhanced curatorial influences, and national and international collaborations will continue to further cement the Orchestra's role as a resource in New York City and around the world. (more...)

Lisa Mantone Named Vice President of Institutional Advancement of NY PhilharmonicLisa Mantone Named Vice President of Institutional Advancement of NY Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien, Chairman Gary W. Parr, and Chairman Designate Oscar S. Schafer today announced the appointment of Lisa Mantone as the Orchestra's Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, a new position. In addition, Bill Thomas - formerly Senior Vice President - has been promoted to the expanded role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). (more...)

Oscar S. Schafer Named Chairman of the New York Philharmonic's Board of DirectorsOscar S. Schafer Named Chairman of the New York Philharmonic's Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Oscar S. Schafer was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Philharmonic- Symphony Society of New York, Inc., today at a meeting of the organization's Board of Directors. He will hold the title of Chairman Designate until he assumes the Chairmanship in early 2015 as part of a transition, succeeding Gary W. Parr, who has held the post since September 2009. As Chairman, Mr. Schafer - who has been a member of the Philharmonic's Board of Directors since 2007 - will serve as the Society's chief volunteer officer. Mr. Parr will continue to serve as a member of the Philharmonic's Board. (more...)

Music Academy of the West Instrumentalists to Launch Global Academy Fellowship Program Next MonthMusic Academy of the West Instrumentalists to Launch Global Academy Fellowship Program Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Ten young instrumentalists from the Music Academy of the West are about to inaugurate the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program January 3-13, 2015, when they travel to New York City to train and play alongside New York Philharmonic musicians. All ten instrumentalists are from the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, selected by audition to be the inaugural Zarin Mehta Fellows. At a time when there is more competition than ever to succeed in the music profession, these Fellows will be immersed in all aspects of an orchestral player's life, from audition to performance, learning invaluable career skills. (more...)

UMS and New York Philharmonic to Launch 5-Year Residency Partnership in 2015UMS and New York Philharmonic to Launch 5-Year Residency Partnership in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan and the New York Philharmonic have announced an ambitious five-year residency partnership, beginning with concerts and activities in October 2015. The partnership is the centerpiece of a larger program bringing three different orchestras to Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium each season. Each residency will include multi-performance residencies, master classes and workshops for University of Michigan students, and activities for the regional community. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Forms International Advisory BoardNew York Philharmonic Forms International Advisory Board
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has established an International Advisory Board (IAB) to develop relationships beyond the United States in order to support the Philharmonic's activities abroad, including regular Philharmonic residencies, educational and entrepreneurial projects, and the launch of the newly formed New York Philharmonic Global Academy. The International Advisory Board will serve as an international network of advocates and ambassadors who will connect with individuals and institutions in their home cities and countries to cultivate the Philharmonic's long-term reach and influence worldwide. IAB members will work with the Philharmonic to secure engagements, activities, and funding sources in a variety of international locations. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Launches Global AcademyNew York Philharmonic Launches Global Academy
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has launched the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, a series of long-term, immersive partnerships with select cultural and music education institutions in New York, the United States, and worldwide. Building on its renowned history of international touring and cultural diplomacy, as well as its longstanding commitment to education, the Philharmonic is collaborating with partners to offer intensive training of pre- professional musicians by Philharmonic members, often alongside regular performance residencies by the full Orchestra. (more...)

NY Philharmonic Launches 'Philharmonic Free Fridays' with THUNDERSTUCK World Premiere TodayNY Philharmonic Launches 'Philharmonic Free Fridays' with THUNDERSTUCK World Premiere Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

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. (more...)

Shanghai Orchestra Academy Welcomes Inaugural ClassShanghai Orchestra Academy Welcomes Inaugural Class
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

SHANGHAI, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA)was established in late 2012 through the intercontinental cooperation of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), New York Philharmonic (NYP) and Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SCM). The SOA is designed to address the need for advanced, post-graduate orchestral training, identified by Long Yu, music director of theSSO and inaugural president of the Academy, as one of the main issues of musical development in Asia. The newly built Shanghai Symphony Hall serves as the main base venue for SOA teaching and practical training. (more...)

NY Philharmonic to Launch 'Philharmonic Free Fridays' with THUNDERSTUCK World Premiere, 10/10NY Philharmonic to Launch 'Philharmonic Free Fridays' with THUNDERSTUCK World Premiere, 10/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

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-Josee 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. (more...)

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