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Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra to Participate in NY PHIL BIENNIAL, 6/5Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra to Participate in NY PHIL BIENNIAL, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra - the only high school orchestra invited to participate in the NY PHIL BIENNIAL - makes its debut at the immersive new-music festival on June 5, with a program titled 'Young Americans.' This unique performance features music by composers only a generation older than the gifted young orchestral musicians themselves, with a program consisting entirely of world and New York premieres. The orchestra will be led by a perfect exemplar of the genre-defying trend in today's music: Los Angeles-based conductor Christopher Rountree, the founder, conductor and creative director of the path-breaking Los Angeles chamber orchestra 'wild Up,' which mixes elements of traditional classical music with new music, performance art, and pop. (more...)

Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership Set for New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship ProgramShanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership Set for New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

The Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership continues this summer when students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy travel to New York City to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as the first international Zarin Mehta Fellows, June 11-17, 2016, and the New York Philharmonic travels to Shanghai for its second annual performance residency, July 2-8, 2016. (more...)

OSM to Premiere Raphael Mostel's 'THE TRAVELS OF BABAR' Orchestral VersionOSM to Premiere Raphael Mostel's 'THE TRAVELS OF BABAR' Orchestral Version
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

The world premiere of the orchestral version of Raphael Mostel's THE TRAVELS OF BABAR: RETURN TO THE LAND OF ELEPHANTS will be presented by the Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, conducted by Dina Gilbert, on Sunday, May 15 at 1:30pm at Maison symphonique de Montreal, and narrated in French by actors Sophie Cadieux and Pierre Brassard. (more...)

New York Philharmonic's 'Concerts in the Parks' to Return for 51st Season This JuneNew York Philharmonic's 'Concerts in the Parks' to Return for 51st Season This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The 2016 New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, will return for the 51st season with five free outdoor concerts, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, on the Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan (June 15 and 16); Prospect Park, Brooklyn (June 17); Cunningham Park, Queens (June 20); and Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (June 21). (more...)

New York Philharmonic Celebrates 175 Years as well as Alan Gilbert's Farewell during the 2016-2017 SeasonNew York Philharmonic Celebrates 175 Years as well as Alan Gilbert's Farewell during the 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The New York Philharmonic's 2016-17 season celebrates two major milestones: the Orchestra's 175th anniversary and Alan Gilbert's valedictory season as Music Director. The season will honor the Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert's shared hometown of New York City, and celebrate the myriad initiatives Alan Gilbert has introduced throughout his tenure that have become part of the fabric of today's New York Philharmonic.  (more...)

Jaap van Zweden Named New Music Director of the New York PhilharmonicJaap van Zweden Named New Music Director of the New York Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

New York Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and President Matthew VanBesien today announced that conductor Jaap van Zweden will become the Orchestra's next Music Director, beginning in 2018-19, the Orchestra's 177th season. Mr. van Zweden will serve as Music Director Designate in the 2017-18 season. (more...)

Music Academy of the West Fellows to Kick Off Immersion with NY Philharmonic Next MonthMusic Academy of the West Fellows to Kick Off Immersion with NY Philharmonic Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

In the second year of a four-year partnership between Music Academy of the West and the New York Philharmonic, ten Academy musicians will travel to New York in January 2016 to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program (Jan 2-12), developing their career skills through what President and CEO of the Music Academy of the West Scott Reed called "an extraordinary opportunity to gain valuable experience alongside the musicians of one of the world's greatest orchestras." (more...)

Architecture Team Set for Reimagined David Geffen Hall at Lincoln CenterArchitecture Team Set for Reimagined David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects have been selected as the architecture team that will lead the renovation and reimagination of David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center's largest concert hall, it was announced today by Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Oscar S. Schafer, chairman of the New York Philharmonic. This first-ever collaboration brings together two world-class, award-winning firms -- collectively, they bring extensive experience designing innovative public spaces and specialized expertise in the design and execution of world-renowned performing arts halls. (more...)

Rice University Students Set for New York Philharmonic's 2016 Global Academy Fellowship ProgramRice University Students Set for New York Philharmonic's 2016 Global Academy Fellowship Program
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

Seven Rice University students have been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between Rice's Shepherd School of Music and the New York Philharmonic. (more...)

NY Phil and Director Alan Gilbert Announce 2016 Biennial, Featuring Grammy-Winning San Francisco Girls Chorus and More!NY Phil and Director Alan Gilbert Announce 2016 Biennial, Featuring Grammy-Winning San Francisco Girls Chorus and More!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

From May 23 to June 11, 2016, the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert will present the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a wide-ranging exploration of today's music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. A flagship project of the New York Philharmonic, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL brings together an international roster of composers, performers, and curatorial voices for concerts presented both on the Lincoln Center campus and in venues throughout the city. (more...)

NY PHIL BIENNIAL Lineup Announced for Spring 2016NY PHIL BIENNIAL Lineup Announced for Spring 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

From May 23 to June 11, 2016, the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert will present the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a wide-ranging exploration of today's music by an array of contemporary and modern composers. A flagship project of the New York Philharmonic, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL brings together an international roster of composers, performers, and curatorial voices for concerts presented both on the Lincoln Center campus and in venues throughout the city. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Alan Gilbert & New York Philharmonic in Inaugural Performance Residency at University of MichiganPhoto Flash: First Look at Alan Gilbert & New York Philharmonic in Inaugural Performance Residency at University of Michigan
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

This weekend found the New York Philharmonic in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the inaugural performance residency of its five-year partnership with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Alan Gilbert led the Orchestra in works by Beethoven, Magnus Lindberg, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Richard Strauss; David Newman led the score to On the Waterfrontas the complete film was screened; Philharmonic musicians led master classes; and Alan Gilbert conducted a thousand — Philharmonic brass plus the Michigan Marching Band, Michigan Alumni Band, and UMS Choral Union — at the Michigan Homecoming football game halftime show. Go Blue! (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Lead NY Philharmonic on CALIFORNIA 2016 Tour, 5/3-7Alan Gilbert to Lead NY Philharmonic on CALIFORNIA 2016 Tour, 5/3-7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2015

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic on the CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, May 3-7, 2016. The tour will feature four orchestral concerts with appearances in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and San Francisco. (more...)

Board Chairman Oscar and Wife Didi Schafer to Gift NY Philharmonic $25 MillionBoard Chairman Oscar and Wife Didi Schafer to Gift NY Philharmonic $25 Million
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2015

New York Philharmonic Board Chairman Oscar Straus Schafer and his wife, Didi, are making the largest gift to the New York Philharmonic from an individual donor in the organization's history. The $25 million gift includes $20 million to help build the Philharmonic's endowment as well as the renovation of its concert home. The Schafers are also continuing their support of the Philharmonic's free Concerts in the Parks series with an additional commitment of $5 million. (more...)

BWW TV: Lincoln Center Renames New York Philharmonic's Home: David Geffen HallBWW TV: Lincoln Center Renames New York Philharmonic's Home: David Geffen Hall
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 25, 2015

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts officially renamed its largest concert hall for entertainment icon and philanthropist David Geffen at a special ceremony today, as the New York Philharmonic opened its 2015-2016 season. Geffen's $100 million gift is the essential catalyst for the comprehensive renovation and re-imagination of the concert hall, a joint effort between Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic. (more...)

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Launch 2015-16 Season with Opening Gala TonightAlan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Launch 2015-16 Season with Opening Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 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...)

Music Academy of the West Musicians Selected for NY Philharmonic 2016 Global Academy Fellowship ProgramMusic Academy of the West Musicians Selected for NY Philharmonic 2016 Global Academy Fellowship Program
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Ten outstanding Music Academy of the West musicians have been selected to travel to New York in January 2016 to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, which offers opportunities to train and play with Philharmonic musicians, representing a new approach to training the next generation of world-class musicians for successful careers. (more...)

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...)

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