The New York Philharmonic Announces Updates To 2024–25 Season

By: Jun. 10, 2024
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The New York Philharmonic has announced updates to its 2024–25 season. 

Updates to the Orchestra's concerts: 

• Augusta Read Thomas's new work, commissioned by the NY Phil, is titled Bebop  Kaleidoscope — Homage to Duke Ellington. Ken-David Masur, in his NY Phil  subscription debut, will conduct its World Premiere on September 19 and 21, 2024, part  of the program curated by NY Phil musicians — who serve as the first of the 2024–25  season's Artistic Partners — that explores the Orchestra's past and future.  

• The Opening Gala concert on September 24, 2024 — conducted by Manfred Honeck —  will include Suppé's Light Cavalry Overture and Puccini's Turandot Suite, and will feature vocalist Cynthia Erivo making her NY Phil debut in selections from Broadway  and the popular songbook.  

• Nathalie Joachim's new work is titled Had To Be and receives its New York Premiere on  October 17 and 18, 2024 — on concerts that are part of the NY Phil's exploration of  Afromodernism — conducted by Thomas Wilkins, with cellist Seth Parker Woods (NY  Phil debut) as soloist. The piece is co-commissioned by the NY Phil, Spoleto Festival  USA, Orchestre Métropolitain, and Chautauqua Institution.  

• Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten has been added  as the opening work in the November 14 and 16, 2024, subscription concerts, conducted  by John Adams, one of the 2024–25 season's Artistic Partners.  

• Tenor Kieran White will make his NY Phil debut in Handel's Messiah, Presented by  Gary W. Parr, December 11–14, 2024. Ton Koopman conducts. 

• Baritone Leon Košavić (NY Phil debut) will perform J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 56, Ich  will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, and soprano Talise Trevigne (NY Phil debut) will  perform the same composer's Cantata BWV 51, Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, on the  Free Concert at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, January 17, 2025, joining  conductor and 2024–25 season Artistic Partner Nathalie Stutzmann and Members of the  New York Philharmonic. Additional repertoire will be announced at a later date. 

• Justin Jay Hines will co-host the Young People's Concerts for Schools on February 5–7,  2025, as well as the Young People's Concert: The Future Is Innovation, on February 8,  2025, alongside Jerry Hou, who also conducts.  

• The Lunar New Year Gala concert on February 11, 2025 — conducted by Tianyi Lu (NY  Phil debut) — will include Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture; Unsuk Chin's The  Mad Tea Party, from Alice in Wonderland; Casella's La donna serpente, Suite No. 1;  Chen Yi's Chinese Folk Dance Suite, featuring violinist Inmo Yang (NY Phil debut) as  soloist; and Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1. 

• The performances of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert, June 11–14, 2025  — part of The Art of the Score — will be conducted by Sarah Hicks (NY Phil  conducting debut).  

Updates to NY Phil presentations: 

• Details of the season's Kravis Nightcap series — featuring New York City Ballet  principal dancer Tiler Peck as dancer and choreographer, as well as Musicians from the  NY Phil — are announced. In the first, on September 21, 2024, Peck will collaborate  with NY Phil Musicians, the first of the season's Artistic Partners; on January 25, 2025, Peck will be joined by pianist Yuja Wang, the 2024–25 season Mary and James G.  Wallach Artist-in-Residence; and on February 27, 2025, Peck will reunite with violinist  Hilary Hahn, with whom she performed on a Kravis Nightcap in January 2024. All three  performances will take place at the Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall.  

• The season's six New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall concerts, featuring Musicians from the NY Phil, will take place on September 29, November 3, and  November 24, 2024, and January 12, February 16, and May 4, 2025.  

• The Sound On presentation Composing While Black, Volume II, featuring Artistic Partner  International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) — part of the NY Phil's exploration of  Afromodernism — will now take place on October 25, 2024. The location and time will  be announced at a later date. 

• The Sound On presentation on November 17, 2024 — curated and conducted by Artistic  Partner John Adams and featuring Members of the NY Phil — will take place at The  Museum of Modern Art, and will include Dylan Mattingly's Sunt Lacrimae Rerum and  Gabriella Smith's Maré. Additional repertoire will be announced at a later date. 

• The season's series of Very Young People's Concerts (VYPCs) — titled Philharmonic  Playground — will be held in Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and will take place  on February 22, 2025 (“Allegro and Adagio”); March 22, 2025 (“Forte and Piano”);  and June 7, 2025 (“Treble and Bass”). The series will feature Associate Principal Viola  Rebecca Young as host and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic.