7 June 2012
Thanks for the Memories
Violinist Hanna Lachert, shown with Leonard Bernstein on tour in 1974, is among the Philharmonic musicians and staff member retiring or celebrating milestone anniversaries this season. Honorees who will be saluted at a post-concert reception June 14:
— Violinist Hanna Lachert (retiring after 40 years)
— Violinists Enrico Di Cecco and Newton Mansfield and Enrico Di Cecco (50th anniversaries)
— Harpsichordist Lionel Party (retiring after 29 years)
— Orchestra Personnel Manager Carl R. Schiebler (25th anniversary)
— Associate Archivist Richard Wandel (retiring after 17 years)
— Pianist Harriet Wingreen (retiring after 47 years)
— Violinist Hae-Young Ham (25th anniversary)
A round of applause, please, for their combined 283 years of service!
29 November 2011
3 August 2011
5 Great Movie Nights in 2011!
The New York Philharmonic goes to the movies in style this fall! In addition to special performances for the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story on September 7 and 8, and A Night at the Movies with Academy Award-winning composer and conductor John Williams on October 25, the Orchestra presents a third program of music and film on November 2 and 3 to celebrate Philip Glass’s 75th birthday year. The two concerts feature LIVE performances of Mr. Glass’s score for Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 cult classic Koyaanisqatsi — the Philharmonic’s first performances of the work — in conjunction with the film. Joining the Orchestra and the composer will be the Philip Glass Ensemble, conductor Michael Riesman conducting (each in their Philharmonic debuts), as well as the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
12 July 2011
Today is the 450th Anniversary of Moscow’s famous St. Basil’s Cathedral — commemorated by today’s Google Doodle. In the above photograph, members of the New York Philharmonic gather in front of the Cathedral during the 1959 tour of Europe and the Near East with then Music Director Leonard Bernstein.
Extra points to anyone who can ID the musicians in this photo!
8 July 2011
Previously, the only way to hear the New York Philharmonic perform music from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story was by attending a performance of the Symphonic Dances, which the composer had arranged for the Philharmonic and was premiered in 1961 on a special all-Bernstein Valentine’s concert. Now you can hear “Lenny’s Orchestra” play the entire score, live, as the Philharmonic celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Academy Award-winning film, September 7–8, 2011, conducted by David Newman and featuring the newly restored film in HD.
7 July 2011
Happy Birthday, Gustav Mahler!
Today is the birthday of the great composer, conductor, and former New York Philharmonic music director Gustav Mahler (b. 1860). On September 10, Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the Orchestra in “A Concert for New York,” featuring Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Information on FREE tickets to be announced at a later date.
18 May 2011
Gustav Mahler (July 7, 1860–May 18, 1911), former music director of the New York Philharmonic, died 100 years ago today. During the Orchestra’s EUROPE / SPRING 2011 tour, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, Archivist/Historian Barbara Haws, Chairman Gary W. Parr, Philharmonic Patrons, and musicians traveled to Grinzing Cemetery in Vienna, to lay a wreath on the composer’s grave in commemoration of the centennial. Mahler conducted the final concert of his life with the Philharmonic just a few months prior to his death.
Visit nyphil.org/mahler to see more images and learn about the Orchestra’s season-long Focus on Mahler.
5 May 2011