15 August 2014
Today would have marked the 92nd birthday of the prolific and versatile composer, pianist, and conductor Lukas Foss, whose warmth, intelligence, artistry, enthusiasm, and bright blue eyes were Philharmonic fixtures for decades, beginning with his 1950 Philharmonic debut as a piano soloist in the Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, by Leonard Bernstein, then our Music Director. Foss appeared with the Orchestra more than 60 times as either conductor or pianist, served as artistic director for major Philharmonic festivals, composed seven works that the Orchestra premiered, and was celebrated in a Composers Week in 1995. We are grateful that he was part of our musical life for so many years.
18 April 2014
Bernstein and Koussevitzky Have Their Cake (and eat it too…)
From the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives comes this gem of a photo, taken in the 1940s.
Inspired by: @composersdoingnormalshit
16 August 2013
Lenny Down Under
39 years ago today, the Philharmonic embarked on its first tour to Australia and New Zealand. Leonard Bernstein conducted and made a furry friend while he was at it.
14 August 2013
Forever Becky Young
Before she became the Philharmonic’s Associate Principal Viola, before she became host of the Very Young People’s Concerts, Rebecca Young hobnobbed with Leonard Bernstein at a Young People’s Concert back when she was a young person herself.
As host of the VYPCs, Becky says she gets to “run around the stage in a fun and lively way, engaging our youngest concert-goers as we introduce them to classical music.”
Photo courtesy of the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.
15 May 2013
Found in Translation
The latest from our EUROPE / SPRING 2013 Virtual Tour is now available for your voyeuristic pleasure! Among the highlights of our time in Dresden are the beautifully ornate Semperoper, where we played Mozart, Bloch, and Musorgsky, and its striking contrast in Volkswagen’s Die Gläserne Manufaktur, the site of Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft, plus works by Christopher Rouse and Leonard Bernstein. Not to mention a familiar face in the audience…
(Photos by Chris Lee)
14 May 2013
Happy Birthday, Jazz Style
Acting Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio is celebrating his birthday far from home, by traveling on the EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour. And it’s not all Bruckner and Tchaikovsky while he’s on the road, as he has already been practicing (in photo, by Chris Lee, above) for his solo in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by Alan Gilbert, in the jazz-infused program May 31–June 1.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to have tickets for these almost sold-out concerts, check out this taste of the score for the piece that Leonard Bernstein marked (which lives in our Digital Archives) to prep for when you hear him jam!
2 May 2013
West Side Jump
Gee, that move looks familiar. New York City Ballet, our neighbor across the plaza at Lincoln Center, is mounting an American Music Festival this month, with repertoire including West Side Story Suite, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar-winning score.
Tonight, principal dancer Tiler Peck, who joined the Philharmonic’s recent production of Carousel, takes the stage in Carousel (A Dance), choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s distillation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
2 May 2013
On the Air: Ives’s Fourth
Here’s another chance to hear the Philharmonic’s recent, critically acclaimed performance of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 4, for which Music Director Alan Gilbert called on Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione for help in marshalliing the controlled chaos.
The work airs on The New York Philharmonic This Week, tonight at 8:00 p.m. on WQXR (or check local listings). The All-American program includes the World Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse’s Prospero’s Rooms, and Bernstein’s Serenade, with violinist Joshua Bell.
(Chris Lee photo)
26 February 2013
The Last Five Years
Hard to believe that it’s been half a decade, but five years ago today the Philharmonic made one of its more unprecedented debuts with its first concert in North Korea under then-Music Director Lorin Maazel. Following the U.S. and DPRK national anthems, the Orchestra played works by Wagner, Dvořák, Gershwin, and Bernstein (the latter three were all originally Philharmonic premieres).
Relive the journey via the photos above (all by Chris Lee) or on The Pyongyang Concert, EuroArts’s DVD available in the Philharmonic shop that includes the entire concert as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary.