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Ping-Pong At The New York Philharmonic (That's Onstage, Not In The Lobby)

"Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing, table tennis champions in their early 20s, are featured as the Ping-Pong-playing soloists in Andy Akiho's energetic concerto Ricochet, which will have its American premiere on Tuesday as part of the Philharmonic's Lunar New Year gala. And yes, this is the first time a Ping-Pong table has been onstage at […]

The New York Philharmonic’s Fresh Start: A Season Spent at Home

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The orchestra has canceled an international tour planned for Jaap van Zweden’s first season as music director to devote itself to strengthening hometown ties.

NY Phil offers $5 tickets to NY service providers

The most revlutionary element of the New York Philharmonic’s new season is a $5 ticket scheme for key workers in the New York economy – teachers, nurses, firemen, construction labourers. The plan has twin purposes: the noble aim of social inclusion, and the pragmatic one of getting full houses. It is called Phil the Hall. […]

Jaap goes Dutch on the New York Philharmonic

When Jaap Van Zweden was controversially chosen as music director of the New York Philharmonic, he promised to put Dutch composers on the orchestra’s agenda. Last night, announcing his first full season, he proved as good as his word. The season’s centrepiece commission will be Agamemnon by Louis Andriessen. It will be performed as part […]

NY Philharmonic plays 'music of conscience' in premiere-heavy season

The New York Philharmonic will celebrate immigrants and highlight "music of conscience" in a strikingly modern season that features five world premieres. The leading US orchestra late Tuesday announced its first season under incoming...Show More Summary

The Future Is (a Little More) Female at the New York Philharmonic

Maybe it was inevitable that the one leader in classical music who could upstage Deborah Borda was Deborah Borda. Ever since the New York Philharmonic appointed her president and CEO last spring, wooing her from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the orchestra world has been hoping she would bring some of ... More »

Tonight, Jaap rolls out his New York Philharmonic

The incoming music director will go live on the NY Phil Facebook site at 1815 New York time, showing the changes he plans to make to the turbulent band. We’ll update you in the morning.

Special Stamford Symphony Offer For JMG Readers

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Russell Jones, recently of the New York Philharmonic, has been named president of the Stamford Symphony and would like to offer a special deal to his fellow JMG readers. Brahms, Copland, and Saint-Saens at a special pricing for JoeMyGod followers: Saturday, February 24th at 8pm & Sunday, February 25th at 3pm. Show More Summary

Carriage trade

3 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

A particularly elegant bevy of sponsors grace the pixels of parterre this month: Carnegie Hall, the New York City Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

The Tortured History Behind Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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The beloved ballet, selections from which will be performed by the New York Philharmonic this week, left the composer broken.

Houston Symphony Names A New CEO

"A California native, [John] Mangum comes to Houston from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, where he worked as president and artistic director since 2014. He's also worked for the San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic."

Review: A Conductor’s Exciting Return to the New York Philharmonic

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Susanna Malkki led works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Esa-Pekka Salonen in an impressive follow-up to her debut with the orchestra in 2015.

Replacement Report

Orchestras are announcing who will replace Charles Dutoit in upcoming concerts: Royal Philharmonic in San Francisco: Thierry Fischer, programs unchanged, Jan. 28 & 29 New York Philharmonic: Joshua Weilerstein, program unchanged, Jan. 17-20

Review: A Nostalgia Trip at the New York Philharmonic

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

While the program of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Haydn, led by the pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane, was finely executed, it felt safe and predictable.

New York Phil goes Facebook live

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The new regime at the NY Philharmonic is putting the incoming music director Jaap van Zweden into the social media spotlight. Van Zweden will conduct two concerts on February 14 and 15 – a New York premiere of John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves together with a semi-staged with Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre, with Heidi […]

Musicians and Their Cigs

On New Year’s Eve, the New York Philharmonic gave a concert, titled “Bernstein on Broadway.” I have reviewed it for The New Criterion, here. The conductor was Bramwell Tovey, who told a story: Late in his life, Bernstein was at the Barbican in London, where smoking was strictly forbidden. Show More Summary

A NY conductor is last to pass in 2017

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We have been informed of the death on December 31 of Maurice Peress, one of Leonard Bernstein’s assistant conductors at the New York Philharmonic, later music director of the Kansas Philharmonic and an influential music professor. He was 87. Peress had an international career, working at the Vienna State Opera in 1981, the Prague Sprng […]

Just in: Boston Symphony and others throw out Charles Dutoit

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Boston Symphony Orchestra said last night that Charles Dutoit would ‘no longer appear as a guest conductor’ following sexual assault allegations by four women. The New York Philharmonic said: ‘In the wake of the very serious allegations reported today about conductor Charles Dutoit, Mr. Dutoit informed the New York Philharmonic that he has withdrawn […]

World’s biggest composer’s prize goes to a Dane

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Grawemeyer Award was announced last night. The winner is Bent Sorensen. He takes home $100,000. It so happens that Sorensen, 59, has a piece being premiered on Thursday by the New York Philharmonic. No-one in NY media seems to have noticed. The award-winning piece is called ‘L’isola della Città’ – Island in the City. […]

New York Philharmonic sheds a vice-president

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Theodore Wiprud has announced he is leaving as head of education at the NY Phil after 13 years. ‘I’m going to wrap it up in early February, with our Young People’s Concerts for Schools about the Harlem Renaissance,’ he says. Safe to assume that Debora Borda has soemthing in mind more akin to the Los […]

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