The New York Philharmonic: North America’s Original Orchestral Powerhouse

The oldest of North America’s elite “Big Five” symphony orchestras, the New York Philharmonic has delighted audiences with paradigm-shifting performances for over a century-and-a-half. Now under the baton of Dutch violinist and conductor Jaap van Zweden, the Philharmonic continues its tradition of elite musical stewardship by regularly debuting works of living composers while also continually redefining the standards by which long-established orchestral repertoire is judged. With the 2018/2019 season already well underway, winter and spring months promise a wealth of outstanding concerts, featuring performances of Johannes Brahms’s groundbreaking Symphony No. 1, over which the composer labored for more than two decades; Igor Stravinsky’s primal and visionary Firebird, which sent shock waves through the ballet world upon its 1910 premiere in Paris; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sublime Requiem in D Minor, whose sacred tones are imbued with the frail mortality of the composer’s dying hand. Special guest artists appearing with the Philharmonic later this season include cello superstar Yo-yo Ma, piano virtuoso Maurizio Pollini, and Broadway living legend Patti LuPone. With few exceptions, concerts take place in the historic David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

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