One of the cultural capitals of the world, New York City is responsible for a great many American firsts. One of those firsts is the New York Philharmonic, the oldest of the “Big Five” orchestras in North America, which has now been delighting audiences for 178 years. Other firsts the Philharmonic has given us include the American premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 1846, the world premiere of Dvořák’s New World Symphony in 1893, the world premiere of Gershwin’s An American in Paris in 1928, and the world premiere of Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks, in 2002. If you’ll be visiting New York in the coming months, consider joining the Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden for any of the outstanding concerts that remain in the 2019/2020 season. Upcoming performances include Mozart’s sublime and sacred Great Mass in B-minor; Brahms’s lush Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Janine Jansen; Debussy’s ethereal Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; and the truly surreal compositions of avant-garde Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk, arranged for orchestra and featuring operatic legend Renée Fleming.
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