New York Philharmonic ‘Andsnes, Britten & Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony’

The New York Philharmonic is America’s leading symphony orchestra, and one of the world’s great orchestras. Founded in 1842, the orchestra’s home is David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

New York Philharmonic is one of the world’s great symphony orchestras

The NY Phil is one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. The NY Phil occasionally plays classical music by Latin composers or with Latin themes.

The New York Philharmonic was founded in 1842. In 1891, the New York Philharmonic began playing at the new Carnegie Hall which was it’s home until 1962. When Lincoln Center was completed, the NY Phil moved to what is now called David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall).

The symphony’s most famous music director was Leonard Bernstein from 1943 – 1954. He famously first conducted the orchestra without a rehearsal after the scheduled conductor fell ill at the last moment.

2016-17 is the final season of Music Director Alan Gilbert. Dutch conductor Jaap van Sweden takes over as Music Director in 2017-18.

New York Philharmonic 2017-18 Season

The 2017-18 New York Philharmonic season is September 15, 2017 through June 8, 2018. It’s a season of transition from the leadership of Music Director Alan Gilbert to Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden who takes the helm in 2018-19.

The New York Philharmonic performs constantly. These concerts have a Latin connection.

New York Philharmonic September 2017

The season opens September 15, 2017 with a performance of John Williams’ Star Wars: A New Hope conducted by David Newman for a screening of the film. The final scene of the movie was shot in Tikal, Guatemala, an ancient Mayan city that includes the tallest pre-Columbian building in the Americas.

Friday, September 15 at 8pm
Saturday, September 16 at 8pm

Your first chance to hear incoming Music Director Van Zweden is the 2017 Opening Gala Concert with 106 All-Stars on Friday, September 22 at 7:30pm. The Philharmonic will play Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

New York Philharmonic October 2017

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is John Williams’ film score conducted by David Newman in front of a screening of the film. One of the film’s characters, X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, is played by Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac.

Friday, October 6 at 7pm
Saturday, October 7 at 8pm

New York Philharmonic November 2017

The season’s first Latin concert is “Bernstein and Don Quixote” conducted by Leonard Slatkin. The program includes Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote and Bernstein’s Symphony No.3, Kaddish.

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 11 at 8 pm
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm

“Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff” is a program of French and Russian composers.

Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 24 at 8 pm
Saturday, November 25 at 8 pm

New York Philharmonic December 2017

Handel's 'Messiah' courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

Handel’s Messiah is a Christmas tradition. Christmas is the world’s most popular Latin holiday. Handel (German, 1685 – 1759) was a Baroque composer. Baroque music was Italian.

Tuesday – Friday, December 12 – 15 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 15 at 11 am

New York Philharmonic January 2018

Tchaikovsky, La Mer & Salonen

The program includes Debussy’s La Mer.
Thursday, January 11 at 7:30pm
Friday, January 12 at 2pm
Saturday, January 13 at 8pm

Ravel’s Boléro and Debussy

This is a program of French composers. Boléro is a Spanish theme. Boleros are our nursery rhymes.

Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30pm
Thursday, January 18 at 7:30pm
Friday, January 19 at 8pm
Saturday, January 20 at 2pm and 8pm

Ehnes and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet

The program conducted by Stéphane Denève includes selections from Prokofiev’s 1935 ballet about the Italian lovers Romeo and Juliet.
Thursday, January 25 at 9:45am (open rehearsal) and 7:30pm
Friday, January 26 at 2pm
Saturday, January 27 at 8pm

Andsnes, Britten & Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony

The program conducted by Antonio Pappano includes French composer Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, Organ.

  • Thursday, February 8 at 9:45 am (open rehearsal) $22 and 7:30 pm. $35 – $120
  • Friday, February 9 at 2 pm. $32 – $89
  • Saturday, February 10 at 8 pm. $37 – $131

Foreign Bodies

The New York Philharmonic’s 2017 – 2018 season closes with a special concert of contemporary forms of Classical music on June 8, 2018 at 8 pm.

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks 2017

Concerts in the Parks is a New York Philharmonic June tradition. The 2017 schedule is:
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, Tuesday, June 13 at 8pm
Central Park, Wednesday, June 14 at 8pm
Cunningham Park, Queens, Thursday, June 15 at 8pm
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Friday, June 16 at 8pm
Staten Island, Sunday, June 18 at 8pm

Latin Concerts in the 2016-2017 Season

The orchestra performs New York Christmas tradition Handel’s Messiah (1741) at David Geffen Hall December 13-17, 2016. The piece was originally Easter music. George Frideric Handel was German, but Christmas is Latin.

All-Mozart at David Geffen Hall December 1-3, 2016 includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, the “Paris Symphony.” Mozart wrote this popular piece while looking for work in Paris in 1778.

Young People’s Concert – The Ages of Music: Classical at David Geffen Hall Saturday, December 3, 2016 includes the overture to Mozart’s Italian opera “The Marriage of Figaro” (1786) and the “Allegro assai” from his Paris Symphony No. 31 (1778).

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall November 20, 2016 is an ensemble of New York Philharmonic musicians played a set that includes a “String Trio” by French neoclassical composer Françaix. The program also presents works by Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. The ensemble includes Spanish clarinetist Pascual Martínez Forteza (Mallorca).

In Trifonov Performs Mozart, Russian Pianist Daniil Trifonov played Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 25” and Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé,” a French ballet. Vladimir Jurowski conducted. November 9-12, 2016.

Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony October 27-29, and November 1, 2016. The program opens with Concertmaster Frank Huang playing Bruch’s romantic Violin Concerto No. 1.

The New York Philharmonic opens its 2016-17 Season with The Art of the Score: West Side Story September 13-15, 2016 at David Geffen Hall.

The NY Phil will perform the entire Leonard Bernstein score for a screening of a re-mastered hi-definition version of the original “West Side Story” movie. The Oscar®-winning film was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins; from Robbins choreography, Ernest Lehman’s screenplay, Arthur Laurents’s book, and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics.

“West Side Story” is based in the tough neighborhood that was redeveloped into Lincoln Center in the 1960s. It is remarkable how well a Jewish New Yorker understood the lives, hopes, and fears of New York City’s Puerto Rican community. It’s both beautiful and sad how true those hopes and fears remain half a century later.

Latin Concerts in the 2015-16 Season

The New York Philharmonic opens its 2016 Concerts in the Parks with Gioacchino Rossini’s “Overture to La Gazza Ladra” on the Great Lawn of Central Park Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 8pm. Free! Go early to find a nice spot on the grass. Enter Central Park from East 79th or 85th Streets at Fifth Avenue, or West 81st or 86th Streets at Central Park West.

The orchestra performs a program of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons complemented with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at David Geffen Hall on June 14, 2016. The violin soloist is new Concertmaster Frank Huang.

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