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The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. The New York Philharmonic, a longtime media pioneer, began radio broadcasts in 1922, and is currently represented by The New York Philharmonic This Week — syndicated nationally 52 weeks per year.

Former Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conducts the Beethoven Symphonies with the NYPO, 1/3, 1/10 and 1/17.

The New York Philharmonic wraps up the month with its traditional NYP Winter Holiday Jukebox.

It's an Alpine Symphony and some Merry Pranks by R. Strauss in an archival concert by the New York Philharmonic on Nov. 22 with the late conductor and violinist Lorin Maazel.  Learn more about his extraordinary life.

Born in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840, historians refer to Tchaikovsky as the most popular Russian composer of his time because of his "tuneful, open-hearted melodies, impressive harmonies, and colourful, picturesque orchestration." We'll hear several examples of this on the Oct 11th episode of the NYPO.

On the Transmigration of Souls is a composition for orchestra, chorus, children's choir, and pre-recorded tape by the American composer John Adams (born 1947). It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center's Great Performers  shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001. Adams began writing the piece in late January 2002, and the music was premiered by the New York Philharmonic on September 19, 2002 at Avery Fisher Hall. Hear it on the 9/13/20 broadcast.

American composer Christopher Rouse died on September 21, 2019. His evocative style is especially emblematic in his compact concert openers like his 2014 composition Thunderstruck, which we will hear opening the  August 30th broadcast.

Who is Magnus Lindberg? "Magnus Lindberg is one of the most talented European composers of his generation, particularly admired for his orchestral scores.  Energy, colour and a thrilling density of material are the hallmarks of his recent style, which defines a new classical modernism." - Boosey & Hawkes. Meet him and hear his musical voice in the July 19th broadcast.

Charles Ives took 16 years to complete the four movements of his New England Holiday Symphony, simply referred to as Holidays Symphony. It celebrated four holidays, one in each season of the year (Washington's Birthday, Decoration Day, July 4th and Thanksgiving/Forefather's Day). We'll hear it on the June 7th broadcast.

George Benjamin's 2004 composition Dance Figures can be heard on May 17. The program also includes music by Debussy and Ginastera.

The original programs scheduled to air in April with maestro Jaap van Zweden have been replaced by excellent programs from the NY Phil archives. This change was necessitated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.