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The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Sundays, 3 to 5 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, and online at
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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.

The original programs scheduled to air in April with maestro Jaap van Zweden have been replaced by excellent programs from the NY Phil archives.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.

Sean Shepherd's work These Particular Circumstances has been described as "kaleidoscopic" and "shimmering." The piece was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 2010, and you can hear it if you tune in at 3:00 pm on 3/29.

Franz Joseph Haydn's The Creation celebrates the creation of the world. The NY Phil presents one of Haydn's masterpieces, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.  Let's celebrate the creation of the world and the creation of music together. 2/9, Sunday 3:00PM

The New York Philharmonic presents an historic concert with composer conductors, including Paul Hindemith conducting a requiem for those we love, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (1/5).

12/1      Wolfe: Fire in My Mouth (Women of The Crossing, Donald Nally, Dir; The Young People’s Chorus of New York, Franciso Núñez, Dir; Jaap van Zweden, cond)

12/8      Borodin: Symphony No. 2 SaintSaëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 Kodály: Dances of Galánta Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 (Leonard Rose, c; Dimitri Mitropoulos and Lorin Maazel, cond)

Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Mahler and more were inspired by the night and darkness. We'll hear those inspirations on the November 17th broadcast. Sundays at 3pm.

Eastman School of Music graduate and former RPO flutist Mindy Kaufman, performs Vivaldi's Concerto for Piccolo, Strings, and Cembalo on the October 27th broadcast.

On the 9/29 broadcast, we'll enjoy one of the best known, yet most misunderstood works by Richard Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spake Zarathustra).  Learn more about the work.

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

8/4        Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Dineli-Chesky: Rising (World Premiere) Stucky: Elegy from August 4, 1964 Bernstein: Overture to Candide Copland: The Promise of Living, from The Tender Land Copland: HoeDown, from Rodeo ScoccaHo: Ociantrose (World Premiere) Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre Beethoven: An die Freude, from Symphony No. 9 (Paloma Dineli Chesky, vocal; Westminster Symphonic Choir; Joe Miller, dir; Jaap van Zweden, cond)

Richard Termine for The New York Times The New York Times

Born in Weimar, baritone Matthias Goerne is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2018–19 season. He wraps his residency by performing John Adams’s “The Wound-Dresser,” with Jaap van Zweden leading the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall. (7/28)