2017-18 Concert Season at the New York Philharmonic

2017-18 Concert Season at the New York Philharmonic

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This season will celebrate the great strengths all the while looking to the future. A future that consists of innovative direction to new music. The Philharmonic was founded in 1842 and is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States.The David Geffen Hall which first opened in 1962 is home to the Philharmonic.

Jaap van Zweden who is serving this season as Music Director Designate became Music Director of the Philharmonic during the 2018-2019 season. He follows Alan Gilbert who was music director from 2009 to 2017.

The New York Philharmonic even offers free Fridays. You can reserve seats by using the online portal which opens at noon the Monday prior to that Friday's concert. The tickets are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Once you have reserved your tickets they will be available for pick up the day of the concert. They are ready forty-five minutes in advance of the concert.

If you cannot attend you need to call by noon on Thursday, the day before the concert. If you do not then you may lose your eligibility for the free tickets for a minimum of three months.

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View the Itinerary section below for a list of events this season.
Please click on 'View additional info' for the David Geffen Hall seating chart. 

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Departure Times: Please reference Itinerary under What You Can Expect for specific time

When should I arrive?
We suggest you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the concert is scheduled to begin. That will give you ample time to find your seat, relax, read the Program Notes, and watch the musicians as they take the stage. New York Philharmonic concerts begin promptly at the announced starting time. Ticketholders who come late will not be seated in the hall until after the conclusion of the first work on the program. Concertgoers who must leave the hall before or during the playing of a piece will not be reseated until after that piece is concluded. In consideration of the performers and fellow concertgoers, we ask that you remain in your seat until the concert has ended.

Celebrate Jaap van Zweden in his inaugural concert as the Philharmonic's Music Director Designate, leading Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony — a tour de force for the Orchestra's virtuoso musicians encompassing intense passion, demonic energy, and breathtaking radiance — plus a brilliant concerto composed for the Labèque sisters by American master Philip Glass in a long-anticipated New York Premiere.

The Philharmonic performs Sibelius's late-Romantic Fifth Symphony, with a finale inspired by a silver-ribbon-like flight of 16 swans and, after exultant washes of sound, ending gloriously and affirmatively with six remarkable hammered chords. Leif Ove Andsnes ("a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight"— The New York Times) is featured in Rachmaninoff's brilliant Piano Concerto No. 4.

Sibelius's Symphony No. 5

Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon when the Philharmonic performs Sibelius's late-Romantic Fifth Symphony, with a finale inspired by a silver-ribbon-like flight of 16 swans and a glorious and affirmative ending of six remarkable hammered chords. Musicians from the Orchestra open the concert with chamber music and close the afternoon with a lively Q & A.

András Schiff ("music of the highest order" — Boston Herald), celebrated as both pianist and conductor, leads the Philharmonic from the keyboard in works from opposite ends of the musical spectrum: a sparkling, joyous Baroque concerto by Bach and a masterpiece by the great Romantic Schumann — a sublime amalgam of rapture and fire. Plus delightful orchestral gems by Haydn and Bartók.

Joshua Bell Performs Bernstein's Serenade

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell leads off Bernstein's Philharmonic performing the composer-conductor's Serenade, the almost-violin-concerto Bernstein himself called a "timeless dinner party," with all the guests in philosophical conversation, weighing in on the subject of love — charming, humorous, joyful. Alan Gilbert also conducts the profound and powerful Jeremiah Symphony..

Bernstein and Don Quixote

Leonard Slatkin leads the Philharmonic in the finale of our Bernstein festival. Evoking the chanted Jewish prayer of mourning, the powerful Third Symphony, Kaddish, encompasses paeans to the Creator, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. Strauss's witty vignettes plunge us into the delightful flights of fancy of the bumbling knight-errant Don Quixote.

Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff

The Philharmonic explores the soaring melodies, expansive harmonies, shattering climaxes, and powerful Dies irae rumblings of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3. Also, marvel at the artistry of Concertmaster Frank Huang as he plays Saint-Saëns's Third Violin Concerto, filled with dazzling double and triple stops, flights into the stratosphere of the violin's register, and gypsy flourishes in the finale.

Ax, Mozart & Brahms

Christoph von Dohnányi leads the Philharmonic in Brahms's genial Second. Magnificent horn calls open the work, and cascades of melodies and dance-like passages delight the listener on the way to a finale that drives the symphony home with brasses ablaze. Esteemed virtuoso Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart's last piano concerto, which enchants with its subtlety, grace, and serenity.

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Mozart

Celebrate the Philharmonic's 175th birthday with Alan Gilbert conducting Beethoven's immortal Fifth Symphony. Rising from the unmistakable four-note opening, it transports us from tragedy to triumph, from darkness into the light. Featuring a virtuoso quartet of Philharmonic wind principals, Mozart's Sinfonia concertante is guaranteed to delight with its entrancing melodies, elegance, and vibrancy.

Handel's Messiah

The Philharmonic's performances of Messiah are without question the quintessential, don't-miss holiday event for music lovers. This is Handel's inspired musical fireworks and some of the most glorious choral writing ever created, making this the undisputed favorite during the holiday season. Hallelujah!

Pictures at an Exhibition and Bronfman

Experience Musorgsky's musical "gallery crawl" past ten whimsical drawing on display in Ravel's glittering Pictures at an Exhibition — from the eerie Parisian "Catacombs" to "The Great Gate of Kiev's" tumultuous pealing of bells in a grand finale. Also, superstar Yefim Bronfman ("digital dexterity ... jaw-dropping bravura" — Chicago Tribune) performs Bartók's brilliant, fingers-flying concerto.

Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky called Mozart the greatest of all composers, and this concert is an audience-pleasing convergence of the two. Jeffrey Kahane is both conductor and soloist in Mozart's graceful 17th Piano Concerto, and cello virtuoso Alisa Weilerstein joins the Philharmonic for Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, a kind of tribute to Mozart that extends from ravishing to rhapsodic to bravura.

Tchaikovsky, La Mer & Salonen

Susanna Mälkki, Musical America's 2017 Conductor of the Year, leads the Philharmonic in La Mer, a richly layered seascape of glistening sounds — from iridescent light dancing on peaceful waters to the dramatic crashing of waves. Also, Baiba Skride ("effortless virtuosity and intensity" — Sunday Times) interprets Tchaikovsky's ravishing Violin Concerto, one of the most beloved in the repertoire.

Ravel's Boléro and Debussy

A night of Ravel masterpieces, climaxing in the iconic Boléro, with its hypnotic beat increasing in intensity until it reaches a highpoint that's nothing short of stunning. The formidable Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Philharmonic for the jazzy Left-Hand Piano Concerto, a five-finger tour de force.

Ehnes and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

The Philharmonic devotes this concert to Prokofiev's genius. His Romeo and Juliet captures the passion of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy about warring families with music at once tender, virile, and heart-breaking — filled with the ardor of the doomed young lovers. Also, James Ehnes delivers the First Violin Concerto with displays of dazzling fireworks, dizzying glissandos, and an ethereal ending.

Andsnes, Britten & Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony

The king of instruments — in all its power and majesty — is saved for the final movement of Saint-Saëns's grand, Romantic symphony when, in a blaze of C-major glory, Philharmonic organist Kent Tritle pulls out all the stops. Also, Leif Ove Andsnes ("a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight" — The New York Times) explores the piano's many personalities in Britten's high-spirited concerto.

Van Zweden Conducts Wagner's Die Walküre (Act I)

Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden leads immense orchestral forces and world-class singers in Act I of Die Walküre, part of Wagner's epic The Ring — a glorious marriage of drama and music. Burning passion seizes Siegmund and Sieglinde, two mortal children of the god Wotan, climaxing in a love duet whose emotional impact will stay with you long after the last note has faded to silence.

Chinese New Year

The New York Philharmonic ushers in the Year of the Dog with the annual Chinese New Year Concert Celebration, conducted by Long Yu.

Bernstein's Symphonic Dances and Copland's Third Symphony

This all-American celebration at the Philharmonic has a distinctly red-white-and blue vibe — big-hearted, vital, idealistic — and features some of the best-loved, best-known music by three iconic composers: Barber's luminous Adagio, Bernstein's brilliant Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Copland's Third Symphony, with its stirring Fanfare for the Common Man. Uplifting and inspirational.

Van Zweden, Wang & Prokofiev

Charismatic Yuja Wang ("She seems to have everything" — The New York Times) performs Brahms's First Piano Concerto — symphonic, virtuosic, and thrilling. And the Orchestra shines in Prokofiev's thrilling Fifth Symphony — the composer's effort at "glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit," in his words — led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden.

Salonen Conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonic in two of Beethoven's most popular works: the Eroica Symphony, whose bold, majestic score ends on a note of triumph and exhilaration, and his Piano Concerto No. 3, a virtuosic showcase for Benjamin Grosvenor. Plus a World Premiere by Iceland's Anna Thorvaldsdottir, whose lyrical and atmospheric music "has a natural beauty." (The New York Times)

Haitink Conducts Mozart and Bruckner

Once you're in synch with the gradual unfolding of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, you'll revel in the sweeping sonorities and awe-inspiring grandeur of his final symphonic masterpiece, led by Bernard Haitink. He also conducts Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22, described by Mozart scholar Cuthbert Griddlestone as "the queenliest ... combining grace and majesty ... like a sovereign in progress."

Debussy and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra

Lief Ove Andsnes in Recital

Leif Ove Andsnes's recitals have been hailed as "superb," "compelling," and "poignant," with "jolts of fervor" (The New York Times). The Philharmonic's 2017—18 Artist-in-Residence, in his only New York recital this season, offers an exquisite and thoughtful program that includes pianistic gems by Beethoven and Schubert.

Sleeping Beauty and Sibelius's Violin Concerto

Manfred Honeck leads the Philharmonic in selections from Sleeping Beauty, a sumptuous ballet with a score of symphonic proportions. Tchaikovsky himself called it a "dancing symphony," full of impassioned music — from Prince Charming's delicious kiss to the grand waltz promising a happily-ever-after. Sibelius's concerto, starring violin virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider, evokes pristine Nordic landscapes

Tchaikovsky and Elgar

The New York Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky's youthful First Symphony, nicknamed Winter Dreams for the images of Russian winters its music conjures. Its melancholy mood, stillness, and grace are sure to inspire reveries in you, as well. Paired with the symphony is Elgar's autumnal and introspective Cello Concerto — music of intensity and passion, a meditation on life post-World War I.

Shostakovich and Mendelssohn

Semyon Bychkov leads Shostakovich's eloquent Fifth Symphony, his most popular. Though the emotional heart of the work harbors a profound sadness, it is a work of epic grandeur with huge climaxes, triumphant marches, exhilarating brass, and an indomitable spirit. Plus Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 — at once virtuosic, melodious, and high-spirited — is a showcase for soloist Bertrand Chamayou.

Bychkov Conducts An Alpine Symphony and Roomful of Teeth

Strauss's An Alpine Symphony is an orchestral extravaganza requiring an enormous cast of 125 musicians, many playing on wind and thunder machines, cow bells, and bird calls, plus 16 off-stage brass players! Join the composer on his daylong hike and see if you can keep track of all the episodes as he depicts a brilliant sunrise, the arduous ascent, an Alpine pasture, and a ferocious storm.

Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Tchaikovsky

The New York Philharmonic, led by Concertmaster Frank Huang, performs an inspired spring entertainment pairing Mozart with Tchaikovsky. The entrancing Serenade for Strings is imbued with the spirit of Mozart, whose "Little Night Music" is guaranteed to delight one and all. Our Principal Associate Concertmaster takes center stage in a sparkling violin concerto by Mozart. A fantastic season finale!


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  • Children 4 years old and younger are only permitted at our Young People's and Very Young People's concert series
  • Accessible Seating: Please advise in the 'Special Requirements' field at the time of check out. Please advise if companion seating is required. 
  • View the Itinerary section for a list of events this season and show times. 

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