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New York Philharmonic Hosts 175th Opening Gala

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The New York Philharmonic celebrated its 175th year on Wednesday, September 21, with their annual opening gala held at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

The orchestra, which is conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, began its celebration with a tribute to New York City. The program featured the New York premiere of John Corigliano’s Stomp for orchestra, Gershwin’s Concerto in F, with jazz pianist Aaron Diehl as soloist in his Philharmonic debut, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World.

The Empire State building was lit with  New York Philharmonic’s signature red for the occasion.

After the concert, gala attendees crossed Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza to a lavishly decorated tent put up specially for the event. Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, 175th anniversary chair and gala co-chair Daisy M. Soros and president Matthew VanBesien toasted the event and celebrated the New York Philharmonic making it to its 175th birthday. The event raised more than $2.5 million for the historic, cultural and artistic institution.

Attendees included Josh Groban, Mozart in the Jungle stars Bernadette Peters and Lola Kirke and producer Caroline Baron, actor Michael Urie, singer/songwriter Wyndham Boylan-Garnett, Philharmonic president Matthew VanBesien, composer John Corigliano, composer Or Matias, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, philanthropists Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis, Leonard and Judith Lauder, Coralie and Dennis Paul, Le Bernardin’s Maguy Le Coze, designer Adrienne Vittadini, Elaine Wolfensohn, Emilia Saint Amand, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, actor Ben Vereen, Peter and Virginia Duchin, Fox’s Michael Woods, and actress Kristen Adele.

Visit the New York Philharmonic’s website at nyphil.org.

All photos courtesy New York Philharmonic.




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