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. In continuous operation throughout two-thirds of our nation’s history, the Philharmonic has played a leading role in American musical life and development. In 2002-03, the Philharmonic celebrated its 160th Anniversary.
Currently, the Orchestra plays some 180 concerts a year, most of them in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, during its September-to-June subscription season. Open Rehearsals Students in grade 6 and above are invited to join members of the general public in observing the final rehearsal for a concert of the New York Philharmonic.
Open Rehearsals begin at 9:45 AM in Avery Fisher Hall, and end at approximately 12:30 PM (sometimes extending to 1 PM, at the discretion of the conductor). One adult chaperone is required for every ten students. An Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the New York Philharmonic at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians.
Concerts in the Park It‘s a New York City tradition: for the 40th consecutive summer, the New York Philharmonic invites music lovers to bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and come enjoy great, free music under the stars at the New York Philharmonic Time Warner Concerts in the Parks. Musical Storytime For our youngest listeners: a little story and a little music. Children 3-6 years old are invited to hear a Philharmonic musician read a story and demonstrate his/her instrument at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble store.
Musical Storytime will feature five different musicians and their instruments during the year - all for free. All Musical Storytime events take place from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble, on the corner of West 66th and Broadway. Young People‘s Concerts Hear what it sounds like when 106 of the world‘s best musicians get together to play great music. The New York Philharmonic performs Young People‘s Concerts® on four Saturdays during the year, for kids and their families.
Before each concert, visit Kidzone Live!, where young audience members can try out different instruments, meet musicians from the Orchestra, and can even make their own instruments.
If you are between the ages of 12 and 17, you — and one friend of any age — can attend a New York Philharmonic Rush Hour Concert for just $10. (That‘s less than the cost of a movie ticket and popcorn.) Rush Hour Concerts start at 6:45 PM, and last one hour. Your Philharmonic Teen ticket entitles you to attend the pre-concert events at 5:30 PM, where you can meet guest artists, soloists and special guests.