7 December 1842

First concert of the New York Philharmonic, founded by Ureli Corelli Hill.

The New York Philharmonic is one of the most renowned symphony orchestras in the world and is based in New York City. It was founded in 1842, making it the oldest active symphony orchestra in the United States. The orchestra’s home is David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Throughout its long history, the New York Philharmonic has been a significant cultural institution, contributing to the development and promotion of classical music. It has been a platform for many prominent conductors and musicians, and its performances are highly regarded for their artistic excellence.

Some notable conductors who have led the New York Philharmonic include Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, Gustav Mahler, and Zubin Mehta, among others. Leonard Bernstein’s tenure from 1958 to 1969 is particularly celebrated, as he played a crucial role in popularizing classical music in the United States through his engaging and educational approach.

The New York Philharmonic performs a wide repertoire, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary works. The orchestra has premiered numerous important compositions, and it continues to commission and perform new music.

The New York Philharmonic is also involved in educational and community outreach programs, aiming to bring classical music to diverse audiences and nurture the next generation of musicians and music enthusiasts.