New York Philharmonic This Week

Airs Thursday at 9 pm on WQXR.

The two-hour radio program, which is broadcast and syndicated nationally 52 weeks a year by the WFMT Radio Network, represents virtually the Orchestra’s entire 2013-14 season. It includes interviews with Philharmonic musicians, guest artists, and conductors. The additional 13 weeks of broadcasts, which will air during the summer months, will draw on the Philharmonic’s extensive library of commercial recordings.

The broadcasts are produced and syndicated to 290 outlets nationwide by the WFMT Radio Network.

The New York Philharmonic’s first live national radio broadcast took place on October 5, 1930, over the CBS radio network. On that Sunday, Erich Kleiber was on the podium leading the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since that historic broadcast, the Philharmonic has enjoyed an almost continuous presence on national radio. Advancing its role as a media pioneer, the Philharmonic, since 2002, has shared its radio broadcast with a worldwide audience through its Website,

The New York Philharmonic This Week is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic’s corporate partner, MetLife Foundation.

Perlman Performs Mendelssohn

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Last month, just days after the New York Philharmonic announced Itzhak Perlman was joining its board of directors, the famed violinist appeared with the orchestra in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. This week's broadcast features that performance. 

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Mozart, Wagner and a Virtuoso Trumpet Concerto

Thursday, September 30, 2010

On this week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert explores links between Mozart, Wagner, H.K. Gruber, whose theatrical trumpet concerto features the soloist Håkan Hardenberger.

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Season Finale: Beethoven's Missa solemnis

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Alan Gilbert brings to a close his first season as the New York Philharmonic’s music director with a program that, like his season-opening concert, distinctly blends old and new. Thursday at 9 p.m.

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Susan Graham & Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, a specialist in French repertory, recently returned to the New York Philharmonic for performances that included Chausson's song sequence Poème de l'amour et de la mer and Saint-Saëns's Symphony No. 3.

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Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre

Thursday, June 10, 2010

In what is undoubtedly a signature event of his first season as music director, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of György Ligeti's outrageous and absurdist opera Le Grand Macabre. Premiered in Stockholm in 1978, the opera has received numerous stagings throughout Europe but only one in the U.S., in San Francisco in 2004. The Philharmonic's production features a cast of 11 soloists and the New York Choral Artists with direction and design by Douglas Fitch and production by Edouard Getaz.


Masur Conducts Beethoven and Bruckner

Thursday, June 03, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic marks a homecoming for Kurt Masur, the German maestro who for eleven years served as music director of the orchestra.

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Leonidas Kavakos plays Stravinsky

Thursday, May 27, 2010

On this week’s broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, Leonidas Kavakos performs Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, a spiky, witty, acerbic piece that is based on Baroque styles.

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Gergiev Conducts Stravinsky

Thursday, May 20, 2010

On May 5, the New York Philharmonic performed its 15,000th concert, a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world. This week’s broadcast captures that program, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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The Russian Stravinsky VI: Gergiev & The Rite of Spring

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The New York Philharmonic three-week Stravinsky festival culminates with a program featuring the composer’s ballet The Rite of Spring.


The Russian Stravinsky: Gergiev, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Firebird

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Iceland volcano spared almost no international musical organization last month, including the New York Philharmonic, as this week’s broadcast illustrates.


Yefim Bronfman plays Prokofiev

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Earlier this year, the New York Philharmonic made its first European tour under music director Alan Gilbert. The tour included this performance at the Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany, anchored by Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2.


Joshua Bell, Mozart and Brahms

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic features a heavily Germanic program with a touch of the Scottish with violinist Joshua Bell bringing his singing tone and intense lyricism to Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy.


Asian Horizons in Hanoi, Vietnam

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The New York Philharmonic performed in Vietnam for the first time last October as part of the orchestra’s Asian Horizons tour. The visit carried considerable significance: the program opened with the national anthems of both the U.S. and Vietnam.

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Jeffrey Kahane conducts Mozart

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane is one of today's most admired Mozart interpreters. On this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast, Kahane leads three Mozart concertos from the keyboard, including the lesser-known No. 6.


Pinchas Zukerman, Christoph Eschenbach & Brahms

Thursday, April 01, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic explores the concept of transformation. Christophe Eschenbach conducts.


Nikolaj Znaider plays Brahms

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In this week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider joins Alan Gilbert in the ever-popular Brahms Violin Concerto.

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Russian Fest

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On this week's New York Philharmonic broadcast, Bramwell Tovey conducts a colorful all-Russian program. Included is Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and Khachaturian's Three Pieces from Gayane including the dazzling Saber Dance.


Gil Shaham Plays Barber's Violin Concerto

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic features one of the orchestra's most beloved soloists, violinist Gil Shaham. He joins conductor David Robertson in Barber's lush Violin Concerto.

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Benjamin, Debussy, Ravel and Ginastera

Thursday, March 04, 2010

This week's New York Philharmonic performance features a program conducted by David Robertson and includes Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.


Mozart's Jupiter and a Christopher Rouse Premiere

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In this week's broadcast from the New York Philharmonic, music director Alan Gilbert leads the premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Odna Zhizn, a moody and mercurial 20-minute work that gives the full orchestra a workout. Rouse writes: "In Russian, 'odna zhizn' means 'a life.' This work has been composed in homage to a person of Russian ancestry who is very dear to me." The score is a "private love letter" in which letters have been translated into notes, though the receipient is undisclosed. Also on this week's program are two Mozart favorites, his Jupiter Symphony, and the Sinfonia concertante for Winds.