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Summer 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic welcome you to another season of broadcasts by one of the world's longest-running and most celebrated orchestras.

Forty-one of the 52 weekly two-hour broadcasts that make up this series will make use of material from the orchestra's 2013-2014 subscription season.  Interspersed throughout the year, are programs taken from the Philharmonic's tours, Summertime Classics, and the orchestra's residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado.  There will also be a handful of thematic programs and encore presentations that explore the breadth and depth of the Philharmonic's   extensive library of commercial and archival recordings.

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 broadcasts with a worldwide audience through its Website, In 2004 the New York Philharmonic was the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live. Following on this innovation, in 2009 the Orchestra announced the first-ever subscription download series: Alan Gilbert: The Inaugural Season, available exclusively on iTunes, produced and distributed by the New York Philharmonic, and comprising more than 50 works performed during the 2009-10 season. The self-produced iTunes pass series has continued each and every year since then. Since 1917 the Philharmonic has made nearly 2,000 recordings, with more than 500 currently available-including two recent releases on Da Capo featuring music of Carl Nielsen and Magnus Lindberg.

The New York Philharmonic This Week, which began in 2004 and is syndicated nationally by the WFMT Radio Network, has been recipient of numerous awards, including a Gold World Medal in the category of, "Best Sound," and its second Bronze World Medal in the category of, "Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Programs & Promotions Awards.  The program has also won awards for Best Classical Format and Best Announcer Presentation.

Broadcasts are available on the Philharmonic's website,, for two weeks following the original uplink.  Emmy and Golden-Globe Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin is the host of the program, New York Philharmonic Audio Producer Mark Travis is the writer & producer, and New York Philharmonic Audio Director Lawrence Rock is the engineer for the series.

On June 18, 2010, The New York Philharmonic was honored with two 2009-10 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras' Annual Meeting at its 65th National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Philharmonic received the Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours, and a First Place Award for Programming of Contemporary Music.  The following year, the Philharmonic received the 2010-11 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, winning first place in the Awards for Programming Contemporary Music.  For 2012-13, the orchestra was again awarded the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming

This exciting broadcast venture is made possible with the generous support The Kaplen Foundation and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowments for the Arts.

Broadcast Rights:
Stations are allowed one (1) broadcast only within two weeks of the first release date of each program.

This 52-week series of The New York Philharmonic This Week is available free of charge to all affiliated stations.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email:, Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, email: or David Sims at 773-279-2027.

 Broadcast Schedule - Summer 2014 

Please Note: These programs are subject to change.      
Also Note: Stations have a 14-day broadcast window, from the first release date.

PROGRAM #:  NYP 14-40
RELEASE:  July 2, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Bramwell Tovey
SOLOISTS:  Joseph Alessi, trombone; U.S. Coast Guard Band; Capt. Kenneth W. Megan, Director

Copland:  Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Tovey:   The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret for Trombone And Orchestra
Sousa:   The Glory of The Yankee Navy
Hesketh:  Masque
arr. Grundman:  Candide Suite
Bernstein/arr. Grundman: The Best Of All Possible Worlds
Bernstein/arr. Grundman: Auto-Da-Fe (What A Day)
Bernstein/arr. Grundman: Glitter And Be Gay
Bernstein/arr. Grundman: Make Our Garden Grow

Various/arr. Daniel Sandidge
And Sean Nelson: Armed Forces Medley

Sousa: Hands Across The Sea

Sousa: The Liberty Bell

PROGRAM#:   NYP 14-41 ***rev 7/8 
RELEASE:  July 9, 2014
CONDUCTOR:  Lorin Maazel     
SOLOIST: Yefim Bronfman

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1            
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2

PROGRAM#: NYP 14-42 *** rev 7/8
RELEASE: July 16, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert
SOLOIST:  Rudolf Buchbinder         

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2             
TCHAIKOVSKY:  Symphony No. 6, Pathetique  

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-43 ***rev 7/8
RELEASE: July 23, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert       
SOLOIST:  Yefim Bronfman, piano

RAVEL:  Alborada del gracioso
BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-44
RELEASE:  July 30, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Bramwell Tovey
SOLOIST:  Joyce Yang, piano


Shostakovich:   Festive Overture 
Rachmaninoff:   Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1 
Mussorgsky:  Night on Bald Mountain 
Rachmaninoff:   Vocalise 
Tchaikovsky:    Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker 
Tchaikovsky:   Marche Slave, op. 31

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-45
RELEASE:  August 6, 2014

MUSIC DIRECTOR PROFILE: Part 1 of 4: Lorin Maazel

Musical highlights taken from:
Mozart:  Marriage of Figaro Overture
Beethoven:  Symphony No. 5 (excerpt) from 8/5/42 (his debut)
Berg:   Violin Concerto (Ferras)
Beethoven:  Symphony No. 5 (excerpt) from 12/5/62 
Maazel:   The Giving Tree (75th birthday tribute) from 3/1/05
Respighi:   Pini di Roma  from 2007
Mahler:   Symphony 10: Adagio  from 9/25/08
Lutoslawski:  Chain No. 2 from 1/26/13

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-46
RELEASE:  August 13, 2014

MUSIC DIRECTOR PROFILE: Part 2 of 4: Zubin Mehta

Musical highlights taken from:
Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children from 4/16/81
Mozart: Symphony No. 25
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 1 (with D. Barenboim)  from 1/21/82
Furtwangler:  Symphony No 2: Scherzo from 11/86
Webern:  Six Pieces for Orchestra from 1/22/03

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-47
RELEASE:  August 20, 2014

MUSIC DIRECTOR PROFILE: Part 3 of 4: Pierre Boulez

Musical highlights taken from:
Boulez:   Pli selon Pli from 4/13/86
Debussy:   La Mer  from 6/18/88
Bartok:   The Miraculous Mandarin  (Commercial release, SMK)

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-48
RELEASE:  August 27, 2014

MUSIC DIRECTOR PROFILE: Part 4 of 4: Kurt Masur

Musical highlights taken from:
Wagner:  Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg (excerpts)  from 6/16/81
Adams:  Short Ride in a Fast Machine    from 9/14/91
Mozart:  Symphony No. 41 from 5/9/92
Ives:    Three Places in New England, Brant Desert Forests from 5/28/94
Beethoven:  Leonore No. 3 Overture    from 9/18/98
Ades:   America: A Prophesy from 1/16/99
Coleman:  Skies of America from 7/9/97
Martin:   Sechs Monologe aus Jederman from 1/4/01
Mendelssohn:  Die Erste Walpurgisnacht from 2/4/09
Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 13 from 10/27/11

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-49
RELEASE:  September 3, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert
SOLOIST:  Midori, violin


Nielsen: Helios Overture, Op. 17
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Grieg: Selections from Peer Gynt:
     Morning Mood 
     Solvejg's Song 
     Åse's Death 
     Anitra's Dance 
     In the Hall of the Mountain King 
Liszt: Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3, after Lamartine 

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-50
RELEASE:  September 10, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert
SOLOIST:  Liang Wang, oboe


R. Strauss:    Don Juan, op. 20 
R. Strauss:    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Christopher Rouse:  Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky:   Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-51
RELEASE:  September 17, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Bramwell Tovey
SOLOIST:  Marc Nuccio, clarinet


Copland :   Fanfare for the Common Man 
Gershwin/Arr. Rose: Strike Up the Band from Strike Up the Band 
Copland: Clarinet Concerto  
Grofé:  Grand Canyon Suite 

PROGRAM#:  NYP 14-52
RELEASE:  September 24, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert

Mozart:  Symphony No. 39 
Mozart:  Symphony No. 40
Mozart:  Symphony No. 41