Photo Exhibit Celebrates New York Philharmonic's 150th Anniversary
A new photography exhibit at the UBS Gallery in New York celebrates the 150th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. Founder Ureli Corelli Hill conducted the Phil's first concert on December 7, 1842. The Longest Run will explain and explore the evolution of the Orchestra through hundreds of rare and unique items in a multimedia exhibition. Historical materials from the most comprehensive orchestra archives in the world will range from the letters of Leonard Bernstein to the first-edition score of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, from the earliest known radio broadcast of a symphony orchestra (1923) to interviews with maestro Bruno Walter. Other items in the archives include a first edition score of Gustav Mahler's First Symphony, which was used and annotated by both Leonard Bernstein and Mahler himself, and a 1926 film short of a New York Philharmonic performance, which made history as the first "music video" ever to have synchronized music. Meanwhile, the soloists returning this year to the New York Philharmonic will include violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, and Pinchas Zukerman; and cellists Han-Na Chang, Lynn Harrell, and Truls Mørk; the Philharmonic also will welcome violinist Julian Rachlin in his debut with the orchestra.