- The New York Philharmonic was founded in 1842.
- It is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world.
- 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.
- To date, the Orchestra has performed in approximately 430 cities in 63 countries on five continents.
- It is the nation's only symphony orchestra to be broadcast live nationally, and on a regular basis.
- Since making its first recording in 1917, the Philharmonic has recorded nearly 2,000 albums; more than 500 recordings are currently available.
- After more than 70 years in Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonic moved in 1962 to Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center. The building was later renamed Avery Fisher Hall.
- In 1965, the Philharmonic launched a series of free annual Concerts in the Parks. More than 13 million people have attended
these concerts since they were established.
- The Philharmonic's Liberty Weekend Concert in Central Park on July 5, 1986, drew an estimated 800,000 listeners, the largest
audience in history for a classical music concert.
- On February 7, 2002, the Philharmonic gave its 13,500th
concert a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world.
- In 2003, the New York Philharmonic made history as the first orchestra ever to perform live on the Grammy Awards, one of the most-watched television events worldwide.
- Recently, the Philharmonic became the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live.