The New York Philharmonic
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.
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