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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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