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1976-77 Scrapbook (Part 4 of 4), Apr 19, 1977 - Sep 30, 1977

- Vladimir Horowiotz will play with NYP in January l978, his first appearance with the orchestra in twenty-five years - Bernstein conducts NYP in four songs that will be part of a song cycle "in progress" - NYP performs world premieres of George Crumb's Star Child and Elliott Carter's A Symphony of Three Orchestras - Boulez concludes his six year tenure as Music Director with performances of Berlioz' "The Damnation of Faust" - Judith Somogi conducts the NYP, becoming one of the few women to lead the orchestra - Luciano Pavarotti appears live on PBS in recital from Metroplitan Opera House, following a live performnce of La Boheme - First Promenades Concerts in the new Avery Fisher Hall conducted by Kostelanetz with soprano Anna Moffo - Second Promenades concert includes New York premieres of works by William Schuman and Alan Hovhaness - Article discusses the difficulties of black musicians face getting positions in the major orchestra, finds that many black musicians look elsewhere for employment and that discrimination can still occur despite blind early audtion steps - Alan Rich in New York Magazine comments on the end of the Boulez era, states that he brought the orchestra closer to New York's intellectual life by making the atmosphere less formal - Article by Leighton Kerner describes lost opportunity as Boulez leaves - Gunther Schuller discusses his connnection with the NYP as French horn player and his father's playing in the orchestra, as well as his future plans - Avery Fisher is presented with the Gold Baton by the American Symphonic Orchestra League - Philharmonic "Rugs 77" concert series opens - Leonard Hindell, NYP bassoonist, gives solo rectital at Carnegie Recital Hall - NYP Parks Concerts will offer three programs on twelve different evenings throughout the city - New York Times article describes technical difficulties players encournter performing modern works - New York article about 14 year old pianist-composer Ken Noda making his NYP debut playing Franck's" Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra" - Letters to the New York Times defend the Boulez era from criticism by music critic Harold C. Schoenberg - Co-principal trumpet player Gerard Schwartz leaves NYP to become music director of theY. Chamber Symphony at the 92nd Street Y.M.-Y.W.H.A - Irving Kolodin writes that the title Music Director may be outmoded and replaced by Orchestral Director to identify conductors such Eugene Ormandy, Serge Koussevitzky, and George Solti who established high standards for their orchestras. - NYP presents Celebration of Black Composers Week - Boulez conducts last Prospective Encounters program at the Great Hall of Cooper Union with hope that the program will continue after his deparrture - Article in Stereo Review on retiring NYP principal oboist Harold Gomberg - Music Critics Association, Inc, an organization of sixty American music critics meets in NYC and attends NYP performances - Sanford Allen, violnist and the only black musician in the history of the NYP resigns after fifteen years to pursue a careeer as a freelance violinst and soloist, tired of being a symbol. He plays the Roque Cordero Violin Concerto with the orchestra during the Celebration of Black Composers Week - Winners of the first Avery Fisher Prizes Urusla Oppens, Ani Kavafian, Paul Schenly and Heidi Lehwalder perform in four concerts with the NYP
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1976-77 Scrapbook (Part 4 of 4), 19 Apr 1977 - 30 Sep 1977, Folder 555-139-02, Communications/Public Relations Records, New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives.