The New York Philharmonic’s 175th Birthday

December 7, 2017


All 19th-Century Materials Released in New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives

Nearly 100 Historic Radio Broadcast Performances To Be Released for Streaming for First Time

In celebration of its 175th birthday today, the New York Philharmonic is releasing all of its 19th-century archival material through the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives, available free at Highlights include 5,500 pages of handwritten minutes; nearly 800 scores and 8,000 orchestra parts; and letters from Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Berlioz.

The Philharmonic also launched The New York Philharmonic at 175: A History of Innovation, a virtual archival exhibition highlighting seminal events in the Orchestra’s history, at

On December 8, almost 100 historic performances are released for streaming for the first time. They will be available on Apple Music and Google Play.

The New York Philharmonic’s 175th birthday concerts, led by former Music Director Alan Gilbert, are taking place this week, featuring music performed on the Orchestra’s inaugural concert in 1842 and spotlighting Philharmonic Principal musicians.

Photograph: Memory box from the family of founding Philharmonic member Anthony Reiff, Sr., and his son, also a Philharmonic musician.