Of the 52 weekly two-hour broadcasts that make up this series, many will make use of material from the orchestra’s past subscription season. Interspersed throughout the year are programs taken from the Philharmonic’s tours,Summertime Classics, and the orchestra’s residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival . There will also be a handful of thematic programs and encore presentations that explore the breadth and depth of the Philharmonic’s extensive library of commercial and archival recordings.
The New York Philharmonic’s first live national radio broadcast took place on October 5, 1930, over the CBS radio network. On that Sunday, Erich Kleiber was on the podium leading the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since that historic broadcast, the Philharmonic has enjoyed an almost continuous presence on national radio. Advancing its role as a media pioneer, the Philharmonic, since 2002, has shared its radio broadcasts with a worldwide audience through its website, nyphil.org. In 2004 the New York Philharmonic was the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live. Following on this innovation, in 2009 the Orchestra announced the first-ever subscription download series, Alan Gilbert: The Inaugural Season, available exclusively on iTunes, produced and distributed by the New York Philharmonic, and comprised of more than 50 works performed during the 2009-10 season. The self-produced iTunes Pass Series has continued each and every year since then. Since 1917 the Philharmonic has made nearly 2,000 recordings, with more than 500 currently available — including two recent releases on Da Capo featuring music of Carl Nielsen and Magnus Lindberg.
The New York Philharmonic This Week, which began in 2004 and is syndicated nationally by the WFMT Radio Network, has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Gold World Medal in the category of Best Sound, and its second Bronze World Medal in the category of Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Programs and Promotions Awards. The program has also won awards for Best Classical Format and Best Announcer Presentation.
Broadcasts are available on the Philharmonic’s website, nyphil.org, for two weeks following the original uplink. Emmy and Golden-Globe Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin is the host of the program, New York Philharmonic Audio Producer Mark Travis is the writer and producer, and New York Philharmonic Audio DirectorLawrence Rock is the engineer for the series.
On June 18, 2010, The New York Philharmonic was honored with two 2009-10 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras’ Annual Meeting at its 65th National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Philharmonic received the Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours, and a First Place Award for Programming of Contemporary Music. The following year, the Philharmonic received the 2010-11 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, winning first place in the Awards for Programming Contemporary Music. For 2012-13, the orchestra was again awarded the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming.
This exciting broadcast venture is made possible with the generous support of The Kaplen Foundation and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the Philharmonic’s corporate partner, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.