There are so many ways to celebrate good times — laughter, dancing, and simple moments of joy. We’ve curated some of our favorite performances to mark any occasion.
Classical Fun with Danny Kaye
Comedian Danny Kaye leads the Philharmonic in a loving send-up of orchestral performance practice by conducting with his back to the Orchestra.
Triumphal March (and Ballet), from Aida (1871)
The Spirit of Vienna
Nothing evokes a Viennese New Year’s ball quite like Strauss waltzes. Hear the famous Blue Danube and other Strauss family pieces in this effervescent performance from New Year’s Eve 1984.
J. STRAUSS II (1825–99)
Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltzes), Op. 437 (1889)
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 ...
Celebrating 200 Years of Mendelssohn
The Philharmonic celebrated Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday with a program including his beloved Violin Concerto, with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist, and the magical evocation of Die erste Walpurgisnacht.
Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95 (1839)
Concerto in E minor for Violin a...
Sir James Galway, Maestro of the Flute
Sir James Galway solos in Jacques Ibert’s sunny, spirited Flute Concerto. This 2008 performance is conducted by then Music Director Lorin Maazel.
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1932–33)
3. Allegro scherzando