Sounds of Today

Sounds of Today

Virtuosic technique and inspired artistry meet discovery and innovation when the New York Philharmonic performs the music of our time, created by composers ranging from Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winners to emerging artists.

Sounds of Today
  • David Lang’s prisoner of the state

    Leaving August 7

    An opera about a woman who disguises herself as a man to free her husband from political imprisonment. No, it’s not Beethoven’s Fidelio; it is David Lang’s fresh take on the same themes of love and liberty, but expressed in his contemporary, clear, American musical voice.


  • Going Dutch: Music by Louis Andriessen and His Protégés

    This celebration of the ebullient sound worlds of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and two of his accomplished protégés, Martijn Padding and Vanessa Lann, concludes with the master’s Symphony for Open Strings, with melodies formed by bouncing from player to player like pinballs.

    ANDRIESSEN (1939...

  • Valerie Coleman’s UMOJA (Unity)

    The title of Valerie Coleman’s UMOJA means “unity” in Swahili, and its waves of soothing, joyous melodies are shared equally throughout the orchestra in this recording the Philharmonic made to celebrate of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote.


  • Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth

    Wolfe’s Grammy-nominated oratorio brings to life the immigrant women who sang, labored, and, tragically, perished in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The costumed chorus wields scissors as Jaap van Zweden conducts.

    Julia WOLFE (b. 1958)
    Fire in my mouth (2018; World Premiere–New York ...

  • The Shed Presents An Audience with … the New York Philharmonic

    After 400 days of silence, the Philharmonic appeared at The Shed in our first live appearance in a concert hall. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a Finnish folk tale, a musical musing on Goethe, and a contemporary take on the classics.

    Caroline SHAW (b. 1982)
    Entr’acte (2011)

    SIBELIUS (1865–1957)

  • Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid

    Three women, three discoveries. Jaap van Zweden conducts Rome Prize winner Young’s composition culminating in wonder, Grammy–nominated León’s evocation of Louis Armstrong, and Pulitzer Prize winner Reid’s alluring tapestry of sound and color. The broadcast includes profiles of these three fascina...

  • Threads: A Tapestry of Chamber Music

    Philharmonic musicians perform chamber works by six contemporary composers who chose to spend time living and working in America. Taken together, these works weave together influences from all over the world to form a uniquely American tapestry of sound.

    CHEN Yi (b. 1953)
    At the Kansas City Ch...

  • Telling Tales: Musical Narratives

    Music can tell stories more directly than words. This chamber music program presents contemporary works by Ellen Reid, Thea Musgrave, Jacob Druckman, and John Luther Adams that tell tales — two bewitched by water, two wrapped in the ephemera of dreams.

    DRUCKMAN (1928–96)
    Reflections on the Nat...

  • Leading Voices: Vocal Works Exploring the Nature of Time

    Five contemporary vocal works that explore ideas of timeliness and timelessness. There’s Lizée’s pastiche of karaoke tapes and Crumb’s iconoclastic response to Apollo 11. La Barbara’s litany on American history and Prestini’s intimate portrait of the author of Silent Spring. Berio’s bravura cycle...

  • Response: Today’s Composers React and Reflect

    Music’s ability to examine social, politi­cal, and personal events wordlessly is explored through Caroline Shaw’s lilting clarity, David Lang’s economical emotionality, Gabriella Smith’s viscerality, Judd Greenstein’s brazen optimism, and Steve Reich’s combination of recorded recollections and st...