Your Weekend Brass

Your Weekend Brass

Whether your plans involve chores at home or an outdoor adventure, there’s no better soundtrack for your weekend than the power of glorious symphonic brass!

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Your Weekend Brass
  • Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man

    Instantly recognizable, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man was created to support the World War II effort — he later explained “It was the common man, after all, who was doing all the dirty work in the war and the army” — but its clarion messages of fortitude and hope still speak to us today.

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  • Joshua Bell Plays Mozart

    Superstar Joshua Bell is the soloist in Mozart’s most popular violin concerto, nicknamed Turkish for its evocation of Janissary drums, featuring Bell’s own cadenza. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts this concert, which includes Gabrieli’s glorious music for brass and one of Tchaikovsky’s lu...

  • Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra

    From its iconic opening (famously used by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey) to its concluding chord evoking the mysteries of the universe, Strauss’s tone poem based on Nietzsche’s book of the same title is one of the composer’s best-known works.

    R. STRAUSS (1864–1949)
    Also sprach Zarat...

  • Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

    Described by the composer as representing the inexorable power of fate, this symphony remains one of Tchaikovsky’s most forceful, fiery statements. This 2008 performance is conducted by then Music Director Lorin Maazel.

    TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–93)
    Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (1877)
    1. Andant...

  • Romance and Response with Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

    Lorin Maazel’s final Philharmonic appearance features Tchaikovsky's searingly romantic Romeo and Juliet, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and a collaboration with Jennifer Koh as the soloist for Lutosławski’s Chain 2.

    TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–93)
    Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (1869; rev. 1870 and 1...

  • Jaap van Zweden and Yuja Wang

    Jaap van Zweden’s New York Philharmonic debut, in 2012, shows the instant chemistry between maestro and orchestra. Relive that “first date” featuring Mahler’s lushly orchestrated First Symphony and Prokofiev’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 3, with Yuja Wang in the ultra-virtuosic solo role.

    PRO...

  • Jaap van Zweden Conducts Bruckner and Conrad Tao

    Acclaimed Bruckner interpreter Jaap van Zweden conducts the monumental Eighth Symphony and premieres a piece created to introduce it: Conrad Tao’s Everything Must Go, a “sound mass undergoing various transformations,” according to its young composer, thick with swirling strings and demonic erupti...

  • Van Zweden Conducts Mahler

    Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads the epic Fifth Symphony by his predecessor, Gustav Mahler. This five-movement symphonic tour de force encompasses intense passion, demonic energy, and breathtaking radiance.

    MAHLER (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 5 (1901–02)
    PART I
    1. Trauermarsch: in gemessenem ...

  • Mahler’s Seventh in A Concert for Unity

    This program reflects music’s ability to speak to harmony, unity, and shared humanity. Philharmonic musicians are joined by colleagues from around the world for Mahler’s epic Seventh Symphony, an evocation of the Romantic tradition through exquisite nocturnal nature-music.

    MAHLER (1860–1911)
    S...