New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic, officially the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, Inc., globally known as New York Philharmonic Orchestra or New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, is a symphony orchestra based in New York City. It is one of the leading American orchestras popularly referred to as the “Big Five”.

Open Rehearsals begin at 9:45 AM (except where noted) in David Geffen Hall, and end at approximately 12:30 PM (sometimes extending to 1 PM, at the discretion of the conductor).

An Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the New York Philharmonic at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians. Tickets are $22 each and can be ordered online, by phone, by mail, by fax, or in person at the David Geffen Hall Box Office. Please note there is a $3.00 per ticket service fee for all mail, online, and phone orders.

Members Select Open Rehearsals

Members of Philharmonic (Friends, Patron and Leonard Bernstein Circle) receive complimentary tickets and can access seating in our exclusive VIP section at Select Open Rehearsals. Prior to Select Open Rehearsals and during intermission, Patrons may enjoy complimentary beverages at the Patron Lounges. Visit our Membership page for a complete list of Members Select Open Rehearsals.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States. Each season the Orchestra connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York and around the world; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; recordings; and education programs. Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in the 2018–19 season, succeeding musical leaders including Alan Gilbert (2009–17); Lorin Maazel (2002–09); Kurt Masur (Music Director 1991–2002; named Music Director Emeritus in 2002); Zubin Mehta (1978–91); Pierre Boulez (1971–77); Leonard Bernstein (appointed Music Director in 1958; named Laureate Conductor in 1969); Arturo Toscanini (1928–36); and Gustav Mahler (1909–11).

The 2019–20 season began with the Philharmonic reaffirming its vital commitments to serving as New York’s orchestra and to championing new music. Maestro van Zweden conducted repertoire ranging from four World Premieres — by Philip Glass, Tania León, Ellen Reid, and Nina C. Young — to symphonic cornerstones. He also presided over Project 19, marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, and Mahler’s New York: A Digital Festival, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Jaap van Zweden’s first Young People’s Concert. When safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic compelled the cancellation of live concerts, the Orchestra responded with a determination to connect with audiences. The Philharmonic launched a portal to share performance video and audio and presented NY Phil Bandwagon, free, outdoor concerts featuring a customized pick-up truck and ensembles of Philharmonic musicians bringing live music back to New York City, an initiative that has been emulated across America. In 2021 the Philharmonic established a new leadership structure, and set on a path to a revitalized future with the launch of NYPhil+, a state-of-the-art streaming platform, and plans for the re-opening of a renovated home in David Geffen Hall as one of the world’s most vibrant concert halls and a hub for dynamic community engagement.

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