America's oldest symphony orchestra - it was founded in 1842 - and certainly one of the most beloved of US music institutions, the New York Philharmonic last year gave its 15,000th concert, a figure which includes 430 cities in 63 countries on five continents. Despite a history of prestigious music directors including Boulez, Bernstein, Stokowski, Barbirolli and Toscanini, the present incumbent Alan Gilbert - who took up the post in 2009 - is actually the first native New Yorker. His parents were both musicians in the orchestra: the ensemble, its heritage, reputation and spirit is part of his very identity.
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New York Philharmonic - Jamie Bernstein and the Young People’s Concert
Edward Seckerson catches up with Jamie Bernstein in the Bernstein family home in New York and talks to her about her father, the New York Philharmonic’s forthcoming residency and her involvement with the orchestra’s legendary Young People’s Concerts.