New York Philharmonic on 88.7-1

Sundays 1pm to 3pm

The New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1842, the Orchestra currently plays some 180 concerts a year. Music Director Alan Gilbert and a distinguished roster of guest conductors and the world's greatest soloists present the masterpieces of the repertoire as well as a healthy diet of new premieres each week. Hosted by Alec Baldwin.

Upcoming programs include:

January 5

Weber (orch. Berlioz): Invitation to the Dance

Ravel: Valse nobles et sentimentales

Ravel: La Valse

Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, II: Overture to The Gypsy Baron

Porter: Selected Songs: Night & Day, Who Said Gay Paree?, Where Is the Life That Late I Led?, In the Still of the Night, Begin the Beguine

Bizet (orch. Guiraud): L’Arlesienne: Suite No. 2 

January 12

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto 

Sibelius: Symphony No 5 

January 19

Thomas Adès: Three Studies from Couperin

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

January 26

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8

R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

February 2

Lindberg: ExPo

LindbergSouvenir in Memoriam of Gerard Grisey

LindbergGrand Duo

Lindberg: Piano Concerto No. 2


February 9

Beethoven: Fidelio Overture

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

Gershwin: An American in Paris

February 16

Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale

Mozart: Bassoon Concerto

Zemlinsky: The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra 

February 23

Tcherepnin: The Enchanted Kingdom

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 3 

March 2

Rouse: Phantasmata

Bloch: Schelomo

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 

March 9

Rouse: Prospero’s Rooms

Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)

Ives: Symphony No. 4 

March 16

            Stravinsky: Ragtime for 11 Instruments

Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot

Copland: Clarinet Concerto

Wynton Marsalis: Swing Symphony

March 23

Nielsen: Flute Concerto

Nielsen: Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

March 30

Nielsen: Symphony No. 1

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto

Nielson: Symphony #4

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Actor Alec Baldwin is best known in public radio circles as host of The New York Philharmonic broadcasts (Sunday afternoons at 1 pm on Classical 88.7-1) and for his tongue-in-cheek rants urging listeners to not contribute during fund drives.

One of our favorite podcasts is his new series of Here's The Thing interviews from WNYC in New York. Alec takes us inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people whom he really wants to learn more about.

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Escalating his Public Radio funding rant, Alec Baldwin now insists that the privilege of drinking coffee, in any form and by any person, is reserved just for pledgers to public stations. Listen to see if you agree.

Is he nuts? Tell us why he says this!
Or Right On, Alec! - Contribute Now 

Alec Baldwin is out to destroy public radio. His message to Public Radio listeners: "End the shenanigans." Baldwin, who when in a lucid state of mind, hosts the NY Philharmonic broadcasts heard over Classical 88.7-1. In an inexplicable turn, his message is "Don't give."