Symphony of the City of N ew York
“Glorious... magical... crowned with clamorous applause. It
was an unforgettable night of art…”
Hernando Merchand/La Voz Hispana
“ absolutely marvelous… an astoundingly enlightening experience.”
The dynamic origins of Symphony of the City of New York took place at Symphony Space with two performances of a terrific program of world music to a large, enthusiastic and wonderfully diverse audience. These concerts, performed under the auspices of the World Music Institute, were warmly received not only by the audience, but also by the two composers in attendance – one even stating that Symphony of the City of New York and its music director were the only orchestra and conductor he would want to record his concerto.
Soloists who have appeared with Symphony of the City of New York include such world-renowned artists as kanun virtuoso Karine Hovhannisyan, master oud player Marcel Khalifé and brilliant klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer.
The dynamism of this new orchestra is derived from its mission, which is to expand the boundaries of orchestral performances. Symphony of the City of New York does this through its unique and innovative programs, which regularly include works by women composers, as well as music from cultures around the world.
In accomplishing its mission, the Symphony is giving important but under-represented repertory a permanent place in our musical heritage. And in designing its performances for new audiences it is creating a broader, more inclusive role for the symphony orchestra within a culture that embraces differences and celebrates diversity.