Mission: To maintain and foster an interest in the enjoyment of music and musical affairs, to inculcate in its members in the community of new york city and the world at large an interest in symphony music, and in order to foster such interest and the appreciation of music, among other things, to cause the performance of symphonic and other musical performances in the concert and other halls, and by audio and visual recordings and live performances broadcast over the radio, television and the world wide web.
Programs: During the 2013/2014 season 117 regular subscription concerts were performed for the listening audience of 261,105. The new york philharmonic concert performances maintain and foster an interest in symphonic music for individuals of diverging cultures and backgrounds. The new york philharmonic sponsors a number of educational programs for children and adults. Some of these programs are as follows: (1) musical encounters offers students in the 4th - 12th grades a close look at the new york philharmonic and the exciting world of orchestral music. (2) teachers seminars are open to both music and non-music teachers. These professional development seminars explore basic principles of music, and the repertoire of the new york philharmonic. Each seminar is taught by a faculty member of the philharmonic's education department and is followed by an evening concert by the new york philharmonic. (3) the new york philharmonic supports a partnership program with a number of new york city public schools. The goals of the program are (a) to build a fundamental knowledge of music, of a symphony orchestra and its repertoire among teachers, students and parents; (b) to develop an ongoing multi-year relationship with a body of schools in new york city; and (c) to set a standard of excellence which defines a community. The program involves professional development for teachers, workshop for parents, and ongoing in-school sessions for students shared by their teachers and teaching artists from the new york philharmonic. (4) open rehearsals. School groups and the general public are invited on selected mornings to watch the fascinating process of a new york philharmonic rehearsal. (5) young peoples concerts are formed to introduce young listeners to some of the great masterworks of orchestra, and some of the world's great musicians. Written materials are distributed to the children at the concerts. Before each young peoples concert, families can enjoy children's promenades, featuring a colorful hour of exciting demonstrations, music-making activities and a chance for children to meet members of the orchestra. Four concerts are performed per season. This season performance was 10,388 individuals. In 2005-06 the orchestra introduced very young people's concerts for preschoolers. Nine concerts reached an audience of 3,257 people during the 2013-14 season. "live from lincoln center" television performances. Two concerts were nationally televised to bring orchestra into our homes. The new york philharmonic periodically makes recordings of its performance for international sales and broadcasts its performances over the radio nationally and internationally. These recordings brings classical music to people all over the world and foster their appreciation of symphonic music and repertoire. Each season the new york philharmonic orchestra goes on tour inside and outside the united states. The tour helps to foster the global reputation of the new york philharmonic by bringing classical music to a broader audience and different cultures. Fifteen tour concerts were enjoyed by an audience of over 33,956 people.