New York Stories: Threads of Our City

Building on our legacy as New York’s Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic explores New York’s roots as a city of immigrants with New York Stories: Threads of Our City.

At the center is the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s multimedia Fire in my mouth, about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them young immigrants.

We prepare for the premiere with a musical tour of the Tenement Museum; Sound ON: “Threads,” a new-music concert featuring Philharmonic musicians performing chamber music by composers influenced by their time in America; a collection of the Philharmonic community’s stories of immigration and cultural heritage, hosted by the Tenement Museum; a free panel discussion with Julia Wolfe; and an exhibit with items from the Philharmonic Archives, Forward, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Archives at New York City, and the Kheel Center at Cornell University.

  • Video
  • Your Story, Our Story

    We bring attention to the Philharmonic’s 175+ year history as a musical family of New Yorkers from around the globe through the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story platform, a growing collection of stories of American immigration and cultural heritage.

    We invite our Philharmonic family — audience members, fans, students, guest artists, musicians, and staff — to share your stories on the Philharmonic’s dedicated Your Story, Our Story webpage. Share up to four photographs of an object that is meaningful to you, and describe how it relates to your or your family’s story of immigration, migration, or cultural heritage. Audience members at the premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth can also share their stories at tables set up in the hall.

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  • Our Partners

    Tenement Museum
    The Tenement Museum and the New York Philharmonic co-present a special guided tour of three Tenement Museum apartments — the Gumpertz (1875), Confino (1890), and Rogarshevsky (1916) family apartments — connecting Julia Wolfe’s music to the stories of immigrant garment workers of the time. In addition, the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story platform hosts the Philharmonic community’s stories of immigration, migration, and cultural heritage on a dedicated page. Philharmonic audience members and fans are invited to share their own immigration stories online or during the January 24–26 subscription concerts, when Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth will be premiered, at a table set up in the hall with assistance from representatives from the Tenement Museum.

    At a time when immigration is at the center of our national conversation, the Tenement Museum is more relevant than ever. Since 1988, the Museum has forged emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present, through educator-led tours of its historic tenement buildings at 97 and 103 Orchard and the surrounding neighborhood, enhancing appreciation for the vital role immigrants play in shaping the American identity.

    Forward
    Forward contributes extensive archival materials from its front-lines coverage of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, including profiles of the victims, to the New York Philharmonic archives exhibit, viewable to Philharmonic concert attendees in the Bruno Walter Gallery on David Geffen Hall’s Grand Promenade, January 10–February 28. Forward archivist Chana Pollack will present these materials at the free Insights at the Atrium event, and she and composer Julia Wolfe will discuss the fire, its impact, and the importance of memorializing it. Forward’s archival coverage, translated from Yiddish, is available here.

    Founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily, Forward has evolved into a digital-first publication with online reporting on Jewish news, opinion, and culture, alongside an in-depth monthly magazine in both English and Yiddish.

    Museum of the City of New York
    The Museum of the City of New York contributes an example of a shirtwaist and photos of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire to the New York Philharmonic archives exhibit, viewable to Philharmonic concert attendees in the Bruno Walter Gallery on David Geffen Hall’s Grand Promenade, January 10–February 28.

    The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis.

    National Archives at New York City
    The National Archives at New York City contributes manifests for ships bringing Philharmonic musicians to the US, Philharmonic musicians’ passport applications, and naturalization papers and census records of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire victims and Philharmonic musicians to the New York Philharmonic archives exhibit, viewable to Philharmonic concert attendees in the Bruno Walter Gallery on David Geffen Hall’s Grand Promenade, January 10–February 28.

    The National Archives at New York City maintains the historically significant records of federal agencies and courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, dating from 1685 to the present.




 
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January, 2019 Thursday

<em>Fire in my mouth</em>
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7:30 PM Concert

Fire in my mouth

CYO
Program To Include
Stucky Elegy from August 4, 1964
Copland Clarinet Concerto
Julia Wolfe Fire in my mouth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Anthony McGill Clarinet
The Crossing
    Donald Nally, artistic director
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, director
Jeff Sugg Video and Scenic Designer
Anne Kauffman Director
Mark Grey Sound Designer
Márion Talán Costume Designer

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January, 2019 Friday

<em>Fire in my mouth</em>
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8:00 PM Concert

Fire in my mouth

CYO
Program To Include
Stucky Elegy from August 4, 1964
Copland Clarinet Concerto
Julia Wolfe Fire in my mouth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Anthony McGill Clarinet
The Crossing
    Donald Nally, artistic director
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, director
Jeff Sugg Video and Scenic Designer
Anne Kauffman Director
Mark Grey Sound Designer
Márion Talán Costume Designer

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January, 2019 Saturday

<em>Fire in my mouth</em>
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8:00 PM Concert

Fire in my mouth

CYO
Program To Include
Stucky Elegy from August 4, 1964
Copland Clarinet Concerto
Julia Wolfe Fire in my mouth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Artists
Jaap van Zweden Conductor
Anthony McGill Clarinet
The Crossing
    Donald Nally, artistic director
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, director
Jeff Sugg Video and Scenic Designer
Anne Kauffman Director
Mark Grey Sound Designer
Márion Talán Costume Designer

27

January, 2019 Sunday

<em>Sound ON:</em> Threads
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3:00 PM Concert

Sound ON: Threads

Program To Include
Chen Yi At the Kansas City Chinese New Year Concert
Georg Friedrich Haas tria ex uno
Marcos Balter Chambers
Kinan Azmeh Café Damas (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Thomas Adès Darknesse Visible
Donnacha Dennehy Bulb
Artists
Peter Biloen Conductor
Nadia Sirota Host / Curator
Leah Ferguson Viola
Quan Ge Violin
Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales Cello
Eric Huebner Piano
Sumire Kudo Cello
Marié Rossano Violin
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May, 2019 Saturday

<em>Music Across Borders: </em> "Coming to New York — Immigrant Voices"
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2:00 PM Concert

Young People's Concert

Program To Include
Bartók Selections from Concerto for Orchestra
Huang Ruo Selection from Folk Songs for Orchestra
Roberto Sierra Tumbao, from Sinfonia No. 3, La salsa
Kareem Roustom Enough I Intended To Leave You, from Aleppo Songs for Orchestra
Gabriella Lena Frank Selections from Peregrinos
Very Young Composers New works
Artists
Thomas Wilkins Conductor and Host
Jihea Hong-Park Co-host
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