New York Philharmonic Adds On-Demand Service

Large concerts were stopped last March
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 8, 2021 6:25 PM CST
New York Philharmonic Adds On-Demand Service
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, shown last May, is closed during the pandemic.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The New York Philharmonic launched an on-demand video and audio streaming service Monday called NYPhil+ that is available for $50 annually or $4.99 monthly. Initial selections include David Lang’s "Prisoner of the State" and Julia Wolfe’s "Fire in My Mouth," both with music director Jaap van Zweden, and a new concert featuring conductor David Robertson and pianist Emanuel Ax. Selections include five decades of the "Live From Lincoln Center" PBS telecasts and Facebook broadcasts, the AP reports.

There are no initial selections involving Leonard Bernstein, who was the Philharmonic's music director from 1958 to 1969, but new programs will be added in future months. The Philharmonic stopped large-scale live concerts last March because of the new coronavirus pandemic. (Philharmonic musicians performed a seventh grader's composition last fall.)

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