New ensemble in NYC: Philharmonia Orchestra of New York

Posted on: March 25, 2016

In Wednesday’s (3/23) Observer (New York City), Ashley Stevens writes about the new Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), which on March 29 “will begin its inaugural season at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center” performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), Minoru Miki’s Requiem, and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. “With more than 80 musicians, the orchestra counts some of the city’s best players in its ranks—at its core, members of the former New York City Opera Orchestra, as well as freelance musicians from … the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.” Music Director Atushi Yamada co-founded the orchestra with Managing Director David Titcomb, a veteran orchestra manager. “Starting a new classical ensemble is no easy task, but PONY’s determination [is] to push classical music into the present by appealing to current and future generations of music lovers.” Said Titcomb, “We’re really trying to be diverse both ethnically and generationally … to break new boundaries in a lot of different ways.”

Posted March 25, 2016