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December 7
Can You Guess? The first concert of the New York Philharmonic involved 63 musicians. Can You Guess how many musicians there are in the New York Philharmonic now?

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1861 - Premiere of Johannes Brahms's Handel Variations, Op. 24, in Hamburg, by pianist Clara Schumann

- Ernst Toch, Austrian composer, was born.

- Premiere of Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta The Gondoliers at the Savoy Theatre in London. (Click here for a midi version of the overture
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- Premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri, in Moscow.

- Death of Austrian violinist and composer Leon Minkus at age 91.

- Premiere of William Walton's Violin Concerto, by the Cleveland Orchestra, Artur Rodzinski conducting, with Jascha Heifetz (who commissioned the work) as the soloist.

- Harry Chapin,  rock vocalist and composer, was born.

- Kung Fu Fighting, by Carl Douglas, reached #1 on the pop charts. It stayed there 2 weeks. It was recorded in 10 minutes, started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million copies.
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New York Philharmonic
December 7, 1842 marked the first performance of The Philharmonic Society of New York, later called the New York Philharmonic. 63 musicians took part in the concert, led by Ureli Corelli Hill, which took place in the Apollo Rooms at 410 Broadway. The program included Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and  Weber's Oberon Overture.
In 1882 the orchestra made its first domestic tour, under Leopold Damrosch. In 1928 the orchestra merged with The Symphony Society of New York.  The New York Philharmonic made its first European tour, under Arturo Toscanini, in 1930. The orchestra has continued its tradition of bringing music to the world.  To date, the orchestra has performed in approximately 412 cities in 57 countries on five continents. Since 1980, Citibank has sponsored 16 of the New York Philharmonic's tours abroad, supporting performances in 85 different cities and 40 countries and territories.

The Philharmonic has always championed the newest music of its time.  Works ranging from Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”; to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Rachmaninoff himself at the keyboard; to Gershwin’s Concerto in F; and Aaron Copland’s Connotations have all premiered with the Philharmonic.  In addition, the U.S. premieres of works such as Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 were played by the New York Philharmonic.

In 1922, the Philharmonic became one of the first orchestras to broadcast a live concert. Its live coast-to-coast radio broadcast of 1930 was the first of its kind. It continued live broadcasts until 1966, when radio broadcasts went for several years to a tape-delay format. In 1997 the Orchestra returned to the airwaves, becoming the nation’s only symphony orchestra to be broadcast live on a national scale, and on a regular basis.  Broadcasts, now tape delayed, can still be heard on many radio stations.  Click here for a list of times and stationsTo enjoy these performances even more, you can look at the program notes for the concerts online beginning two weeks before the actual performance.

The Philharmonic made its first recording in 1917, and has continued to make its music available to the people through recordings.  Nearly 2,000 albums have been produced, with more than 500 recordings are currently available. Recordings of the New York Philharmonic are available on major labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, London, New World, RCA, Sony Classical, and Teldec.
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103 musicians on the New York Philharmonic website as of Dec. 6 2011!
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For more than 20 years, the Orchestra regularly broadcast its Young People’s Concerts®. Since 1976 the Philharmonic has made frequent appearances on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center.

In 1965 the Philharmonic began a series of free Concerts in the Parks. These concerts have been enjoyed by more than 13 million people. 800,000 listeners enjoyed the Philharmonic’s Liberty Weekend Concert in Central Park on July 5, 1986.  (The largest audience in history for a classical music concert.)
The Philharmonic is dedicated to public education about music.  Not only do they have a strong outreach program and open many rehearsals to the public, they also maintain a web site for kids.
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