Over the last 50 years, there has been an obvious shift. Outreach into schools, multicultural initiatives — a lot of these things became a part of the orchestra’s portfolio. There was a vacuum that needed to be filled... What were noble, important, but ancillary activities have now become central. They’re part and parcel of what orchestras are.
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra is a symphony orchestra based in New York. Organised in 1842, the orchestra is one of America’s oldest musical institutions. Its record-setting 14,000th concert was given in December 2004.