The New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the Philharmonic performed its 15,000th concert on May 5, 2010 - with nearly 47 million listeners - a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world. The Orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championing the music of its time. It is renowned around the globe having appeared in 429 cities in 62 countries, including an historic February 2008 visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, where it performed a concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in the capital city of Pyongyang, which was broadcast live in the United States and
Live at the Concertgebouw, RNW's classical concert series, presents performances by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, in repertoire that reflects the diversity of the Dutch orchestral landscape.
Conductors include Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap van Zweden and Edo de Waart. Live at the Concertgebouw offers a weekly, year-round classical music show, hosted by Hans Haffmans.
Hans Haffmans, host of Live! At the Concertgebouw, has been active as a producer and presenter of classical music programs for Dutch and international radio broadcasters since 1991. He has hosted a wide variety of radio programs in both Dutch and English covering early music, contemporary repertoire, symphonic and chamber music and has also presented live opera productions from the opera house in Amesterdam. Over the years, Hans has also presented a variety of live programs from the Concertgebouw. His passion for the hall is evident in his delivery, and he brings informed, relevant, and personable introduction to each concert.
The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning, NPR series, Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Hidden Kitchens, heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below-the-radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that was also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.