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The New York Philharmonic
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 around the world. The New York Philharmonic This Week programs are syndicated weekly and are streamed on the Orchestra's Website, nyphil.org and are telecast annually on Live From Lincoln Center on U.S. public television.