New York Philharmonic
Gala Concert

Jaap van Zweden, Music Director

To celebrate the New York Philharmonic's return to The McKnight Center, we’ve planned an unforgettable black tie gala event. More than 100 student, alumni, and community voices will join the musicians onstage for the grand finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. Considered to be his masterpiece, you’ll be swept up in the grandeur and triumph of “Ode to Joy.” All tickets to the Gala Concert include a celebratory reception held in the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Atrium as well as complimentary parking in the 4th Avenue Garage.

Featured Soloists
Lauren Snouffer, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Peixin Chen, bass

The student chorus will be directed by Dr. Tony Thornton, Director of Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University's Greenwood School of Music.


Ticket prices:
Orchestra Level $150
Box Level $300*
Balcony Level $90

*Box Level seats are only available to select Bright Night Gala Sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.

Student Rush tickets are not available for this concert.

This performance is not part of any subscription ticket package.

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Event Details
Date | Friday, September 23, 2022
Time | 6:00 p.m.
Venue | Performance Hall
On the Program
Jaap van Zweden, Music Director
Richard Wagner | Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Ludwig van Beethoven | Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 Jaap van Zweden, Music Director
Plaza Simulcast
The live concert will be simulcast to the outdoor plaza. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy viewing the concert for free on the 32-foot LED wall and advanced sound system.
About the Artists

Jaap van Zweden, Music Director | Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marked his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. In the 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France and London Symphony Orchestra.