The New York Philharmonic, officially the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, Inc., globally known as New York Philharmonic Orchestra (NYPO) or New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, is a symphony orchestra based in New York City in the United States. It is one of the leading American orchestras popularly referred to as the “Big Five”. The Philharmonic’s home is David Geffen Hall, formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall until September 2015, located in New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Organized in 1842, the orchestra is one of America’s oldest musical institutions. Its record-setting 14,000th concert was given in December 2004. The orchestra’s current music director is Alan Gilbert, since 2009. Matthew VanBesien is the orchestra’s current President.
The visit was anticipated as an opportunity to broaden relations with one of the world’s most isolated nations. The U.S. State Department viewed the invitation as a potential softening of anti-U.S. propaganda. In response to initial criticism of performing a concert limited to the privileged elite, the New York Philharmonic arranged for the concert to be broadcast live on North Korean television and radio. It was additionally broadcast live on CNN and CNN International. It was also shown on South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation to the entire nation of the Republic of Korea (ROK).