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21-year-old David Alan Miller becomes music director. (He will later become the Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as André Previn's assistant; he subsequently serves as the conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra).  Alan R. Kay is Assistant Conductor.

December 12, 1982,  Carnegie Hall
17-year-old Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy makes New York début with the orchestra on December 12, 1982, performing Tchaikovsky’s
Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 19, No. 4, and the Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33.

New York State Senator Emanuel R. Gold is named honorary conductor for a concert in Queens in February 1983.  He leads the orchestra in The Star-Spangled Banner.

Orchestra gives the American première of Schubert's Symphony No. 7, as realized by Brian Newbould from the uncompleted manuscript.  Edward Rothstein writes a feature piece on the event for The New York Times, 2/20/83.

Daily News:  ". . . thanks to [conductor David Alan Miller's] perfectly chosen tempos and fervent, yet controlled romance, the music sprang to pulsating life throughout."  (Bill Zakariasen  3/1/83)

February 27, 1983, Carnegie Hall
Assistant Conductor Alan R. Kay makes conducting début with Brahms’s
Academic Festival Overture.

May 15, 1983, Carnegie Hall
Underwritten by McGraw-Hill, an annual concerto competition is inaugurated, the winner to appear as soloist with the orchestra at its final concert of the season.  It is won by Roberto Minczuk, a 16-year-old Brazilian horn player, who says that winning this competition “. . . is the greatest thing that's ever happened to me."


Barry Goldberg is appointed Executive Director on April 14, 1983.



December 12, 1982


Ofra Harnoy

February 27, 1983

May 15, 1983


Roberto Minczuk