1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra (1858)
The New York Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1878. For many years it was a fierce rival to the older Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York. The Symphony was known for performing more colorful French and Russian works than the Philharmonic, which excelled in German repertoire. In 1920 it became the first American orchestra to tour Europe, and radio broadcasts of its concerts began in 1923. In 1928, the orchestra merged with the Philharmonic Society of New York to form the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, later the New York Philharmonic.