Lightening Strikes Twice in One Week for the Weilersteins
Joshua Weilerstein, the 23-year-old newly-appointed Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic — and the younger brother of newly-announced MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Alisa Weilerstein — made his unexpected Philharmonic conducting debut at the gala fall concert of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, Friday, September 23. With Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert stuck on a flooded parkway, Mr. Weilerstein, received the phone call: the show must go on. With little time to spare, he donned tie and tails, picked up his baton, and led the New York Philharmonic musicians in Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture, receiving a standing ovation from the audience and applause from the Orchestra. Mr. Gilbert arrived in time to continue the concert, but Mr. Weilerstein won’t have to wait long for a return engagement: he will conduct the New York Philharmonic on October 15 — on the season’s first Young People’s Concert.
Photo by Jesse Weiner.