25 November 2013
Happy Thanksgiving with Mozart
"There’s nothing harder than Mozart. And what’s hard about it is, it’s so simple." Hear Alan Gilbert reflect on this week’s programs, all of which feature Mozart’s final symphonies.
Join us, and give thanks for, and with, Mozart.
14 November 2013
Throwback Thursday: Lenny’s Debut
Seventy years ago today, Leonard Bernstein made his Philharmonic debut, substituting for a sick Bruno Walter. The centerpiece was Strauss’s “Don Quixote” — Alan Gilbert conducts Strauss’s “Zarathustra” and “Don Juan” starting tonight. Hear the marvelous story of that night, courtesy of WNYC’s Fishko Files.
Click the program image to see and listen to Lenny’s debut program from 70 years ago, thanks to the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives. (The button to listen is across the top of the window: “Play audio.”) Check out his Schumann “Manfred” score, too.
5 November 2013
What Do Alan Gilbert and Tom Brady Have in Common?
Talent, practice, hand signals, tempo…. Watch this thoughtful, fun story reported by Wynton Marsalis for CBS This Morning on the similarities between being a top quarterback and a top conductor. Don’t miss the studio banter with Charlie Rose at the end.
1 November 2013
We received this message this morning:
Hello from Florida,
We just wanted to share Maestro Gilbert’s biggest littlest fan. Our 3 year old son dressed as Maestro Gilbert for Halloween tonight. We watched (and fortunately DVRed) the Sesame Street episode that featured Maestro Gilbert with Murray Monster. Our son, Ben, fell in love … we have watched the episode at least 50 times and eventually moved to Maestro Gilbert videos on YouTube. We bought Ben his very own conductor’s baton over the summer, and he now conducts along with Maestro Gilbert. Here are some photos of Ben tonight … our neighbors thought his costume was very original. We thought the NY Philharmonic would enjoy it too.
30 October 2013
CONTACT! Returns, Downtown
CONTACT!, the new-music series, is back this Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. SubCulture, a new underground club in NoHo, is the venue for An Evening with Esa-Pekka Salonen, an all-Salonen chamber program hosted by the composer-conductor and co-presented with 92nd Street Y.
“CONTACT! is essentially about making contact with a fresh, excited, exciting audience, with new music that is absolutely important to play,” Alan Gilbert said. “We have always felt it important for the series to reach across New York City, with performances in more intimate spaces not necessarily associated with the formality of a New York Philharmonic concert.”
4 October 2013
"Mr. Gilbert Drew a Kaleidoscopic Performance from the Philharmonic."
A rave review from The New York Times for Alan Gilbert’s first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic along with the U.S. Premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Frieze, written in response to Beethoven’s Ninth and co-commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, New York Philharmonic, and BBC Radio 3.
Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss out.
Photo by Chris Lee
27 September 2013
The buzz of activity — behind the scenes and onstage, before and during the concert — that made the New York Philharmonic’s Opening Gala Concert the place to be on September 25, 2013, included: arrivals, receptions, orchestra and audience standing for the National Anthem, Audra McDonald taping her commentary for the concert’s future Live From Lincoln Center telecast, and the rousing conclusion with Ravel’s Boléro.
And: Yo-Yo Ma, Alec & Hilaria Baldwin, Audra McDonald, Joe Torre, Joshua Bell, Osvaldo Golijov, Tango dancers before the Free Dress Rehearsal, Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra — see all of them and more in this fun slideshow of Wednesday’s festive opening to the new season!
Join us for some momentous music this year. Go to nyphil.org for the full schedule.
6 September 2013
Scene on the Plaza
The Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on an early Friday morning, with the denizens of Fashion Week assembling. It will be a very different scene in 19 days, the morning of our Free Dress Rehearsal, when our fans will be gathering for a peek — gratis — at the inner workings of the preparations for our Opening Gala Concert that night, when Alan Gilbert and the Phil will be joined by a different sort of star: Yo-Yo Ma. Come by that morning, September 25, to catch a glimpse of the fashions that will then be filling the plaza as people wait for the doors to open at 9:45.
9 August 2013
It Takes Yo-Yo To Tango
When Yo-Yo Ma premiered Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul, the Los Angeles Times couldn’t say enough good things about the collaboration: “Of all the music written for Ma, this one captures him most fully…. Ma and Golijov are artists made for each other.”
Yo-Yo Ma headlines the Philharmonic’s Opening Gala with Azul and Piazzolla’s La serie del Ángel, and Alan Gilbert can’t wait: “It’s a dream to have Yo-Yo Ma opening the season.”
Hear more of Alan’s thoughts on Yo-Yo, Golijov, and Piazzolla in this video.