Go To Top

26 July 2012

I feel sometimes as someone who is running an orchestra that there is pressure to get rid of that formality, to break away that sense of formality and sacredness, if you will, within the concert hall.

— Music Director Alan Gilbert, on the changing relationship between orchestras and their audiences. A new podcast from the recent American Orchestras Forum continues the conversation. The Music Director and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien participated in the live forum during the Philharmonic’s California 2012 tour.

22 June 2012

While in San Francisco on the CALIFORNIA 2012 tour, Music Director Alan Gilbert and Executive Director Designate Matthew VanBesien weighed in on the issues facing American orchestras  and now it’s your turn! As part of the American Orchestra Forum, our friends at the San Francisco Symphony want to hear your reflections on what the future holds for the American Orchestra. Submit an original blog post and be eligible to win tickets to a very cool San Francisco Symphony performance or recording.  

16 May 2012

Open Ears, Open Arms

Connection and trust, exploration and risk-taking, “and the possibility to essentially program something that might be totally unknown, and have it received with open arms, and with enthusiasm, despite the fact that many people in the audience may have never heard it before.”

Music Director Alan Gilbert share’s his vision for forging a relationship with audiences in this keynote conversation with Executive Director Matthew VanBesien from the San Francisco Symphony’s American Orchestra Forum event on Sunday

Check out the video for their full conversation.

11 May 2012

East Coast, Represent!
The Philharmonic Penguins, led by Zubin Mehta (pictured),won the prized Davies Cup in a 24-16 game against the San Francisco Symphomaniacs in 1981. Sadly, they then lost the trophy two years later when the West Coasters met their rivals in New York in 1983 with an 11 to 6 win. The team - now led by Captain Alan Gilbert - is poised for a comeback to settle the score this Sunday, when the Penguins and the Symphomaniacs square off again for the trophy in SF during the CALIFORNIA 2012 tour. Look closely at this 1981 photo, and you’ll spot a young Alan Gilbert celebrating. (Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic Digital Archives).
Organized by “Coach” Walter Rosenberg, the Philharmonic’s former Principal Percussionist, the Penguins have played in New York and all over the world. Famous maestros who have led the Penguins onto the field have been Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, and Leonard Slatkin.

East Coast, Represent!

The Philharmonic Penguins, led by Zubin Mehta (pictured),won the prized Davies Cup in a 24-16 game against the San Francisco Symphomaniacs in 1981. Sadly, they then lost the trophy two years later when the West Coasters met their rivals in New York in 1983 with an 11 to 6 win. The team - now led by Captain Alan Gilbert - is poised for a comeback to settle the score this Sunday, when the Penguins and the Symphomaniacs square off again for the trophy in SF during the CALIFORNIA 2012 tour. Look closely at this 1981 photo, and you’ll spot a young Alan Gilbert celebrating. (Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic Digital Archives).

Organized by “Coach” Walter Rosenberg, the Philharmonic’s former Principal Percussionist, the Penguins have played in New York and all over the world. Famous maestros who have led the Penguins onto the field have been Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, and Leonard Slatkin.

27 March 2012

 
East Coast Meets West Coast

“Congratulations to the great San Francisco Symphony on their Centennial. After conducting them just last fall, I can say unequivocally, they are fresh and powerful at 100! Their invitation to bring the New York Philharmonic to California as part of their celebration made it possible for us to return to California for the first time in many years.” — Alan Gilbert

The Music Director will conduct the New York Philharmonic in San Francisco May 13–14 as part of the left-coast orchestra’s centennial celebrations, just one of the highlights of the CALIFORNIA 2012 tour. With additional stops in Costa Mesa, Santa Barbara, Davis, and San Diego, Alan Gilbert’s first U.S. tour with the Orchestra has a rich array of repertoire, including the West Coast premiere of Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with longtime friend Yefim Bronfman. Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow will also takes the solo spotlight in San Francisco when he performs Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

 

East Coast Meets West Coast

“Congratulations to the great San Francisco Symphony on their Centennial. After conducting them just last fall, I can say unequivocally, they are fresh and powerful at 100! Their invitation to bring the New York Philharmonic to California as part of their celebration made it possible for us to return to California for the first time in many years.” — Alan Gilbert

The Music Director will conduct the New York Philharmonic in San Francisco May 13–14 as part of the left-coast orchestra’s centennial celebrations, just one of the highlights of the CALIFORNIA 2012 tour. With additional stops in Costa Mesa, Santa Barbara, Davis, and San Diego, Alan Gilbert’s first U.S. tour with the Orchestra has a rich array of repertoire, including the West Coast premiere of Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with longtime friend Yefim Bronfman. Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow will also takes the solo spotlight in San Francisco when he performs Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

9 November 2011

“The New York Philharmonic … showed me what an orchestra can mean for the community.”

During his recent trip to San Francisco  and as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s American Orchestra Forum  Music Director Alan Gilbert took a few minutes to discuss the idea of ”community” and how it is at the heart of everything the Philharmonic does.

1 November 2011

In Praise of the French Tradition

Music Director Alan Gilbert discusses the works by Haydn and Beethoven he conducted during his recent appearances with the San Francisco Symphony and explains why he thinks Henri Dutilleux — whoseL’Arbre des songes was performed by violinist Renaud Capuçon on those concerts — may be the greatest living composer.

28 October 2011

Gilbert appreciated the value of those two gems; and, in his engagement with SFS, he made sure that we did, too.

—  The San Francisco Examiner on Alan Gilbert’s concert last night with the San Francisco Symphony, when he led two “gems” — Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 99  as well as Henri Dutilleux’s L’Arbre des songes, performed by Renaud Capuçon on the “Panette” 1737 Guarneri del Gesù violin that had previously belonged to Isaac Stern, who commissioned the concerto for the SFS.

20 October 2011

Happy 100th SFS

As the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, the New York Philharmonic has had its share of birthday celebrations. On May 12–13, 2012, as part of a West Coast Tour, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic will join the San Francisco Symphony when it marks a milestone of its own — its 100th birthday. The SFS’s Centennial Season festivities will include the American Orchestra Forum, a “nationwide dialogue on the 21st century American orchestra.” The Forum will be made up of free events throughout the season, each of which will be led by visiting conductors  including Alan Gilbert, who will discuss the future of orchestral audiences on May 13, 2012.

Join the conversation and check out the Forum’s website for more info.

Following

  • Life is an orchestra.
  • Travelerz Cave
  • W Magazine
  • All things Europe
  • Freunde von Freunden
  • Scientific Illustration
  • cheap grunge summer ghost
  • C.P.
  • An Escalator to Instagraham-Crackers
  • Banksy Street Art
  • Let the music play...
  • The final sentence.
  • Funny Or Die
  • the world to come
  • Deus ex musica
  • I hate yoga.
  • submissive heart
  • The Huffington Post
  • BklynDad
  • nach und nach wieder auflebend
  • Under the Radar Magazine
  • Mother Nature Network
  • World Domination is currently out of the question.
  • ComicsAlliance
  • Call Me Suds
  • Against Whom, Rose?
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • OBI Scrapbook Blog
  • Mediaite
  • Homilius
  • Pop Culture Brain | Movies TV Music Web Theater
  • Breaking News
  • SUCK IT
  • I Love Charts
  • WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR
  • Lord beer me strength.
  • Home Video of Oprah Sobbing into a Lean Cuisine
  • Fast Company
  • V-Neck and a Cardigan
  • GEORGE TAKEI
  • Vintage Books & Anchor Books
  • ShakespeareStagehands
  • Classically Trained to Kick Your Ass
  • The New Yorker
  • Zack P Schneider
  • The Daily Bungalow
  • Powell's Books
  • Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics
  • Salon
  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Minimal
  • Survivor
  • tip toe through our shiny city
  • =^_^=
  • A Prairie Home Companion
  • boston.tumblr.com
  • mtv
  • JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC
  • Explore
  • The Paris Review
  • PBS on Tumblr
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • On Being Tumblr
  • SCATTERED AS MY MOTHERS PEARLS
  • the impossible cool.
  • Best Roof Talk Ever
  • #WHAT SHOULD WE CALL CLARINET
  • 92nd Street Y
  • KQEDScience
  • what's past is prologue
  • The Feature
  • Today's Document
  • T Magazine
  • mental_floss
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • NPR
  • Inside InStyle
  • neuroimagining
  • Whitewater Dreamer
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • Laughing Squid on Tumblr
  • Know Your Meme
  • Thirteen/WNET (PBS New York)
  • Public Radio International
  • Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • The Art Of Animation
  • The Week
  • Brew York
  • Nie Dam Sie
  • Vintascope
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Eat. Drink. Travel.
  • IFC
  • Sarahndipity
  • Open Books
  • Soup
  • Fusion dot net
  • for whom time stands still
  • I HEAR, THEREFORE I AM.
  • WIRED
  • gabriel kahane
  • ARTLOG
  • Good Morning America
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Moleskine Lovers
  • NASDAQ on Tumblr
  • BlackBook
  • NPR Music
  • Humans of New York
  • *Taps Mic*
  • Us Weekly on Tumblr
  • The New York Botanical Garden
  • WNYC's Transmitter
  • MSNBC - Lean Forward
  • BLOGGING via TYPEWRITER.
  • Whimsicality's musicality
  • Aziz is Bored
  • PRI's The World
  • she dreams in color, she dreams in red
  • flavorpill
  • Scott's Pizza Journal
  • Dan Hodapp
  • Asia Society
  • Viking / Penguin
  • Reuters
  • The Editors' Desk
  • TMZ tumblr
  • Babes of NPR
  • The FJP
  • The Fluffington Post
  • ideas for cities
  • McNally Jackson Bookmongers
  • The Onion
  • NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
  • Mahlerian
  • Glamour Tumblr
  • NPR Fresh Air
  • The FADER Tumblr
  • kateoplis
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Old New York
  • The Vimeo Blog
  • UC San Diego Health Sciences News
  • PBS NewsHour
  • Issue Project Room
  • SculptureCenter
  • NASA
  • The Guardian
  • Popular Mechanics
  • POZ
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art | Our Story
  • Network Awesome
  • TheNoguchiMuseum
  • Micropolis:NYC
  • Flutronix
  • FUCK YEAH HISTORY CRUSHES
  • Things Organized Neatly
  • HUFFPOST COMEDY
  • FFFFood
  • New Music USA
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Medium Aevum
  • The Electric Typewriter
  • Lincoln Center
  • harmonia mundi usa
  • Contemporary Art Daily
  • National Journal
  • liederderp
  • The Economist
  • I'm With Kanye
  • NYPL Wire–The New York Public Library
  • NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
  • Look at this Little Thing!
  • I Love Old Magazines
  • fotojournalismus
  • Cats. Where they do not belong.
  • Catalog Living
  • MovieLegends
  • UKinUSA on Tumblr
  • Guardian Music
  • our favorite findings!
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • The New Republic
  • Total Film
  • Vanity Fair
  • Photojojo ♥'s Tumblr
  • Sesame Street
  • Yahoo News
  • SundanceTV
  • Rolling Stone
  • Splitsider
  • The Lively Morgue
  • This Week in Creepy Robots
  • USA.gov
  • Cabin Porn™
  • Heilewelt - a blog for music lovers
  • Science & Fiction
  • CNBC - First In Business Worldwide
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Babylon Chronicle
  • America's Test Kitchen
  • Here, take this....
  • Lal-la-la...la....la
  • US National Archives Exhibits
  • The Sky Might Fall
  • A Cuppa Day
  • The Daily Bunny
  • The Daily Otter
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • secret republic
  • Unhappy Hipsters
  • Tumblr Open Arts
  • The Bluth Company
  • a falcon, or a storm, or a great song
  • The Corcoran Group
  • Quoted on People.com
  • HuffPost TV on Tumblr
  • RunJuliet
  • United Nations
  • THE WJS JOURNAL.
  • I got Rhythm.
  • Musica Humana
  • Piano Around the World
  • SciSpotlight: NYSCI News Digest
  • Team Coco on Tumblr
  • passacaglia
  • Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim
  • Blogthoven
  • Eyes on Sims
  • Gesamtkunstwerk
  • Our Presidents
  • 1001 Reasons
  • This Day In History
  • Congress in the Archives
  • The Morthouse
  • Hello. I'm Soraya & this... is my blog.
  • DesignCloud
  • the leading tone
  • When in doubt, be interesting.
  • tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming
  • Samuel Rubenfeld's Tumblr
  • The Smithian
  • naming blogs is easy
  • Iceland on Tumblr
  • VOGUE
  • Trashy TV
  • BRITTICISMS
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Newsweek
  • Team iReport
  • Questionable Advice
  • Dark City
  • POETS.org
  • vita
  • Photo Explorations
  • UMass Journalism
  • Three Word Phrase
  • AWL MUSIC
  • Skyscrapers
  • Queens Library
  • FLARE on Tumblr | Canada's Fashion Magazine
  • The New Aesthetic
  • Classical Literature
  • SFMOMA
  • Brazen Overtures
  • The Office
  • WAGES OF FEAR
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • Tumblr Staff
  • HOW TO DO EVERYTHING
  • A Little Space to Fill
  • ArtBattles
  • Engineering is Awesome
  • PBS Arts
  • New Museum
  • je suis a toi
  • Lights Up
  • Fiddling Around
  • Down Bow, Up Bow
  • Still Not Going To Do This Every Day
  • Weather for Your Life