Alan Gilbert & The Philharmonic Launch New Season With Mahler's Symphony No. 3 & More
Alan Gilbert will launch the New York Philharmonic's 168th season's subscription concerts in his new role as Music Director, conducting works that reflect his interest in creating programs that feature established repertoire and new and lesser-known music in innovative contexts.
The first program, September 17-18 and 22, 2009, will comprise Mahler's Symphony No. 3, featuring mezzo-soprano Petra Lang in her New York Philharmonic debut, with the choral forces of the Women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir and The American Boychoir. On September 24-26, 2009, the program will feature Brahms's Violin Concerto, with Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist, and Schoenberg's Pelleas and Melisande. And on September 30-October 1 and 3, 2009, the Orchestra will offer a reprise of EXPO, the New York Philharmonic Commission from Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg (premiered on Opening Night, September 16) along with Ives's Symphony No. 2 and The Unanswered Question, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, with Emanuel Ax as soloist.
Reflecting on his approach to programming, Mr. Gilbert has said: "I love a wide range of music, and I love to present music in the most favorable context possible. I hope I can
bring a fresh approach to combining works that will illuminate and elucidate individual pieces because of the context in which they are presented. I try to have a balance and a range of music. But almost more important is how the pieces are juxtaposed, aligned.
Stark comparisons can illuminate the works, and boundaries become less clear. It's not to say that stark contrasts are the primary goal in programming; sometimes it can be telling and fascinating to present a program of all one composer."
On Friday, October 2, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., the New York Philharmonic, led by Alan Gilbert, will make its debut at the opening of the first Fall Festival of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York. The all-Beethoven program will comprise the Piano Concerto No. 4, with Emanuel Ax as soloist, and the Symphony No. 7.
Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 3
The first subscription series, Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m., Friday,
September 18, at 2:00 p.m., and Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., will feature Mahler's Symphony No. 3, performed by mezzo-soprano Petra Lang in her Philharmonic debut, along with the Women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director, and The American Boychoir, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, director.
Composer/conductor Victoria Bond will introduce the program one hour before each performance. Tickets are $5 in addition to the concert ticket. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656
National Radio Broadcast
This concert will be broadcast the week of September 28, 2009,* on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated nationally to more than 295 stations by the WFMT Radio Network. The 52-week series, hosted by award-winning actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program will be broadcast locally in the New York Metropolitan area on 93.9 FM WNYC.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Alan Gilbert Conducts Brahms and Schoenberg
The second series of concerts, on Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 25, at 11:00 a.m., and Saturday, September 26, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., focuses on Brahms's Violin Concerto, featuring Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist, and Schoenberg's youthful symphonic tone poem, Pelleas and Melisande.
Speaker: Kyle Dzapo, professor of music, Bradley University; principal flutist, Peoria Symphony; and pre-concert lecturer, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
National Radio Broadcast
This concert will be broadcast the week of October 5, 2009, on The New York Philharmonic This Week. Check local listings.
Alan Gilbert Conducts Magnus Lindberg's EXPO - a New York Philharmonic Commission - and Works by Ives and Beethoven
The third series, on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., will reprise Magnus Lindberg's new work, EXPO, a New York Philharmonic Commission, along with performances of Ives's Symphony No. 2 and The Unanswered Question; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, with Emanuel Ax as soloist.