Alan Gilbert To Lead The NY Philharmonic In LA PASSIONE 1/14-16/2010
Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in Haydn's Symphony No. 49, La passione; the Orchestra's first performance of John Adams's The Wound-Dresser, with baritone Thomas Hampson, The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, as soloist; Schubert's Symphony in B minor, Unfinished; and Berg's Three Orchestral Pieces, Thursday, January 14, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 16, at 8:00 p.m.
Alan Gilbert, in speaking about the program, notes that "there's a direct line from Schubert to Berg, and to present Berg as the finishing movement of the Schubert symphony I think makes an interesting grouping. The Schubert Unfinished," he says, "seems to reach forward in music - there's a kind of foreshadowing of where music is going. Both of these composers use similar techniques - although it may not be apparent at face value - and Berg picks up essentially where Schubert leaves off. Schubert's music was written in the Classical period but leading into the Romantic period, and what Berg did in his serial compositional techniques and expressionist philosophy was to pick up where the Romantics left off."
Mr. Hampson, commenting on The Wound-Dresser, said that "John Adams has set to music a small extract of Walt Whitman's magnificent poem, called Drum Taps, which we know as part of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. He has taken the central part of the poem, which is quite autographical, of Walt Whitman's time in the hospitals in Washington, D.C., nursing soldiers coming back from battle in the last days of the Civil War. It is, without being overtly anti-war, one of the strongest American voices in all of American literature about the uselessness of aggression."
• Annual Erich Leinsdorf Lecture
Thomas Hampson, the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence, will present the lecture, Listening to Thought: Awakening of the American Voice, a discussion of Walt Whitman's impact on American song and the emergence of American identity, in conversation with Philharmonic Director of Education Theodore Wiprud. Mr. Hampson, who is also The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, will perform several settings of Whitman's poetry by a variety of composers, Monday,
January 11, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater, Broadway at 65th Street. Free, but tickets are required. Information: (212) 875-5656 or online at nyphil.org
• Pre-Concert Talk
New York Philharmonic Program Annotator James M. Keller 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
• New York Philharmonic Podcast
Elliott Forrest, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, producer, and weekend host on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, is the producer of this podcast. These award-winning previews of upcoming programs - through musical selections as well as interviews with guest artists, conductors, and Orchestra musicians - are available at nyphil.org/podcast or from iTunes.
• National Radio Broadcast
This concert will be broadcast the week of January 25, 2010,* 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 the Emmy 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 is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.