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NY Philharmonic's Feb 2014 Radio Broadcasts to Kick Off with Beethoven; Programs Announced!

Alec Baldwin with Music Director Alan Gilbert.
Photo by Chris Lee.

The February broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week - the weekly radio series of concerts and recordings by the New York Philharmonic, hosted by Alec Baldwin - begin with Music Director Alan Gilbert leading the Philharmonic in Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 1; Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Gershwin's An American in Paris. The following week, guest conductor Andrey Boreyko will lead the Philharmonic in a performance of Stravinsky's The Song of the Nightingale; Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, with Philharmonic Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair as soloist; and Zemlinsky's The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra.

In the third week of broadcasts, Andrey Boreyko leads the Orchestra again in an all-Russian program: Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3, featuring Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; the Philharmonic's first performance of N. Tcherepnin's The Enchanted Kingdom; and Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 with cellist Gautier Capuc?on in his Philharmonic debut. In the final broadcast in February, Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in Phantasmata by The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse; Bloch's Schelomo, featuring cellist Jan Vogler; and Brahms's Symphony No. 1.

The New York Philharmonic This Week airs locally in the New York metropolitan area on WQXR 105.9 FM, Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. [Check local listings.] Concerts are available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org, for two weeks following the broadcast. The broadcasts are syndicated to more than 430 outlets nationally and 122 outlets internationally by the WFMT. Alec Baldwin is the host, New York Philharmonic Audio Producer Mark Travis is the broadcast producer, and Audio Director Lawrence Rock is the music producer.

The New York Philharmonic's first Live National radio broadcast took place on October 5, 1930, over the CBS radio network. On that Sunday Erich Kleiber was on the podium leading the Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since that historic broadcast, the Philharmonic has enjoyed an almost continuous presence on national radio. Advancing its role as a media pioneer, the Philharmonic, since 2002, has shared its radio broadcasts with a worldwide audience through its Website, nyphil.org. In 2004 the New York Philharmonic was the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live. Following on this innovation, in 2009 the Orchestra announced the first-ever subscription download series: Alan Gilbert: The Inaugural Season, available exclusively on iTunes, produced and distributed by the New York Philharmonic, and comprising more than 50 works performed during the 2009-10 season. Last season the Orchestra released another digital recording series: Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2012-13 Season. Since 1917 the Philharmonic has made nearly 2,000 recordings, with more than 500 currently available.

Alec Baldwin is the Radio Host of the New York Philharmonic. The actor most recently appeared on Broadway in the 2013 production of Lyle Kessler's Orphans, following appearances including Equus (Guild Hall, 2010 production); Entertaining Mr. Sloane (the Roundabout Theatre Company, 2006 production); Loot (Broadway, 1986); Serious Money (Broadway, 1988); Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Repertory Company, in 1990 (Obie Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadway, 1992); Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1998); and The Twentieth Century (Roundabout Theatre Company, 2004), earning him Theatre World and Obie Awards as well as a Tony nomination.

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