NY Philharmonic's 'Insights Series' Now Free; 2013-14 Lineup Announced
Beginning with the 2013-14 season, the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series - in which artists and experts will explore some of the season's themes and concerts - will now be free, and take place at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. This season's events will include discussions with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow during his farewell season (October 23); composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Leila Josefowicz (October 28), who will discuss Mr. Salonen's Violin Concerto, written for Ms. Josefowicz (which they will perform with the Philharmonic in its New York Concert Premiere, October 30-November 5); Music Director Alan Gilbert and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien on the state of the Philharmonic (March 3, 2014); The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman (May 20, 2014), who will talk about Beethoven's piano concertos (which he will perform during The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, June 11-28, 2014); and discussions relating to the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, the details of which will be announced at a later date. All Insights Series events begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit nyphil.org/insights.
Carol J. Oja - a noted music historian and author, whose most recent book examines Leonard Bernstein's work on Broadway - has been appointed the sixth Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in- Residence at the New York Philharmonic. She will be featured in an Insights Series event titled "Leonard Bernstein Emerges: Defying Boundaries and Challenging Racial Politics During World War II" (April 7, 2014) a look at the Philharmonic Laureate Conductor's emergence as a conductor, composer, and activist for racial justice during his 20s. She will also moderate the Insights Series event spotlighting Yefim Bronfman, and conduct research in the Philharmonic Archives.
The Philharmonic again presents its popular Pre-Concert Talks one hour before each subscription concert. The speakers in the 2013-14 season will include composers Victoria Bond, Paul Moravec, Joelle Wallach, and Daniel Felsenfeld; curator of the music collections at the British Library Nicholas Bell; writer and music historIan Harvey Sachs; Philharmonic Program Annotator James M. Keller; author, pianist, and professor Arbie Orenstein; author and lecturer Fred Plotkin; musicologist and professor Elizabeth Seitz; Philharmonic Principal Librarian Lawrence Tarlow; violist and Philharmonic Senior Teaching Artist David Wallace; Philharmonic Audio Producer Mark Travis; and Philharmonic Vice President, Artistic Planning, Edward Yim.
Insights Series Participants:
Glenn Dicterow, a native of Los Angeles, California, made his solo debut at the age of 11 in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years. He went on to win numerous awards and competitions, including the Young Musicians Foundation Award and Coleman Competition Award (Los Angeles), The Julia Klumpke Award (San Francisco), and the Bronze Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. He graduated from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. His other teachers included Jascha Heifetz, Henryk Szeryng, Joachim Chassman, Naoum Blinder, and Manuel Compinsky. Mr. Dicterow frequently appears as a guest soloist with other orchestras, including those of Los Angeles, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mexico City, and Montreal, as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.). He performed Bernstein's Serenade with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern at Eighty: A Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Dicterow is featured in the violin solos in Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra with Zubin Mehta for CBS Records. He has recorded works by Wieniawski with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Lee Holdridge's Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer; Shostakovich's Violin Concerto
No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Maxim Shostakovich (on a Radiothon recording); and the Philharmonic's recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade with Yuri Temirkanov (BMG). He can be heard in collaboration with violist Karen Dreyfus and pianist Gerald Robbins on his most recent CD, a recital on Cala Records' New York Legends series, featuring works by John Corigliano, Korngold, Bernstein, and Martin?. Glenn Dicterow enjoys an active teaching career. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Glenn Dicterow will become the first to hold the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music, a faculty position at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious music schools.