New York Philharmonic Kicks Off Free Insights Series October 23

New York Philharmonic Kicks Off Free Insights Series October 23

The 2013-14 season of the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series - in which artists and experts explore some of the season's themes and concerts - will begin this month with two events. The series is free to the public throughout the season, and all events take place at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Columbus Avenue at 62nd Street) at 7:30 p.m.

The series begins Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. with "The Quintessential Concertmaster: Glenn Dicterow's 34-Year Tenure," when Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, who is in his valedictory season, looks back on his tenure with the Orchestra through reflections and recordings of past highlights. In conversation with Philharmonic Archivist/Historian Barbara Haws, he also speaks about the concerts that will crown his Philharmonic career, including concertmaster solos, chamber performances, and his first-ever Philharmonic performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto June 24-28, 2014, when he will be joined by Principal Cello Carter Brey and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman.

On Monday, October 28, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. the Philharmonic presents "Anatomy of a Concerto: A Collaboration Between Composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and Violinist Leila Josefowicz." Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Leila Josefowicz will discuss the Violin Concerto he composed for her, a work that summed up his musical experiences as he was approaching his 50th birthday and the conclusion of his tenure as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music director. They will perform the work with the Philharmonic in its New York Concert Premiere, October 30-November 5. Philharmonic Vice President, Artistic Planning, Edward Yim will moderate the discussion. After the event, Mr. Salonen and Ms. Josefowicz will sign copies of their recording Out of Nowhere, featuring the Violin Concerto and available for purchase at the event.

Insights Series will continue with "The 21st-Century Orchestra: A Conversation with Music Director Alan Gilbert and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien," March 3, 2014; "Leonard Bernstein Emerges: Defying Boundaries and Challenging Racial Politics During World War II," April 7, 2014, presented by Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Carol J. Oja; "The Pinnacle of Cycles: Pianist Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven's Piano Concertos," May 20, 2014, moderated by Carol J. Oja (in anticipation of The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman's performances 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. For more information, visit

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 Martinu?. 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.

Comment & Share

About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts