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New York Philharmonic Hosts Free Opening Gala Dress Rehearsal Today

New York Philharmonic Hosts Free Opening Gala Dress Rehearsal Today

The New York Philharmonic's Free Dress Rehearsal of the Opening Gala concert -today, September 25, 2013, at 9:45 a.m. - will be presented to the City for the seventh consecutive year by the Orchestra and Credit Suisse, the Philharmonic's Global Sponsor. General admission tickets will be handed out on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza on a first-come, first-served basis, one ticket per person, that morning starting at 8:00 a.m. Previous seasons' Free Dress Rehearsals have drawn thousands of music lovers to Avery Fisher Hall.

In celebration of the Argentine-themed Opening Gala concert, tango Dance Company Triangulo will perform and teach Philharmonic musicians as well as fans waiting on line how to dance the tango. WQXR host Elliott Forrest will host the morning events, which will include interviews with Music Director Alan Gilbert, Philharmonic musicians, and fans waiting in line. Free Dress Rehearsal attendees can also enter a raffle for the chance to win one of five iPod shuffles pre- loaded with Philharmonic recordings.

Those attending the Free Dress Rehearsal will hear Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic prepare the works to be performed that evening on the Opening Gala concert - Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. - which ushers in the Orchestra's 172nd season. The program features cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing the World Premiere of Octavio Brunetti's arrangement, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, of a suite from Astor Piazzolla's La serie del Ángel as well as Osvaldo Golijov's Azul, composed for the cellist; the concert opens with Ravel's Alborada del gracioso and closes with Boléro. The evening concert will be broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and streamed live at www.wqxr.org at 7:30 p.m., and telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center at a later date.

About Triangulo: Triangulo is New York City's only dance studio dedicated exclusively to Argentinian tango. The company offers private lessons as well as a variety of group classes at a range of levels, ranging from absolute beginners to experienced tangueros, with instructors who strive to create a fun, challenging, and supportive environment. Founded in 1997 by Carina Moeller, Triangulo moved from its original location in the Meatpacking District to its current location on West 20th Street. As the New York tango community has grown, Triangulo has remained a destination of choice for visitors and New York-based dancers alike. It strives to be a warm and welcoming studio where students learn, practice, and hang out. Further information about Triangulo can be found at www.tangonyc.com.

About Credit Suisse: Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as "Credit Suisse"). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking, and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions, and innovative products to companies, institutional clients, and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 46,300 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

Admission to the rehearsal is free; single tickets for the Opening Gala concert start at $79. All tickets may be purchased online at nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m. To determine ticket availability, call the Philharmonic's Customer Relations Department at (212) 875-5656. [Ticket prices subject to change.]

Opening Gala of the New York Philharmonic's 2013-14 Season:

Avery Fisher Hall
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Free Dress Rehearsal - 9:45 a.m. (free event tickets, one per person, required and distributed starting at 8:00 a.m. on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center)

Live From Lincoln Center telecast at a later date on PBS stations.
Concert broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and on wqxr.org.

Alan Gilbert, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello

RAVEL
Osvaldo GOLIJOV

PIAZZOLLA/arr. Brunetti

RAVEL
The concert will be performed without intermission.

*denotes New York Philharmonic debut

Pictured: Alan Gilbert greeting concert-goers at last year's Free Dress Rehearsal. Photo by Chris Lee.

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