Alan Gilbert to Conduct Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto with Liang Wang, 11/14–16, 19
New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Christopher Rouse, Liang Wang, Glenn Dicterow
Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto, featuring Principal Oboe Liang Wang, and Richard Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Don Juan, both featuring Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in concertmaster solos. The concerts will take place Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The performance of Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto launches the second year of his tenure as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence. "I've always said and long felt that Chris Rouse is one of the really important composers working today," Alan Gilbert said. "As we enter our second year with him as Composer-in-Residence, it's fun for me to see how the relationship gets stronger."
"What I've always loved most about the Philharmonic is that they play as though it's a matter of life or death," Mr. Rouse said. "The energy, excitement, commitment, and intensity are so exciting and wonderful for a composer. Some of the very best performances I've ever had have been by the Philharmonic."
"It's a real workout for the oboist," Mr. Rouse said of his Oboe Concerto. "It is one of my more genial works. There aren't too many clouds in the sky. It's meant to have a kind of amorous, romantic quality." Principal Oboe Liang Wang added: "It's a combination of lyrical themes with fireworks. It's genius."
The Philharmonic had scheduled the New York Premiere of the Oboe Concerto in December 2010, but the program was adjusted due to a blizzard. Later this season, Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead Mr. Rouse's Requiem on May 5, 2014, to open the Spring For Music festival at Carnegie Hall; the World Premiere of the New York Philharmonic-commissioned Symphony No. 4 on June 5-7, 2014, one of the highlights of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; and Rapture on January 2-3 and 7, 2014. The Orchestra will also perform Rapture at Long Island's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on January 4, 2014, and on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour.
This program also launches the season-long farewell to Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, who will step down at the end of the 2013-14 season, concluding his 34-year tenure as the Philharmonic's longest-serving concertmaster. Mr. Dicterow selected four of his favorite concertmaster solos to perform during his final season, and two of those solos - in R. Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Don Juan - are featured on this program. Mr. Dicterow performed and recorded Also sprach Zarathustra only two weeks into his January 1980 trial period for his role as Concertmaster: a recording of those performances was released by CBS Records.
"The most challenging part of performing concertmaster solos is that you start out playing amongst your colleagues and all of a sudden the solo light goes on and you're out there by yourself. You are a team player and then you're at bat, and you have to try to hit a home run," Mr. Dicterow said.
"Glenn is one of the great concertmasters, and he's part of the reason the New York Philharmonic is as great as it is," Alan Gilbert said. "I think everybody agrees that Glenn's generosity and the warmth of his sound has become part of what makes this orchestra the New York Philharmonic."