The New York Philharmonic Sets August 2014 Worldwide Radio Broadcasts
The August 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 conducting the New York Philharmonic in the opening program of The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, featuring the 2014-14 season Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Over the course of the three-week festival Mr. Bronfman performs the complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle as well as the Triple Concerto with Principal Cello Carter Brey and Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in the final Philharmonic appearance of his 34-year tenure. The festival also features the World Premieres of Lyra by Anthony Cheung and Songs by Sean Shepherd, both commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Prize for New Music, pairing the master composer's concertos with new commissions now entering the repertoire.
In the opening program of The Beethoven Piano Concertos, Alan Gilbert conducts Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4, with Mr. Bronfman as soloist, and the World Premiere-New York Philharmonic Commission of Anthony Cheung's Lyra. The Beethoven Piano Concertos continues in the second week of broadcasts with Mr. Gilbert leading Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, with M. Bronfman as soloist, and the World Premiere-New York Philharmonic Commission of Sean Shepherd's Songs. The third week of broadcasts concludes the festival, when Alan Gilbert leads Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, and Beethoven's Triple Concerto, with Mr. Bronfman alongside Principal Cello Carter Brey and Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow.
The final broadcast in August featuring Alan Gilbert conducting Barto?k's Violin Concerto No. 1 with now retired Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow as soloist, as well as Dvor?a?k's Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 from a concert recorded in May 2012.
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 465 outlets nationally and 122 outlets internationally by the WFMT Radio Network. 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. This season, the Orchestra released another digital recording series: Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2013-14 Season. The first two albums are now available for download and streaming. 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 last appeared onstage in the 2010 Guild Hall (East Hampton) production of Peter Shaffer's Equus, directed by Tony Walton. Mr. Baldwin's other stage credits include 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.
Mr. Baldwin has appeared in more than 50 films, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed, and It's Complicated. On television Mr. Baldwin starred with Tina Fey on NBC's 30 Rock, winner of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. For his portrayal of Jack Donaghy, Mr. Baldwin received seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award, and two Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2011 Mr. Baldwin received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His company, El Dorado Pictures, has produced projects including Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for TNT (Emmy Award nomination); The Confession for Showtime (Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay); and David Mamet's film State and Main. A dedicated supporter of public policy and arts causes, Alec Baldwin serves on the boards of the New York Philharmonic, People For the American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival, and Guild Hall of East Hampton. He is an active supporter of The Radiation and Public Health Project, East Hampton Day Care Center, The Actors Fund, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and The Water Keeper Alliance, among many others. His book, A Promise to Ourselves, was published by St. Martin's Press in paperback in 2009.