Alan Gilbert and the NY Philharmonic Head to Europe Oct 21 - Nov. 4
The New York Philharmonic will present its third international concert tour under the direction of Music Director Alan Gilbert: EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010, October 21-November 4, 2010. The wide-ranging European tour will feature eleven concerts in eight countries, with debuts in the Republic of Georgia (in Tbilisi and Batumi) and Republic of Lithuania (in Vilnius), in addition to concerts in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia; Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia; Warsaw, Poland; Hamburg, Germany; Paris, France; and Luxembourg. Soloists on the tour include Georgian violinist
Lisa Batiashvili, who will perform two concerts in her home country, appearing in both Tbilisi and Batumi, and violinist Leonidas Kavakos, who will appear in Belgrade, Hamburg, and Luxembourg. Alan Gilbert has invited the winner of the 2010 International Fre?de?ric Chopin Piano Competition to appear with the Philharmonic in Warsaw one week after the conclusion of the world-renowned competition. The winner will perform with the Orchestra again in New York at Avery Fisher Hall, January 4, 2011.
EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010 is the Orchestra's second tour of Europe under the leadership of Mr. Gilbert, following the acclaimed EUROPE / WINTER 2010 tour. EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010 also marks the sixth New York Philharmonic concert tour under the aegis of Credit Suisse, the Orchestra's Global Sponsor, and the third in Europe.
The repertoire for EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010 will offer varied programs to audiences across Europe, and will feature Beethoven's Egmont Overture; Brahms's Symphony No. 4; Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; R. Strauss's Don Juan; and Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Lisa Batiashvili will perform Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in Tbilisi and Batumi. Leonidas Kavakos will perform Silbelius's Violin Concerto in Belgrade, Hamburg, and Luxembourg. In Warsaw, the Orchestra will perform a piano concerto by Chopin with the winner of the 2010 International Fre?de?ric Chopin Piano Competition; the precise work will be announced at a later date.
"We're always trying to find pieces that are appropriate for a tour, works that show the Orchestra in a really spectacular way and that are exciting and fun for audiences to hear," said Music Director Alan Gilbert. "I am looking forward to leading these brilliant musicians in some of the most important works in the repertoire. To look at only two, Brahms's Fourth Symphony, from the 19th century, is a culmination in his music: emotionally it's so potent and so intense, but at the same time it's rigorously composed. We'll also be performing Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, which is a transformation of 19th-century music, one that will use the capacity and the brilliance of the New York Philharmonic to great effect."
Tour Itinerary and Details
The EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010 tour will launch with the Philharmonic's debut in the Republic of Georgia in the capital city of Tbilisi. The opening concert will be held at the Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music and Culture on October 21, and will feature the Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili. Following the tour's inaugural concert, the Philharmonic will make its debut in Batumi, a port city along the Black Sea, in the outdoor plaza of Europe Square on October 22, again with Ms. Batiashvili. The Philharmonic tour continues in Eastern Europe with two concerts on the Balkan
Peninsula: at the Sava Center in Belgrade on October 24, as the final concert of the 2010 BEMUS Festival, and at the Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana on October 26.
The tour takes the Orchestra to Warsaw for two concerts at the Filharmonia Narodowa, October 28 and 29. The latter performance will feature the winner of the 2010 International Fre?de?ric Chopin Piano Competition in his or her Philharmonic debut one week after the close of the competition; a Chopin piano concerto will be performed (to be announced at a later date).
Following Poland, the Philharmonic will make its debut in the Republic of Lithuania with a performance in Vilnius, the capital city, at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre on October 30. The Orchestra then performs at the Elbphilharmonie Concerts in Hamburg's Music Hall Laeiszhalle on November 1 (where Alan Gilbert is the Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra). The concert will be in cooperation with ProArte Concerts. The New York Philharmonic will return to Paris on November 2 with a concert at the Salle Pleyel, only months after its first performances there with Alan Gilbert. The EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010 tour concludes with two concerts in Luxembourg on November 3 and 4 at the Philharmonie Luxembourg as part of the Luxembourg Festival.