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NY Philharmonic Launches Worldwide Radio Broadcasts for April-June 2015

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; the Royal Concertgebouw; and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director - performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz, for whom it is written and dedicated. The concerts also include two early 20th-century Russian works, Stravinsky's Petrushka (original 1911 version) and Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake.

The last week in April features Alan Gilbert leading the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto, featuring Principal Oboe Liang Wang, and Richard Strauss's Don Juan and Also sprach Zarathustra, both featuring then Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in the highlighted concertmaster solos.

In the first broadcast in May, Andrey Boreyko returns to lead the Orchestra in Stravinsky's The Song of the Nightingale; Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, with Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair; and Zemlinsky's The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra.

Next, Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a celebration of the centennial of English composer, conductor, and pianist Benjamin Britten. The program will include Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring tenor Michael Slattery, and Philharmonic Principal Horn Philip Myers, and Britten's Spring Symphony, with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun- Menaker.

In the third week of May, Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, with Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan in his Philharmonic debut. The program also includes Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nyx, Debussy's Jeux, and Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

The next three weeks feature Alan Gilbert leading the Orchestra in The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, in which Yefim Bronfman (then The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence) performs the complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle. Two of the programs set Beethoven's works alongside World Premieres. The first of these three programs features Beethoven's Concertos Nos. 1 and 4, as well as the World Premiere of Anthony Cheung's Lyra, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of The Marie- Jose?e Kravis Prize for New Music. The Philharmonic's June broadcasts begin with the second program in the Beethoven festival: Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, as well as the World Premiere-New York Philharmonic Commission of Kravis Emerging Composer Sean Shepherd's Songs. The following week features the festival's final program: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, and Beethoven's Triple Concerto, featuring Mr. Bronfman, Principal Cello Carter Brey, and then Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in his final Philharmonic appearances before concluding his 34-year tenure.

Next, Lisa Batiashvili concludes her tenure as the 2014-15 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist- in-Residence, performing the U.S. Premiere of Thierry Escaich's Concerto for Violin and Oboe, a Philharmonic co-commission with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, coupled with J.S. Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe. In both of these works she is joined by oboist Franc?ois Leleux, her husband, in his Philharmonic debut. Conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, the program also includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.

In the final week of June broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert conclude The Nielsen Project - the Philharmonic's acclaimed multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), whose 150th anniversary of his birth will be marked that month - with Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto, featuring Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill in his Philharmonic debut. The program also includes Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales and selections from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

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,, 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. The New York Philharmonic can also be heard on the radio in China on Shanghai Classical 94.7 FM every other Friday at 7:00 p.m. thanks to a new agreement between the WFMT Radio Network and the Shanghai East Radio Company except for June when the New York Philharmonic will be featured every Friday. 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, 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. In the 2013-14 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.

The WFMT Radio Network, the international syndication division of award-winning Chicago classical music station 98.7WFMT, distributes these broadcasts worldwide. In addition to the New York Philharmonic broadcasts, the WFMT Radio Network syndicates many programs, including concerts by the Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, as well as ongoing series such as Relevant Tones, Fiesta!, and Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin. The WFMT Radio Network also offers a full season of performances by American opera companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and more. In addition, exclusive programming from Carnegie Hall, Germany's Deutsche Welle Radio, and dozens of classical, folk, jazz, documentaries, and specials are offered to radio outlets around the world.

April-June 2015

Week of April 1 (from March 13-16, 2013)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Dorothea Roschmann, soprano
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Steve Davislim, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

J.S. BACH Mass in B minor

Week of April 8 (from October 10-13, 2012)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Robert Langevin, flute
Nikolaj Znaider, violin

NIELSEN Flute Concerto
NIELSEN Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

Week of April 15 (from March 27, April 1, and July 19, 2013)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Carter Brey, cello

DVOR?A?K Cello Concerto (July 19, 2013)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 (July 19, 2013)
J.S. BACH Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello in G major, BWV 1007 (April 1, 2013)

Week of April 22 (from March 26-28, 2015)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

LYADOV The Enchanted Lake
STRAVINSKY Petrushka (original 1911 version)
John ADAMS Scheherazade.2 - Dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra (World Premiere-New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; the Royal Concertgebouw; and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director)

Week of April 29 (from November 14-16 and 19, 2013)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Liang Wang, oboe

- Glenn Dicterow, violin
Christopher ROUSE Oboe Concerto (New York Premiere)
R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
- Glenn Dicterow, violin

Week of May 6 (from January 16-18, 2014)

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Judith LeClair, bassoon

STRAVINSKY The Song of the Nightingale
MOZART Bassoon Concerto
ZEMLINSKY The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra

Week of May 13 (from November 21-23, 2013)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Michael Slattery*, tenor (Serenade)
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor (Spring Symphony)
Philip Myers, horn
Kate Royal*, soprano
Sasha Cooke†, mezzo-soprano
New York Choral Artists - Joseph Flummerfelt, director
Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Dianne Berkun-Menaker, director

BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
BRITTEN Spring Symphony

Week of May 20 (from March 19-20 and 24, 2015)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Inon Barnatan*, piano

Esa-Pekka SALONEN Nyx
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Week of May 27 (from June 11-14, 2014)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2
Anthony CHEUNG Songs (World Premiere - New York Philharmonic Commission)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3

Week of June 10 (from June 24-28, 2014)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Glenn Dicterow, violin
Carter Brey, cello

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Week of June 17 (from April 8-11, 2015)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Franc?ois Leleux*, oboe

J.S. BACH Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Thierry ESCAICH Concerto for Violin and Oboe (U.S. Premiere - New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10

Week of June 24 (from January 8-10 and 13, 2015)

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Anthony McGill*, clarinet

RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales
NIELSEN Clarinet Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Selections from Swan Lake

*denotes New York Philharmonic debut
†denotes New York Philharmonic subscription debut

Pictured: Music Director Alan Gilbert. Photo by Chris Lee.

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