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New York Philharmonic Announces Free Insights at the Atrium Events

The New York Philharmonic has announced the 2016-17 season's Insights at the Atrium series, free events exploring themes of the Philharmonic's concert season through multimedia lectures, conversations, and panel discussions. Expanding to eight events this season, Insights at the Atrium has gained in popularity since its inception in 2011, helping thousands of audience members delve more deeply into the music, musicians, and ideas featured in the Philharmonic's season through a dynamic and accessible forum. All events are held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Philharmonic is exploring new and evolving ways of delivering pre-concert adult educational content to the largest number of people possible. As part of this development, digitally enhanced program notes will be emailed to ticketholders before each concert and made available for free on the Philharmonic's website. The expanded Insights at the Atrium and digitally enhanced program notes will take the place of Pre-Concert Insights, which featured scholars and composers discussing the program before each subscription concert. Further updates to these offerings will be announced at a later date.

The 2016-17 Insights at the Atrium events include:

"Origins of a New World Voice: NYC in 1893," September 12, 2016
In a theatrical exploration of Dvo?ák's time in New York and the American influences in his New World Symphony, the New York Philharmonic's Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Michael Beckerman will be joined by actors reenacting the reception of African American musical sources at the dawn of the Progressive Era and how they contributed to the development of an American musical voice. This event kicks off the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary activities and The New World Initiative, a season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and its connection to the theme of "home" through performances, education projects, and community outreach on the occasion of the Philharmonic's anniversary season.

"An Evening with Concertmaster Frank Huang," October 17, 2016
In advance of his performance of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, October 27-29 and November 1, 2016, New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang talks about his path to the Orchestra and his first season in New York.

"Inside the Orchestra: Living History," December 6, 2016
In this special 175th anniversary Insights at the Atrium event, join New York Philharmonic musicians past and present for up-close and personal reflections spanning decades. From milestone events to endearing and enduring traditions, learn more about the culture of this historic institution from the inside out.

"Beloved Friend - Tchaikovsky and His World," January 25, 2017
On the eve of the New York Philharmonic's three-week festival dedicated to Tchaikovsky and composers close to him, January 24-February 11, 2017, conductor Semyon Bychkov discusses the inspiration behind the festival's programming and music. What can we learn from Tchaikovsky's closest confidants?

"An Evening with Leonidas Kavakos," February 28, 2017
The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos is joined by composer Lera Auerbach to discuss the challenges and rewards of creating a new musical work. Discover the backstory of Ms. Auerbach's Violin Concerto No. 4 - a New York Philharmonic commission - and step into the soloist's mind days before he gives the World Premiere, March 1-3, 2017.

"Toscanini 150: The Maestro Lives On," March 22, 2017
Arturo Toscanini left an indelible mark on the New York Philharmonic, both musically and politically. Drawing on materials from the New York Philharmonic Archives and collections of Toscanini's letters, writer, music historian, and former Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Harvey Sachs surveys the New York Philharmonic milestones that defined Toscanini at the height of his career, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the conductor's birth, March 25, 1867.

"From Tragedy to Triumph: A Survivor from Warsaw and the 'Ode to Joy,'" April 24, 2017
On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, discover how two musical works divided by tonality and 125 years of fateful history share many of the same aspirations. Musicologist Amy Wlodarski and The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Michael Beckerman discuss these powerful musical settings and how the music in Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, which Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts May 3-6 and 9, 2017, reflects the invincible nature and freedom of the human spirit.

"A Toast to Alan Gilbert," May 2017 (date to be announced)
In his final Insights at the Atrium engagement as Music Director and as he concludes his New York Philharmonic tenure, Alan Gilbert looks back on his eight years leading the Orchestra - the people, projects, and stories - and what lies in store for him.

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"Origins of a New World Voice: NYC in 1893" (September 12, 2016)
Michael Beckerman, The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2016-17 season, is Carroll and Milton Petrie Chair and Collegiate Professor of Music at New York University. He has written articles on such subjects as film scoring, music of the Roma (Gypsies), Mozart, Brahms, exiled composers, and music in the camps, as well as many studies and several books on Czech topics, including Dvo?ák and His World (Princeton University Press, 1993),Janá?ek as Theorist (Pendragon Press, 1994), New Worlds of Dvo?ák (W.W. Norton, 2003), Janá?ek and His World(Princeton, 2004), and Martin?'s Mysterious Accident (Pendragon, 2007). He has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times and was a regular guest on Live From Lincoln Center and other radio and television programs in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Dr. Beckerman lectures nationally and internationally and has organized many concerts and symposia. He was awarded the Janá?ek Medal by the Czech Ministry of Culture, is a recipient of the Dvo?ák Medal, and is also a Laureate of the Czech Music Council; he has twice received the Deems Taylor Award. He was chair of the New York University Department of Music (2004-13), served as distinguished professor at Lancaster University (2011-15), and last year received an honorary doctorate from Palacký University in the Czech Republic.

The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic program honors and recognizes the enduring contribution of Leonard Bernstein, the Orchestra's Music Director from 1958 to 1969 and subsequent Laureate Conductor. The position was created in the 2005-06 season to coincide with the 15th anniversary of Bernstein's death, on October 14, 1990. Charles Zachary Bornstein served as the first Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence, from 2005-06 through 2007-08. New York Philharmonic Program Annotator James M. Keller, The Leni and Peter May Chair, held the post in the 2008-09 season; baritone Thomas Hampson, in combination with the role of The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, in 2009-10; Jack Gottlieb, in 2010-11 until his untimely passing in February 2011; Harvey Sachs, through the 2012-13 season; Carol J. Oja, through the 2014-15 season; and Matthew Mugmon in the 2015-16 season.

Kevin Del Aguila is a two-time Emmy-winning writer of the PBS show Peg + Cat, book writer of the Off-Broadway musicalAltar Boyz (New York Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations), and recipient of the Heideman Award for his play The Greekest of Tragedies (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Other works include his stage adaptations of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (CTC in Minneapolis), the DreamWorks film Madagascar (Radio City Music Hall), and his middle-aged superhero musical The Astonishing Return of the Protagonists! (2013 National Alliance for Music Theatre Festival). He has been commissioned to write many stage adaptations of children's literature, including Click Clack Moo(Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations) and Skippyjon Jones (Lucille Lortel Award nomination). As a director, Mr. Del Aguila has staged Lincoln Center Theater's annual Celebration of Student Songs since 2008 and has helmed World Premieres of many new musicals at Barrington Stage Company. As a performer, he appeared as Smee in Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher and as a singing troll in the Disney blockbuster Frozen.

"An Evening with Concertmaster Frank Huang" (October 17, 2016)
Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR's Performance Today, ABC's Good Morning America, and CNN's American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino's Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang's first commercial recording - featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman - was released on Naxos in 2003. He has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D'Angelo International Competition. In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro's tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and now serves on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Houston. Mr. Huang made his New York Philharmonic solo debut leading and performing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as well as leading Grieg's The Last Spring in June 2016.

"Beloved Friend - Tchaikovsky and His World" (January 25, 2017)
Semyon Bychkov won the Rachmaninoff Conducting Competition at age 20, but after being denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic, he left the former Soviet Union two years later. By the time he returned in 1989 to be principal guest conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic he had been recognized for his concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and had enjoyed success as music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has since served as music director of the Orchestre de Paris (1989-98) and as chief conductor of Cologne's WDR Symphony Orchestra (1997-2010) and Dresden Semperoper (1998). In addition to regular appearances at the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and the BBC, London, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, Mr. Bychkov's symphonic engagements include annual tours with the Munich and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mr. Bychkov is recognized for his interpretations of operas by Richard Strauss, Wagner, and Verdi. While principal guest conductor of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, his productions of Janác?ek's Jenu?fa, Schubert's Fierrabras, Puccini's La bohème, Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Musorgsky's Boris Godunov were awarded the Premio Abbiati. Other conducting appearances have included Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Musorgsky's Khovanshchina at the Vienna Staatsoper; and Wagner's Parsifal at Madrid's Teatro Real. Mr. Bychkov's recordings on the Philips label include discs with the Berlin and London Philharmonic orchestras, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris. A series of benchmark recordings with Cologne's WDR Symphony Orchestra includes a cycle of Brahms's complete symphonies; works by Richard Strauss, Mahler, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Detlev Glanert, and York Höller; and a recording of Wagner's Lohengrin. Semyon Bychkov holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Günter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with which he appears annually at the BBC Proms. He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in March 1984 leading works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff; he most recently conducted the Orchestra in February 2016 in Mahler's Symphony No. 6. He is the featured conductor of Beloved Friend - Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival, January 24-February 11, 2017.

Edward Yim is Vice President, Artistic Planning, of the New York Philharmonic. In this capacity, he works closely with Music Director Alan Gilbert and Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien on programming, artistic planning, and engaging guest artists. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Yim was director of artistic planning for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Leading a team that worked across a wide range of musical genres - including classical, jazz, world music, and popular entertainment - he created artistic programming for more than 200 concerts per season for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, both at Walt Disney Concert Hall (where he was involved in planning the inaugural seasons) and at the Hollywood Bowl. He later served as director of artistic planning for New York City Opera and senior vice president and director of the conductors and instrumentalists division of IMG Artists North America. He is a graduate of the League of American Orchestra's Management Fellowship Program. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Edward Yim holds an A.B. degree in government from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He serves on the board of New Music USA.

"An Evening with Leonidas Kavakos" (February 28, 2017)
The New York Philharmonic has named violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2016-17 season. His residency features three solo appearances in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, his Philharmonic conducting debut, a recital with pianist Yuja Wang (presented in association with Lincoln Center's Great Performers), and a Young People's Concert. Also in the season he appears with The Philadelphia Orchestra; plays and conducts the Houston Symphony; embarks on a recital tour with Ms. Wang in both Europe and the U.S.; and undertakes a European tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a tour to Switzerland with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Mr. Kavakos had already won three major competitions by age 21: the Sibelius, the Paganini, and Naumburg. This success led to his making the first recording in history of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903-04), which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award. He has since appeared regularly as soloist with the Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; London, Boston, and Chicago symphony orchestras; and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestras. As a conductor Mr. Kavakos has worked with the Atlanta, Boston, London, and Vienna symphony orchestras; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and Budapest Festival Orchestra. This season he makes conducting debuts with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Mr. Kavakos's first release on the label, of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Enrico Pace (2013), earned him an ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award. Later recordings include Brahms's Violin Concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly; Brahms's violin sonatas with Yuja Wang; and, his most recent recording, Virtuoso (released in April 2016). His earlier discography includes recordings for BIS, ECM, and Sony Classical. Mr. Kavakos was named Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014. Leonidas Kavakos plays the "Abergavenny" Stradivarius violin of 1724. He made his New York Philharmonic debut playing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy as part of a July 2002 Concerts in the Parks performance, led by Bramwell Tovey; he most recently joined the Orchestra for J.S. Bach and Sibelius, conducted by Alan Gilbert, in March 2016.

Lera Auerbach has published more than 120 works for orchestra, opera, ballet, and chamber ensemble. Her orchestral pieces have been brought to life by conductors including Boreyko, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Jurowski, and Vänskä, and she collaborates with distinguished soloists including violinists Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, Gidon Kremer, and Julian Rachlin. Recent productions have been staged by the Lincoln Center Festival, Hamburg State Theatre, Moscow's Stanislavsky Theatre, and the national ballets of China, Canada, Finland, and Denmark. Vienna's historic Theatre an der Wein has produced both of Auerbach's operas, GOGOL and The Blind. Ms. Auerbach has been composer-in-residence of the Dresden Staatskapelle, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Rheingau Musik Festival, Japan's Pacific Music Festival, Switzerland's Verbier Festival, Norway's Trondheim Festival, Canada's Banff Centre, and Marlboro Music Festival. Her work has been broadcast on ARTE, PBS's Great Performances, and BBC Radio 3. She has been featured in Harper's Bazaar,The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and Opernwelt. Highlights have included the premiere of The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie for violin, choir, and orchestra at the BBC Proms; Violin Concerto No. 3 at the Trans-Siberian Art Festival; Requiem: Ode To Peace by the Dresden Staatskapelle; Symphony No. 2 by the São Paulo Symphony; and Tatiana, Little Mermaid Ballet, and Preludes CV, all choreographed by John Neumeier. Her Violin Concerto No. 4 will be premiered by Leonidas Kavakos and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, in March 2017. Auerbach's work incorporates literature and visual arts, simultaneously expressing ideas visually, in words, and through music. She contributes regularly to The Best American Poetry series, has published three books of poetry and prose in Russian, and her first book in English, a collection of aphorisms titled Excess of Being (Arch Street Press). Lera Auerbach has received prizes including International Pushkin Society Poet of the Year, two Golden Masks, an Echo Klassik Award, and the Hindemith Prize. Since 2007 she has been a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where she often speaks about borderless creativity. Her music is available on ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, BIS, Cedille, AristLed, Bridge, Centaur, and other labels.

See Edward Yim's biography above.

"Toscanini 150: The Maestro Lives On" (March 22, 2017)
Harvey Sachs served as the New York Philharmonic's Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Hisbooks - of which there are almost 70 editions in 17 languages - include the standard biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, Virtuoso, Music in Fascist Italy, Reflections on Toscanini, and The Ninth: Beethoven and the Year 1824. He co-authored Plácido Domingo's My First Forty Years and Georg Solti's Memoirs. He also edited and translatedThe Letters of Arturo Toscanini. Mr. Sachs has written for The New Yorker , The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement of London , and many other publications, as well as for Arte, BBC, CBC, PBS, RAI, RTSI (Switzerland), and other radio and television networks. He lectures at universities and cultural institutions worldwide; has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the National Endowment for the Humanities; and holds an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Born in the United States, Harvey Sachs lived in Canada for eight years and in Europe for more than thirty years. He is a former artistic director of the Società del Quartetto di Milano. He resides in New York, is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, and writes frequently for Il Sole-24 Ore in Italy. His newly completed biography of Toscanini is scheduled for publication in 2017.

"From Tragedy to Triumph: A Survivor from Warsaw and the 'Ode to Joy'" (April 24, 2017)
Amy Lynn Wlodarski is associate professor of music at Dickinson College, where she teaches music history and conducts the college choir, and where she has received both of the college's institutional teaching awards and a pedagogical award from the Oral History Association. Dr. Wlodarski's scholarly work explores the expressive and political dynamics that lie at the intersection of Jewish history, memory, and creativity; it specifically considers how 20th-century composers have responded to the Holocaust in their music, and how these works have been received over time in various performance spaces. Amy Lynn Wlodarski is the author of Musical Witness and Holocaust Representation (Cambridge, 2015) - the first book to attempt a thematic chronology of postwar Holocaust representation in music - and with Elaine Kelly is the co-editor of Art Outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture (Rodopi/Brill, 2011), a volume dedicated to reconsidering the legacy of East German art. A leading scholar in postwar Jewish art music, Dr. Wlodarski has written on topics as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Wagner's anti-Semitism, and the Jewish musicians of Terezín. Her work has been commissioned for several valuable scholarly collections, including the Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music(Cambridge, 2015) and Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford, 2014). She has published in the leading journals in her field, and her 2010 article on Steve Reich, "The Testimonial Aesthetics of Different Trains," received the Irving Lowens Award for best musicological article from the Society for American Music. Her research has been supported by prestigious institutions, such as the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Posen Foundation, and Presser Foundation. She was selected as a Harry T. Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University in 2012-13, and is currently a fellow-in-residence at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Wlodarski earned her doctorate in musicology from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to teaching and conducting at Dickinson College, she regularly conducts pre-concert forums for ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Opera.

See Michael Beckerman's biography above.

"A Toast to Alan Gilbert" (May 2017, date to be announced)
As Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since 2009, Alan Gilbert has introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, and Artist-in-Association; CONTACT!,the new-music series; the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today's music; and the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships with cultural institutions to offer training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. The Financial Times called him "the imaginative maestro-impresario in residence." Alan Gilbert concludes his final season as Music Director with four programs that reflect themes, works, and musicians that hold particular meaning for him, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony alongside Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw,Wagner's complete Das Rheingold in concert, and an exploration of how music can effect positive change in the world.Other highlights include three World Premieres, Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre, andManhattan, performed live to film. He also leads the Orchestra on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour and in performance residencies in Shanghai and Santa Barbara. Past highlights include acclaimed stagings of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre ,Janá?ek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson (2015 Emmy nomination), and Honegger's Joan of Arc at the Stake starring Marion Cotillard; 28 World Premieres; a tribute to Boulez and Stucky during the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL; The Nielsen Project; the Verdi Requiem and Bach's B-minor Mass; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey, performed live to film; Mahler's Resurrection Symphony on the tenth anniversary of 9/11; performing violin in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time; and ten tours around the world. Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, Alan Gilbert regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. This season he returns to the foremost European orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He will record Beethoven's complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Inon Barnatan, and conduct Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Milan's Teatro alla Scala, his first time leading a staged opera there. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomicin 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award, and he conducted Messiaen's Des Canyons aux étoiles on a recent album recorded live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. His honors include Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music (2010) and Westminster Choir College (2016), Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award (2011), election to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2014), a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy (2015), Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2015), and New York University's Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City (2016).

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Insights at the Atrium is presented in partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

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Semyon Bychkov's appearance is made possible by the Daisy and Paul Soros Endowment Fund and the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

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Leonidas Kavakos is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.

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Citi. Preferred Card of the New York Philharmonic.

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Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with theCity Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Insights at the Atrium events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Fellow level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by Space is limited.

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