Alan Gilbert Directs NY Phil in Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut, Featuring Yefim Bronfman, 5/9

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Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, America's oldest orchestra, come to Walt Disney Concert Hall in the final event of the LA Phil's 2011/12 Visiting Orchestras series, Wednesday, May 9, at 8 pm. Virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman joins the program, performing the West Coast premiere of Piano Concerto No. 2, by New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg. Also on the program are Dvorák's Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Though Gilbert has previously appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH), most recently during the 2006/07 season, the performance will be the New York Philharmonic's WDCH debut.

The concert is the second stop of the New York Philharmonic's CALIFORNIA 2012 TOUR, featuring seven concerts in six cities, beginning May 8 in Costa Mesa and ending May 15, in San Diego. This is the orchestra's first U.S. tour with Gilbert as Music Director, and the first extensive visit to California since 1999.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world; on May 5, 2010, it performed its 15,000th concert. Music Director Alan Gilbert succeeds a distinguished line of 20th-century musical giants that goes back to Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini. The orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, commissioning and/or premiering works by each era's leading composers, some of which have won the Pulitzer Prize. Renowned around the globe, the Philharmonic has appeared in 430 cities in 63 countries – including the February 2008 historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, for which the Philharmonic earned the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy. Credit Suisse is the exclusive Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

Music Director Alan Gilbert, The Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, began his tenure at the New York Philharmonic in September 2009, launching what New York Magazine called "a fresh future for the Philharmonic." The first native New Yorker in the post, he has introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, an annual three-week festival, and CONTACT!, the new-music series, and has sought to make the orchestra a point of civic pride for the city as well as for the country. Mr. Gilbert's 2011/12 Philharmonic season comprises world premieres and pillars of the repertoire to shed fresh perspectives on both the new and the established. It also includes tours to Europe and California, appearances at Carnegie Hall, and a program at the Park Avenue Armory featuring Stockhausen's Gruppen. Mr. Gilbert also made his Philharmonic debut as soloist when he joined Frank Peter Zimmermann in J.S. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in October 2011.

Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings. Bronfman's 2011/12 U.S. season began with the Chicago Symphony's opening Gala conducted by Riccardo Muti followed by return engagements to the orchestras in Philadelphia, Toronto, Portland, OR, Kansas City and a residency with the Cleveland Orchestra in Miami, Cleveland and New York focusing on the concerti and chamber music of Brahms. A recital tour in winter culminates with Carnegie Hall followed by the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him by the New York Philharmonic, with whom he is currently touring the west coast.

An Upbeat Livepre-concert event take place in Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall one hour prior to the concert, and is free to all ticket holders. Thomas Neenan, lecturer in Music History and Theory at Caltech and Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's, hosts.

Complete program:

DVORÁK Carnival Overture
LINDBERG Piano Concerto No. 2 (West Coast premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

The concert plays on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 8 PM, at the Walt Disney CONCERT HALL, located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.

Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2011/12 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.