New York Philharmonic Presents THE GLENN DICTEROW COLLECTION Tonight
The New York Philharmonic will mark Glenn Dicterow's farewell - following 34 years as Concertmaster, the longest tenure of any concertmaster in Philharmonic history - with the release of New York Philharmonic Presents: The Glenn Dicterow Collection, three albums on the New York Philharmonic label featuring Mr. Dicterow's favorite solo performances from 1982 to 2012. The first album will be available on CD, which comes with a 90-page commemorative booklet that includes program notes with Mr. Dicterow's comments, essays about Mr. Dicterow by Alan Gilbert and Archivist/Historian Barbara Haws, photographs, and a complete list of Mr. Dicterow's solo performances. It will also be available as a download on iTunes and Amazon.com. The second and third albums will be available as downloads only. The CD and booklet are $16.99; the downloads are $9.99 each or $24.99 for all three downloadable albums. The collection, distributed by Naxos, is now available for pre-order; it will be available for purchase and download on nyphil.org/DicterowCollection beginning tonight, June 3.
The collection features Glenn Dicterow's performances of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, Barto?k's Violin Concerto No. 1, Korngold's Violin Concerto, John Williams's Theme from Schindler's List, Aaron Jay Kernis's Lament and Prayer, Bernstein's Serenade, Barber's Violin Concerto, Waxman's Carmen Fantasie, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1. The performances are led by Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, John Williams, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, and Maxim Shostakovich.
Mr. Dicterow will give his final concerts as Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic performing Beethoven's Triple Concerto alongside The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in- Residence Yefim Bronfman and Principal Cello Carter Brey, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, June 24-28, 2014. The performances are part of the season-concluding The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival.
Mr. Dicterow will also be the subject of a New York Philharmonic Archives exhibition, Glenn Dicterow, a Most Masterful Musician: 34 Years as the New York Philharmonic's Concertmaster, which will focus on his legacy as the Philharmonic's longest-serving concertmaster by highlighting his solo performances, his relationships with music directors and composers, his role as an orchestral leader, and the history of the role of concertmaster. It will also include video excerpts of Mr. Dicterow's solo performances with the New York Philharmonic broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center. The exhibit will be on display June 5-August 29 on the east side of the Grand Promenade of Avery Fisher Hall as well as online.
"It has been an amazing 34 years," Glenn Dicterow said. "Every single one has been challenging and inspiring. I feel very much part of the Philharmonic family. It is not going to be easy for me to leave this great Orchestra, which has been part of my life for so long."
"Glenn is one of the great concertmasters, and he's part of the reason the New York Philharmonic is as great as it is," Alan Gilbert said. "I think everybody agrees that Glenn's generosity and the warmth of his sound has become part of what makes the New York Philharmonic the New York Philharmonic."
About Glenn Dicterow
New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow has established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation. His extraordinary musical gifts became apparent when, at age 11, he made his solo debut in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (in which his father, Harold Dicterow, served as principal of the second violin section for 52 years). In the following years, Glenn Dicterow became one of the most sought-after young artists, appearing as soloist from coast to coast. The violinist, who has won numerous awards and competitions, is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian. In 1967, at the age of 18, he made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto under Andre Kostelanetz. In 1980 Mr. Dicterow joined the Orchestra as Concertmaster, and has since performed as soloist every year, most recently in Brahms's Double Concerto in November 2012, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, conducted by Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione. Prior to joining the New York Philharmonic, he served as Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Dicterow, who frequently appears as a guest soloist with other orchestras, has made numerous recordings. Highlights of his recorded Philharmonic appearances include Bruch's Violin Concerto, Barto?k's Violin Concerto No. 1, Korngold's Violin Concerto, Bernstein's Serenade, Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Waxman's Carmen Fantasie. His most recent CD is a solo recital for Cala Records entitled New York Legends, featuring works by John Corigliano (the son of one of his predecessors as the New York Philharmonic's Concertmaster), Korngold, Bernstein, and Martinu?. His recording of Bernstein's Serenade, on Volume 2 of the American Celebration set, is available on the New York Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. Mr. Dicterow can also be heard in the violin solos of the film scores for The Turning Point, The Untouchables, Altered States, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Interview with the Vampire, among others. Glenn Dicterow is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as a faculty artist at the Music Academy of the West, following three years of participation in Music Academy Summer Festivals. Beginning in the fall of 2013, he became the first to hold the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
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The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival is made possible with major
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Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor. ** *
Yefim Bronfman is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence.
Alan Gilbert's June 24-28 appearance is made possible through the Daisy and Paul Soros
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