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MLB All-Star Charity Concert
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Location: Great Lawn, Central Park  (Directions)
 
Sat, Jul, 13, 2013
7:30 PM

Westside entrance: Central Park West & West 72nd Street
Eastside entrance: 5th Avenue and East 72nd Street

This event is free but ticketed. Fans can obtain General Admission tickets at AllStarGame.com/Concert beginning June 26 at 10:00AM Eastern time. All visitors will be screened at security checkpoints before entering the concert grounds. Gates open at 3:00PM. No backpacks, alcohol, glass or metal containers, pets, or blankets are permitted. A full list of prohibited and acceptable items is available at AllStarGame.com/Concert

The New York Philharmonic gives an annual series of free Concerts in the Parks throughout the boroughs of New York City, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Program

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"Strike Up the Band" from Strike Up the Band

George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” is an orchestration of the title song from the musical of the same name, which had lyrics by his brother Ira. The show’s first version, from 1927 with a book by George S. Kaufman, closed in Philadelphia, but the brothers’ 1930 revamp, with a book by Morrie Ryskind, made it to Broadway. Strike Up the Band was a satire on America’s taste for war: it tells of an American tycoon who goads the U.S. into conflict with Switzerland (in 1927 it was over cheese; in 1930, chocolate). The Philharmonic has presented songs from the show since 1937.

Casey at the Bat
Suite from The Natural
Fanfare for the Common Man
Composed in 1942, in the midst of World War II, Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man was a musical response to the U.S.’s entry into the war, and was partly inspired by Vice President Henry A. Wallace’s speech about the dawn of the “Century of the Common Man.” It was written at the request of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conductor Eugene Goossens, who was reviving something he’d done during World War I: asking composers to compose fanfares for the openings of concerts. Of the 18 by Americans, Copland’s is the only one that remains firmly in the repertoire. Leonard Bernstein conducted the Philharmonic’s first performance of the work during Lincoln Center’s groundbreaking ceremony in 1959.
New York, New York
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Suite from 42
Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Artists

Alan Gilbert

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of pride for the city and country. “He is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be,” The New York Times praised.

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, held in the 2013–14 season by Christopher Rouse and pianist Yefim Bronfman, respectively; an annual festival, which this season is The Beethoven Piano Concertos; CONTACT!, the new-music series, extending its reach this season with more concerts in new venues across the city; and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers.

In the 2013–14 season Alan Gilbert conducts Mozart’s three final symphonies; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film is screened, as part of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial; and a staged production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. He also continues The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The Music Director will preside over the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, with stops including Tokyo and Seoul, featuring Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman performing Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse’s Rapture, and Alan Gilbert narrating Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese at a Young People’s Concert in Tokyo.

Last season’s highlights included Bach’s B-minor Mass and Ives’s Fourth Symphony, and, during the EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour, participating in the Vienna Konzerthaus’s centennial and performing Lindberg’s Kraft and Rouse’s Prospero’s Rooms at the Volkswagen Transparent Factory. The season concluded with A Dancer’s Dream, a multidisciplinary reimagining of Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small and starring New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns.

High points of Mr. Gilbert’s first three Philharmonic seasons included the critically celebrated productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen (2011) — both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years — and Philharmonic 360 (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen.  Other highlights include World Premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and composers featured on CONTACT!; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; five concerts at Carnegie Hall; five tours to Europe; and the Asia Horizons tour.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. His 2013–14 season engagements include appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Orchestre National de Lyon.

Alan Gilbert made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming’s recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine.

Mr. Gilbert studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). In May 2010 he received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Curtis, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.”

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