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Concerts in the Parks - Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx - CANCELLED
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Location: Van Cortlandt Park  (Directions)
Price Range: Free
Tue, Jul, 15, 2014
8:00 PM

Tonight's concert has been cancelled due to predicted inclement weather.

Due to the weather forecast for thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, and out of concern for the safety of the audience and the musicians, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, in consultation with the NYPD, the Central Park Conservancy, and the New York Philharmonic, has made the decision to cancel this evening's performance of the New York Philharmonic on the Great Lawn of Central Park. The concert will not be rescheduled.

Concerts in the Parks - Van Cortlandt Park


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Adagio for Strings (in honor of Mo. Maazel)
Maskarade Overture
Violin Concerto No. 1
MAX BRUCH (1838-1920)
Violin Concerto No. 1 (1866, rev. 1868)

Even as a teen Max Bruch loved the violin: "The violin seemed to me even at that time the queen of instruments, and it was quite natural that early on I had the inclination to write for it." He began work on this concerto when he was just 19, but did not finish it until nine years later. No sooner had he completed the score than he wanted to revise it... "Between 1864 and 1868 I rewrote my concerto at least a half dozen times," he later told his publisher. Not playing the instrument himself, he requested assistance from violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim (1831-1907), who was glad to provide suggestions. Joachim-the musical advisor to Brahms, as well — was rewarded by becoming the dedicatee, soloist, and champion for the newly-reworked concerto. When asked to compare the violin concertos of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Bruch, Joachim opined that Bruch's was "the richest and most seductive" of the four. Many other renowned violinists, such as Henri Vieuxtemps, Leopold Auer, and Ferdinand David subsequently took it into their repertoire. It opens with a brief, solemn Prelude that proceeds to a more energetic Allegro moderato. The slow movement is a rapturous Adagio, full of sweeping arpeggios for the violin. The finale, with its hints of gypsy melodies, is fiery and brilliant — a real showstopper. Though other of his works are regularly programmed by symphony orchestras — for example, his Scottish Fantasy, composed for the Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, and Kol Nidrei — Bruch is best known for this romantic concerto, whose passion and bravado have made it a virtuoso showcase for soloists and an audience favorite for nearly 150 years.
Selections from Peer Gynt
Les Préludes


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.” In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Visit Alan Gilbert's Official Website

Joshua Bell by Bill Phelps

Violinist Joshua Bell is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. In the 2013–14 season he will tour with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields (ASMF), where he was recently named music director — the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Mariner formed the orchestra in 1958.

Highlights of his 2013–14 season include a European and U.S. tour with the ASMF, performances with the Houston Symphony and Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras, and an appearance at Carnegie Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Bell performs the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic, led by Paavo Järvi, and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. The season also includes a U.S. recital tour and a Kennedy Center appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik Awards. Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home With Friends, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the ASMF, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. His discography encompasses the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Red Violin.

Joshua Bell’s 2007 incognito subway station performance in Washington, D.C., resulted in a provocative Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning story examining art and context. The conversation continues with the new Annick Press illustrated children’s book, The Man with the Violin.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell received his first violin at age four, and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. Two years later he came to national attention with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and at age 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut. Mr. Bell, who plays the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius, is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, and recently received the New York Recording Academy Honors, among other accolades.


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The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks are presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Major Corporate Support by Time Warner, Inc.

Major Foundation Support by The Ford Foundation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Additional support provided by the Herman Goldman Foundation, The Marc Haas Foundation, and other generous donors.

The Concerts in the Parks are presented in cooperation with the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, Bill de Blasio, Mayor; Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner; the Borough Presidents; and the City Council of New York.

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