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Alan Gilbert To Lead CALIFORNIA 2016 Tour May 3–7

CALIFORNIA 2016 Tour New York Philharmonic

On this, the first cold day of fall, it gives great pleasure to announce that the New York Philharmonic is heading west. 

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic on the CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, May 3–7, 2016. The tour will feature four orchestral concerts with appearances in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and San Francisco. Principal Cello Carter Brey will perform as soloist in Schumann’s Cello Concerto. 

“I look forward to showcasing this Orchestra’s brilliance in cornerstones of the repertoire on our travels to Costa Mesa, San Diego, and San Francisco,” said Music Director Alan Gilbert. “One program spotlights our magnificent Principal Cello Carter Brey in the Schumann concerto coupled with music by Brahms. The other program pairs works by Beethoven with two masterpieces by Sibelius, extending our musical celebration of Sibelius’s 150th birthday to California. I feel a strong affinity to Nordic composers, and I believe that Sibelius is one of the great 20th-century symphonists and that his music says something very true about all of humanity.”

It will be the Philharmonic’s ninth tour, and the second to California, under Alan Gilbert’s leadership. CALIFORNIA 2016 marks the New York Philharmonic’s thirteenth concert tour under the aegis of Credit Suisse.

California, here we come!

PHOTOS: Final 2013 Concerts in Vail

The Philharmonic wrapped up its 11th-annual summer residency at Bravo! Vail with three concerts that took audiences from Broadway to outer space, from Finland to the Lincoln Tunnel. Check out highlights from the Orchestra's final days performing in stunning Vail, Colorado, with conductors Bramwell Tovey and Ted Sperling, and Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, violinist Gil Shaham, and singers Betsy Wolfe and Andrew Samonsky as soloists.

Photos by Chris Lee.

PHOTOS: The Return to Vail

The Philharmonic has traded New York for cooler climes: the Bravo! Vail festival in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The Orchestra has already performed three concerts there, and made time for workshops with Very Young Composers of Vail. Check out photos from the residency thus far.

Photos by Zach Mahone Photography.

PHOTOS: Philharmonic Al Fresco

More than 144,000 New Yorkers and visitors gathered in NYC's five boroughs to hear the Philharmonic during the ever-popular Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Audiences were rapt for Principal Cello Carter Brey's stirring performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra delivered powerful accounts of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and beautiful sunsets and Bay Fireworks accompanied the New York skyline.

Re-live highlights from the Concerts in the Parks through the Virtual Tour.

Visit with Dvořák in New York

Dvorak Family in New York

Principal Cello Carter Brey plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto for our Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks programs throughout the five boroughs this week. The work has a direct connection to our fair city, as Dvořák composed the piece here during his tenure as director of the National Conservatory of Music (1892–95). He and his family lived in a townhouse at 327 E. 17th Street, near the conservatory, and a statue in his honor stands in Stuyvesant Square, with the street alongside named Dvořák Place.

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