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Alan Gilbert Nominated for Emmy for Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Alan Gilbert Sinatra: Voice for a Century

To quote Ol' Blue Eyes himself, ring-a-ding-ding!

Yesterday Music Director Alan Gilbert was nominated for an Emmy for Best Musical Direction for Sinatra: Voice for a Century, which Live From Lincoln Center presented on PBS on December 18, 2015.

The nomination is the latest recognition of the versatility of Gilbert and the Philharmonic, who perform American popular song, musical theater, and opera with the same commitment to excellence they bring to classical music.

The concert, co-presented with Lincoln Center, took place December 3, 2015. It celebrated the 100th birthday of Sinatra through performances of songs with which he was closely associated. Performing them with the Philharmonic were Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Seth MacFarlane (who also hosted), Bernadette Peters, Sting, and others. 

Watch it now!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

SLIDESHOW: 174th Season Opening Gala Concert

Last night not only marked the New York Philharmonic’s 174th season opening — it also unveiled David Geffen Hall, the new name of the Orchestra’s Lincoln Center home; marked the inaugural appearance of Frank Huang as Philharmonic Concertmaster; and celebrated a historic gift from Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi. Oprah Winfrey, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters, Woody Allen, George Lucas, Patricia Clarkson, Diane Sawyer, and Alec Baldwin were among the friends and supporters who gathered for the unveiling ceremony plus the Opening Gala cocktail reception, glamorous dinner, and the concert itself — featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert leading the Orchestra in Beethoven and Grieg with pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The Empire State Building shone Philharmonic red in celebration of the new season. Relive the star-studded night!

God That's Good! Sweeney Wins the Emmy

"Sweeney Todd" New York Philharmonic

“The Worst Pies in London”? How about the best special program on TV — better than Beyoncé and Jay-Z and the Oscars?!

We are thrilled that the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 production of Sweeney Todd, telecast on Live From Lincoln Center and hosted by Audra McDonald (who also played The Beggar Woman), won the 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.

We also congratulate Music Director Alan Gilbert and Emma Thompson for their nominations for Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie, respectively. They top the long list of those who played a role in this exciting victory, on stage and off. (Keep your fingers crossed for Emma; her category's winner will be announced this Sunday.) Congratulations and thanks to all!

Enjoy this look back at Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Sweeney To Be Telecast on Live From Lincoln Center

Live From Lincoln Center NY Philharmonic 

The New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, which opens tonight, will be nationally telecast on Live From Lincoln Center. The date isn’t set; we will let you know when it is.

Read the Playbill.com article.

Read the press release.

SLIDESHOW: A Glamorous Opening Gala

The New York Philharmonic's 2013–14 season kicked off yesterday with a full day of celebratory activities: a Free Dress Rehearsal, courtesy of the Philharmonic and Global Sponsor Credit Suisse, complete with chocolates and tango dancers; buzzing pre-concert receptions; the Opening Gala Concert itself headlined by Yo-Yo Ma; and the post-concert dinner. Relive the day's highlights!

A Concertmaster's Life

Glenn Dicterow

Glenn Dicterow comes full circle during his farewell season as the Phil's longest-serving Concertmaster: in December he'll be spotlighted in solos from Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), one of the first pieces he performed with the Orchestra, on Live From Lincoln Center.

“That’s one way to get one’s feet wet: trial by fire. Strauss must have hated violinists because he wrote the most challenging, impossibly hard licks for the violin. It ends with one of the most heavenly dialogues that Strauss ever wrote for solo violin and horn.”

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