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Concertmaster Frank Huang Receives Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award

 

Concertmaster Frank Huang has been named a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artists Award, which recognizes extraordinary talent around the campus. Frank, nominated by the New York Philharmonic, joins an illustrious list of Lincoln Center talent that will be honored at an awards presentation hosted by Sigourney Weaver on March 1 at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. More information is available at LCEmergingArtistAwards.org.
 
In 2016, the inaugural year of these awards, composer Julia Adolphe was the winner nominated by the Philharmonic. 

Hear Frank play at Alan Gilbert's 50th Birthday concert (February 23) and, as part of the New York Philharmonic String QuartetAbsolute Jest — A Celebration of John Adams (March 9–11).

Congratulations, Frank!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

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)

Philharmonic Trio Plays for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Lincoln Center Moments New York Philharmonic 

The New York Philharmonic is committed to music’s power to comfort and heal, so it was honored to send a trio of musicians to perform for members of our community with dementia and their caregivers on Friday in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center as part of a Lincoln Center accessibility program.

The concert was part of Lincoln Center Moments, a new pilot program of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, working with partners on the Lincoln Center campus. The program aims to make the campus and its programs accessible to this segment of our community, many of whom attended Lincoln Center events when they were younger, and to activate those with dementia by using well-known music to stimulate thoughts and feelings. The performance was followed by an arts workshop led by Lincoln Center Education teaching artists, who participated in an extensive training with CaringKind.

The performers were violinist Hannah Choi, cellist Nathan Vickery, and guest pianist Pallavi Mahidhara. They performed Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor.

The New York Philharmonic looks forward to continuing to bring music to all members of our community.

(Photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Tonight at 10:30: Free Salon with Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert New York Philharmonic

Your Friday-night plans just came in: join us for a free late-night salon with Music Director Alan Gilbert!

Tonight at 10:30, Alan will sit down with some of the beloved stars of Lincoln Center’s stages for an intimate after-hours conversation. Actor Gabriel Byrne will be there, as will pianist Yefim Bronfman and Principal Oboe Liang Wang. There will be music by Justin Levine and a jazz combo.

The event is free and open to the public at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.

See you there!

Written on Skin Raves Give Lincoln Center–N.Y. Philharmonic Opera Initiative Flying Start

"Written on Skin" New York Philharmonic

“It instantly became the Cultural Event of the New York summer season.” (The Washington Post)

Judging from the reviews of Tuesday night’s U.S. stage premiere of Written on Skin, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative is off to a very promising start.

The New York Times’s Senior Music Critic Anthony Tommasini called the production an “ambitious venture” and said, “All the intricacy, beauty and strangeness of the music come through in the assured and colorful performance that the conductor Alan Gilbert, at his most brilliant, draws from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.”

New York magazine called it “a work of perfectionist bravado, stunningly performed. … The score leaves no room for sloppiness, and Alan Gilbert extracts a performance of acid-etched precision from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.”

“[George] Benjamin's score … is the soul of the opera, and conductor Alan Gilbert revealed it with particular mastery and wizardry,” wrote WQXR’s Operavore.

“Gilbert was excellent leading the singers and the great Mahler Chamber Orchestra in this New York Philharmonic co-presentation,” wrote New York Classical Review. “This performance was a reminder of how strong Gilbert is with both opera and contemporary music, and how much he will be missed in those genres.”

You can see Written on Skin tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

The Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative presents fully staged productions of significant modern operas never before seen in New York. It builds on Alan Gilbert’s run of acclaimed stagings with the Philharmonic, from Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) to Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake (2015).

Join us for the Initiative’s second presentation: the U.S. stage premiere of the Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest, based on Oscar Wilde’s comedy. It will be presented June 2–4, 2016, jointly as part of the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

(Photo: Richard Termine)

Alan Gilbert Gets Ready To Conduct Written on Skin at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival

NY Philharmonic Alan Gilbert Written on Skin Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival Opera News

After conducting the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, Alan Gilbert will head back to Lincoln Center to conduct the U.S. Premiere of George Benjamin’s highly acclaimed Written on Skin — called “the best opera written in twenty years” (Le Monde), “the work of a genius unleashed” (The New Yorker), “psychologically gripping, emotionally heart-pounding and viscerally satisfying drama” (The New York Times) — with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the David H. Koch Theater in a Philharmonic–Mostly Mozart Festival co-presentation, August 11–15.

It’s the inaugural project resulting from the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative, created to present fully staged productions of significant modern operas never before seen in New York. It also builds on Alan Gilbert’s run of acclaimed stagings with the Philharmonic, from Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) to Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake (2015).

Learn more about the production, as well as Alan Gilbert’s thoughts, in this informative Opera News story.

New York Philharmonic and Harmony Program Launch "All Stars" Education Initiative

NY Philharmonic Harmony Program

The NBA All Stars recently came and went, but New York City has a new set of All Stars that, frankly, we're much more excited about!

The Philharmonic and the Harmony Program have launched the inaugural Harmony All Stars Ensemble: nine middle- and high-school students from low-income neighborhoods in New York City selected by audition to participate in an 11-day mentorship with New York Philharmonic musicians.

The kids will attend a Philharmonic rehearsal and Young People's Concert, experience an intensive day of coaching and rehearsal, and perform with their Philharmonic mentors at a free public concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on May 20.

The Harmony Program, an after-school music program modeled on Venezuela's "El Sistema," provides instruments and free daily instruction to more than 200 students from more than 40 schools in underserved communities across New York City. The Harmony Program is a Partner in Philharmonic Academy Jr., a New York Philharmonic initiative providing training to pre-college students by Philharmonic musicians in partnership with institutions in the New York City area committed to strong orchestra programs.

See you May 20 for the free concert!

Above: Philharmonic Violinist Hae-Young Ham plays amid Harmony Program students at a master class at the United Palace for Cultural Arts in Washington Heights, Manhattan, January 31, 2015. (Photo: Yuan Kong, CUNY)

Special Free Concert: Very Young Composers from Fukushima, Japan

Very Young Composers of Japan NY Philharmonic

We warmly invite you to a remarkable free concert next week featuring young composers wrestling not only with melody, form, and instrumentation but also how music can express grief and recovery.

On Tuesday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m., nine 10–14-year-olds visiting us from Fukushima, Japan — site of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 — will conclude their week of exchange with young New York composers with a concert of their new works, played by Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists. Both Japanese and American students composed their works on the universal theme of Rebirth, referencing the melody known in Japan as "chuocho" (butterfly) and in the United States as "Lightly Row."

The concert is at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Above: Very Young Composers from Japan with pianist Makoto Ozone, Very Young Composers founder Jon Deak, and former Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein (Photo: Chris Lee)

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