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Perspectives on Nielsen: A Conversation with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill


David Rubenstein Atrium

Date & Times


Jan, 2015

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic’s largest recording project in recent years — a multi-year focus on Denmark’s beloved composer — culminates with the Clarinet Concerto. Meet the Philharmonic’s new Principal Clarinet, Anthony McGill, find out why every music lover should know Carl Nielsen, and help kick-off 2015: Nielsen’s 150th anniversary.

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Insights at the Atrium are co-presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Anthony McGill

Clarinet / Speaker

Anthony McGill

Clarinet / Speaker

Anthony McGill

Clarinet / Speaker

Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in September 2014. Previously principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra beginning in 2004, he is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. He has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall with many orchestras, including the MET Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and New York String Orchestra. He has also recently performed with the Baltimore, New Jersey, San Diego, and Memphis symphony orchestras and Orchestra 2001. As a chamber musician Mr. McGill has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with quartets including the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miró, and Daedalus. He has also appeared with Musicians from Marlboro and at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and University of Chicago Presents. His festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and Santa Fe Chamber Music. He has collaborated with pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang, as well as violinists Gil Shaham and Midori. On January 20, 2009, he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 2013 with his brother Demarre, he appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show, and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry. In demand as a teacher, Anthony McGill serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. In 2016 he was one of five leaders honored with a John Jay Justice Award for being a “true champion of justice.”

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James M. Keller


James M. Keller


James M. Keller


James M. Keller has been the New York Philharmonic’s Program Annotator, The Leni and Peter May Chair, since 2000 and also serves as the program annotator of the San Francisco Symphony. In the 2008–09 season he was the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. His book Chamber Music: A Listener’s Guide was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press, and during the past year also became available as an e-book and an Oxford paperback. His many articles include contributions to Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984–1990 (Amadeus Press), Leonard Bernstein: American Original (HarperCollins), George Crumb and the Alchemy of Sound (Colorado College Music Press), and the Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press). He was a writer-editor on staff at The New Yorker for ten years, and he was honored with the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award for his writing in Chamber Music magazine, for which he serves as contributing editor. His recent projects include serving as curator of the exhibition Singing the Golden State, spotlighting historical popular music about California, which ran throughout 2012 at the Society of California Pioneers in San Francisco before embarking on a multiyear tour of that state’s regional museums. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is the award-winning critic-at-large for The Santa Fe New Mexican, the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi.

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