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Opening Gala Concert with Lang Lang


David Geffen Hall

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1 hour and 15 minutes no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Sep, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The New York Philharmonic's 174th season begins with a drum roll … then comes the famous opening chords of Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Join Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic as they open the season in style with Lang Lang, with his “charismatic stage presence, passionate playing and astounding technique” (The New York Times). The celebratory evening concludes with Beethoven's joyful Seventh Symphony.



Piano Concerto



Symphony No. 7


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert


Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

Learn more about Alan Gilbert

Lang Lang


Lang Lang


Lang Lang


Lang Lang is a pianist, educator, and philanthropist, equally happy playing for billions of viewers at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Beijing and for just a few hundred children in the public schools. He performs sold-out concerts all over the world. He has formed ongoing collaborations with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, and Simon Rattle and appears with the world’s top orchestras. He frequently steps into different musical worlds; his performances at the Grammy Awards with Metallica, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock were watched by millions. In 2008 he founded the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, championing music education at the forefront of technology, and building a young audience through live experiences.

In 2013 the Secretary General of the United Nations designated Lang Lang as a Messenger of Peace focusing on global education. He was presented with the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos and named one of the 250 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He has received honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. In December 2011 Lang Lang was honored with the highest prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China. He received the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2016 he was invited to the Vatican to perform for Pope Francis. He has also performed for numerous other international dignitaries, including four US presidents.

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