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Opening Gala Concert with Lang Lang


David Geffen Hall

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1 hour and 15 minutes no intermission

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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 a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. 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 will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. 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.

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Lang Lang


Lang Lang


Lang Lang


Internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang has helped bring music into the lives of children around the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and through his Lang Lang International Music Foundation. He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it is in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages, such as the 56th and 57th Grammy Awards two years in a row and the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He has formed enduring musical partnerships with the world’s greatest artists, from conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, and Simon Rattle to artists from outside of classical music, among them Metallica, Pharrell Williams, dubstep dancer Marquese “nonstop” Scott, vocalist Julio Iglesias, and pianist Herbie Hancock. Time Magazine named Lang Lang as one of the Time 100, citing him as a symbol of the youth of China, and its future. Steinway Pianos named a model after a single artist for the first time when they introduced The Lang Lang Piano to China, specially designed for education.

Lang Lang has been featured on every major television network and in magazines worldwide. He has performed for international dignitaries including Secretary-General of the U.N. Ban Ki-moon, President of China Xi Jin-Ping, four U.S. presidents, President Koehler of Germany, and French presidents Nikolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. Of many landmark events, he was honored to perform for President Obama and former President Hu Jin-Tao of China at a White House State Dinner, the Diamond Jubilee celebratory concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, the 70th Anniversary celebration of the United Nations, and in 2015 as part of a concert celebrating the city of Havana, Cuba.

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