Annual Free Memorial Day Concert

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Annual Free Memorial Day Concert


The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

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Date & Times


May, 2017

Monday, 8:00 PM

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Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance; ticket distribution will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Symphony No. 4


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.

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Ying Fang


Ying Fang


Ying Fang


During the 2018–19 season, soprano Ying Fang makes her Salzburg Festival debut in Mozart’s Idomeneo and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Servilia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. She also appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Malaysian Philharmonic with conductors Jaap van Zweden, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, and Franz Welser-Möst, among others. Previous engagements have included The Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera House, Washington National Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Lille, Opera Philadelphia, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and Aspen Opera Theater Center in varied operas, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Pamina), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Handel’s Alcina (Morgana), Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Verdi’s Falstaff (Nannetta), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth (Bellezza) and Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims (Contessa di Folleville), and Mozart’s Zaïde (title role). She has worked with distinguished conductors including William Christie, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Emmanuelle Haïm, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Jesús López Cobos, Mark Minkowski, Carlo Rizzi, and Nathalie Stutzmann. Ms. Fang has worked with directors including Peter Sellars and Laurent Pelly. Her concert engagements have included The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Music of the Baroque, and the Pittsburgh, New World, and National symphony orchestras, and she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall, as well as at the Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, and Ravinia festivals. A native of Ningbo, China, Ms. Fang holds a master’s and artist diploma in Opera Study from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is a former member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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