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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 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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Ying Fang


Ying Fang


Ying Fang


Soprano Ying Fang’s 2017–18 season includes her Opernhaus Zürich debut as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Washington National Opera, and her Vancouver Opera debut as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore. She performs Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; a Carnegie Hall recital with pianist Ken Noda featuring Schubert Lieder; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Montclair Orchestra and David Chan. She returns to the Verbier Festival for a solo recital, sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Christoph Eschenbach, and performs with the Verbier Chamber Ensemble at Schloss Elmau. Previous engagements include The Met, Verbier Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Festival d’Avignon, and New World Symphony, with conductors including Colin Davis, William Christie, Jesús López Cobos, and Carlo Rizzi. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and The Juilliard School, and sung with the Chicago, National, and Baltimore symphony orchestras and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ying Fan’s operatic repertoire includes Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Zaïde, and The Magic Flute; Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio and Il viaggio a Reims; Wagner’s Tannhäuser; Verdi’s Falstaff; Britten’s Curlew River; Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide; Handel’s Giulio Cesare; and Shostakovich’s The Nose. Recent orchestral engagements include Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4, Orff’s Carmina burana, J.S. Bach’s Wedding Cantata, Villa-Lobos’s Bachiana Brasiliera No. 5, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Silete Venti, and Bernstein’s West Side Story. Ying Fang holds a master’s degree and an artist diploma in opera study from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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