Opening Gala Concert
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175th Anniversary Season Opening Gala Concert


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Sep, 2016

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Ring in the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary with our festive Opening Gala Concert! Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic perform Dvořák’s musical postcard from America, the melody-rich New World Symphony; Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F is in good hands with jazz pianist Aaron Diehl; and the Orchestra takes you on John Corigliano’s exhilarating ride, STOMP.

Click here to join us for a Gala on Wednesday, September 21, which includes a pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert seated dinner with the artists.

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.


John Corigliano

STOMP for Orchestra (New York Premiere)



Concerto in F



Symphony No. 9, From the New World


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

Aaron Diehl


Aaron Diehl


Aaron Diehl


Pianist, composer, and bandleader Aaron Diehl is a dynamic, virtuosic, and versatile artist. He is one of the most sought after musicians of his generation, as evidenced by his critically acclaimed performances, collaborations, and compositions across multiple disciplines. A Steinway artist, Mr. Diehl is a 2007 graduate of The Juilliard School, the American Pianists Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow, and a Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist. His work on Cécile McLorin Salvant’s For One To Love garnered him a Grammy Award, and his latest album, Space, Time, Continuum (on the Mack Avenue Records label), emphasizes artistic interactions between generations. Aside from leading his own ensembles, Aaron Diehl has amassed an impressive list of musical accomplishments, including serving as the music director for Cécile McLorin Salvant, collaborating with Philip Glass on his complete piano études, and scoring Jeremy McQueen’s ballet The Black Iris Project. He is the music director of a large ensemble project that celebrates the music of Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin; it is set to tour North America in 2017. The Opening Gala Concert marks Aaron Diehl’s New York Philharmonic debut.

Learn more about Aaron Diehl

Special Thanks

BMW is a Major Corporate Sponsor of the Opening Gala.

Generous underwriting support is provided by BNY Mellon, Kristen and Alexander Klabin, Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar L. Tang, and Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach.

This concert is made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.


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