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NYT Hails Gilbert's 'Confident and Exuberant' Bernstein

Posted April 24, 2014

Alan Gilbert Makoto Ozone NY Philharmonic 

In a review of April 22's A Night with Gershwin and Bernstein concert, The New York Times' Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim noted

the confident and exuberant performances Mr. Gilbert drew from the orchestra in Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture — dispatched with brisk cheer — and his Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story,” which featured a memorably wild Mambo. A vivid rendition of Gershwin’s “American in Paris” closed the evening.

That was after raving about pianist Makoto Ozone's "thrilling, virtuosic and unabashedly personal rendition of 'Rhapsody in Blue.'"

In February, he joined the Philharmonic on its Asian tour in performances of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” that were so successful — and evidently, fun — that the orchestra’s music director, Alan Gilbert, arranged for an out-of-series concert with Mr. Ozone in New York.

 (Photo: Chris Lee)