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Audience Thrilled by Ozone Playing Gershwin

Posted April 23, 2014

Alec Baldwin Makoto Ozone NY Philharmonic 

Last night's sold-out concert, A Night with Gershwin and Bernstein, featuring pianist Makoto Ozone, was a big hit. The ovations were long and many, and our social media have been buzzing.

Above, Board Members Alec Baldwin and Oscar Schafer flank Ozone after greeting him backstage. Executive Director Matthew VanBesien is at right.

One subscriber wrote us the following in an e-mail this morning:

Without a doubt, it was one of the most magnificent, memorable concerts that I have attended there or anywhere. I am levitating today.

Mr. Ozone was simply fabulous. The bass, sax, brass awesome in his impromptu so neat.

The spontaneity of Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Ozone, and the entire orchestra was so refreshing. Coupled with classic Gershwin/Bernstein…..WOW WOW WOW!

That might have been my last concert hearing/seeing Glenn Dicterow…(sad, sad, sad) but wonderful to see him profiled with some solo work. He is my Jeter.

Alec Baldwin waving to orchestra members, such a bonus.

Hard core staff members closing down anyone who dared to turn on their cell phone……..

All superb!

Words of advice for future seasons……GET THAT GUY BACK!

(Photo: Chris Lee)