Fresh off the Philharmonic’s busy summer — from Shanghai to Vail to California — and an acclaimed stint leading the U.S. Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Music Director Alan Gilbert has just completed another celebrated run of concerts, this time as artist-in-residence of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The Denver Post says it best:
Landmark events are rare for festivals that have been around a long time, but this performance, conducted by New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, is a big moment, indeed, for this heralded music series. The main event: Messiaen’s majestic “From the Canyons to the Stars,” inspired by the Western terrain - which is sorta perfect.
Check out the Santa Fe New Mexican’s insightful interview with Alan Gilbert on his Santa Fe roots, Messiaen, and Mozart.
And mark your calendars for the Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week in March 2016, which includes Alan playing violin in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time alongside Philharmonic principals and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.
Photo: Alan Gilbert conducting Schoenberg at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2013