The New York Philharmonic is in The (Big) House.
This afternoon Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic brass rehearsed in Michigan Stadium, as The Big House is formally known, for their part in tomorrow's halftime show during the Homecoming game against Northwestern. They'll play the national anthem before the game and perform with the Michigan Marching Band in the halftime show.
The 1,000-musician halftime show is one facet of the Philharmonic’s inaugural residency as part of its five-year partnership with the University Musical Society (UMS) and University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD).
Last evening Gilbert kicked off the residency with a keynote address, "Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm," which was followed by a side-by-side chamber concert with Philharmonic musicians and SMTD students. This afternoon, President Matthew VanBesien delivered a lecture at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business titled "21st Century Orchestras and Social Impact" that was streamed live. Watch it here.
Tonight is the first of three orchestral performances. To hear Gilbert describe what we're up to in Ann Arbor this weekend, enjoy this brief radio interview.
And: Principal Horn Philip Myers holds court with @umichsmtd @umsnews students and Phil fans after tonight’s side-by-side concert.
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