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Let’s Playlist — with Time Out New York and Spotify


You got your Biennial Pass (complete with free drink vouchers). You’ve perfected your itinerary. You’ve tweeted your biennial-inspired imagery. Now, a week to go before the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, prepare your ears.

“The New York Philharmonic Biennial, the city’s affordable high-art festival, starts next week,” Time Out New York said today on its homepage. “The New York Philharmonic has gotten fairly skilled at crashing into the city's general cultural consciousness once or twice a year.... The Philharmonic's first Biennial is performing a useful and unique aggregating function, giving plenty of different styles and forms an affordable place to live and draw an audience.”

Click the link to read Seth Colter Walls’s preview — and hear his Spotify playlist of music by NY PHIL BIENNIAL composers, including Vijay Iyer, Julia Wolfe, and Pierre Boulez.

The Opposite of Love Is Sausage: A Sneak Peek at Gloria – A Pig Tale

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Preparations for HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale — the story of a lonely pig looking for love — are in full swing. Here's a sneak peak of costume sketches and stage design from director Doug Fitch and producer Edouard Getaz of the production company Giants Are Small.

Stage model:

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Sausage sketch:


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Pig sketch:

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Bull sketch:

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Bird sketch:

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Catch the staged presentation of HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale — conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, and featuring soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson, tenor Alexander Lewis, baritone Carlton Ford, and bass Kevin Burdette along with Juilliard’s AXIOM ensemble — on May 29–30 & June 1 at Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

L.A. Times Previews NY PHIL BIENNIAL

Mark Swed, in The Los Angeles Times "Spring arts 2014: Classical music" preview, wrote:

[T]aking his cue from the Whitney Museum's Biennial, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert will launch a highly ambitious 11-day festival that appears to be using every nook and cranny of Lincoln Center (and some beyond). Among the events will be a staging of refined Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa's opera "The Raven," a performance of rambunctious Austrian composer HK Gruber's "Gloria: A Pig's Tale," a tribute to composer Pierre Boulez (a former New York Philharmonic music director), concerts by young composers, a concert of premieres by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and much else.

Where: Lincoln Center and elsewhere in Manhattan
When: Various times
Cost: Free-$122


Alan Gilbert Talks Muppets in WSJ Arts Season Preview

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Music Director Alan Gilbert was featured in Friday's Wall Street Journal — complete with iconic pointillist portrait — in its latest "Artists on the Arts Season Ahead" roundup, "a look at the arts and cultural events that New York's taste makers will be lining up — or programming their DVRs — to see this season."

Alan's answers ranged from James Levine to Tina Fey and the Muppets. Check it out.

David Lang, Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall, said he was looking forward to the NY PHIL BIENNIAL:

There's this new festival at the New York Philharmonic, and a really great concert with music by Julia Wolfe and Steve Mackey. The music by Julia Wolfe is for giant chorus and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Call for Scores for N.Y. Philharmonic EarShot New Music Readings


Scores are being accepted for the New York Philharmonic EarShot New Music Readings, to be held June 3, 2014, in conjunction with the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

The Readings will be followed by feedback from New York Philharmonic musicians, Alan Gilbert, and mentor composers Christopher Rouse (the Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence), Steven Mackey, Robert Beaser, and Derek Bermel.

Three of the works will be selected for performance by the Philharmonic in concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, June 5–7, 2014, as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL (one performance for each work).

Submissions must be received by December 2, 2013. Submission procedures and guidelines are available here.

Alan's "Legacy of Change"

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

With the last of our Concerts in the Parks last night, we have brought our 2012–13 New York season to a close, and the critics have looked back, not only on this year, but on the first four with Alan Gilbert as Music Director. On Tuesday The New York Times raved about his commitment to a vibrant range of activities, from the Parks Concerts and educational activities to new-music initiatives such as CONTACT! and next season’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, and concluded, “he is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be.”

This, on the heels of New York Magazine’s June 30 assessment, titled “The Invisible Revolution,” which declared that “Alan Gilbert’s unflashy radicalism is re-creating the Philharmonic,” and noted highlights such as his “powerful case for wresting [Bach’s B-minor Mass] back from specialists and performing it with an anachronistic but rich and supple ensemble” and the “searing violence” of his interpretation of Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero, in which “there was not a perfunctory second.” After musing on how the Music Director “travels through a musical landscape with a naturalist’s vigilance, alert to moments of drama even before they happen, knowing that a distant, barely audible murmur portends a calamitous event nearby,” the critic concluded, “It’s a good thing he’s game for adventures.”

We couldn’t agree more!