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Alan Gilbert and Philharmonic Take 3 of NYMag’s Top 10 Concerts

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In baseball, 3 for 10 is a .300 average — the benchmark of a top hitter. In music it’s not bad, either.

Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic have three concerts on New York magazine's “10 Best Classical Performances of the Year” — more than any other musical institution.

Equally satisfying is the wide range the three concerts reflect. Here’s what critic Justin Davidson wrote:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, from September's Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic. “Stanley Kubrick’s trippy meditation on galactic travel never seemed more operatic than when the Philharmonic ripped the great soundtrack out of two dimensions and into the concert hall.”
  • Unsuk Chin's Gougalon, from the April CONTACT! concerts: “Scored for a jangly ensemble of percussion, strings, winds, and brass, the piece, subtitled 'Scenes From a Street Theater,' evokes the raucous soundtrack of the composer’s native Seoul. ... Chin’s work made the whole concert snap into focus.”
  • Ives’s Symphony No. 4, from an April subscription concert: “Few conductors can whip Ives’s crazy megalopolis of a score into luminous sense more effectively than Alan Gilbert.”

Lindberg, Bronfman Nominated for Two Grammys for Philharmonic CD

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The New York Philharmonic's recording (distributed by Dacapo) of the World Premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Yefim Bronfman and conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The Philharmonic's former Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, Magnus Lindberg composed his Piano Concerto No. 2, co-commissioned by the Philharmonic, for Mr. Bronfman.

The album is available for purchase from the New York Philharmonic’s e-store, Amazon, iTunes, and other music retailers.

Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic's current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, will reprise the concerto with the Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert January 2–3 and 7, 2014.

Congratulations to all!

Alan Gilbert Gives 'Glistening Clarity' to Britten

Alan Gilbert 

About the all-Britten program Music Director Alan Gilbert conducted Nov. 21–23, The New Yorker's Alex Ross wrote, "Alan Gilbert, on the podium, gave glistening clarity to the insectoid instrumental writing" in Spring Symphony.

In The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini wrote, describing the same work: "Mr. Gilbert drew out the modernist strands of this score. The performance from the inspired orchestra, the New York Choral Artists and the impressive Brooklyn Youth Chorus was a highlight of the Britten year."

It's a Boy for Violinist Elizabeth Zeltser!

Elizabeth Zeltser 

We are delighted to announce that Philharmonic violinist Elizabeth Zeltser and Ronen Voloshin are the proud parents of another baby boy. Alexander Nikolai Voloshin was born on November 30, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. At the time of his birth, he was 6 pounds, 11 ounces. 

"Alexander was actually named by his four-year-old brother, Lucas," Zeltser e-mailed:

Alexander was one of the names we had been kicking around. ... The day his younger brother was born, Lucas was with his grandparents, and when we Skyped to give him a first look at his brother, he shouted with glee "Hi, Alexander!"

The middle name is in honor of my maternal grandfather, whose accordion playing can still be heard out of a certain window on W 73rd street.

When [audiences] hear the unity of the Philharmonic in sound, that unity is there on a personal level as well. My family and I are so grateful to all the heartfelt wishes and congratulations we've received after Alexander's birth.  It's wonderful to bring him into our family and into the larger family of the New York Philharmonic.

New York Philharmonic Holiday Gifts 2013

Here are some good things to get your loved ones this Holiday Season.

YPC Vol 2 

DVD: Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts Volume 2
Kultur International Films released Volume 2 of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts with Leonard Bernstein on November 19, 2013, featuring 27 digitally restored videos of the landmark televised concerts on nine DVDs. This is the first release of Young People’s Concerts in more than 20 years, following the popular release of Volume 1 in 1993; with this release the entire series of Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts is now available on DVD.

The 27 concerts in this nine-disc set took place between 1960–72 and cover a broad range of musical topics and composers including the music of Copland, Ives, Bach, Liszt, Strauss, and many others. Bernstein also used the Young People’s Concerts as a platform to introduce exciting new performers to the musical world; the nine Young Performers programs included in this new set feature appearances by a young André Watts, Paula Robison, and Lynn Harrell, among others.

To buy: $149.99, available on Amazon.com and our online store.

“Gift of Music” New York Philharmonic Gift Subscriptions
A New York Philharmonic Gift of Music subscription is a set of four (or more) flexible passes, allowing family and friends to choose subscription concerts that best fit their tastes and schedules.

To buy: Call (212) 875-5656. Gift of Music passes are available for $89 for Orchestra 2 right,
1st-tier box rear and 2nd-tier center, and $69 for Orchestra 4, 2nd-tier box front or 3rd-tier center. The Gift of Music passes are processed based on availability at the time of redemption. A minimum of four passes per order. Gift of Music passes are redeemable by mail, in person at the Avery Fisher Hall Box office, online at nyphil.org, or over the phone. Some restrictions apply.

Gift of Membership
Share your love of music with your family and friends with a gift of membership to the Friends or Patrons of the Philharmonic. The membership offers various benefits including complimentary Open Rehearsal passes; invitations to exclusive performances, receptions, and events; discounted tickets; and much more for a full year.

To buy: Call (212) 875-5381 to learn more or to purchase a gift membership. 

The Nielsen Project 

CD: The Nielsen Project
The first recording of The Nielsen Project — the New York Philharmonic’s multi-year focus on Carl Nielsen — was released last year by Denmark’s Dacapo label and distributed by the Naxos group. Featuring Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic’s performances of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments, and Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, the recording is the first of four that will culminate in a boxed set to be released in fall 2015 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Danish composer’s birth. The album, which was hailed as one of the best classical music recordings of 2012 by The New York Times, was ranked on the Classical Billboard charts in its first week of release.

To buy: $9.99 to $16.98, available on Amazon, iTunes, and other online music stores.

Download Series


Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2012–13 Season Digital Recording Series
Re-live the Philharmonic’s critically acclaimed 171st season with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2012–13 Season, the Orchestra’s fourth series of live recordings available for download. Music Director Alan Gilbert continues to explore the new and unfamiliar while reveling in the greatness of the past through telling and intriguing programs. The series of 12 recordings of performances from the 2012–13 season include more than 20 works performed during Alan Gilbert’s fourth season as the Orchestra’s Music Director, including music by The Marie Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse; performances by pianist Emanuel Ax, the 2012–13 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; selections from CONTACT!, the new-music series; Dallapiccola’s serialist opera Il Prigioniero, featuring bass-baritone Gerald Finley and soprano Patricia Racette; the New York Premiere of Steven Stucky’s Symphony, a New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Ives’s Symphony No. 4; and Bach’s Mass in B minor with soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, tenor Steve Davislim, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the New York Choral Artists.

To buy: $9.99 to $13.99, available for download from all major digital download services including iTunes, Amazon.com, and eMusic.com. The series is also available for streaming on Spotify.

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NY PHIL BIENNIAL All-Access Pass
From May 28 to June 7, 2014, the New York Philharmonic will present the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a kaleidoscopic exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers that will showcase an array of curatorial voices through concerts presented with partners in venues both on and off the Lincoln Center campus.

Inspired by visual-art biennials, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL will be a place for you to revel, delight, and immerse yourself in the here and now. The NY PHIL BIENNIAL All-Access Pass will facilitate entry into multiple events throughout the two weeks.

To reserve: Call (212) 875-5656 to learn more about the NY PHIL BIENNIAL All-Access Pass

Lindberg CD 

GRAMMY-NOMINATED CD: MAGNUS LINDBERG The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, 2009–12
In May 2013 the New York Philharmonic released a new album of World Premiere recordings of works by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg. Released on Dacapo Records, the album features works written for and performed by Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic during Mr. Lindberg’s tenure as the Orchestra’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence from 2009–12. The CD, which Audiophile Audition hailed as “an hour of gripping music-making” includes three New York Philharmonic commissions: EXPO, Al largo, and Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Yefim Bronfman, the last of which the New York Philharmonic co-commissioned with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony.

Update: this CD has been nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Classical Instrumental Solo (Yefim Bronfman) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2).

To buy: $10.75 to $16.99, available from all major online music retailers including iTunes, Amazon.com, and eMusic.com, as well as by visiting our online store.

Finally, check out our store on Amazon.com for a selection of top recordings and DVDs from our collection.

AmazonSmile Lets You Support the Philharmonic as You Shop

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When you're shopping this holiday season, use AmazonSmile and select "Philharmonic-Symphony Society Of New York Inc" — our official name for incorporation and nonprofit status and such — and Amazon will send 0.5% of purchases to support our mission.

Here's how:

  1. Go to http://smile.amazon.com.
  2. When prompted to select a registered nonprofit, select "Philharmonic-Symphony Society Of New York Inc."
  3. Shop away as you normally do.

There is no added cost, and most items available on Amazon.com are eligible. 

We appreciate your support.

Badgley Mischka, Doubles to Host Young New Yorkers Winter Benefit Dec. 4

Doubles 

Did you know there was a private club in the nether regions of the Sherry-Netherland? It's called Doubles (read this fun article), and on Wednesday, December 4 you can check it out, have fun, and support the Philharmonic by attending the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Winter Benefit.

Guests will enjoy drinks at Badgley Mischka, then proceed to Doubles for dinner and dancing. Pascual Martínez Forteza, clarinet, and Yoobin Son, flute, will represent the Orchestra with some chamber music.

Sound fun? Join them.

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