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WQXR To Cap Month of Mozart with Live Broadcast of Nov. 30 Concert

WQXR Month of Mozart 

We hope you have been enjoying WQXR’s Month of Mozart. They may have saved the best for last.

The Saturday, November 30 concert featuring Alan Gilbert conducting Mozart’s final symphonies will be broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM and streamed live on wqxr.org. We will host the stream on our site, too, so visit nyphil.org that day to listen here.

The archived stream will even extend Month of Mozart by being available for the following two weeks. Too many notes? No, just right.

Death of the President: The Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein Respond

leonard bernstein mourns jfk 

News of President John F. Kennedy's assassination reached the New York Philharmonic during an afternoon subscription concert led by George Szell. Following Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, the Orchestra's manager, Carlos Moseley, broke the news to the audience and canceled the rest of the program. The remaining concerts that weekend replaced the overture with the funeral march from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica, performed without applause.

On November 24, Leonard Bernstein conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in a televised tribute to President Kennedy.

Read the full story, watch part of the televised tribute concert, read Bernstein's handwritten draft of his remarks explaining his choice of the Mahler, and view Bernstein's score to the symphony.

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

NY PHIL BIENNIAL EarShot 

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.

Just Released: Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts Volume 2

Young Person's Concerts Vol 2 

Volume 2 of the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts with Leonard Bernstein — featuring 27 digitally restored videos of the landmark televised concerts on nine DVDs — is now available for purchase through the New York Philharmonic's e-store, Amazon, and other major retailers. Our e-store has a lot of other good things, so check it out for holiday shopping.

This is the first release of Young People's Concerts in more than 20 years, following Volume 1 in 1993; the entire series of Bernstein's Young People's Concerts is now available on DVD.

The concerts featured in the set, released by Kultur International Films, took place between 1960–72 and cover a broad range of musical topics and composers including Copland, Ives, Bach, Liszt, Strauss, and more. The new set also features nine Young Performers programs with a young André Watts, Paula Robison, and Lynn Harrell, among others.

Munich Critics Hail Alan Gilbert's Bruckner

Alan Gilbert in Munich 

Alan Gilbert's Munich Philharmonic concerts October 31–November 3 bolstered his reputation as a "consistently involving and insightful" (The New York Times) interpreter of Bruckner.

The concerts closed with that composer's Symphony No. 4, Romantic. The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote:

"[Gilbert] lent a monstrous supernatural quality to the romantic search for transcendence through a smoldering pianissimo in the first violins and a threateningly stoic timpani roll. He shaped the distinctive horn motif in the Scherzo with a strict tempo and cool expression, while the circular string melody at the beginning of the finale sparkled with an understated endlessness. An evening as suspenseful as it was profound."

The Munich Abendzeitung said:

"Gilbert took a risk by countering the traditional serene style with which this composer is predominantly treated in Munich performances ... aiming in many ways to reach just the opposite: a billowing and forceful music full of life, performed with a tonal selectivity. Gilbert possesses an innate sensibility for crescendos and nuances. He is a remarkable conductor of Bruckner: he has something to say."

Staten Island's P.S. 78 Joins School Partnership Program

P.S. 78 Joins School Partnership Program 

The New York Philharmonic welcomes P.S. 78 The Stapleton Lighthouse Community School in Staten Island as our 17th and newest partner school in the School Partnership Program. Special thanks to The Staten Island Foundation for introducing us to this wonderful school and making this partnership possible.

Begun in 1994, the School Partnership Program gives elementary schools the unique opportunity of integrating the Orchestra into the life of the school. Philharmonic teaching artists use major orchestral repertoire to teach students, their teachers, and parents how to listen, perform, and compose, preparing them to hear concerts in their own school and at the Philharmonic, and establishing music as an essential element of the classroom and of the school community.

From left to right: Dan Peck, Stephen Dunn, Thomas Boulton, Jenny Ney, Betsy Dubovsky (Executive Director, Staten Island Foundation), Laura Jean Watters (Program Officer, Staten Island Foundation), Louis Bruschi (Principal, P.S. 78), Paul Murphy.

Alan Gilbert Leads Philharmonic at Opening of 4 World Trade Center

4 World Trade Center 

At the invitation of Philharmonic Board member Larry A. Silverstein, president and CEO of Silverstein Properties, last night Alan Gilbert conducted members of the Philharmonic in a performance that was part of the two-day opening celebration of the new 4 World Trade Center. The original 4 WTC was destroyed by the attacks on September 11, 2001.

We are honored to continue to help our City recover from that day. On September 20, 2001, the Philharmonic replaced its Gala Opening Night Concert with a Memorial Concert in memory of the victims of September 11. Proceeds from the concert were donated to World Trade Center relief. The program was projected onto a large screen on Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza and broadcast nationally.

On the tenth anniversary of September 11, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic gave A Concert for New York, a free performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. 

Watch video of those concerts and learn much more here.

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