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VIDEO: Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity

On June 10, 2017, at David Geffen Hall, Alan Gilbert conducted the final subscription concert of his tenure as Music Director. He led the Orchestra, joined by musicians from orchestras around the world, in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, celebrating the power of music to build bridges and unite people across borders.

The musicians included members of orchestras from Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The concert was broadcast live on Facebook.

Above is an archived video, available through August 31, 2017. Enjoy!

Host: Terrance McKnight

Director: Habib Azar

Producer: Snap Snap Production

For more information, including a full listing of musicians who performed, visit http://nyphil.org/unitybroadcast

On the Cover: Music Director Alan Gilbert

“Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker. My heart will always be here.” — Alan Gilbert

Alan Gilbert takes his final bows in New York City as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic this month, starting with three performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold featuring former Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence and friend Eric Owens as Wotan, June 1–6. He will also lead the Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world for Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity, June 8–10. Finally, Alan Gilbert says goodbye to the people of New York in the final Concerts in the Parks of his tenure, June 13–18.

Watch Alan’s Q & A video, above, in which he reflects on his time at the Philharmonic and in New York over the past eight seasons, and looks toward the future.

Stay tuned for more about Alan on the Philharmonic’s social media this month.

Alan Gilbert’s Final Weeks: Website Celebrates Highlights of His Tenure

 

Alan Gilbert’s final weeks as Music Director are under way, with a sold-out and critically acclaimed program featuring Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 concluding tomorrow night.

Relive the magic of the combination of Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic through the celebratory website that captures highlights of his tenure as Music Director through video, audio, and photos, available at nyphil.org/gilbertfarewell. Watch video of staged productions he led including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, slideshows, complete concert audio, and more. You can even send a message of thanks and farewell to “the imaginative maestro-impresario in residence” (The Financial Times).

His final four programs — reflecting signature themes of his tenure and featuring works that hold particular meaning for him and musicians with whom he has formed close relationships — then continue with New York Premieres by Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen, plus Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos’s final residency performance with Brahms’s Violin Concerto; an enhanced concert production of Wagner’s complete Das Rheingold; and Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity, celebrating the power of music to build bridges and unite people across borders.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: Copenhagen

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic were triumphant in back-to-back performances in Copenhagen, the last city on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. There they reunited with two of the soloists who had appeared throughout the tour: the soprano Christina Landshamer, for Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and Frank Peter Zimmermann, for Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto, in two sold-out, critically acclaimed concerts that were broadcast and shared online internationally.

Alan Gilbert To Conduct Philharmonic Joined by Musicians from Around the World, Celebrating Music’s Power to Unite

 

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic believe in the power of music to heal, build bridges, and unite across borders. From the free performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and performing at the United Nations this past December to historic tours and deep international partnerships, the Orchestra and Alan Gilbert have long used music to make the world a better place. 

In his final subscription program, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians from orchestras around the world in concerts showcasing the universal language of music.

Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity, June 8–10, will feature Gilbert conducting the Orchestra and musicians the Philharmonic has invited from orchestras in Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.

Yo-Yo Ma (June 8) and Wynton Marsalis (June 9), two close friends of the Philharmonic who share a deep commitment to musical humanism, will appear as special guest artists.

The concerts will launch a new initiative to be led by Alan Gilbert following his tenure as Philharmonic Music Director in which musicians from around the world will come together to perform music at critical times in support of peace, development, and human rights.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Watch Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto and Brahms’s Third

From the concert on January 14, 2017: Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with soloist Stephen Hough, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.

This video is taken from a live broadcast on Facebook, the Philharmonic’s second. The host was Terrance McKnight, and the director was Habib Azar.

Enjoy!

Best of 2016

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the New York Philharmonic 

We’re excited to have ranked on many best-of 2016 lists, and are proud of the company we’re in.

The New York Times called out the “ecstatic and mystical account” of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie led by Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen; the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL performances, demonstrating “the vision and stamina Mr. Gilbert has brought to the Philharmonic”; and Brahms’s A German Requiem with Christoph von Dohnányi.

The New Yorker applauded Circle Map, featuring Salonen leading the Orchestra in works by Kaija Saariaho, presented by Park Avenue Armory, and the World Premiere of Ashley Fure’s Bound to the Bow, performed by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra during the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

NPR Classical ranked the Philharmonic’s Grammy-nominated album of music by former Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse among the “ten classical albums that saved 2016” — saying “there's unbridled splendor in hearing what a modern orchestra, revving on all cylinders, is capable of. Alan Gilbert inspires arresting detail and energy from the New York Philharmonic” — and NPR Music included the Rouse CD in its list of 2016’s top 50 albums.

WQXR’s list of 2016 new-music revelations said that “nothing should be taken for granted about the sustained scope of New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert’s commitment to new music.... New classical music has never seemed more at home.... With two Biennials, CONTACT! new-music shows, composers-in-residence, ambitious multidisciplinary statements like the New York premiere of György Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre, Gilbert is leaving a legacy as bold in vision as methodical and inevitable in execution.”

We also made the cut for Musical America, Superconductor, and New York Classical Review.

Here’s to another great year of music-making!

(Photo: Chris Lee)

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Perform at the United Nations

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performed a historic concert at the United Nations yesterday, paying tribute to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the conclusion of his ten-year term and welcoming his successor, António Guterres. The concert in the UN General Assembly Hall — the Philharmonic’s 13th in collaboration with the UN — was attended by UN delegates, UN staff, and cultural ambassadors, and featured Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, spotlighting Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

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