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Just Announced: 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL

An homage to NYC's downtown music scene with Brooklyn Rider at the hot new new-music venue National Sawdust? Laptop music? World Premieres of 30+ short works for violin by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, and more? A brand-new piece by Esa-Pekka Salonen? A work titled The Alchemist, a true and faithful chronicling of the esoteric spiritual conferences and concomitant hermetic actions conducted by Her Majesty’s Alchemist Dr. John Dee and one Edward Kelley invoking the Nine Hierarchies of Angelic Orders to visible appearance, circa 1587?

Yes.

Today we announced details for the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL: 3 weeks of new music by 74 composers, almost 60 of them American, presented by the New York Philharmonic and 12 partners in 8 venues.

“The idea is to create a kind of whirlwind and maelstrom of enthusiasm and energy, and we literally could not do it alone,” Music Director (and biennial co-curator along with Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen) Alan Gilbert told The New York Times. Check out nyphil.org/biennial for details.

Alan Gilbert Conducts Messiaen at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Alan Gilbert Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Fresh off the Philharmonic’s busy summer — from Shanghai to Vail to California — and an acclaimed stint leading the U.S. Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Music Director Alan Gilbert has just completed another celebrated run of concerts, this time as artist-in-residence of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The Denver Post says it best:

Landmark events are rare for festivals that have been around a long time, but this performance, conducted by New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, is a big moment, indeed, for this heralded music series. The main event: Messiaen’s majestic “From the Canyons to the Stars,” inspired by the Western terrain - which is sorta perfect.

Check out the Santa Fe New Mexican’s insightful interview with Alan Gilbert on his Santa Fe roots, Messiaen, and Mozart.

And mark your calendars for the Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week in March 2016, which includes Alan playing violin in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time alongside Philharmonic principals and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.

Photo: Alan Gilbert conducting Schoenberg at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in 2013

PHOTOS: The Tour Begins in Dublin

The New York Philharmonic's two-week, six-country EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour has begun in Dublin, Ireland, with school visits; a sold-out concert with Joyce DiDonato joining Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra; and a few pints.

Photos: Tour Concludes in Taiwan

The ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour came to a triumphant conclusion this week with a concert in Yokohama and two in Taipei. Joining Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic for brilliant concerto performances were new and longtime friends: jazz sensation Makoto Ozone; pianist Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic’s current Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who will succeed him next season. After two weeks, ten concerts, six cities, and three countries, the Orchestra headed back to New York to resume performing for their hometown audience.

PHOTOS: Tokyo

The Philharmonic's week in Tokyo was packed with performances: a concert for families featuring Alan Gilbert narrating Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese and the Orchestra playing music by 10- to 15-year-old composers from New York and Fukushima; concertos with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman, and violinist Lisa Batiashvili; and the Principal Woodwind Quintet in chamber music at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.

PHOTOS: From South Korea to Japan

The Philharmonic performed its final concert in Seoul, South Korea — an all-American program — before heading to Japan for performances in Nagoya and Osaka. Along the way they teamed up with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone for a swinging account of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and gave masterful performances of music by Christopher Rouse, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and more.

PHOTOS: The Tour Starts in Seoul

More than 6,000 miles from home, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic launch the ten-concert, six-city ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour with a concert and educational partnership in Seoul, South Korea. 

Alan Gilbert’s Tchaikovsky 5 ‘Bespoke and Modeled with Style’: N.Y. Times

Alan Gilbert 

Alan Gilbert made Tchaikovsky’s Fifth feel “bespoke and modeled with style,” The New York Times said of Thursday’s concert.

Critic Steve Smith added that Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 “constantly seduces with its arresting instrumental textures and barreling energy. Mr. Bronfman’s electric presence ... cause[d] a hearty roar”; and Rouse’s Rapture “elicited positively glorious sounds from the orchestra.”

Smith noted how rare second or third hearings of major new works are, adding: "credit, then, goes to Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, who have provided a chance to hear" the Lindberg concerto again.

The Financial Times' Martin Bernheimer echoed this: "Alan Gilbert, a maestro who plays by his own rules, apparently doesn’t care [that second performances are rare]."

Michael Cameron, in New York Classical Review, praised Gilbert's direction in the Tchaikovsky, "from the vigorous sweep and structural integrity of the opening movement to the hushed urgency and propulsive drive of the Scherzo. ... Gilbert received sustained warm and richly deserved applause from both audience and orchestra."​

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