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New York Philharmonic to Perform Magnus Lindberg's 'Kraft' in Volkswagen Factory, Free Webcast from Medici.tv

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Apr 30, 2013 04:55 PM EDT | Logan K. Young (l.young@classicalite.com)

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Shareholders of Volkswagen attend their annual meeting in Hanover, Germany (April 25, 2013). VW said it was bracing for a tough year, though the automaker trusts that its business may improve in the second half as overseas markets keep growing. (Photo : Reuters)

On Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m., Medici.tv will present a free, live webcast of the New York Philharmonic's concert at Volkswagen's Die Gläserne Manufaktur (that is, "Transparent Factory") in Dresden, Germany.

Presented by the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the sold-out concert will showcase Magnus Lindberg's groundbreaking, site-specific work Kraft--with the composer, himself, at the piano.

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As with most Medici.tv webcasts, the footage will be available to audiences worldwide for the following 90 days.

With in-house video production by the New York Philharmonic, this will be the orchestra's first European concert to appear on Medici.tv.

The highlight of the webcast will be Magnus Lindberg's Kraft, which was given its New York premiere in October 2010 by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, during Lindberg's tenure as the orchestra's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence.

In keeping with the composer's intentions, the orchestra will use repurposed, locally sourced metal. In this instance: luxury Phaeton car parts, provided by Volkswagen specifically for the concert.

In addition to Lindberg at the piano, Kraft's soloists include Philharmonic principal percussionist Christopher S. Lamb and associate principal percussionist Daniel Druckman, principal timpanist Markus Rhoten, principal cellist Carter Brey, as well as Chen Halevi on clarinet and Juhani Liimatainen on electronics.

"Magnus Lindberg's Kraft is all about power and construction, and therefore it has found a remarkably apt venue in the Volkswagen factory," said Music Director Alan Gilbert.

"We are gratified that our collaboration with Medici.tv--which produced our webcasts of other outstanding events, including last year's Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory--is allowing us to share this unique experience with as large an audience as possible."

"Since its New York premiere in 2010, Magnus Lindberg's Kraft has represented the innovative and exciting journey on which Alan Gilbert is taking the Philharmonic's musicians and audiences," said Executive Director Matthew VanBesien.

"We are absolutely delighted to have Medici.tv as our partner in realizing our dream of sharing this unique event with a worldwide audience."

Also featured in the program are two American works, including the present Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, Christopher Rouse, and his piece Prospero's Rooms--a Philharmonic commission that received its world premiere in New York.

Rounding out the program is acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell, performing Bernstein's Serenade After Plato's Symposium, described by the composer as his most important serious work.

Bell recorded Bernstein's Serenade in 2001.

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