New York Philharmonic's Second Biennial Announced, Begins May 23-June 11

By Ian Holubiak on Mar 18, 2016 03:33 PM EDT
New York Philharmonic's Second Biennial Announced, Begins May 23-June 11 The New York Philharmonic and Conductor Alan Gilbert perform on stage during the Carnegie Hall 125th season opening night gala at Carnegie Hall on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo : Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial is coming up fast and with it, the company has announced a slew of performances from May 23-June 11. From Oscar Wilde in opera to Shared Madness, the biennial stretches from the Metropolitan Museum uptown all the way to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In their second biennial, the New York Phil has a concert list jam-packed for every day of the gala. Kicking off with a discussion from music director Alan Gilbert at the David Rubenstein Atrium amid his last season with the company, the 20-day programming also features performances from the JACK Quartet, Jennifer Koh performing Shared Madness, The Importance of Being Earnest, the quartet Brooklyn Rider and ending with Mr. Gilbert paying tribute to the late Pierre Boulez along with Per Nørgård.

The venues included in the lineup are also worth noting. Of course we have performances at David Geffen Hall (Bar Biennial) but other spaces include National Sawdust and the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR. And in support of the new venue lineup and large program, the N.Y. Phil is helping promote its concerts with the hashtag #biennialist.

That is, if you're in attendance at any of the performances, take a picture and upload it to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #biennialist for a chance to win free tickets to the final performance at David Geffen Hall on June 11.

In partnership with the event, too, are the always sensational organizations dedicated to keeping the music alive in and around New York City. Sponsors include the 92nd Street Y, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the League of Composers/ISCM, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Lucerne Festival, MetLiveArts, National Sawdust, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Whitney Museum of American Art, WQXR's Q2 Music and finally the Yale School of Music.

Described by the New York Times as "an ambitious venture aimed at making the Philharmonic and its hometown a hotbed of fresh work," the new biennial should shape up to be the hottest ticket for this summer's classical programming.

Be sure to take a look at all the events here and preview what's to come with a video below.

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