Premiering Wednesday, April 27, the New York Philharmonic will take to David Geffen Hall in a performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Maestro Alan Gilbert will conduct alongside soloist Carter Brey on cello.
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.
Next season will mark the end of an era for the New York Philharmonic as it's been announced that Alan Gilbert will step down from his post with the company to make way for Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden. The season will mark the N.Y. Phil's 175th anniversary and will showcase pieces from Tchaikovsky and Dvorak.
A quick word about the just-named, incoming music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden (pronounced “YEP van ZVAY-den”). This is not the time nor the place to debate the relative merits of the chosen candidate, as set against every other conductor in the world, for two reasons. One, because I have a conflict of interest via my own professional work in classical music (which, from time to time, has included working with the good folks at the Phil). But mainly, it's because the candidate has now been chosen. The selection process is over, and it's time to give him a chance. If we want him to do well--and success for Jaap, remember, means a success for the orchestra and more to enjoy for all of us--then we should let him mount his new podium free of any baggage or prejudgments.
It was announced Wednesday morning that the New York Philharmonic named Jaap van Zweden as its next music director. The appointment marks an end to Alan Gilbert's tenure, which started in 2009, and grants van Zweden the title post as he helps guide Lincoln Center through a costly season of renovations.
Well, it has certainly been quite the summer for Mozart in New York City. And here in the final throes of Gotham's grand celebration of most things Mozart--namely, the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center--we're finally getting the U.S. stage premiere of lauded British composer George Benjamin's equally highly-praised opera, 'Written on Skin,' at the David H. Koch Theater.
As Classicalite and pretty much every other classical outlet in Christendom reported earlier this year, the New York Philharmonic's intrepid MD, Alan Gilbert, will step down from both job and podium in 2017. However, with questions concerning the orchestra's home, David Geffen's Playhouse (i.e. Avery Fisher Hall), and its exorbitant costs of renovation, the question is not who will replace Gilbert? A better query...who still wants the NYPO job?
Once more, with feeling, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine will host the the New York Philharmonic--under the baton of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert--for its 24th annual free Memorial Day concert. Maestro Gilbert will lead the orchestra in Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 on Monday at 8:00 p.m.
In a most surprising move, New York Philharmonic's 8 season music director, Alan Gilbert, will step down from his post in 2017, which means they will begin an intense search for the successor to the high ensemble.
While the city retreats indoors, the New York Philharmonic announced Tuesday the details of its free NYC parks concerts for 2015, a slight reprieve for Manhattan's most undesirable lower-20s forecast.
An exciting new collaboration is on the horizon for New York. Now Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic announced that they would combine forces to bring concertgoers several fully assembled opera productions, the first coming from George Benjamin. Beginning this August, the companies will put on the first American stagings of Benjamin's "Written on Skin," which, according to "The New York Times," is "one of the most highly praised new operas of recent years." The production will premiere at the David H. Koch Theater as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival and will be followed in 2016 with Gerald Barry's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. A third opera is being planned for 2017 but, unfortunately, has not been announced.
Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks have been a must-do for all Gotham residents. But in light of the recent death of former NY Phil music director Lorin Maazel, tonight's concert in Central Park will be a bit more somber.
Some interesting statistics, yes, from the U.K.-based music website Bachtrack. Every year, they compile the stats from the events they have listed, and the list for 2013 has Valery Gergiev as the world's busiest conductor. Andris Nelsons comes second.
The Grammy nominations are out, and as often happens, the list is rather rife with surprises, with what might have seemed more central fare often edged out (with telling exceptions such as Simon Rattle's 'Rite of Spring'). Relatively small labels like 2L and ArtistShare have multiple nominations, while indie giants like Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion and BIS getting few or one. Or none.
One of the side-effects being experienced by some of the more troubled American orchestras is the "brain drain" (or, uh, playin' drayin') of their best players to rival bands. The latest to be reportedly up for another big job is the Minnesota Orchestra's concertmaster Erin Keefe.