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7 APRIL 2014
ALAN GILBERT TO LEAD NDR SYMPHONY HAMBURG IN MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 7 IN APRIL
On April 10 and 13, Alan steps in to lead the NDR Symphony Hamburg, of which he has served as Principal Guest Conductor since 2004, in two performances of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 7, replacing an indisposed Michael Geilen. When Alan last conducted the symphony, in March 2013 with the Cleveland Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez, The Plain Dealer exclaimed that "his Mahler was...of the turbulent, rough-and-tumble variety, and was all the more powerful as a result," in a "rendition [that] was unabashedly extroverted, filled to the brim with emotion. The exuberance in the Finale almost could not be checked Thursday as the composer's affirmation of life took the form of a giant orchestral bear-hug." Find tickets and more information here.
20 MARCH 2014
ALAN GILBERT LEADS ROYAL STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN BRUCKNER'S 8TH
Alan Gilbert returns to Sweden to conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble for which he served as Music Director for eight years and now holds the title for Conductor Laureate, to lead Anton Bruckner's spiritual Symphony No. 8 on April 3 and 5. Writes Munich's Abenzeitung of a recent performance of the composer's fourth symphony, "Gilbert possesses an innate sensibility for crescendos and nuances. He is a remarkable conductor of Bruckner: he has something to say." Find more information and tickets here.
14 MARCH 2014
CRITICS HAIL ALAN GILBERT'S SWEENEY TODD
Alan and the New York Philharmonic were met with a chorus of praise from the New York press following their four-night run last week of Stephen Sondheim's Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Bryn Terfel and Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson. "Alan Gilbert has already shown that the Philharmonic can be the best opera company in town; now he's put Broadway on notice, too," enthused New York Magazine. Extolled the New York Times, "Under Mr. Gilbert's direction, the performance was remarkable for the clarity it brought to Jonathan Tunick's sumptuous but delicately textured orchestrations... Such details can easily be blurred, but came through incisively here." "The glory that is the New York Philharmonic, playing Jonathan Tunick's orchestration, makes you realize just how great this score is; a large chorus added to its grandeur. Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, and yes, Stephen Sondheim were in the audience (he was brought on stage for a curtain call). All seemed overjoyed by Gilbert's reading and the superb work of the cast," said ClassicsToday. Sweeney Todd was not the New York Philharmonic's first production of a musical theater work, but Gilbert was the first Philharmonic Music Director to conduct one. See more reviews at left.
10 MARCH 2014
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONTINUE NIELSEN PROJECT WITH SYMPHONIES 1 AND 4, HELIOS OVERTURE
Alan and the New York Philharmonic continue The Nielsen Project — the Philharmonic's multi-year focus on Danish composer Carl Nielsen launched in the 2010-11 season — with performances of the composer's Helios Overture and Symphony No. 1, both in their first-ever performances at the Philharmonic, and Symphony No. 4, Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15. The works will be recorded for later release on Denmark's Dacapo label.

Alan says: "During my years in Sweden, I grew to love Nielsen, and I believe his canon deserves to be better known by American audiences: he speaks to everybody. There's something wonderfully craggy and natural about the sound he creates, but it's always couched in a romantic warmth." When The Nielsen Project concludes, the New York Philharmonic will have performed and recorded the composer's six symphonies and three concertos. Find tickets and more information here.
3 MARCH 2014
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND AWARD-WINNING CAST IN STAGED PRODUCTION OF SONDHEIM'S SWEENEY TODD
Upon their return from the ASIA / 2014 tour, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic join forces with a star-studded cast to present five performances of Stephen Sondheim's Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Set in Victorian London, the grisly musical thriller tells the story of the eponymous barber who seeks vengeance on what he sees as a merciless world by murdering his customers and, with the help of his landlady, the romantically inclined Mrs. Lovett, bakes their bodies into meat pies, which are fed to London's avid and unknowing populace.

Running from March 5 to 8 (with both matinée and evening performances on March 8), bass-baritone Bryn Terfel stars as the title character, and Academy Award–winning actress Emma Thompson plays Mrs. Lovett in her Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. The production is directed by Lonny Price, who directed and produced the Philharmonic's productions of Sondheim's Company in 2011, SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert! in 2010, and Sweeney Todd in 2000. Find tickets and more information here.
24 FEBRUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT AND MATTHEW VANBESIEN TO EXPLORE THE 21ST-CENTURY ORCHESTRA AS PART OF NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S INSIGHTS SERIES
Alan Gilbert joins New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on March 3 for "The 21st-Century Orchestra: A Conversation with Music Director Alan Gilbert and Executive Director Matthew VanBesien." They will speak about their aspirations for the New York Philharmonic, both in New York and around the world, and about what an orchestra should be in light of today's economic and cultural shifts. This evening is part of the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series — free events that are co-presented with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in which artists and experts explore some of the season's themes and concerts. Find more information about the New York Philharmonic's Insights Series here.
12 FEBRUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT TO RETURN TO METROPOLITAN OPERA IN 2015
The Metropolitan Opera has announced that on February 4, 2015, Alan Gilbert will cross Lincoln Center Plaza for the first time since his 2008 debut to conduct Mozart's Don Giovanni, starring Peter Mattei in the title role. The cast will also include Elza van den Heever in her company role debut as Donna Anna, Emma Bell as Donna Elvira, Kate Lindsey as Zerlina, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, Dmitry Korchak in his Met debut as Don Ottavio, and James Morris as the Commendatore. Repeat performances will take place February 7, 11, 14, 17, 21, 24, 27, and March 2 and 6. Find more information and tickets here.
7 FEBRUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC FEATURED ON SOUTH KOREA'S ARIRANG NEWS
Coverage of Alan the New York Philharmonic's ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour included a video feature on South Korea's prominent Arirang News. The video, that includes rehearsal footage and comments from Alan, can be viewed at the Arirang News website.
4 FEBRUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC KICK OFF ASIA / WINTER 2014 TOUR
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in ten concerts across three countries on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, the seventh international concert tour of his tenure, from February 6 to 19. Performances in Seoul, South Korea; Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama, Japan; and Taipei, Taiwan will feature a blend of works by American composers, the Philharmonic's current and former Composers-in-Residence, Benjamin Britten in honor of his centennial year, and canonical masters. Guest soloists include pianist and Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, both of whom perform with the Philharmonic in Tokyo and Taipei, as well as pianists Da Sol, who appears in Seoul, and Makoto Ozone, in Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama. The tour also features five performances of Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Rapture and two performances of former Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic, with Mr. Bronfman as soloist.

In continuation of the New York Philharmonic's celebration of Benjamin Britten's centennial season, Alan will narrate The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in Japanese at Tokyo's Suntory Hall in a special concert for families, while Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein conducts.

See the New York Philharmonic's full ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour program here.
29 JANUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO BERLIN PHILHARMONIC FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
In his second engagement with the Berliner Philharmoniker during the 2013-14 season, Alan Gilbert conducts a program that includes Antonín Dvořák's cello concerto with soloist Daniel Müller-Schott as well as Magnus Lindberg's Kraft Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1. The latter work, inspired by the Berlin punk scene of the 1980's, will include the composer himself playing the piano part and will make use of the full expanse of the Philharmonie, with musicians situated throughout the hall. When Alan last appeared with the with the storied orchestra in September 2013, the Berliner Morgenpost declared him a "triumphant victor", and that "the musicians trust him completely". The final performance on February 1 of the upcoming program will be webcast live via the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall. Find tickets and more information here.
22 JANUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCE 2014-15 SEASON
At a news conference on January 22 webcast live from the Greene Space at WNYC, Alan Gilbert and other guests presented an overview of the New York Philharmonic's 2014-15 season, his sixth as Music Director of the orchestra. Highlights for Alan include the New York premiere of a staged production of Honegger's dramatic oratorio Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard; Verdi's Requiem for his first time with the Philharmonic; and World and U.S. Premieres — all commissioned or co-commissioned by the Philharmonic — by John Adams, Peter Eötvös, Thierry Escaich, Unsuk Chin, and Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse, whose term has been extended for a third season.

Alan will conduct Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble alongside the Philharmonic for a celebration of the ensemble's 15th anniversary. The Nielsen Project will come to a conclusion with Helios Overture and Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Sinfonia semplice, recorded for release in January 2015. Additionally, Alan will bring CONTACT! and one of its staged productions — an adaptation of Giants Are Small's 2013 staging of Stravinsky's Petrushka — on tour for the first time. Violinist Lisa Batiashvili will become Artist-in-Residence and pianist Inon Barnatan will make his Philharmonic debut while taking on the newly established role of Artist-in-Association, a position created to develop new relationships with promising soloists. Read more about the New York Philharmonic's 2014-15 season highlights here.
9 JANUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN, GERSHWIN, AND SHOSTAKOVICH WITH SOLOIST LISA BATIASHVILI
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 1; Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist; and Gershwin's An American in Paris, Thursday, January 9 through Saturday, January 11, and Tuesday, January 14. Lisa Batiashvili, who Alan has called "one of the truly great violinists and artists in the world today," has appeared annually with the orchestra since Alan became Music Director. Her recording Echoes of Time, which features Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011.

On this program, Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto is bookended with two works by Beethoven that are also tied to themes of freedom: the Fidelio Overture, written for his opera about a woman who disguises herself to rescue her unjustly imprisoned husband, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, illustrating Mozart and Haydn's influence while also breaking Classical traditions. "Beethoven is a touchstone," Alan Gilbert said. "He is the iconic orchestral composer, and his nine symphonies are the essential canon of orchestral music. Everything that has come since is related either by carrying on what Beethoven started, or deliberately going against it."

The program closes with Gershwin's An American in Paris, the American composer's rhapsody that the New York Philharmonic commissioned and premiered in 1928. "I've sometimes thought that Gershwin might be the greatest American composer of all," Alan Gilbert said. "I don't think I'd have a lot of trouble trying to defend that statement. He's a true master in his jazz sense, with a naturalness and a swing, but his sense of harmony is as developed as that of pretty much any 20th-century composer. The fact that his music is joyous and fun to listen to and is also at such a high level is very impressive to me." Find more information and tickets here.
2 JANUARY 2014
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC REPRISE LINDBERG PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 WITH YEFIM BRONFMAN
This weekend, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a program featuring former Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman as soloist, as well as Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Rapture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. The program is being presented at Avery Fisher Hall Thursday, January 2, Friday, January 3, and Tuesday, January 7, with a performance at Long Island University's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, New York on Saturday, January 4.

Alan led the Philharmonic and Yefim Bronfman in the May 2012 world premiere of Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, which was composed for Bronfman and which the Philharmonic co-commissioned. This performance is featured on a recent Grammy-nominated Dacapo Records release. "I'm really glad that we're bringing back the Lindberg Piano Concerto No. 2 so soon after we first played it," Alan says. "When we have a masterpiece, it's our responsibility to give it life, and this piece absolutely deserves to be in the repertoire."
23 DECEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, IGUDESMAN & JOO, AND JOSHUA BELL
Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve celebration, this year featuring musical humorists Igudesman & Joo in their Philharmonic debut and a special guest appearance by violinist Joshua Bell. The duo — violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo — will perform original acts that will have Philharmonic musicians and Alan himself joining in the fun. Highlights of the program include Rachmaninoff by Himself, a piece that humorously acknowledges the origins of Eric Carmen's power ballad "All by Myself" in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2; A Very Blue Danube, taking Johann Strauss II's famed waltz to virtuosic extremes and poking fun at the waltz-filled Viennese New Year; and From Mozart with Love, in which Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and the James Bond theme are woven together. The evening will also include the World Premiere of Ring in the Classics, written by Igudesman & Joo for Alan and featuring him in a spotlighted role. Find more information and tickets here.
16 DECEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC INCLUDED IN NEW YORK TIMES' TOP PERFORMANCES OF 2013
New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini has named Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's June concert performance of Luigi Dallapiccola's opera Il Prigioniero ("The Prisoner") one of the top ten notable events in classical music this year. Alan, "a champion of the most challenging 20th-century scores, was at his inspired best" in the performance of the "wrenching work" about the Spanish Inquisition. Marvels Tommasini, "The audience responded with a five-minute ovation for a 12-tone opera. How often does that happen?" Read the full list here.
9 DECEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT FEATURED THREE TIMES ON NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES OF 2013
Three performances by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have made New York Magazine's 10 Best Classical Performances of the Year list, summing up a year of prolific music-making midway through his fifth season as Music Director. At number 6 stands September's performances of the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey accompanied by a screening of the film, as part of The Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic. Justin Davidson enthuses, "Stanley Kubrick's trippy meditation on galactic travel never seemed more operatic than when the Philharmonic ripped the great soundtrack out of two dimensions and into the concert hall." The 8th slot on the list is filled by the April performance of Unsuk Chin's Gougalon, an evocation of the soundtrack of the composer's native Seoul that was presented as part of the New York Philharmonic's new-music series Contact! Rounding up the 2013 highlights at number 9 is Alan's performance of Charles Ives' visionary Fourth Symphony, which also took place in April. Writes Davidson, "Few conductors can whip Ives's crazy megalopolis of a score into luminous sense more effectively than Alan Gilbert." Read the full list here.
6 DECEMBER 2013
RECORDING BY ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC NOMINATED FOR TWO GRAMMY AWARDS
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's May 2013 release of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 on Dacapo records has been nominated for two 2014 Grammy Awards, in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition categories. The recording, which also includes Lindberg's EXPO and Al largo, was recorded in 2009. Magnus Lindberg served as composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic form 2009-2012. See the full list of Classical 2014 Grammy nominees here.
25 NOVEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN MOZART'S FINAL SYMPHONIES
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a program of Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, ("Jupiter"), on Tuesday, November 26, as well as Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and Principal Horn Philip Myers, as part of the Philharmonic's celebration of Britten's centennial.

On Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, Alan conducts Mozart's three final symphonies — Nos. 39, 40, and 41, Jupiter. Classical 105.9 FM WQXR in New York will broadcast the November 30 concert live at 8pm as part of "Month of Mozart", a month-long festival on the music and life of the composer. About these concerts, Alan says: "Playing Mozart's last three symphonies together in a program is a very intense and powerful way of experiencing this music. His music is uniquely challenging to the performer — it has to be stylish and shaped, but ultimately human — but there's nothing more fun or gratifying. The story of Mozart is everybody's story, and it's an important one."

On November 30, Alan also leads a matineé concert featuring Mozart's Symphony No. 41, ("Jupiter"), in a program that also includes Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds and Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon with pianist Jeffrey Kahane and Philharmonic principal players.
21 NOVEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATE BRITTEN CENTENNIAL
On November 21, 22 and 23, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a celebration of the centennial of English composer, conductor, and pianist Benjamin Britten. (The second performance takes place on the composer's 100th birthday.) The program includes Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring Philharmonic Principal Horn Philip Myers, as well as Britten's Spring Symphony, with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, New York Choral Artists, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Tonight and tomorrow evening, tenor Michael Slattery will make his Philharmonic debut in the Serenade, and tenor Dominic Armstrong will make his Philharmonic debut in the Spring Symphony. (These will be Mr. Armstrong's first-ever performances of the work.) Anthony Dean Griffey will sing in both works on November 23, as well as in an encore performance of the Serenade on November 26 (paired with Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, "Jupiter"). The tenors replace Paul Appleby, who withdrew from the concerts due to illness. Alan notes, "Britten is truly one of the great masters of the 20th century. I love all of his music and I'm really happy to have the chance to bring the Spring Symphony back to New York as we celebrate the composer's centenary. It has been a while since the orchestra has played this incredible work. I've had a long love affair with this piece, ever since I heard André Previn do it at Tanglewood many years ago. It's a gem of a piece – the complete range of human experience encapsulated in yet another Britten masterpiece."

Find more information about the concerts here.
14 NOVEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN WORKS BY R. STRAUSS, ROUSE OBOE CONCERTO FEATURING LIANG WANG
Alan Gilbert's return to the New York Philharmonic after two weeks of guest conducting engagements in Germany opens tonight with the New York Premiere of Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto, featuring Principal Oboe Liang Wang, and Richard Strauss's Don Juan and Also sprach Zarathustra, both featuring Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in concertmaster solos.

"It's a real workout for the oboist," Mr. Rouse said of his Oboe Concerto. "It is one of my more genial works. There aren't too many clouds in the sky. It's meant to have a kind of amorous, romantic quality." Of Rouse's work, Alan says: "I've always said and long felt that Chris Rouse is one of the really important composers working today. As we enter our second year with him as Composer-in-Residence, it's fun for me to see how the relationship gets stronger."

Additional performances take place on Saturday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 19, as well as a matinee on Friday, November 15. Find more information here.
4 NOVEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC FEATURED ON CBS THIS MORNING
"A great football game is like a great orchestral performance. It's a show of tempo, finesse, and rhythm, and in both, there's one person at the helm, directing, dictating and controlling the field of play." On CBS This Morning's November 4th episode, CBS Cultural Correspondent Wynton Marsalis talks to Alan and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and compares their respective roles. Watch it here.
24 OCTOBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO GERMANY TO LEAD MUNICH PHILHARMONIC AND NDR SYMPHONY
Alan Gilbert, who made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic in 2011, returns next week to direct the orchestra in Bruckner's Fourth Symphony and Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, with Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman. The two are currently traversing Beethoven's complete piano concertos together at the New York Philharmonic, where Bronfman serves as this season's Artist-in-Residence.

Of the concerts, which take place on October 31 and November 2 and 3, Alan says: "I love conducting in Munich! There's something so focused about the way the audience treats the whole musical experience. It's a special place to perform, and to be able to do Bruckner with the Munich Philharmonic—an orchestra that has done so many wonderful Bruckner performances with, among others, Mehta, Celibidache, and Levine—is something I'm looking forward to enormously. This is the second time I'm conducting the orchestra. Our first time together had such a special chemistry that it's a real shame it has taken so long to have the chance to perform together again." Find more information and tickets here.

Next, Alan resumes his leadership of the NDR Symphony, where he has served as Principal Guest Conductor since 2004. At the orchestra's Hamburg home on November 7 and 10 and in Kiel on November 8, Alan and the NDR Symphony reunite for Dvorák's Violin Concerto, with Frank Peter Zimmerman as soloist, coupled with The Ring Journey, the conductor's own orchestral arrangement (after Erich Leinsdorf) of music from Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle. Find more information here.
11 OCTOBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL
On Monday, October 21, Alan and the Juilliard Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium for the Orchestra's only concert of the season at the hall. Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 1, a "lost" work that was first performed in 1958 after the death of its dedicatee, Stefi Geyer, opens the program featuring violinist Elizabeth Fayette. Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 follows. On Bruckner's artistic legacy, Alan says: "Bruckner takes the symphonic form and luxuriates in it. He creates expanses of sound and deals with time in a very, very noble way. And for that to really work, the sound itself has to be passionate and colorful and committed from beginning to end." Watch more here.
3 OCTOBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 9 FOR FIRST TIME, TURNAGE U.S. PREMIERE
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze — written in response to Beethoven's Ninth and co-commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, New York Philharmonic, and BBC Radio 3 — Thursday, October 3 through Saturday, October 5 as well as Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. These concerts mark Alan's first performances of the Ninth Symphony with the Philharmonic, which features soloists Julianna Di Giacomo, Kelley O'Connor, Russell Thomas, and Shenyang as well as the Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Chorus.

The New York Philharmonic gave the U.S. Premiere of the Symphony No. 9 in 1846, for which it commissioned the first English translation of "Ode to Joy." "For the modern audience, I think it's fascinating to be reminded that when Beethoven's music was first played, it was then a contemporary-music concert," said Music Director Alan Gilbert. "The hope is that both pieces — Turnage's Frieze and Beethoven's Ninth — will be illuminated by the juxtaposition."

Find tickets and more information here.
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC SUBSCRIPTION SEASON AND YEFIM BRONFMAN ARTIST RESIDENCY
Following Wednesday's Opening Night Gala, Alan and the New York Philharmonic open their 2013-14 subscription season with concerts featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman's first performances as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence. The full program, which runs September 26 through 28 and October 1, includes Maurice Ravel's Alborada del gracioso and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, followed by Bronfman's account of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. "Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto is one of the last I learned," Yefim Bronfman said. "Why I didn't study it before, I don't know. Of course, I fell in love with it; it's a unique piece that cannot be taken for granted."

This program will be broadcast the week of October 13, 2013 on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network. The program can be heard streaming at nyphil.org and is broadcast in the New York City area Thursdays at 9:00pm on 105.9 FM WQXR.

Find more information and tickets, as well as a video of Bronfman speaking about Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, here.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT OPENS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S 172ND SEASON WITH GALA FEATURING YO-YO MA
At the New York Philharmonic's Opening Gala Concert on Wednesday, September 25, Alan conducts Yo-Yo Ma and the Philharmonic in two works by Argentinian composers: the world premiere of Octavio Brunetti's arrangement, commissioned by the Philharmonic, of a suite from Astor Piazzolla's La serie del Ángel, and Osvaldo Golijov's Azul, composed for the eminent cellist. The program opens with Ravel's Alborada del gracioso and closes with Boléro, two pieces that reflect the French composer's fascination with Spain. In celebration of the start of the orchestra's 2013-14 season, the Empire State Building will be lit in Philharmonic red that evening.

In its review of Azul, which was written for Yo-Yo Ma, the Los Angeles Times praised, "Of all the music written for Ma, this one captures him most fully... Ma and Golijov are artists made for each other." The concert will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center at a later date and broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR (www.wqxr.org). Find more information here.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Philharmonic will offer a free dress rehearsal on the morning of the gala at 9:45am. General admission tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis starting that morning at 8:00am at Lincoln Center Plaza. Tango dance company Triangulo will perform and teach Philharmonic musicians as well as fans waiting on line how to dance the tango. WQXR host Elliott Forrest will host the morning events, which will include interviews with Alan, Philharmonic musicians, and fans waiting in line.
18 SEPTEMBER 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC PERFORM SCORE TO 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
This Friday and Saturday, Alan and the New York Philharmonic perform the score to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey accompanied by a screening of the film, as part of concert series "The Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic." Equally praised for its stunning visuals, ground breaking special effects and daring use of works including Richard Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra, Johann Strauss II's On the Beautiful Blue Danube and more, Kubrick's masterpiece will been screened for the first time in its entirety with live orchestra in the United States. Find more information here.
22 AUGUST 2013
ALAN GILBERT KICKS OFF SEASON WITH BERLIN PHILHARMONIC
In September, Alan takes a trip to Germany for a guest engagement with the Berlin Philharmonic on September 12, 13, and 14. These concerts, which mark the beginning of his 2013-14 conducting season, feature a selection of works by composers who are known for their significant contributions to the musical identities of their respective countries.

The September program opens with Symphony No. 4 by Witold Lutosławski, who rose in fame after the Second World War to become Poland's leading composer. Czech composer Leoš Janáček's Violin Concerto Putování dušičky (The Pilgrimage of a Little Soul) follows, which was written at the height of his fame in 1926 and later reconstructed into a longer work. The concerto features Austrian violinist Thomas Zehetmair. Concluding the performance is Béla Bartók's The Wooden Prince, which hints at inspiration from Hungarian folk music melodies, harmonies, and rhythms.

This marks the fourth time Alan has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, after engagements in 2011, 2009, and 2006. Following the 2006 performances, when he stepped in at short notice for an indisposed Bernard Haitink, the Berliner Morgenpost enthused, "The man at the conductor's desk [...] bristled with musicality and interpretive single-mindedness." Later in the season, Alan will conduct a second program with the storied orchestra on January 30 and 31, 2014, of Dvořák's Cello Concerto featuring cellist Truls Mørk and Magnus Lindberg's Kraft.

The September 14 concert will be broadcast live via the Berlin Philharmonic's digital concert hall at 8pm Central European Time. Find more information about the September concerts here.
26 JULY 2013
"THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC THIS WEEK" RADIO SERIES IN AUGUST TO INCLUDE LIVE RECORDINGS OF ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTING VAIL RESIDENCY CONCERT, A DANCER'S DREAM, AND THE BEST OF CONTACT! NEW MUSIC
The August broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week – the weekly radio series of concerts and recordings by the New York Philharmonic, hosted by Alec Baldwin – include three live recordings of Alan leading the orchestra during the 2012-13 season. The first week's broadcast, beginning on August 4, will feature the best of the 2012-13 season of CONTACT!, the new-music series, including Alan leading the U.S. premieres of Unsuk Chin's Gougalon; Poul Ruders's Oboe Concerto, featuring Principal Oboe Liang Wang; Yann Robin's Backdraft, a New York Philharmonic co-commission; and the New York Premiere of Anders Hillborg's Vaporized Tivoli.

The second broadcast in August includes Alan conducting the Philharmonic in Dvořák's Cello Concerto, with Principal Cello Carter Brey as soloist, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 during the orchestra's 2013 residency at Bravo! Vail in July. Then, the week beginning August 24, the broadcast will feature A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky, a multidisciplinary reimagining of Stravinsky's ballets The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka. New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns starred in the production, created by Giants Are Small.

The New York Philharmonic This Week airs locally in the New York metropolitan area on WQXR 105.9 FM, Thursdays at 8:00pm. (Check local listings.) Concerts are available on the Philharmonic's website for two weeks following the broadcast. The month-long weekly radio series is produced by the New York Philharmonic and syndicated to more than 300 outlets nationally and 122 outlets internationally by the WFMT Radio Network.
15 JULY 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC PERFORM OUTDOORS IN MANHATTAN, QUEENS, AND COLORADO
This week, Alan and the New York Philharmonic finish up this summer's Concerts in the Parks Series with free outdoor performances in Manhattan's Central Park on July 15 and the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park on July 16. On the program will be Dvořák's Cello Concerto featuring Principal Cello Carter Brey, followed by Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Both concerts will be followed by fireworks shows by Bay Fireworks. Find more information about the Concerts in the Parks Series here.

Next, Alan and the Philharmonic travel to Bravo! Vail in Colorado, where they will perform the Dvorak and Tchaikovsky on July 19, as well as a program on July 21 of Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Liszt's Totentanz with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Find more information about these concerts as well as the Philharmonic's other performances at Vail this summer here.
8 JULY 2013
ALAN GILBERT KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS IN THE PARKS SERIES AND MLB ALL-STAR CHARITY CONCERT FEATURING MARIAH CAREY
This week, Alan Gilbert leads three free outdoor concerts in three New York City boroughs with the New York Philharmonic, kicking off the Philharmonic's annual Concerts in the Parks Series and starring in Major League Baseball's special All-Star Charity Concert benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief. Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout New York into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars. On July 10 and 11, Alan and the Philharmonic appear at Brooklyn's Prospect Park and Queens's Cunningham Park, performing a program that spotlights Principal Cello Carter Brey in Dvořák's Cello Concerto, followed by Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. Both concerts will be followed by fireworks shows by Bay Fireworks.

July 13 brings Alan and the Philharmonic to Central Park's Great Lawn in Manhattan, where he leads the Philharmonic in two sets of New York and baseball-themed music, including Randy Newman's Suite from The Natural and the world premiere of Mark Isham's Suite from 42. Multiple Grammy Award-winning pop artist Mariah Carey will make a special guest appearance to perform a select number of hits mixed with tracks off of her upcoming album, The Art of Letting Go. In addition, MLB's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, ex-New York Mets player and ex-New York Yankees manager Joe Torre will make a special appearance and read the classic baseball poem "Casey At the Bat" by Ernest Thayer, published in 1888. Major League Baseball will donate $1 million in proceeds to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The concert is free to attend but requires each attendee to have a ticket. Find more information here.
1 JULY 2013
THREE LIVE RECORDINGS OF ALAN GILBERT LEADING THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC TO BE BROADCAST IN JULY AS PART OF "THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC THIS WEEK" RADIO SERIES
The July broadcasts of The New York Philharmonic This Week – the weekly radio series of concerts and recordings by the New York Philharmonic, hosted by Alec Baldwin – include three live recordings of Alan leading the orchestra during the 2012-13 season. Two of the concerts are part of Gilbert's Playlist, which showcases the varied interests, close collaborations, and creative programming ideas that have become hallmarks of Alan's tenure as Music Director. During the week of July 7, the broadcast consists of Alan conducting Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Emanuel Ax, in Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major, followed by the New York Premiere of Symphony No. 3 by Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse and A Ring Journey, Alan's own synthesis of orchestral music from Wagner's Ring Cycle based on Erich Leinsdorf's arrangement. During the week of July 14, the concert broadcast will be A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky, a multidisciplinary reimagining of Stravinsky's ballet scores to The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka. Alan returns to the podium for the final broadcast during the week of July 28 conducting Nielsen's Flute and Violin Concertos with Principal Flute Robert Langevin and violinist Nikolaj Znaider as soloists, released on DaCapo Records as part of The Nielsen Project. The program will conclude with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, Little Russian.

The New York Philharmonic This Week airs locally in the New York metropolitan area on WQXR 105.9 FM, Thursdays at 8:00pm. (Check local listings.) Concerts are available on the Philharmonic's website, for two weeks following the broadcast. The month-long weekly radio broadcast series Is produced by the New York Philharmonic and syndicated to more than 300 outlets nationally and 122 outlets internationally by the WFMT Radio Network.
24 JUNE 2013
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN THEATRICAL REIMAGINING OF THE FAIRY'S KISS AND PETRUSHKA FOR SEASON-FINALE PROGRAM
June 27 through 29, Alan and the New York Philharmonic close the orchestra's 2012-13 season with A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky, a multidisciplinary, theatrical reimagining of the ballets The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small. Blending music with ballet, live animation, pre-recorded video, puppetry, and circus arts, A Dancer's Dream blurs the lines between reality and imagination, audience and performer. Using Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and Petruskha as the foundation for a new narrative, the production chronicles the story of a young woman, played by New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns, and her dream of becoming a dancer. Entranced by the music, she is "kissed" by the passion to become an artist and drawn into the performance, dancing to the complete score of The Fairy's Kiss. By the second act, she has completed her transformation into an artist, becoming Columbine in Petrushka.

The program is directed and designed by Doug Fitch, choreographed by Karole Armitage, and produced by Edouard Getaz. Alan and the Philharmonic last collaborated with Giants Are Small in 2011 for The Cunning Little Vixen and in 2010 for Le Grand Macabre.

A Dancer's Dream will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by SpectiCast beginning September 2013. This unique cinema event, produced by the New York Philharmonic, will feature a complete concert broadcast, behind-the-scenes footage, as well as a brief intermission feature on Stravinsky's history with the New York Philharmonic, featuring video and other exclusive material from the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.

Find out more information, buy tickets, and watch the trailer and the video Creating "A Dancer's Dream" here.
10 JUNE 2013
ALAN GILBERT HIGHLIGHTS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE EMANUEL AX AND COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE CHRISTOPHER ROUSE IN THIRD GILBERT'S PLAYLIST PROGRAM
Alan leads a program at the New York Philharmonic that highlights both Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse and Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Emanuel Ax in the next installment of Gilbert's Playlist on June 20, 21, and 22. Emanuel Ax returns for the final performances of his Philharmonic residency with Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major. Next is the New York premiere of the Symphony No. 3 by Christopher Rouse, whose association with the Philharmonic will continue next season. Of the symphony and concerto, Alan says: "Christopher Rouse's music, while being highly individualistic, is absolutely rooted in the tradition from which it springs. Chris has described his Symphony No. 3 as new wine he poured into the older bottle of Prokofiev's Second Symphony. These are two great pieces, and together they represent both our Artist-in-Residence and our Composer-in-Residence on the same program. Doing so reflects that whole idea of connecting and collaborating to which I am committed."

The program will conclude with A Ring Journey, Alan's own synthesis of orchestral music from Wagner's Ring cycle, based on Erich Leinsdorf's condensed version. A Ring Journey begins with The Ride of the Valkyries and moves chronologically through the entire cycle, offering selections that are not often heard in the concert hall, to form a rich orchestral telling of the complex story. Find tickets and more information here.
4 JUNE 2013
ALAN GILBERT TO CONDUCT DALLAPICCOLA'S IL PRIGIONIERO AND LISA BATIASHVILI PLAYING PROKOFIEV IN SECOND GILBERT'S PLAYLIST PROGRAM
Italian modernist composer Luigi Dallapiccola's serialist opera Il Prigioniero, featuring bass-baritone Gerald Finley as The Prisoner and soprano Patricia Racette as The Mother, highlight the next installment of Gilbert's Playlist — four weeks of programs showcasing themes and ideas that have become a hallmark of the Alan's tenure as Music Director — June 6, 8, and 11. The program will open with Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring Lisa Batiashvili. Additional cast for Il Prigioniero includes tenor Peter Hoare as The Jailer and Grand Inquisitor; tenor William Ferguson as the First Priest; baritone Sidney Outlaw (debut) as the Second Priest; and The Collegiate Chorale, directed by James Bagwell. Find more information and tickets here.

On June 7, Alan, the Philharmonic, and Ms. Batiashvili will also perform Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 at Long Island University's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, in addition to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathétique, and Musorgsky's Prelude to Khovanshchina (led by Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein). Find more information about this performance here.

For the fourth consecutive season, Alan will join Philharmonic musicians in chamber music on a Saturday Matinee concert on June 8. The afternoon's performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathétique will be preceded by Brahms's String Quintet in G major, with Alan and Ms. Batiashvili on violin alongside Philharmonic principal musicians. Find more information about the Saturday Matinee performance here.
28 MAY 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC LAUNCH "GILBERT'S PLAYLIST" WITH JAZZ-INFUSED PROGRAMS PERFORMED WITH WYNTON MARSALIS AND THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
Jazz and its influences on orchestral music form the basis of the first program in "Gilbert's Playlist" — four weeks of programs conducted by Alan that showcase the themes of collaboration, breaking boundaries, theatricality, and wide-ranging music that have become a hallmark of his tenure.

On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, Alan leads the Philharmonic in Copland's Clarinet Concerto, with Acting Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio as soloist, and Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3), featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the forces that gave the work's U.S. premiere on opening night in September 2010. Stravinsky's Ragtime and Shostakovich's Tahiti Trot, led by Assistant Conductor Case Scaglione, open the program. Alan will also lead the Rush Hour Concert on Thursday, May 30, which features Marsalis's Swing Symphony exclusively.

"One thing I've been interested in pursuing with the Philharmonic is collaboration with important cultural institutions across New York City," Alan said. "Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis were an obvious choice. Wynton is such an iconic figure: a great artist, instrumentalist, teacher, and communicator who really believes in the power of music and the importance of bringing people into our world."

Find more information and tickets here.
21 MAY 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AT ST. JOHN THE DIVINE IN FREE MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
On May 27, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic continue their May tradition by presenting the 22nd Annual Free Memorial Day Concert at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. On the program is Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Wagner", in its final 1889 version. In Alan's words about the symphony: "The New York Philharmonic has the kind of weight, beauty, and substance in its sound that is perfect for Bruckner. He was one of the many composers who felt Beethoven's shadow behind him, and this symphony is a clear reaction to Beethoven's Ninth. There's a seriousness and monumental fatalistic message that this symphony wonderfully expresses. It is a full-throated romantic utterance and has some of the most beautiful, touching music that Bruckner ever wrote."

Tickets are first-come, first-served and will be handed out at 6:00pm on the day of the performance at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The concert will begin at 8:00pm. Audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. Find more information here.
15 MAY 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCLUDE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF VIENNA KONZERTHAUS
Following their triumph at the Dresden Music Festival with a performance at the Dresden Semperoper and a live webcast of Magnus Lindberg's Kraft from Volkswagen's Die Gläserne Manufaktur ("Transparent Factory"), Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic conclude their EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour with three concerts at Vienna's Konzerthaus, celebrating its 100th season. Wednesday, May 15, features a program of Austrian composers: Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 (performed by Philharmonic Artist-In-Residence Emanuel Ax) and Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 in D Minor. On Thursday, May 16, Joshua Bell is the soloist in Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, followed by Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique". The final performance, on Friday, May 17, includes Christopher Rouse's Prospero's Rooms, Mozart's Symphony No. 36, Linz, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, as arranged by Ravel.
13 MAY 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN LINDBERG'S KRAFT AND MORE AT DRESDEN'S VOLKSWAGEN FACTORY, STREAMED LIVE ON MEDICI.TV
On Tuesday, May 14, Alan will lead the New York Philharmonic at Volkswagen's Die Gläserne Manufaktur ("Transparent Factory") in Dresden. The sold-out concert, given as part of the orchestra's EUROPE/SPRING 2013 tour and presented by the Dresden Music Festival, will showcase Magnus Lindberg's groundbreaking, site-specific work Kraft (with the composer himself at the piano and a host of Philharmonic musicians as soloists), alongside Prospero's Rooms by Christopher Rouse, and Bernstein's Serenade with Joshua Bell as violin soloist. Audiences worldwide will be able to watch the concert on medici.tv, in a free, live webcast that will be available for streaming for the following 90 days.

It was Alan and the New York Philharmonic who gave Kraft its New York premiere in 2010, during Lindberg's tenure as the orchestra's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence. Die Gläserne Manufaktur makes an especially fitting venue for the work, since the composer specifies that the orchestra perform on repurposed, locally sourced metal, which Volkswagen is providing in the form of luxury Phaeton car parts. Find more information about the medici.tv webcast here.
6 MAY 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONTINUE EUROPEAN TOUR IN SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY
This week, Alan and the New York Philharmonic travel to German-speaking Europe for the next segment of their EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour. First, they arrive in Zurich, Switzerland for a concert at the Tonhalle on May 6, and then move to Munich, Germany for a performance at the Gasteig on May 7. The program for both concerts opens with Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Prospero's Rooms, a Philharmonic commission that reflects on the story of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death". Next, violinist Joshua Bell performs Bernstein's Serenade (after Plato's Symposium), which was described by the composer himself as his most important serious work, and was recorded by Mr. Bell in 2001. Rounding out the program is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique".

On May 8, Alan and the New York Philharmonic travel to the Philharmonie In Essen, Germany to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 featuring Artist-in-Residence Emanuel Ax, followed by Bruckner's Symphony No. 3. In Dortmund, Germany at the Konzerthaus on May 9, the Philharmonic again performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 with Emanuel Ax and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique". On May 11, the Philharmonic repeats this program at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, marking its first appearance in the Konzerthaus since 1988 when it was part of East Germany and known as the Berlin Schauspielhaus. Previous Berlin performances in 1993, 1996, 2000, 2005, and 2011 took place at the Philharmonie. For programming details, visit Alan's calendar.
29 APRIL 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC PERFORM 13 CONCERTS IN FOUR COUNTRIES ACROSS EUROPE
From May 2 to 17, Alan and the New York Philharmonic take their sixth international concert tour together across Europe, performing a blend of American masters, innovative contemporary music, Austrian classics, and two landmarks of the Russian Romantic era. The wide-ranging tour will feature 13 concerts in four countries, beginning with the Philharmonic's debut in Izmir, Turkey, and its return to Istanbul after 18 years, before continuing on to Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Essen, Dortmund, Berlin, and Dresden, Germany; and finally to Austria, for a centennial celebration of the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Programming includes Magnus Lindberg's site-specific work Kraft at Volkswagen's Die Gläserne Manufaktur (Volkswagen Transparent Factory) in Dresden, as well as the European premiere of Prospero's Rooms by New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse. Distinguished guest soloists performing on the tour include the Philharmonic's Artist-in-Residence, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Joshua Bell, and cellist Jan Vogler. For complete programming details, view the calendar.
23 APRIL 2013
TWO HALLS, TWO PROGRAMS, TWO SOLOISTS: ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC APPEAR AT CARNEGIE HALL WITH RENÉE FLEMING AND AT AVERY FISHER HALL WITH EMANUEL AX
This week, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in two programs at two halls with two iconic soloists — at Carnegie Hall with soprano Renée Fleming on April 26 and at Avery Fisher Hall with pianist and Philharmonic Artist-In-Residence Emanuel Ax on April 24, 25, and 27. The one-night-only Carnegie engagement features Ms. Fleming in the world premiere of The Strand Settings by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg, a Philharmonic co-commission with Carnegie Hall. Also on the program are Ottorino Respighi's tone poem Fountains of Rome and Maurice Ravel's orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. Tickets and more information can be found here. At Avery Fisher Hall, Alan and the Philharmonic join forces with Emanuel Ax to perform Mozart's grand Piano Concerto No. 25. Also to be performed is Anton Bruckner's majestic Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, "Wagner", which was dedicated to the composer after whom it was named and includes quotations from his operas Die Walküre and Tristan und Isolde. Find tickets and more information here.
15 APRIL 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN ALL-AMERICAN PROGRAM OF IVES'S FOURTH SYMPHONY, BERNSTEIN'S SERENADE WITH JOSHUA BELL, AND ROUSE PREMIERE
This Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 20 at the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conducts a dynamic program of American music featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. Opening the concert will be the world premiere of New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Prospero's Rooms, an aural journey inspired by Prince Prospero's sinister masked ball in Edgar Allen Poe's chilling story "The Masque of the Red Death". Next, Joshua Bell, "the greatest American violinist active today" (The Boston Herald) is the soloist in Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, a rumination on love inspired by the thought processes of Plato. Alan then leads the orchestra in Charles Ives's seminal Fourth Symphony, a cacaphonous masterpiece featuring an oversized orchestra, choir of members of the New York Choral Consortium, and an assistant conductor managing the complex polyrhythms of superimposed folk songs, ballads, hymns, marches, and other tunes from America's history. Find tickets and more information here.
8 APRIL 2013
ALAN GILBERT WITHDRAWS FROM CONCERTS WITH THE BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Alan has withdrawn from his engagements this week with Munich's Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra). Alan comments: "I had been looking forward to this week with the Bayerischer Rundfunk for a long time. I have only great memories of my previous experiences with this wonderful orchestra. Unfortunately my medical condition is such that I am unable to travel at this time."
3 APRIL 2013
ALAN GILBERT MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE ON SESAME STREET
Next week, Alan makes a special guest appearance on iconic children's television series Sesame Street, joining artist representatives of several Lincoln Center institutions on the "People in Your Neighborhood" segment, in which Sesame Street character Murray Monster goes on location to interview people about their jobs. Alan conducts student musicians from The Juilliard School and Sesame Street monster Ovejita in Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, a work Gilbert first heard on the show when he was a child. The segment becomes available on Sesame Street's YouTube Channel beginning April 9, on PBS stations beginning April 11, and on WNET/Thirteen in New York City on April 12.
25 MARCH 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S CONTACT! SERIES AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART AND SYMPHONY SPACE
Early April marks the return of CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's "dynamic addition to the Philharmonic's offerings beyond Avery Fisher Hall" (New York Times) that aims to connect audiences with the most interesting, innovative, and engaging music being written today. Alan leads Philharmonic chamber ensembles in two performances. The first, on April 5 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is hosted by New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse. The following performance, on April 6 at Symphony Space on New York City's Upper West Side is hosted by John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds. The performance begins with Unsuk Chin's Gougalōn and Poul Ruders' Oboe Concerto, featuring Principal Oboist Liang Wang. Rounding out the program is Anders Hillborg's Vaporized Tivoli and Yann Robin's Backdrift. More information and tickets can be found here and here, respectively.
20 MARCH 2013
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA IN MAHLER 7
On March 21 and 23, Alan leads the Cleveland Orchestra in two performances of Mahler's wondrously strange Symphony No. 7 and Ravel's Mother Goose. Tickets and more information are available here. Alan most recently guest-conducted the Cleveland Orchestra in November 2011 and previously served on its conducting staff for three seasons, first as conducting assistant (1994-95) and then as assistant conductor (1995-97) to former music director Christoph von Dohnányi. For these performances, Alan replaces Pierre Boulez, who withdrew in February due to health reasons.
1 MARCH 2013
ALAN GILBERT TO CONDUCT BACH'S B MINOR MASS AS PART OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S BACH FESTIVAL
From March 13 to 16, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic, New York Choral Artists, and soloists in a performance of J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass at Avery Fisher Hall. The performance is the second orchestral program of The Bach Variations, a monthlong festival that celebrates the many approaches taken to historical interpretation. The soloists in this performance are soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, tenor Steve Davislim, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. More information is available here. The Bach Variations marks the first time the New York Philharmonic has presented a festival of the music of the Baroque master. Masaaki Suzuki, Bernard Labadie, and András Schiff are also to lead the Philharmonic as part of the festival, each bringing a different perspective to the composer's works.
25 FEBRUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT REPLACES PIERRE BOULEZ TO CONDUCT CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Alan steps in to conduct two performances of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 7 and Ravel's Mother Goose with the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall on March 21 and 23. He replaces Pierre Boulez, who has withdrawn due to health reasons. Tickets and more information are available here. Alan most recently guest-conducted the Cleveland Orchestra in November 2011. He previously served on its conducting staff for three seasons, first as conducting assistant (1994-95) and then as assistant conductor (1995-97) to former music director Christoph von Dohnányi.
19 FEBRUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN NEW YORK AND MICHIGAN
This Thursday and Friday, Alan directs the New York Philharmonic in performances of Christopher Rouse's hallucinatory Phantasmata. Sharing the program is Brahms's potent First Symphony and Ernest Bloch's Schelomo, featuring young German cellist Jan Vogler. Ticket information can be found here. Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony, Brahms's First Symphony, and Schelomo are all also on the agenda when Alan takes the Philharmonic on tour to the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI, for performances on February 23 and 24 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the venue under the auspices of the University Musical Society.
14 FEBRUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT CELEBRATES BRAHMS WITH RUDOLF BUCHBINDER AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Tonight, Alan joins forces with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and the New York Philharmonic for the first of a three-night series of subscription performances that build upon the orchestra's season-long survey of Brahms's complete symphonies and concertos. Buchbinder performs Johannes Brahms's epic Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. Rounding out the program is an account of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique", the last work the composer finished before his death.
11 FEBRUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT FEATURED ON GRAMMY-WINNING RECORDING
Recent Decca Records release Poèmes, featuring Renée Fleming accompanied by Alan and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, has just been awarded a 2013 Grammy award in the Best Classical Vocal Solo category. The CD of French vocal music includes performances of Alan conducting Olivier Messaien's major song cycle Poèmes pour Mi and Maurice Ravel's Sheherazade, followed by Deux Sonnets de Jean Cassou, written for Fleming by Henri Dutilleux. Finally, Dutilleux's song cycle Le temps l'horloge pairs Fleming with Seiji Ozawa and the Orchestre National de France.
28 JANUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO GERMANY FOR CONCERTS IN HAMBURG AND LEIPZIG
Alan returns to Europe this week where he will conduct two orchestras in Germany. He begins with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, where he is Principal Guest Conductor and will lead the orchestra in a program of Brahms's "Double Concerto," with violinist Stefan Wagner and cellist Andreas Grünkorn, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 (Jan 31 and Feb 1, ticket information here). Soon after, Alan makes his debut with Leipzig's legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra, where he will conduct an all-Russian program featuring Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony, his Violin Concerto No. 1 with Lisa Batiashvili, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 (Feb 7–8, ticket information here).
24 JANUARY 2013
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES ITS 2013-14 SEASON
At a news conference yesterday webcast live from WQXR's Greene Space, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2013-14 season – Alan Gilbert's fifth as Music Director of the orchestra. Among the numerous highlights of the new season are the inaugural season of the NY Phil Biennial, an ten-day celebration of the music of today featuring the orchestra in partnership with other music presenters around the city; the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 4 and New York premiere of his 90-minute Requiem; a cycle of Beethoven's Five Piano Concertos with Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman; a continuation of The Nielsen project with performances and recordings of the Danish composer's First and Fifth Symphonies; concerts with departing Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; and Art of the Score, a week of film featuring Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor and Alan conducting the score to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey live to a showing of the complete film. Click here for further information.
22 JANUARY 2013
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S 2013-14 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT, LIVE ONLINE JAN 23
Join Alan Gilbert and others as the New York Philharmonic's 2013–14 season —Alan's fifth season as music director — is revealed at a press conference announcing the programs, projects, and guests. It will be Webcast LIVE from WQXR's The Greene Space. Click here January 23 at 11:00 a.m to view the webcast and be among the first to know what's in store!
14 JANUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT AND BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TEAM UP FOR LAST TIME THIS SEASON
Alan and the BSO give the last of their four performances together this season tomorrow night in Boston's Orchestra Hall with a wide-ranging program featuring music by Dutilleux, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Ravel. Reviewing the opening concert in the series, Jeremy Eichler reported in the Boston Globe, "Given [Gilbert's] thoughtful musicianship and fresh approaches to programming, it's fortunate for Boston that he has found time to return." Eichler called their rendering of Stravinsky's "Symphony in Three Movements" "a wonderfully persuasive performance, vigorous in rhythm, bold in texture, and forcefully driven from the podium." In Boston's Classical Review, David Wright observed, "The Boston Symphony Orchestra really took a shine to guest conductor Alan Gilbert Thursday night," making "edgy, bright-hued music together." Click here for ticket information.
8 JANUARY 2013
ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO THE BOSTON SYMPHONY JAN 10, 11, 12 & 15
Alan launches 2013 with a return to the Boston Symphony, where he will conduct a colorful program that includes three vibrant 20th-century orchestral works (Dutilleux's Métaboles, Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, and Ravel's La Valse) paired with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto performed by Julian Rachlin in his BSO debut (Rachlin is substituting for Lisa Batiashvili who withdrew because of a back injury). Alan had this to say about returning to Boston: "The Boston Symphony is one of the orchestras I have felt closest to since my student days at Harvard. I can't wait to do this exciting program with these wonderful musicians." After Alan's last appearance with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe expressed admiration for his "flair for programming with rich contrasts" and his rapport with the orchestra. Jan 10, 11, 12 & 15, 2013, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA (Symphony Hall) Click here for more information.
21 DECEMBER 2012
FIRST INSTALLMENT OF "THE NIELSEN PROJECT" NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CLASSICAL ALBUMS OF 2012 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES
The New York Times has recognized the New York Philharmonic's first recording of "The Nielsen Project" as one of the best classical albums of 2012, praising Alan Gilbert's "pulsing and insightful accounts of the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and the Third ("Sinfonia Espansiva")." The album, released this past September on Dacapo, is the first in a series that will showcase the Danish composer's six symphonies and three concertos on four CDs, to be released as a complete set on the 150th anniversary of Nielsen's birth in 2015. For more information, and to purchase the recording, click here.
18 DECEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT MAKES SHANGHAI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DEBUT WITH TELEVISED NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT
Alan closes out 2012 and rings in the New Year with two special holiday concerts in Shanghai, China, when he leads the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in performances on December 31 and January 1. The New Year's Eve concert, which will be televised nationally in China, offers Act II from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the "Symphonic Dances" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and Gershwin's An American in Paris. Alan and the orchestra will reprise the Nutcracker's second act in a New Year's Day performance at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, to be followed afterwards by a gala dinner. While in China, Alan will lead a master class for students from the Shanghai Conservatory, who will also be able to see him in rehearsal with their city's orchestra.
4 DECEMBER 2012
MET OPERA AND JUILLIARD'S COSI FAN TUTTE NAMED ONE OF NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S TOP 10 CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES OF 2012
New York magazine named the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard's co-production of Così fan tutte, conducted by Alan, as one of the top ten classical performances of 2012. Justin Davidson writes that Alan "deftly guided an effervescent young ensemble through Mozart's tricky mix of romance and cynicism." Read the full article here.
27 NOVEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT PREMIERES STEVEN STUCKY'S SYMPHONY WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
On Thursday, November 29, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of Steven Stucky's Symphony, a co-commission between the Phil and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also joined by violinist Gil Shaham for Barber's Violin Concerto; the program finishes with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. The program is repeated on November 30 and December 1. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
20 NOVEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT'S APPEARANCE ON 30 ROCK AVAILABLE TO WATCH ON HULU NOW!
Last Thursday, NBC aired Alan's appearance on 30 Rock; for those who missed the broadcast, the episode is available to stream, free and in full, for a limited time on Hulu. To watch the episode, click here.
15 NOVEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT'S APPEARANCE ON NBC'S 30 ROCK AIRS TONIGHT!
Tune in tonight at 8 / 7 Central to see Alan make an appearance on NBC's 30 Rock alongside musicians from the New York Philharmonic. For more information, click here.
8 NOVEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT LEADS JUILLIARD'S COSÌ FAN TUTTE NOV 14
On Wednesday, November 14, Alan leads a cast of Juilliard students and members of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in a fully staged production of Mozart's comedy, Così fan tutte, produced jointly by the two institutions in their third collaboration to date. Alan, who is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at Juilliard as well as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, will lead further performances on Saturday, November 17 and Monday, November 19. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
2 NOVEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT IS GUIDE TO BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES MARATHON SUNDAY, NOV 4 ON WQXR
Tune in to WQXR radio Sunday, November 4 beginning at 10AM to hear Alan as guide to the station's Beethoven Symphonies marathon (more information here). Alan provides his personal insights as to the secrets of each work, from the extraordinary joy of the First to the stirring idealism of the Ninth. The marathon is part of the station's "Beethoven Awareness Month," which also includes marathons of the composer's complete Piano Sonatas and String Quartets, as well as an ongoing, online Beethoven stream.
24 OCTOBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT'S CONTRACT WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC EXTENDED THROUGH 2016-17 SEASON
The New York Philharmonic has announced that it has extended Alan Gilbert's contract as Music Director through the 2016-2017 season. Citing the extraordinary chemistry between conductor and orchestra, and a string of enormously successful artistic initiatives – including sold-out Philharmonic milestones such as Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen, and "Philharmonic 360" at the Park Avenue Armory – the orchestra's management paid tribute to Alan's "innovative and visionary" leadership in its announcement. In the orchestra's official news release, Alan called his tenure to date "a dream that I hadn't dared to dream" and "a spectacular adventure." To read the entire release, and to send your congratulations to Alan, visit the New York Philharmonic's website.
22 OCTOBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT TO DEBUT WITH STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN NOV 5, 6
After a triumphant run of concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam this past week, Alan travels to Berlin for his debut concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin on November 5 and 6. The program consists of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and a concert performance of Bartók's one-act opera, Bluebeard's Castle. Joining Alan and the Staatskapelle are soprano Michelle DeYoung and bass-baritone Falk Struckmann. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
15 OCTOBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT, NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC MUSICIANS TO APPEAR ON "30 ROCK" NOVEMBER 15
On November 15, Alan will be seen conducting Tracy Morgan and musicians from the New York Philharmonic on the NBC hit show, 30 Rock. The show airs every Thursday at 8 PM Eastern Time; click here for more information, and stay tuned here and on Alan's Facebook page as the air date nears.
9 OCTOBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONTINUE THE NIELSEN PROJECT, OCTOBER 10-13
Fresh from the release of the first recording in the Nielsen Project on September 25, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic, flutist Robert Langevin and violinist Nikolaj Znaider in a program of Nielsen's Flute and Violin Concertos on October 10-13. Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" symphony rounds out the program. More information about the concert and tickets is available here.
2 OCTOBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT JOINED BY NY PHIL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE EMANUEL AX OCTOBER 4-6
Beginning this Thursday, Alan conducts the New York Philharmonic joined by Emanuel Ax, the 2012-13 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, for three performances. The program includes Ax's debut performance of a Bach concerto – the Keyboard Concerto in D minor – as well as performances of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto and Mozart's Symphony No. 36, "Linz." More information about the concert and tickets is available here.
24 SEPTEMBER 2012
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS NY PHIL GALA, SCHEHERAZADE
Fresh off a season-opening performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring that the New York Times called "newly wild and ingenious," Alan continues to lead the New York Philharmonic through its exciting 2012-13 season. First, on Thursday, Alan conducts the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman in the Phil's Season Opening Gala Concert, with a program that includes some of classical music's most beloved orchestral repertoire. Then, on Friday and Saturday, Alan leads the Phil and pianist Daniil Trifonov in a program that includes Musorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. More information is available about the gala here and Scheherazade here.
27 AUGUST 2012
FIRST RELEASE IN "THE NIELSEN PROJECT"
In September 2012, the Dacapo label will issue the first release in its "Nielsen Project" with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. The recording of Symphony No. 2, "The Four Temperaments," and Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia Espansiva," inaugurates a series that will present all of the Danish composer's six symphonies and three concertos on four CDs, to be released as a complete set in 2015, the 150th anniversary of Nielsen's birth. The recordings, distributed by Naxos, will mark the New York Philharmonic's first complete set of these works, some of which were championed by Leonard Bernstein – who recorded Nielsen's Fifth Symphony with the orchestra. The new recording is a "Mastered for iTunes" title that will be available on September 4; a CD release follows on September 25.
21 AUGUST 2012
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS THE MET AND JUILLIARD'S NEW CO-PRODUCTION OF COSI FAN TUTTE NOVEMBER 14
On November 14, the Metropolitan Opera and the Juilliard School will be premiering a new, fully-staged production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. Alan, who is the Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at Juilliard, will be conducting the Juilliard Orchestra and a cast of singers drawn from the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Tickets will go on sale on October 17; further performances are on November 17 and 19. More information is available here, or call (212) 769-7406.
10 AUGUST 2012
ALAN GILBERT FINISHES SUMMER SEASON AT MAINE'S SALT BAY CHAMBERFEST ON AUGUST 19
Just a month out from launching his fourth season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan heads to Maine for a chamber music concert in a beautiful setting. The program for the Salt Bay Chamberfest, located in Damariscotta, Maine, includes Barber's Dover Beach, Beethoven's Piano Trio, and Richard Strauss's elegiac Metamorphosen for Strings. The last of these works will be heard in a version for string septet that will feature Alan as one of the violinists. Additional information is available here.
30 JULY 2012
ALAN GILBERT PLAYS AND CONDUCTS IN SANTA FE, AUGUST 1-12
Beginning this Wednesday, August 1, Alan performs in and conducts seven concerts over two weeks at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where he is the 2012 Artist-in-Residence. He will be conducting Schoenberg's Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, as well as Strauss's Sonatina, "From the Workshop of an Invalid." Performances, with Gilbert on violin and viola, include Brahms's String Sextet No. 2 and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat Major; in these performances, Alan will be sharing the stage with his wife, cellist Kajsa William-Olsson, and his sister, violinist Jennifer Gilbert, as well as many other world-class musicians.

More information can be found on Alan's calendar; to purchase tickets, go to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's website.
19 JULY 2012
ALAN GILBERT ENDS JULY WITH THREE NY PHIL CONCERTS IN VAIL
At the end of this month, Alan joins the New York Philharmonic at its summer home in Vail, CO for three concerts as part of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. On July 25, they reprise much of the program of their recent New York City Concerts in the Parks, performing Respighi's Fountains of Rome, "Spring" and "Winter" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (featuring Principal Associate Concertmaster of the NY Phil Sheryl Staples), and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. July 26 sees soprano Jennifer Zetland and baritone Joshua Hopkins join the NY Phil for Nielsen's Third Symphony, joined on the program by Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. Finally, on July 27, Alan conducts Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements; he is then joined by Zetland, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Paul Appleby, Hopkins, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus (Duain Wolfe, conductor) for Mozart's sublime Mass in C minor.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here for the July 25th concert, here for the 26th, and here for the 27th.
9 JULY 2012
ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN TWO PARKS CONCERTS
The New York Philharmonic travels the boroughs of its hometown July 11 - 17 with the return of its free Concerts in the Parks, the 47th season for this hugely popular series. Alan takes up the baton for two of the five performances, conducting a program of Respighi (Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome) and Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 4) in Brooklyn's Prospect Park (Wednesday, July 11) and Manhattan's Central Park (Friday, July 13). Complete details are available at the New York Philharmonic's website.
5 JULY 2012
PHILHARMONIC 360 ON MEDICI.TV
This Friday, July 6, medici.tv presents a milestone – its first New York Philharmonic webcast from the U.S. and a blockbuster event at that: Philharmonic 360, a co-presentation of the New York Philharmonic and Park Avenue Armory, which showcases a spectacular program of spatial music from Mozart and Ives to Boulez and Stockhausen. Already acclaimed as another landmark event in Alan's tenure as Music Director of the orchestra, and filmed by the New York Philharmonic in the monumental ‪Wade Thompson Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory just days ago, the concert will be available for streaming free on medici.tv for 90 days, starting tomorrow at 2pm EDT.
26 JUNE 2012
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS PHILHARMONIC 360 JUNE 29-30
This Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, Alan Gilbert is joined by composer/conductors Magnus Lindberg and Matthias Pintscher at the Park Avenue Armory for "Philharmonic 360—Spatial Music from Mozart's Don Giovanni to Stockhausen's Gruppen." Taking advantage of the Armory's spacious layout, the Philharmonic will perform throughout the hall and among the audience. A stellar cast of vocal soloists, including Ryan McKinny, Keith Miller, and Julianna Di Giacomo, join the Philharmonic for the Act I Finale of Don Giovanni, and the program is rounded out by Boulez's Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna, Stockhausen's Gruppen and Ives's The Unanswered Question. This spectacular event will be available for free streaming on the acclaimed website medici.tv beginning Friday, July 6 (2pm EDT). For more information, click here.
19 JUNE 2012
ALL-MOZART FINALE AT AVERY FISHER HALL
This Wednesday at 7:30, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic in the final concert series of the season, an all-Mozart program consisting of the Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major with Emmanuel Ax on the piano and the sublime Great Mass in C minor. Soprano Jennifer Zetlan, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Paul Appleby and baritone Joshua Hopkins will be the featured vocal soloists. The program will be repeated Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 and Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23 at 8. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
13 JUNE 2012
ALAN GILBERT ON VIOLIN, THIS SATURDAY AT AVERY FISHER HALL
Alan Gilbert puts down his baton and picks up his violin this Saturday, June 16, for a matinee concert at 2 PM EDT in the Avery Fisher Hall. Gilbert joins violinist Leonidas Kavakos (the featured soloist in the weekend's evening performances of Korngold's Violin Concerto) and members of the New York Philharmonic for a performance of Schubert's String Quintet in C major. The program is rounded out by Nielsen's Sinfonia espansiva, featuring soprano Erin Morley and baritone Joshua Hopkins. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
29 MAY 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONTINUE "THE NIELSEN PROJECT"
Alan Gilbert's plans to perform and record all of the symphonies and concertos of Carl Nielsen with the New York Philharmonic continues with four concerts (June 14 – 16) featuring the Danish composer's Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia espansiva." Alan calls it "one of my favorites of all Nielsen's works – it's both compelling and powerfully direct." The sparkling program also features Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Korngold's swashbuckling Violin Concerto, performed by the enormously talented Leonidas Kakavos. Several of the themes from Korngold's "Golden Era" Hollywood film scores make their way into this exuberant work, which legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz played with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in March 1947, a month after he gave the work its American premiere with the St. Louis Symphony.
21 MAY 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC GIVE TWO SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERTS
In addition to subscription concerts featuring New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow performing Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 1 and the orchestra performing Tchaikovksy's Fourth Symphony (May 22 and 26), Alan Gilbert will lead two special one-night-only events in the coming days. In the first, superstar pianist Evgeny Kissin joins the orchestra for two concerto performances: the evergreen favorite by Norwegian Edvard Grieg and the comparatively unknown concerto by Russian mystic composer Alexander Scriabin (Wednesday, May 23). Then, on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) Alan leads the orchestra in its annual free concert at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, again featuring Tchaikovksy's Fourth Symphony along with Debussy's La Mer.
9 MAY 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC MAKE DISNEY HALL DEBUT TONIGHT
Alan Gilbert made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1998 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and led that same orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2006. He returns to the celebrated venue tonight, this time leading his home orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, in its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut. The program features the West-Coast premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, as well as Dvořák's Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Alan and the orchestra round out their six-city, seven-concert CALIFORNIA 2012 tour with performances in Santa Barbara (May 10), Davis (May 12), San Francisco (May 13, 14) and San Diego (May 15).
30 APRIL 2012
TWO PROGRAMS, TWO VENUES, ONE WORLD PREMIERE
This week, Alan Gilbert conducts two programs with the New York Philharmonic at two different venues. On Wednesday, May 2 Alan and the orchestra head a few blocks south from their usual home for a performance at Carnegie Hall of Mahler's powerful Sixth Symphony. While nicknamed "Tragic" - a reference, most notably, to the "hammer blows" of fate in the final movement – the work, one of Alan's favorite Mahler symphonies, is a celebration of life and love and human striving. A day later, Alan and the New York Philharmonic are home again at Avery Fisher Hall, where they will give the world-premiere performance of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Yefim Bronfman. The program (May 4, 5 and 8) also features Tchaikovsky's fate-obsessed Symphony No. 4 and Dvorak's ebullient Carnival Overture.
24 APRIL 2012
THIS WEEK AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC: A NEIKRUG WORLD PREMIERE
Following his highly successful run of performances of Wagner's Lohengrin at Royal Swedish Opera, Alan Gilbert has returned to New York where he will lead his home orchestra in three concerts featuring the world premiere of a work commissioned by the New York Philharmonic. Alan will conduct Mark Neikrug's Concerto for Orchestra in three concerts (April 26 – 28) that also feature Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture, Debussy's La Mer and Lisa Batiashvili performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3. That same program, minus the Neikrug work, is found on the Rush Hour program Alan will conduct on Wednesday April 25. Alan calls Neikrug "one of the composers that I most believe in today."
10 APRIL 2012
ALAN GILBERT - ABSOLUT MAESTRO!
Alan Gilbert has important artistic and family ties to Sweden. He now also has a tie to one of the country's more popular exports: Absolut Vodka. Alan is one of three personalities featured in the company's new "Absolut Rumors" campaign, which includes both video and print components. You can view the video here and learn more about the campaign here.
6 APRIL 2012
DEMYSTIFYING THE MYSTERIOUS ART OF CONDUCTING: ALAN GILBERT IN MAJOR NY TIMES PRINT/VIDEO FEATURE
Alan Gilbert is featured in a new and fascinating print/video feature in the New York Times that seeks to demystify the art of conducting and reveal "the connection between gesture and music." A highlight is motion-capture imaging of Alan conducting the Grand Chorale of Stravinsky's "Soldier's Tale," which you can see here. The full print feature runs on Sunday, April 8, and can be read on-line here.
2 APRIL 2012
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS HIS FIRST "LOHENGRIN" IN ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA DEBUT (APRIL 7 – 20)
On Saturday, April 7, Alan Gilbert conducts the first of six performances of Wagner's Lohengrin at the Royal Swedish Opera. The performances mark his first time conducting the score, as well as his debut with the company. Alan calls Lohengrin a "deeply spiritual work" and one of his favorite Wagner operas. For complete information visit the company's website.
14 MARCH 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND RÉNEE FLEMING ON NEW RECORDING FROM DECCA
In his first concert as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert was joined by soprano Renée Fleming in a nationally televised performance of Olivier Messiaen's mystical song cycle, Poèmes pour Mi. That same work is featured on Poèmes, a new release from Decca that also teams Fleming with Gilbert and the Orchestre Philharmonique of French Radio in Ravel's seductively beautiful Sheherazade. Rounding out the new album of French vocal music are two songs by Henri Dutilleux, this time pairing Fleming with Seiji Ozawa and the Orchestre National de France.
27 FEBRUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA PERFORM "RITE OF SPRING" AND MORE THIS FRIDAY MARCH 2!
This Friday, March 2, Alan Gilbert leads the Juilliard Orchestra in a colorful concert at Avery Fisher Hall. The program features Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin, Christopher Rouse's Violin Concerto, with soloist Fabiola Kim, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). Alan Gilbert, now in his third season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, is also Juilliard's Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. He is also holder of the School's Schuman Chair, and in addition to conducting one concert a season at Juilliard, his alma mater, he also leads coaching sessions of ensembles and conductors, as well as performance master classes during each academic year. Ticket information is available here.
24 FEBRUARY 2012
WATCH ALAN GILBERT AND SPECIAL GUESTS DISCUSS 2012-13 SEASON
You can now watch Alan Gilbert discuss the recently announced New York Philharmonic 2012-13 season online! The event, broadcast and webcast live from The Greene Space earlier this week, and available for streaming here, features Gilbert in discussion with Zarin Mehta, the orchestra's President and Executive Director, the new Composer-in-Residence, Christopher Rouse, the new Artist-in-Residence, pianist Emanuel Ax, and others.
23 FEBRUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT'S FOURTH SEASON WITH NY PHIL ANNOUNCED
At a news conference yesterday, broadcast on WQXR and webcast live from the Greene Space, Alan Gilbert and several special guests presented an overview of the New York Philharmonic's 2012-13 season, his fourth as Music Director of the orchestra. Highlights include concerts with pianist Emanuel Ax, the New York Philharmonic's new Artist-in-Residence, old and new works by Christopher Rouse, the orchestra's new Composer-in-Residence, a multi-conductor Bach festival that will feature Gilbert conducting the composer's monumental Mass in B minor, and a reunion with director/designer Doug Fitch – who teamed up with Gilbert and the orchestra for acclaimed productions of Le Grande Macabre and The Cunning Little Vixen – for "Stravinsky On Stage," featuring a presentation of the composer's ballet Petrushka brought to life through animation, video projections, puppets and dancers. Additional information is available at the New York Philharmonic website.
21 FEBRUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND NY PHIL ARE BACK HOME FOR CONCERTS IN NYC AND PHILADELPHIA
Following a European tour with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert and the orchestra are back in the States for concerts at their home hall as well as in Philadelphia. They perform a program featuring Stephen Stucky's Son et Lumière, Berlioz's Les Nuits d'Été – with mezzo-soprano soloist Joyce DiDonato – and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in New York on Feb 23, 25 and 28, and at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center on February 24.
13 FEBRUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT WINS BEST OPERA RECORDING GRAMMY
Alan Gilbert, who is currently on tour in Europe with the New York Philharmonic, won a Grammy Award yesterday for Best Opera Recording. Gilbert won the award for a video of John Adams's "Doctor Atomic" with the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, leading a cast that included Gerald Finley in the title role. The DVD, available on Sony Classical, captures Gilbert's debut performances with the Metropolitan Opera in October 2008, named the number one classical music event of the year by New York magazine.
1 FEBRUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT AND NY PHIL BACK IN EUROPE FOR FOURTH TIME TOGETHER
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic begin their EUROPE/WINTER 2012 tour this week with a concert on Feb 2 in Cologne, Germany. The tour features 14 concerts in seven cities including Luxembourg (Feb 3, 4), Paris (Feb 6, 7), Frankfurt (Feb 8, 9), Düsseldorf (Feb 11) and Amsterdam (Feb 13, 14). Four concerts in London Feb 16 – 18 inaugurate the New York Philharmonic's International Associates residency at the Barbican Centre. Tour soloists include Philharmonic's 2011–12 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Frank Peter Zimmermann, pianist Lang Lang, and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in programs featuring works by Magnus Lindberg, the Philharmonic's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, Thomas Adès – the UK premiere of Polaris – as well as Bartók, Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.
26 JANUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN, STRAVINSKY AND RAVEL
Tonight, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic present the first of three concerts featuring the music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Ravel. Artist-in-Residence Frank Peter Zimmerman is the soloist in Beethoven's Violin Concerto, often described as "the Mount Everest of violin concertos" and "Beethoven's tenth symphony with violin obbligato." Rounding out the program are Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements — a piece the Philharmonic premiered, under Stravinsky himself, in 1946 — and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2. The program will be repeated on January 27 and 28. Tickets and other information are available at the Philharmonic website.
12 JANUARY 2012
THERE'S A REASON MAHLER NEVER WROTE FOR MARIMBA....
Alan Gilbert was faced with a surprise marimba solo during a performance of Mahler's 9th Symphony Tuesday night, when an iPhone alarm went on for several minutes — long enough to force him to stop the performance and have the ringtone silenced. This act sparked an online sensation as journalists and bloggers wrote about the experience: apart from dozens of blogs (including Paul Pelkonen's Superconductor), it made Page Six of the New York Post, as well as an ArtsBeat post by the New York Times' Dan Wakin.
5 JANUARY 2012
ALAN GILBERT KICKS OFF 2012 WITH MAHLER 9 AND AN ADÈS PREMIERE
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic kick off 2012 with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's Polaris, on January 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, almost one year to the day after presenting the New York premiere of Adès's piano concerto In Seven Days. The program also includes Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Gilbert's recording of which with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was named Best Classical Recording of 2009 by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune, who praised its "wonderful balance between desolation and acceptance, with luminous sonics to match." The program will be repeated on January 6 at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts, and January 7 and 10 at Avery Fisher Hall.


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21 March 2014The Wall Street Journalread more
Artists on the Arts Season Ahead
...a look at the arts and cultural events that New York's taste makers will be lining up—or programming their DVRs—to see this season

Alan Gilbert:
First of all, I'm so happy that James Levine is back in the saddle at the Met. He embodies opera more than anyone else alive. No matter what he does, it's so deeply considered and profound.

The new Muppets movie is coming out. My kids love Tina Fey, so I'm looking forward to that.

Audra McDonald, a dear friend, is always incredible. She's singing Billie Holiday in this production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill." She's scintillating in everything she does.

13 March 2014The New York Timesread more
Grandeur, Delicacy and Duels in Nielsen Symphonies
New York Philharmonic Continues an Exploration

The program opened with an account of the mysterious, Greek-inspired "Helios" overture, an immediate show of Mr. Gilbert's sympathetic mastery...

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6 March 2014read more
Raves for Sweeney Todd

"Alan Gilbert has already shown that the Philharmonic can be the best opera company in town; now he's put Broadway on notice, too."
—New York Magazine [Read...]

"Under Mr. Gilbert's direction, the performance was remarkable for the clarity it brought to Jonathan Tunick's sumptuous but delicately textured orchestrations... Such details can easily be blurred, but came through incisively here."
—The New York Times [Read...]

"The glory that is the New York Philharmonic, playing Jonathan Tunick's orchestration, makes you realize just how great this score is; a large chorus added to its grandeur. Bernadette Peters, Barbara Cook, and yes, Stephen Sondheim were in the audience (he was brought on stage for a curtain call). All seemed overjoyed by Gilbert's reading and the superb work of the cast"
—ClassicsToday [Read...]

"...the orchestra sounded excellent, especially during the more chaotic moments..."
—Playbill [Read...]

"Jay Armstrong Johnson, a Broadway up-and-comer who played the role of Anthony Hope, said performing with the full sound and power of the New York Philharmonic is unlike anything he had experienced onstage: 'It lifts you.'"
—The Wall Street Journal [Read...]

"...this is one you're not going to want to miss..."
—Woman Around Town [Read...]

20 February 2014The New York Timesread more
A Dane Is Getting His Due
Works by Carl Nielsen Keep Popping Up in Concerts

Alan Gilbert's most important efforts as music director of the New York Philharmonic have been in the realm of new music, hoisting the orchestra into the 21st century with initiatives like the Contact! series and the forthcoming NY Phil Biennial. But some of his biggest successes have been with a composer who died in 1931, the Danish symphonic master Carl Nielsen.

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4 January 2014The New York Timesread more
Reprising a Lindberg: Same Cast, New Date
Yefim Bronfman Performs With the Philharmonic

Credit...goes to Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, who have provided a chance to hear one of the 2011-12 season's most prominent new works...

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23 November 2013The New York Timesread more
Heart in Mouth, for a Taxing Rarity

This program was a significant contribution to the Britten year.

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17 November 2013The New York Timesread more
Shifting Gears to Explore the Realm of the Oboe

Liang Wang Performs Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto

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23 October 2013The New York Timesread more
Student Ensemble's Sound Belies Its Origin

Juilliard Orchestra, Playing at Carnegie Hall

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17 October 2013The Wall Street Journalread more
The Maestro's Beethoven

Ralph Gardner Jr. Speaks With the New York Philharmonic's Music Director, Alan Gilbert

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4 October 2013The New York Timesread more
What to Do When Asked to Accent Beethoven
New York Philharmonic Plays Beethoven and Turnage

Orchestra programs that pair a new work with a Beethoven symphony have become increasingly common. For the New York Philharmonic's concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Thursday night, the conductor Alan Gilbert took that idea to another level.

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29 Septebmer 2013The New York Timesread more
Giddy Freedom (a Little Mambo!), as Well as Pianistic Elegance and Wit
Yefim Bronfman Joins Philharmonic for Tchaikovsky Concerto

...there were many moments during this first subscription concert, in which Alan Gilbert conducted works by Ravel, Bernstein and Tchaikovsky, when the musicians seemed to be having far too much fun to justify the word "work."

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22 Septebmer 2013The New York Timesread more
With Feet on the Ground, the Orchestra Travels Through Space
New York Philharmonic Plays '2001: A Space Odyssey'

..."exciting" and "enjoyable" hardly do justice to the thrilling experience of watching Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, "2001: A Space Odyssey," on Friday night at Avery Fisher Hall, with Mr. Gilbert conducting the Philharmonic...

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16 July 2013The New York Timesread more
A Conductor Puts Himself Out There, Beyond the Parks
Alan Gilbert Shapes a Legacy of Change at the Philharmonic

...he is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be.

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30 June 2013New York Magazineread more
The Invisible Revolution
Alan Gilbert's unflashy radicalism is re-creating the Philharmonic

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29 May 2013The Rest is Noiseread more
NY Phil Biennial

The New York Philharmonic has found a splendid way to mark the anniversary of the Rite. No, they're not playing the piece; rather, they have announced details of the new-music Biennial, to be held in late May and early June, 2014.

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28 May 2013The New York Timesread more
The Holiday Masses Descend, and Bruckner Reverberates

There may be some systemic problems within the field of classical music. But now and then something happens that makes you feel proud of institutions and the music-loving public. One such event is the New York Philharmonic's annual free Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which took place on Monday night.

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15 May 2013Reutersread more
Conductor Gilbert fights 'Bolero effect' - in a car factory

A concert in a car factory using parts of a luxury sedan as percussion instruments is one thing, but a Volkswagen suspended above the New York Philharmonic creates another level of musical drama entirely.

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29 April 2013The New York Timesread more
Ruminating on Love and Desire

Whenever the New York Philharmonic takes a break from Lincoln Center to play at Carnegie Hall there is usually a special program suited to the occasion. So it was on Friday night for a concert conducted by Alan Gilbert.

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8 April 2013The New York Timesread more
Contact! Without Connection

Mr. Gilbert explained: "These are pieces we really wanted to play." ... As programming themes go, that one is hard to top.

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24 March 2013Cultured Clevelandread more
Cleveland Orchestra/Severance Hall/March 21

It's not often that one gets to hear the vocabulary of 20th-century music so well-understood and eloquently expressed.

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23 February 2013The New York Timesread more
Crystal Goblets Set Stage for Whimsy and Religion

The composer Christopher Rouse, in residence with the New York Philharmonic this season, has referred to his orchestral work "Phantasmata" as one of his "rabble-rouser pieces." Like many of his scores, this triptych, inspired by dreams and completed in 1985, weaves lively rhythms, vivid colors and elements of popular music into a tightly wrought canvas.

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9 February 2013Leipziger Volkzeitungread more
Great expert in a great concert

A really great 'Great Concert', with a great conductor, who hopefully isn't standing for the last time at the Gewandhaus stand.

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23 January 2013The New York Timesread more
Philharmonic Steals a Page From the Art World With a New-Music Biennial

Canals don't run by Lincoln Center, and you would be hard-pressed to find a beach near Broadway, but the New York Philharmonic has notions to do for classical music what the Venice Biennale and Art Basel Miami Beach have done for art.

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10 January 2013classicalsource.comread more
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Alan Gilbert – Métaboles, Symphony in Three Movements, La valse – Julian Rachlin plays Tchaikovsky

Alan Gilbert, who has appeared with the BSO on three previous occasions, led a vivid and finely detailed performance...

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30 November 2012The New York Timesread more
A New Work Bares Its Secrets, With Feeling

Before conducting the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of Steven Stucky's Symphony on Thursday night at Avery Fisher Hall, Alan Gilbert asked Mr. Stucky a simple but challenging question: What makes a piece a symphony? Or, as Mr. Gilbert added, invoking what he called a loaded term: What makes a piece "worthy" to be called a symphony?

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17 November 2012The New York Timesread more
Ah, Love: Fidelity Test Backfires on Soldiers
'Così Fan Tutte,' at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Under Mr. Gilbert, the overall structure and shape of the opera came through with new vitality. Only after a few of the showcase arias did the audience break into applause. Otherwise, this "Così" just swept forward, never hard-driven, just urgent and natural.

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15 November 2012Associated Pressread more
Collaborative 'Cosi' scores at Juilliard

Talk about a high-powered collaboration: Artists from three of Lincoln Center's cultural institutions joining forces to perform one of Mozart's operatic masterpieces.

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7 November 2012Berliner Morgenpostread more
Pride and Voice: Unforgettable evening at the Philharmonic

To say it straight away: the performance of Alan Gilbert, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, was a great event in the Berlin concert-life.

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24 October 2012Associated Pressread more
NY Philharmonic renews director Gilbert's contract

The New York Philharmonic announced Wednesday that it is extending the contract of Music Director Alan Gilbert through the 2016-17 season.

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1 October 2012The New York Timesread more
A Young Virtuoso Makes His Philharmonic Debut

The orchestra and the soloist clearly had chemistry, sounding completely in sync even during the trickiest passages. Their vivid dialogues unfolded with both verve and spontaneity, at brisk tempos that stopped short of breathless.

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23 September 2012Financial Timesread more
NY Philharmonic/Gilbert/Andsnes, Avery Fisher Hall, New York
An astonishing peformance of 'The Rite of Spring' capped a memorable evening

Gilbert paid masterly attention to Stravinsky's cataclysmic climaxes, jagged rhythms, thumping compulsions and hysterical dynamics without slighting thematic focus or dramatic transition in the process. His trusty ensemble made the massive challenge sound easy, even natural.

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20 September 2012The New York Timesread more
A Restrained Leap Into the Stravinsky-thon

Mr. Gilbert and his players brought alluring restraint, exacting execution, myriad colorings and character to this performance. The result was a "Rite" so lucid and lean it sounded newly wild and ingenious.

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2 July 2012The Wall Street Journalread more
Sound in the Round

The beginning of summer is high season for corporate team-building exercises involving a change of location and a brisk injection of adrenaline. The New York Philharmonic is unusual in that it invites the public along: Friday night's "Philharmonic 360" program at the Park Avenue Armory offered the musical equivalent of team skydiving, with an emphasis on 20th-century works that were risky, thrilling and offered stunning changes of perspective.

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1 July 2012The New York Timesread more
Surround Sound Through the Centuries
Alan Gilbert's 'Philharmonic 360' at Park Avenue Armory

Those who think classical music needs some shaking up routinely challenge music directors at major orchestras to think outside the box. That is precisely what Alan Gilbert did on Friday night for an exhilarating concert with the New York Philharmonic in the Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory.

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21 June 2012The Wall Street Journalread more
N.Y. Philharmonic Sees Triple

"Gruppen" will be the centerpiece, so to speak, of the New York Philharmonic's "Philharmonic 360," a two-night event featuring four pieces of "spatial music," with like-minded works by Mozart, Pierre Boulez and Charles Ives. ... At the epicenter will be conductor and New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, who devised the program in an effort to elevate the expressly spatial aspirations at work in the Stockhausen piece.

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15 June 2012The New York Timesread more
Revisiting a Passion of the Past

Bringing renewed attention to Nielsen may seem a surprising priority for a New York-born conductor. But music directors should have personal passions, and it is heartening to see Mr. Gilbert turning one of his into a major statement.

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21 May 2012The New York Timesread more
Bartok in the Throes of a Love Unrequited

Hail the conquering heroes.

The New York Philharmonic, having met with acclaim during a seven-concert sweep through California, its first domestic tour since Alan Gilbert became its music director in 2009, returned to Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday for a program of works presented during that excursion: Dvorak's concert overture "Carnival," Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

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10 May 2012Los Angeles Timesread more
The New York Phil makes a blistering Disney Hall debut

The wow factor is considerable as the New Yorkers — podium in tow — blow out the L.A. venue with their powerful sound and virtuosity in a wide-ranging program.

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6 May 2012Los Angeles Timesread more
Alan Gilbert adds his personal touch to New York Philharmonic

In his third year as music director, he has taken it in new directions and developed a collegial approach to his job. They will perform in Los Angeles and Orange County.

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17 April 2012The New York Timesread more
Lured Back to Opera by 'Lohengrin'

His "Lohengrin" proved well worth the trip to Stockholm. His treatment of the Prelude, with its ethereal, shimmering strings, captures the music's dreaminess yet has a rhythmic vitality that forecasts the robust, surely paced, drama-oriented performance that followed. The orchestra plays beautifully for him, but equally fine is his work with the chorus, which sings with tonal richness yet, as guided by Mr. Gilbert, shades the music expressively.

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20 February 2012The Telegraphread more
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Gilbert, Barbican, review

After three nights of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, it's time to go on the wagon. My ears are saturated, and the emotional stimulus has been intoxicating, like walking down Fifth Avenue on a sunny morning.

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27 January 2012The New York Timesread more
Uncommon Trick in a Common Concerto

[Mr. Zimmerman] mastered the uncommon trick of sounding simultaneously authoritative and impulsive; in Fritz Kreisler's cadenzas he was positively incandescent. Mr. Gilbert and the orchestra provided expertly calibrated accompaniment, with playing in the Larghetto so dewy that it threatened to evaporate outright. At the conclusion the audience responded tumultuously.

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8 January 2012Financial Timesread more
New York Philharmonic/ Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York:
A study in contrasts: Thomas Adès's brief, glittery 'Polaris' has its New York premiere as a prelude to Mahler's sprawling Ninth Symphony


The New York Philharmonic – emphatically Alan Gilbert's Philharmonic – offered an intriguing juxtaposition of opposites on Thursday.

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14 November 2011The Plain Dealerread more
Performance by Alan Gilbert with Cleveland Orchestra resonates on two fronts

[Gilbert] managed, perhaps inadvertently, to do something else, something just as important: model a new, refreshing way forward for conductors of major orchestras.

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6 October 2011The New York Timesread more
Conductor Replaces Baton With Violin, for an Evening

...though he has played in the Philharmonic's chamber concerts, [Gilbert's] appearance alongside the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Bach's Double Concerto on Wednesday evening at Avery Fisher Hall was his solo debut with the orchestra.

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2 October 2011The New York Timesread more
Song Cycle Places One Indelible Day Along History's Bleak Continuum

In a free preseason concert last month to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Alan Gilbert conducted the New York Philharmonic in Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, with the performance relayed to Lincoln Center Plaza. That great, tumultuous and, finally, exhilarating work was a fitting choice for the solemn occasion. The Philharmonic also wanted to commission a new work for the anniversary. The composer John Corigliano took on that project.

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23 September 2011Financial Timesread more
New York Philharmonic/ Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York:
Alan Gilbert mustered massive dynamic contrasts


Eliciting virtuosic precision and propulsion from his orchestra, he mustered massive dynamic contrasts. He gauged the cumulative climaxes with careful bravado. He savoured Mahler's cataclysmic outbursts, whimsical digressions, introspective interludes and reverential resolutions; still, he avoided lingering over minutiae, kept the line taut, the attacks sharp, the nuances subtle and the pauses tense.

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11 September 2011The New York Timesread more
New York Exhales With Mahler's 'Resurrection,' Symphonic Salve

This 90-minute Mahler symphony, which plumbs "every aspect of life, from its agonies to its joys to its profound sense of hope," as Mr. Gilbert said in his eloquent spoken comments to open the program, was an ideal choice to help New Yorkers reflect, heal and persevere.

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24 June 2011New York Magazineread more
A Joyous Racket

The mission is to make symphonic music not a precious pursuit of specialists but a crucial part of a complex culture. At the end of his second year as music director, Alan Gilbert is renewing the genre's claim for attention rather than dwelling on its eroded prestige.

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24 June 2011MusicalAmerica.comread more
A Stunning Little "Fox"

The New York Philharmonic is ending its season June 22-25 in Avery Fisher Hall with an extravagant flourish: four fully staged and costumed performances of Leoš Janácek's animal fantasy "The Cunning Little Vixen." Are such costly adventures now to become an annual tradition at the Philharmonic? Let us pray.

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23 June 2011The New York Timesread more
An Impish Creature That Won't Be Fenced In

The highlight of last season, Mr. Gilbert's first as music director, was the Philharmonic's presentation of Ligeti's apocalyptic comic opera "Le Grand Macabre," also directed by Mr. Fitch. And it really was a staged production, ingeniously conceived, involving puppets, projections, live videos and wild costumes. The project was driven by Mr. Gilbert's convictions that American orchestras must reinvent themselves and that the Philharmonic could turn Avery Fisher Hall into a suitable site for a major 20th-century opera in its first New York staging.

Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Fitch have another success with this "Cunning Little Vixen," featuring a large, winning cast of singers; the New York Choral Artists; and a dozen sweet-voiced members of the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, who crawled, hopped and scampered around the extended stage, dressed as a frog, a moth, a rabbit, a beetle, a mosquito, a butterfly and other creatures.

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23 June 2011Opera Newsread more
The Cunning Little Vixen

Who would have guessed that two women dressed in fox costumes, whose courtship involves the gift of a dead rabbit, and whose spur-of-the-moment wedding ceremony is officiated by a woodpecker, would be the romantic opera couple of the year? That's the only way to describe the irresistible spell cast by Isabel Bayrakdarian and Marie Lenormand as, respectively, the happily married Vixen and Fox of Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, staged and designed by Doug Fitch, and conducted by the New York Philharmonic's music director, Alan Gilbert...

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23 June 2011The Associated Pressread more
Forest comes alive in Philharmonic 'Vixen'

With giant sunflowers popping up in back, a forest bed of moss in front, and animals and insects darting about in eye-popping costumes, the New York Philharmonic turned its stage into the set for what's becoming an annual excursion into opera.

The woodland creatures — along with several human characters — made up the cast of Leos Janacek's fable, "The Cunning Little Vixen," which received the first of four performances at Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday night.

Alan Gilbert conducted the orchestra to ravishing effect in this quicksilver score, which is spiky and astringent one minute and meltingly lyrical the next, filled with the composer's trademark densely compressed melodies.

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23 June 2011The Washington Postread more
New York Philharmonic hits another winner with 'Cunning Little Vixen'

Would the Dream Team repeat? Do you believe in miracles? Talk of coming opera productions does not typically mirror the phraseology of sports-world triumphalism, although the analogy seems apt when it comes to the New York Philharmonic and its operatic ambitions.

On Wednesday, just a little more than a year after their surprise-hit staging of Gyorgy Ligeti's neglected "Le Grande Macabre," conductor Alan Gilbert and director Doug Fitch presented Leos Janacek's "The Cunning Little Vixen."

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22 June 2011The Wall Street Journalread more
The Vixen Diaries

Last spring, the New York Philharmonic offered a spectacular staging of "Le Grand Macabre," György Ligeti's opera about the end of the world. Directed by Doug Fitch, it was artistically profound, fitfully funny and consistently surprising. The obvious question was, how could the orchestra's music director, Alan Gilbert, possibly follow it up?

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20 June 2011The New York Timesread more
Working With Whimsy Fit for the Philharmonic

Among the many novel ideas implemented at the New York Philharmonic since Alan Gilbert took the reins as its music director in 2009, one has come to loom larger than all the rest. "Le Grand Macabre," a musically unorthodox, wickedly funny absurdist opera by Gyorgy Ligeti, represented a substantial risk when the Philharmonic mounted a series of performances of it at Avery Fisher Hall in May 2010, imaginatively and resourcefully staged by Doug Fitch, a designer and director with whom Mr. Gilbert had worked in opera houses.

When the production was hailed as a stunning success among audiences and critics alike, "Le Grand Macabre" came to represent Mr. Gilbert's vision for the institution at its most audacious. But when you've brought down the house with the end of the world — at least as Ligeti imagined it — what do you do for an encore?

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3 June 2011The New York Timesread more
A Couple of First Encounters, One Including Musicians

Though the brilliant German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been artist in residence at the New York Philharmonic all season, she had never worked with Alan Gilbert until Thursday night. In fact, this was the first time these two artists in their 40s had ever collaborated, which was surprising, since they have long traveled the byways of the international orchestra world.

They certainly seemed to relish their overdue musical date. Ms. Mutter brought glowing elegance to Beethoven's Romance in F for Violin and Orchestra. She was riveting in the premiere of the American composer Sebastian Currier's "Time Machines."

Mr. Gilbert, a consistently impressive conductor of contemporary music, drew assured and rapturous playing from the orchestra in Mr. Currier's demanding 30-minute score, composed in 2007. The program also offered the Philharmonic's first performance in 40 years — an inexplicable gap — of Bruckner's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, which proved a surprisingly right piece to hear along with "Time Machines."

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29 April 2011The New York Timesread more
A Slide Show for the Ear, Given by Emanuel Ax

There were really two programs at the New York Philharmonic on Thursday night. In the second half, Alan Gilbert conducted a strongly conceived, vigorous performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

In the first half, the admired pianist Emanuel Ax gave his 100th performance with the orchestra, having made his debut at 28 in 1977 with Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, an event he recounts in an interview published in the program. For this milestone on Thursday, Mr. Ax engaged Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic in an adventurous musical experiment.

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24 January 2011Philadelphia Inquirerread more
Alan Gilbert conducts Philadelphia Orchestra at Kimmel

Gilbert has returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra this week as a guest conductor in a state of high acclaim for bringing visceral and intellectual excitement to the New York Philharmonic in his second season as music director.

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12 January 2011The New York Timesread more
Gilbert to Head Juilliard's Conducting Program

Juilliard said on Wednesday that it had appointed Alan Gilbert, who is in his second season as the Philharmonic's music director, to the post of director of conducting and orchestral studies. It is the first time, Julliard officials say, that the same person will have both jobs.

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7 January 2011The New York Timesread more
A Soundtrack for the Chaos, Light and Dark of Creation

Word must be getting around that when Alan Gilbert presents one of his ambitious contemporary-music projects at the New York Philharmonic, like the staged production of Ligeti's bleakly comic opera "Le Grand Macabre" last season, these programs are not to be missed. So it was on Thursday night when Mr. Gilbert conducted the New York premiere of the British composer Thomas Adès's "In Seven Days (Concerto for Piano With Moving Image)."

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2 January 2011The New York Timesread more
Need a Gala? Tchaikovsky Is a Go-To Guy

...you were confronted with the Philharmonic that Mr. Gilbert has worked toward since his start: a brilliant organization in which individual virtuosity and ensemble unanimity are a given, resulting in music enlivened without need for excess or distortion.

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16 December 2010The New York Timesread more
Philharmonic Renewed Under a Bold Conductor

With the arrival of Alan Gilbert as the music director of the New York Philharmonic in 2009 came the promise of youthful vigor and bold initiatives. But who could have anticipated that by the midpoint of Mr. Gilbert's second season the Philharmonic would be a potent, even groundbreaking force for contemporary music?

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16 December 2010The New York Timesread more
'LE GRAND MACABRE' Avant-garde and Avery Fisher Hall aren't usually mentioned in the same breath, but Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, turned the usually decorous space into a haven for the quirky characters of Ligeti's surrealist, modernist opera. The work was vividly realized by Mr. Gilbert and a fine cast of singers in a sold-out production designed and directed by Doug Fitch, featuring imaginative multimedia and fantastical costumes by Catherine Zuber.
—Vivien Schweitzer
29 November 2010The New Yorkerread more
A Good Year for Weird Music in New York (excerpt)

It has been a good year for weird music in New York. Works from the avant-garde end of he spectrum, long deemed a ghastly mutation of the great classical tradition, have lately made some headway with the public. In May, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic sold out three performances of Gyorgy Ligeti's absurdist opera 'Le Grand Macabre,' which bears about the same relation to Puccini as Francis Bacon does to Norman Rockwell. The same orchestra played an all-Varese program at the Lincoln Center Festival in July, to an exuberant crowd... And last month Gilbert's Philharmonic delivered an explosive rendition of Magnus Lindberg's 1985 piece 'Kraft,' which raises a din not only from conventional instruments but also from discarded auto parts. (Edkins Auto Scrap, on Staten Island, was the chief supplier.). A few people fled the hall at the first brightly screaming chords, but the vast majority stayed and, in a scene seldom witnessed at Avery Fisher Hall, lingered to discuss what they had heard. Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic's president, was sitting behind me, and afterward an elderly woman approached him, wagging her finger. 'Fant-tas-tic,' she said. Perhaps audiences are finally beginning to approach twentieth-century music with the same open-mindedness that they have long accorded twentieth-century painting.
—Alex Ross
14 November 2010The New York Timesread more
Philharmonic at Carnegie: What a Difference a Hall Makes

...on Friday night the Philharmonic played one of its occasional concerts at Carnegie Hall. What a difference! Alan Gilbert conducted an Apollonian account of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Midori as soloist, followed by an exhilarating performance of John Adams's restless, rapturous "Harmonielehre."

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8 October 2010The New York Timesread more
A Night for a Rhapsodic Violin And an Old Brake Drum

On Thursday night, right behind my regular seat at Avery Fisher Hall for the New York Philharmonic, there was an ominous shiny steel tank labeled "Refrigerated Liquid Nitrogen." Two full rows of seats behind mine had been removed to accommodate this (presumably empty) tank, a makeshift percussion instrument for the Philharmonic's performance of Magnus Lindberg's "Kraft," in its New York premiere, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

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8 October 2010Capital New Yorkread more
'Kraft' is a challenging, and a worthwhile, night with the New York Phil

There is no good reason to fear Kraft, which is often noisy, and not always pleasant, but always interesting and entertaining. The Phil's music director, Alan Gilbert, makes it even less intimidating with some brilliant programming.

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17 July 2010The Wall Street Journalread more
Revisiting A Revolution

Mr. Gilbert, whose highly touted accomplishments this season included the New York premiere of György Ligeti's fascinating opera, "Le Grand Macabre," puts his Varèse project on an equal footing with that landmark event. "Varèse's music is dazzling," he explains. "I want the New York Philharmonic to own it."

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14 July 2010The New York Timesread more
Bagels and Books (and a Few Scores)

Alan Gilbert, 45, the music director since September of the New York Philharmonic, doesn't listen to much classical music on Sundays. Instead, he and his wife, Kajsa William-Olsson, 39, devote the day to their daughters, Noemi, 6, and Lia, 5 months, and their son, Esra, 4.

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28 June 2010The New Yorkerread more
Music in Motion (excerpt)

Last fall, I reported that the New York Philharmonic, under the canny and courageous direction of Alan Gilbert, was waking up. At the end of May, with a wildly entertaining concert-hall staging of György Ligeti's absurdist opera "Le Grand Macabre," the orchestra bolted out of bed. Inevitably, skeptical mutterings preceded the project; about a thousand subscribers turned in their tickets, and the Times asked, "What are they thinking over there at Avery Fisher Hall?" With the help of some creative marketing—in one promotional video, Gilbert met the Grim Reaper by the Hudson River for an ice-cream cone—all three nights sold out, and by the final night "Le Grand Macabre" had become an improbable sensation, with scalpers in evidence outside. When Gilbert took his bow, the crowd made a thunderous, hero-welcoming noise.

Doug Fitch, the director, created a gaudy, antic production, deploying live animation to evoke Ligeti's tale of political intrigue and sexual perversion in the face of apocalypse. Eric Owens, as the death-dealing Nekrotzar, led a strong-voiced cast. Gilbert conducted with unwavering precision and deadpan flair. Best of all, the orchestra threw itself into the enterprise, gamely undertaking such non-union assignments as hurling balled-up pieces of paper. At one point, Owens, in full Death regalia, proceeded slowly down one aisle of Avery Fisher Hall, trailed by attendants waving ghoulish banners and a quartet of players, with the violinist Michelle Kim reading off of music taped to the back of the bassoonist Roger Nye. It was an exhilarating moment of defamiliarization for a place that has so often seemed to drip with ennui. To have worked such a transformation is an almost necromantic feat on the part of the new music director. The project is ongoing: at the Lincoln Center Festival, in July, Gilbert will lead the orchestra in a concert of Edgard Varèse, who once described himself as a "diabolic Parsifal," searching for the bomb that would "blow wide open the musical world."
—Alex Ross
10 June 2010 read more
Alan Gilbert reflects on his inaugural season with the New York Philharmonic

As he prepares for the final three programs of his first season as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert took a few moments to look back over his achievements with the orchestra, including the recent headlines they made together with their wildly successful performances of Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre.

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1 June 2010 read more
Critics respond to the Philharmonic's production of Le Grand Macabre

The critics have responded with great enthusiasm to the New York Philharmonic's production Le Grand Macabre — the New York premiere of György Ligeti's landmark work — led by Alan Gilbert and directed by Doug Fitch. A compilation of review excerpts follows...

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28 May 2010MusicWeb Internationalread more
Seen and Heard International: Le Grand Macabre

...in the end, Gilbert was the night's hero. Who would have expected, when he announced plans to do a "semi-staged version" of Ligeti's wild, sometimes touching score, that he would complete it with such utter command. (And PS, all three performances ended up being sold out.) It is not hyperbole to say that this production telegraphed a new chapter in the orchestra's distinguished history.

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28 May 2010New York Magazineread more
Eye of the Storm

The New York Philharmonic's brilliant production of Ligeti's bizarre opera Le Grand Macabre brings rigor to chaos.

Led by its quietly revolutionary new music director Alan Gilbert, the orchestra performed the semi-staged production to a sellout crowd that evidently relished the opera's flamboyant unconventionality, the insanely high caliber of the performance, and the evidence of a cultural institution that has shed its stodgy past. It was a marvelous night for New York.

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28 May 2010The New York Timesread more
The Philharmonic's Challenge: Merely the End of the World

... The hero of this production, of the whole endeavor, is Mr. Gilbert, who conducted the score with insight, character and command. The Philharmonic players seemed inspired as they executed this complex music with skill and conviction. Mr. Gilbert brought out Ligeti's wildness. Yet moment after moment was ravishing, like the fractured, hazy, strangely elusive scene when Piet, Astradamors and Nekrotzar drink themselves into a stupor, which causes Nekrotzar to bungle his chance to destroy the world. ...an instant Philharmonic milestone.

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29 April 2010The Wall Street Journalread more
Gilbert's Home Improvement

In the seven months that he's been the music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has made some changes. The first native New Yorker to serve as the Philharmonic's music director, Mr. Gilbert speaks to the audience during performances and plays violin in chamber concerts alongside other Philharmonic musicians. He's thinking of bringing the Philharmonic to modern venues, like downtown art galleries or the Greenwich Village music club (Le) Poisson Rouge. Now he's about to try his most dramatic experiment for the Philharmonic so far...

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19 April 2010The New York Timesread more
3 Premieres Highlight New-Music Concert

The New York Philharmonic's sold-out concert in its new-music series "Contact!" at Symphony Space on Friday evening had an air of excitement and a refreshing informality. Alan Gilbert inaugurated the admirable series this season, his first as music director of the Philharmonic. He has said that the Philharmonic musicians expressed interest in forming a contemporary-music group, and to judge from the eclectic and youthful crowd on Friday there is certainly an audience eager to hear them.

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22 March 2010The New Yorkerread more
Battle of the Bands (excerpt)

What I missed most was novelty in the programming. Of thirty-two works, only five were written after 1945. Perhaps, in this cost-conscious time, it makes economic sense to stick with the warhorses, yet one of the loudest ovations of the month went to the New York Philharmonic, when it presented the American première of Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto. The Finnish clarinettist Kari Kriikku gave a transcendent virtuoso performance, raucous and rhapsodic by turns, and Alan Gilbert and the orchestra supported him avidly. Afterward, there was a surprised buzz in the auditorium as listeners confessed to loving a sometimes furiously dissonant piece. It was auspicious to see the formerly backward-looking Philharmonic embracing new music amid a slew of greatest hits.
—Alex Ross
13 February 2010ConcertoNet.comread more
Invader from Outer Space

We don't get many visitors from other galaxies these days, so it was a pleasure to welcome Kari Kriikku to the Earth. ...he had a quartet of advantages to make this visit successful. First, a concerto written for him about seven years ago, by the New York Phil's own composer-in-residence, Magnus Lindberg. Second, the New York Phil itself at their very best with a very dynamic conductor. Third, the acoustics of Carnegie Hall, which make resounding notes resound, and make the thickest orchestration sound transparent.

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4 February 2010The Gramophone Blogread more
A new era begins at the New York Phil

...the NYPO has made a magnificent choice: energising, contemporary, inclusive and, if tonight's combination of great programming and superb playing is anything to go by, hugely positive for the future.

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9 January 2010The New York Timesread more
Casting New Light on Russian Works

On paper, the two Russian works that Alan Gilbert conducted with the New York Philharmonic in an impressive concert on Thursday night at Avery Fisher Hall might seem unlikely choices to be included in programs for the orchestra's important tour of Europe, which begins on Jan. 17. ... Though full of lush orchestral writing and alluring, long-spun melodies, [Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2] can come across as padded and aimless. Not this time, however. Mr. Gilbert drew a revelatory performance from the Philharmonic.

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7 January 2010The Guardianread more
In the New York Philharmonic hot seat

Mahler, Toscanini and Bernstein may precede him, but the New York Phil's new music director Alan Gilbert says he's not fazed

... At 42, Gilbert is one of the prestigious orchestra's youngest leaders – boyish, charming, informal and anything but the classical cliche of the grand old maestro. He's also the first native New Yorker to hold the position and, since he took over in September, he's been seriously busy on and off the podium – including last year's Asian tour, and a European tour which brings the orchestra to London in February.

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2 November 2009The New York Timesread more
Gilbert Finds Surprises in Familiar Orchestra Fare

By all rights the concert the New York Philharmonic presented at Avery Fisher Hall on Friday night could have been a drowsy walk-through. After all it was not supposed to happen. The Philharmonic intended to spend the end of October in Havana, where it had been invited to perform. When that trip was canceled, after the State Department refused permission for moneyed patrons to tag along, the orchestra filled the gap in its schedule with concerts at home. ... But the concert indicated that a growing bond between Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic players continues to yield substantial dividends.

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23 October 2009Santa Fe New Mexicanread more
New old boy Alan Gilbert returns to the NY Philharmonic

Reaching Alan Gilbert when he was Santa Fe Opera music director was easy, especially during summers... Since Gilbert became music director of the New York Philharmonic last month, conducting his first concert on Sept. 16, you would think that getting hold of him would involve negotiating 16 rather than six degrees of separation. Fortunately, it only took an e-mail to his media representative, followed by a few unavoidable weeks waiting for an open slot on the intelligent, affable, and artistically intense 42-year-old's schedule.

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22 October 2009The New York Timesread more
The New World on the Two Coasts

When a music director takes the helm of a major American orchestra, the inaugural concert should be not just a musical celebration but a statement of artistic mission. The recent debuts of Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel at the Los Angeles Philharmonic both showed how this can be done.

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19 October 2009The New Yorkerread more
Waking Up: Alan Gilbert takes over at the New York Philharmonic

For those who have followed Gilbert's career, neither his anti-aristocratic stance nor his lively intellect comes as a surprise. The real news is the sound of the Philharmonic itself. Simply put, the orchestra is playing better than it has in the seventeen years that I've been a critic in New York.

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4 October 2009New York Magazineread more
A Velvet Revolution: Alan Gilbert starts reforming the New York Philharmonic. Quietly.

After a few weeks as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert answered the question of what his tenure would bring – with Charles Ives's The Unanswered Question. It was a sly and lovely way of hinting that the relationship between an orchestra and its resident maestro coalesces over years, but that in the meantime, uncertainty has a beauty of its own.

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2 October 2009The New York Timesread more
A New Tone Is Part of a New Tenure

Alan Gilbert undoubtedly knows that as the New York Philharmonic's new music director, he will have a honeymoon period during which everyone — his orchestra as well as his audience — will be wishing him the best while also focusing intently on what he is doing and how. He seems comfortable with that scrutiny and is keeping his listeners guessing how he will present himself and his orchestra.

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25 September 2009The New York Timesread more
First a Lesson and Then a Challenge

The program that Alan Gilbert conducted with the New York Philharmonic on Thursday night was only his third as music director. So it is probably too early to make overall assessments of changes he may be bringing to the orchestra. But the performance that Mr. Gilbert drew from the Philharmonic of Schoenberg's formidable 45-minute "Pelleas und Melisande" was urgent, assured and luxuriously beautiful.

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23 September 2009The New York Timesread more
A Conductor's Lair, Informal but Not Too

Just last Wednesday, a few hours before he was to take up the baton for the gala first night of his first full season at the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, the orchestra's 42-year-old conductor, came offstage, ducked into his suite at Lincoln Center and, opening a bottle of Poland Spring, dropped down onto his month-old, royal blue, velvet-covered couch.

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22 September 2009The New York Timesread more
New Face at Philharmonic Alters the Seating Chart

The Alan Gilbert era at the New York Philharmonic has barely hatched, and it is far too early for a full assessment. But some changes, large and small, have already come to light.

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21 September 2009The Star Ledgerread more
New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conducts Mahler's Third Symphony

Leading Mahler's monolithic Third Symphony, Alan Gilbert continued to prove his gifts at his first subscription concert as the music director of the New York Philharmonic.

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19 September 2009The New York Timesread more
Exploring Labyrinthine Passages

There is nothing cautious about the way Alan Gilbert has begun his tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic. First, for the season-opening gala concert on Wednesday, he conducted a boldly adventurous program that included a new work and a seldom-heard Messiaen song cycle. Then on Thursday night, for his first subscription program, Mr. Gilbert chose the longest of Mahler's nine symphonies, the Third, an elusive and complex score full of treacherously exposed passages.

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18 September 2009The Wall Street Journalread more
An Upbeat Downbeat in New York

Back in 2002, five years before his death, the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich told me that as a child he was "crazy to become a conductor." Instead, his father gave him a miniature cello, saying, "First make your career as a performer, because only when an orchestra trusts you as a performer can you conduct." This story came to mind on Wednesday night as the conductor Alan Gilbert, 42—who is also a pianist, violinist and violist—began his first season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. If one thing seems apparent at the start of his tenure, it's that Mr. Gilbert is quickly forging that collegial trust.

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18 September 2009The New York Timesread more
Gilbert Debuts as Philharmonic's Director

There were no speeches on Wednesday night when Alan Gilbert conducted his first concert as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. Many words have been spoken and written about the significance of Mr. Gilbert's appointment since it was announced two years ago. For this season-opening concert, broadcast on public television's "Live From Lincoln Center" series and relayed on an outdoor video screen to Lincoln Center Plaza, music would have to do the talking. And it did, eloquently and excitingly.

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18 September 2009Financial Timesread more
NY Philharmonic Opening/ Gilbert, New York

New Yorkers love fussy galas, lofty statistics and conspicuous changes of the cultural guard. The devout were suitably happy at Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday when the Philharmonic opened its 168th season with its 14,870th concert, an event marking the succession of a brave young man to what had been Lorin Maazel's august podium. Alan Gilbert's time had come.

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13 September 2009The New York Timesread more
The New Guy on the Philharmonic Block

The classical music world will be looking with intense interest to the New York Philharmonic this season. Now there is a sentence I never thought I would write. Alan Gilbert takes over as the orchestra's music director with an opening-night program on Wednesday. There are enticing offerings all over New York this season. But nothing will matter more than the Philharmonic's attempt to reinvigorate itself with Mr. Gilbert.

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11 September 2009Associated Pressread more
Alan Gilbert, new NY Phil conductor, comes home

After studying at Harvard University, the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, and spending eight years as music director with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gilbert has come home. On Wednesday night, before a nationally televised PBS audience, he takes the baton as music director of the New York Philharmonic, stepping up to a podium once occupied by such titans as Mahler, Toscanini and Bernstein.

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10 September 2009Playbill Artsread more
A New Day Looms on the Horizon: The Start of the Alan Gilbert Era

Nurturing tradition and innovation, pursuing partnership as well as leadership. Gilbert talks with Robin Tabachnik about his plans as he becomes the New York Philharmonic's next Music Director.

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8 September 2009The Wall Street Journalread more
He Has an Eye as Well as an Ear

"I'm feeling like a kid in a candy shop," says conductor Alan Gilbert to his wife, cellist Kajsa ­William-Olsson. "A very privileged kid." We are walking, through the soothingly empty halls of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, en route upstairs to one of Mr. Gilbert's favorite galleries, containing works by Jan Vermeer and other 17th-century Dutch painters.

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25 August 2009 read more
Catching up with Alan

In a few weeks, Alan Gilbert begins his tenure as the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. In the first of a series of monthly (and possibly more frequent) chats with him, he talks about the first two programs he'll be playing with the orchestra in 2009-10, including the season-opening gala on Wednesday, September 16 with soprano Renée Fleming.

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16 July 2009The New York Timesread more
Courting the Hometown Audience in Central Park, With Mozart and Beethoven

Alan Gilbert, the incoming music director of the New York Philharmonic, has a markedly different idea of what that post should encompass than his predecessor, Lorin Maazel, did. In a recent interview with the news channel NY1, Mr. Gilbert, who will also teach and conduct at the Juilliard School this fall, said he felt "a very sincere hope that we can make connections to the city and mean something for individuals in the city."

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13 July 2009NY1read more
One On 1: Alan Gilbert Orchestrates Lifelong Dream

Conductor Alan Gilbert will officially take over as music director of the New York Philharmonic in September, fulfilling a lifelong dream that has been more than a decade in the making. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following "One On 1" report. Follow the link below for a transcript, or view the original segment at the NY1 website.

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10 July 2009The Wall Street Journalread more
Passing the Baton

The New York Philharmonic—once led by such greats as Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler, and most recently by veteran Lorin Maazel—is about to pass its baton to a lesser-known name in the music world: Alan Gilbert.

For two years, the Philharmonic has been grooming Mr. Gilbert, who will be the first native New Yorker to conduct the country's oldest orchestra, and one of the youngest ever in the post. At age 42, Mr. Gilbert is nearly four decades younger than Mr. Maazel, who led the Philharmonic for seven years and ended his tenure last month.

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2 May 2009The New York Timesread more
At Avery Fisher, the (Possible) Sound of Things to Come

As Alan Gilbert readies himself to take over as music director of the New York Philharmonic in September, he understands that a large segment of its audience is still trying to get a reading on him. On Thursday night he conducted the first performance of an unusual and surprisingly revealing program, his next-to-last guest appearance before becoming the boss.

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22 April 2009Varietyread more
Gilbert brings youth to Philharmonic

In the world of classical music, orchestra audiences -- or at least the boards of such institutions -- would often rather hedge their bets and hire music directors in their 70s or even 80s than take their chances by looking for long-term relationships with younger conductors. So when the New York Philharmonic, an orchestra that in recent years has had something of a reputation for playing it safe, announced that 42-year-old conductor Alan Gilbert would be its next music director with a five-year contract beginning this September, it felt to many observers that the winds of change were finally blowing into Lincoln Center.

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20 March 2009The Standard (Vienna)read more
Alan Gilbert Conducts the Vienna Symphony

It was not necessarily a foregone conclusion that this concert would turn out to be without a doubt one of the most important of the season so far. ... The evening's not infrequent special moments came from the stirring impetus of Alan Gilbert, the 42 year-old conductor from New York.

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6 March 2009The Boston Globeread more
Gilbert leads BSO in Ives's epic Fourth Symphony

Next fall the young conductor Alan Gilbert will be taking up the reins of the New York Philharmonic as its 25th music director and there are high hopes that he will bring that magnificent yet artistically staid orchestra a sense of freshness and new life. Focused yet unflashy on the podium, he is unquestionably a thoughtful musician with engaging ideas about the music of today and how it connects to the great masterpieces of the past.

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27 February 2009The Boston Globeread more
Young conductor takes a leap

Alan Gilbert stands on the threshold of the greatest challenge of his young career. In a little more than six months, the 42-year-old will take over as music director of the New York Philharmonic, one of the youngest conductors ever and the first New York native to hold the position.

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13 January 2009The New York Timesread more
For the Philharmonic, Next Stop, Vietnam

On the heels of its attention-grabbing trip to North Korea last February, the New York Philharmonic is planning another high-profile visit for next season: to Vietnam. The stop, part of an Asian tour in October, will be a splashy opening to Alan Gilbert's tenure as the orchestra's new music director.

The tour was announced on Monday during a presentation of Mr. Gilbert's programming for his first season in charge of the Philharmonic. The orchestra plans to play in Japan on that tour as a nod to the Japanese side of Mr. Gilbert's heritage.

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15 December 2008New York Magazineread more
The Big Entrance

When Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic's music-director-in-waiting, led a free concert in Central Park last summer, he mentioned to the audience that his mother was a member of the violin section. Then, turning back to the orchestra with a little wave, he said, "Hi, Mom," eliciting 60,000 guffaws. (He didn't add that his dad, now retired, had also been a Philharmonic violinist.) Gilbert doesn't take over the Philharmonic until September, but he's already starting to feel like a member of the family.

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28 October 2008The New York Timesread more
Philharmonic Offers Taste of Next Season's Banquet

A composer in residence. A new-music ensemble. A commissioned work for the New York Philharmonic's opening gala concert. Maybe, just maybe, throwing out the first ball at Yankee Stadium.

Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic's music-director-in-waiting, let drop some news tidbits on Monday at a lunch with reporters and music critics organized by orchestra officials. It was a step in the orchestra's efforts to present Mr. Gilbert to the public before he takes over from Lorin Maazel next season.

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15 October 2008The New York Timesread more
Faust Unleashing a Destroyer of Worlds

After the premiere of John Adams's "Doctor Atomic" at the San Francisco Opera in October 2005, the original staging by the director Peter Sellars made its way to the other two companies that produced the work: the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Most composers would consider that a terrific send-off for a new opera.

Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, wanted to bring "Doctor Atomic" to New York.

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15 March 2008The New York Timesread more
More Than a Few Encouraging Signs From a Conductor Waiting in the Wings

The classical music world is counting on Alan Gilbert to bring fresh vision and youthful excitement to the New York Philharmonic when he takes over as music director in 2009. That he is poised to do so came through palpably on Thursday night at Avery Fisher Hall when he conducted an urgent, richly colorful and unusually lucid account of Strauss's opulent tone poem "Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero's Life").

What came through as well is how assured and dynamic the relationship already is between this 41-year-old conductor and the Philharmonic players.

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3 March 2008New York Magazineread more
Taking Over the Family Business

Born to two New York Philharmonic violinists, Alan Gilbert will soon pick up its baton. which is good news, because it may take one of the orchestra's own to launch the revolution it needs.

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9 February 2008Philadelphia Enquirerread more
Gilbert shows his way with composers

Whatever else Alan Gilbert reveals about himself next month in his first concerts as music director-designate of the New York Philharmonic, it seems safe to say now that he knows how to rehearse, and put a personal imprint, on a difficult program.

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December 2007Gramophone Awards 2007read more
New York awaits a homegrown chief

Technically, Alan Gilbert may still be on vacation, but that doesn't mean he's not thinking about work. Ever since July, when the New York Philharmonic announced that music director Lorin Maazel will be passing the baton to Gilbert at the end of the 2008-09 season, the 40-year-old conductor has generated considerable attention.

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7 October 2007The New York Timesread more
Forged in Sweden, Bound for New York

Alan Gilbert stood before the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic last month in one of the most difficult moments he has faced as the orchestra's chief conductor. An hour before, the players learned that a well-liked former member had committed suicide.

"It feels strange to rehearse," Mr. Gilbert quietly told them as they sat on the stage without instruments, looking stricken. Some held each other. Several sobbed. "On the other hand, not to rehearse, not to do what we do as musicians, is even stranger," Mr. Gilbert added. "It's a shame that it takes sometimes a terrible thing like this to remind us that we are a family."

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18 July 2007The New York Timesread more
The Philharmonic Picks New Music Director

The New York Philharmonic reached into its family tree and plucked Alan Gilbert, the 40-year-old son of two Philharmonic musicians, as its next music director, making him the first native New Yorker in the position and a rare American in the job.

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23 March 2007The Plain Dealerread more
Guest conductor shares his gifts with vitality

More than a few young conductors have been privileged to learn from the Cleveland Orchestra and move on to fine careers elsewhere. The biggest success is James Levine, an assistant conductor here in the 1960s and now music director both of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony.

Another Cleveland alum is rising fast in the east, west and other directions. Alan Gilbert served on the orchestra's conducting staff for three years in the mid-1990s and holds major posts in Sweden, Germany and New Mexico. His frequent guest-conducting stints with top American orchestras make him a possible candidate to take over one of those ensembles in the not-too-distant future.

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22 March 2007Akron Beacon Journalread more
Maestro on the go: Hectic concert schedule no problem for former Cleveland Orchestra veteran

Alan Gilbert is a man in demand. After a week of New York Philharmonic concerts, his second such week in as many months, the former Cleveland Orchestra assistant conductor sounded happy but a little tired. A steady ratcheting up of conducting engagements has meant less family time with his wife, Kajsa William-Olsson, a cellist, and their two children, daughter Noemi (almost 3) and son Esra, 18 months, back home in Stockholm, Sweden, where the native New Yorker is music director of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

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15 March 2007National Public Radio: All Things Consideredread more
Alan Gilbert interviewed on All Things Considered

Alan Gilbert grew up with the New York Philharmonic in his blood. He is the son of two Philharmonic musicians: His father played violin with the orchestra for 30 years, and his mother is a longtime member of the first violin section.

Gilbert's childhood was filled with music and musicians.

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10 February 2007The New York Timesread more
A Guest's Youthful Vigor at the Podium

The New York Philharmonic is cultivating relationships with a handful of young (or youngish) conductors, and one of them, Alan Gilbert, returned to Avery Fisher Hall on Thursday for the first of two visits this season.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Gilbert, who turns 40 this month, is keen to show what he can do. So the three substantial works in his program, drawn from vastly different worlds, offered a concise tour of his directorial sensibilities. The news is good.

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