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New York Philharmonic Announces Alan Gilbert’s Final New York Philharmonic Concert

Rob Bates / 1st March 2017 / Journal


The New York Philharmonic has announced the program for the final subscription concerts of Alan Gilbert’s tenure as Music Director. The groundbreaking concert series will highlight the transformational and global power of music, with musicians invited from all around the world – Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Venezuela, and more.

Inspired by his communications with Jan Eliasson, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Alan Gilbert developed the program to bring together musicians from across borders to encourage peace and unity during times of hardship.

``Music has a unique capacity to connect people's hearts and souls. How can we, as musicians, do our small part to be a positive forum, to help effect social change and respond to adversity in a world faced with unprecedented challenges? The New York Philharmonic, which has always been an international ensemble, has done so much as a global ambassador throughout its history, and I am honored to showcase this message with this great Orchestra in my hometown of New York City.``

The program, which runs June 8 to 10, includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and features soloist Yo-Yo Ma on June 8 and Wynton Marsalis on June 9. Read more about the concerts and Alan Gilbert’s new global initiative here.


Photos: © Chris Lee