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8 MARCH 2017CELEBRATING JOHN ADAMS AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
This month, Alan Gilbert leads two programs of works by John Adams, celebrating the American composer's 70th birthday year. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet makes its debut with Adams's Absolute Jest on March 9, 10, and 11, in a program that also includes the landmark, Schoenberg-inspired orchestral work, Harmonielehre. The following week, Alan Gilbert returns to the podium to conduct Adams's The Chairman Dances, Berlioz's Symphony fantastique, and the New York Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto with soloist Yo-Yo Ma. The program runs from March 15 to 18 – find tickets and information here.
1 MARCH 2017NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES ALAN GILBERT'S FINAL NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS, "CELEBRATING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO UNITE ACROSS BORDERS"
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," Alan Gilbert said. "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.
28 FEBRUARY 2017MAHLER 4 AND WORLD PREMIERE OF LERA AUERBACH'S "NYX: FRACTURED DREAMS" WITH LEONIDAS KAVAKOS
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Lera Auerbach's "NYx: Fractured Dreams" – a Philharmonic commission written for Artist-In-Residence Leonidas Kavakos – on March 1, 2, and 3. The program also includes Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with soprano Christina Landshamer.

"NYx: Fractured Dreams" is Auerbach's fourth concerto, and finds inspiration in Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night and New York City. Information and tickets here.
8 DECEMBER 2016DECEMBER AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert's busy December at the New York Philharmonic begins with five seasonal performances of Handel's Messiah December 13 through 17, in which his "decisive phrasing, generally brisk pacing and insistence on crystalline textures" previously impressed the New York Times as "magical". Christina Landshamer, Tim Mead, Matthew Polenzani and John Relyea perform as soloists alongside the Concert Chorale of New York.

Marking the first in The New York Commissions – a trio of works commissioned from composers based in the city, writing on New York themes, to be premiered over three seasons – Alan conducts the world premiere of The Jungle (Symphony No. 4) by Pulitzer Prize-winner Wynton Marsalis, the Managing & Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, which joins the New York Philharmonic in the performances on December 28, 29, and 30 as well as January 3. Also on the program are William Bolcom's Trombone Concerto with New York Philharmonic principal Joseph Alessi as soloist and Copland's Quiet City featuring principal trumpet Christopher Martin and English horn player Grace Shryock.

At the New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve celebration, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in an evening of American classics, including works by Rodgers & Hammerstein and others.
23 NOVEMBER 2016TCHAIKOVSKY, ADAMS, AND BARTÓK AT THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC
A regular guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the celebrated orchestra December 2 through 4 for concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie. The program includes Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, of which Alan's "hypercharged" account was a highlight of the New York Philharmonic's "blistering Disney Hall debut" (Los Angeles Times). Juxtaposed with the feverish despair of that Russian masterwork are Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Lollapalooza by John Adams – the Berlin Philharmonic's current Composer-in-Residence – and Bartók's Second Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist. Alan's association with the German violinist is of long standing. It was he who appointed Zimmermann as the New York Philharmonic's 2011-12 Artist-in-Residence, when their concerto collaborations included a performance of the Bach "Double" with the Music Director himself on violin; as the New York Times wrote, "the interplay between them was graceful ... and took on an appealing visceral quality." After their Berlin engagement, the two look forward to reuniting once again on the New York Philharmonic's upcoming European tour.

Find more information and tickets here to Alan's performances with the Berlin Philharmonic. The December 3 performance can be streamed here live via the orchestra's Digital Concert Hall starting at 1pm ET/7pm CT.
1 NOVEMBER 2016PORGY AND BESS AT LA SCALA
Alan Gilbert makes his return to the Teatro alla Scala on November 13, when he helps premiere a new semi-staged production of Porgy and Bess by stage director Philipp Harnoncourt. Starring bass Morris Robinson and soprano Kristin Lewis in the title roles, with original video design by Max Kaufmann and Eva Grün, this marks the first time that the original version of Gershwin's score will be presented at the Milan house in its entirety. Alan made his debut with the Filarmonica della Scala last fall, leading Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" and Bartok's one-act opera Bluebeard's Castle. Find tickets and more information here about Porgy and Bess performances, which take place on November 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, and 23.
19 OCTOBER 2016A RETURN TO THE LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA WITH SOLOIST INON BARNATAN
Alan Gilbert reunites the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra this fall, leading the ensemble in three performances taking place Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22.Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 opens the program featuring soloist Inon Barantan, the Israeli pianist who is now launching his third and final season as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association. The two long-time collaborators are presently in the process of recording Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, representing the first time that ensemble will have captured the full cycle on disc.

The first two programs at the Leipzig Gewandhaus also include Bartok's one-act psychological thriller Bluebeard's Castle, sung in concert by Mikhail Petrenko as Bluebeard and Michelle DeYoung as Judith. Alan’s final Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra concert on October 22 is followed by a special “talk and performance” event for which he and Inon join German TV personality Malte Arkona. Find tickets and more information here.
14 OCTOBER 2016NATIONAL ARTS CLUB SALUTES ALAN GILBERT WITH MEDAL OF HONOR IN MUSIC
The National Arts Club has bestowed Alan Gilbert with its Medal of Honor in Music as he begins the final season of his tenure with the New York Philharmonic. The award recognizes Alan's wide-ranging contributions to the Philharmonic and symphonic music in the 21st century, from creating new ways for audiences to experience the art form to music education though his position as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Juilliard School. Past honorees of the award include Placido Domingo, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Van Cliburn, Isaac Stern, and Emanuel Ax.

The awards presentation on Thursday, October 13 included speeches by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson and Juilliard School Provost and Dean Ara Guzelimian, as well as a short performance by pianist and New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan.
5 OCTOBER 2016SOLOIST LANG LANG AND LIGETI'S MYSTERIES OF THE MACABRE AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, with Lang Lang as soloist; Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta; and Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre, with Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin as soloist, Thursday, October 6, through Saturday, October 8. In an additional performance on Wednesday, October 5, Beethoven's piano concerto is replaced with his Symphony No. 5.

An arrangement of three arias from Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, these performances of Mysteries of the Macabre recollect a signature moment from Alan Gilbert's inaugural season, when he led a sold-out staged production of the opera, later named named New York Magazine's number one classical music event of 2010 and "the greatest triumph achieved by any New York musical institution in 2010" by the New York Times.

Find tickets and more information here for the October 5 program and here for the concerts on October 6, 7, and 8.
27 SEPTEMBER 2016LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ WITH MAGDALENA KOŽENÁ AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads New York Philharmonic and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in Les Nuits d'été, Hector Berlioz's song cycle of love and loss, Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1 at David Geffen Hall.

This work is paired with Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Scheherazade, which Alan and the New York Philharmonic performed in October 2012 to the following praise from the New York Times: "The orchestra sounded superb here as elsewhere; Mr. Gilbert led a full-blooded and kaleidoscopic rendition, with sensuous string playing and alluring woodwind solos that vividly evoked languid Arabian nights." Find tickets and more information here.
12 SEPTEMBER 2016LAUNCHING THE 2016-17 SEASON AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
In seven years as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has continued to evolve the role of the modern orchestra; as the New York Times put it, "helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be." The eighth and final season of Gilbert's tenure, which also marks the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary season, not only honors their shared hometown, but also celebrates this extraordinary legacy. Thus world premieres of new Philharmonic commissions rub shoulders with iconic masterworks and an adventurous opera performance; artistic residencies continue to forge and nurture meaningful musical partnerships; innovative programming explores the ways music can foster global community and positive change; and the conductor and orchestra once again take their vision overseas on their seventh and final European tour together.

To launch his farewell season at the Philharmonic, Gilbert leads the Opening Gala Concert on September 21 that pays tribute to their native city. The New York premiere of John Corigliano's Stomp, for Orchestra shares the program with two key New York works of the past: Gershwin's Concerto in F, which the Philharmonic commissioned and premiered, with American jazz virtuoso Aaron Diehl, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," which the Philharmonic premiered in 1893. This work forms the centerpiece of the orchestra's season-long New World Initiative, which seeks to make the beloved symphony a cultural touchstone for as many New Yorkers as possible. By way of an upbeat to the new season, for the fourth edition of The Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic, Gilbert and the Philharmonic – the orchestra that anchored the film's original soundtrack recording – accompany a screening of Woody Allen's Manhattan on September 16 and 17 with the first live-to-film performance of its classic Gershwin score.

For the season's first subscription concerts, accounts of Dvořák's New World Symphony are paired with Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto featuring former Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili on September 22, 23, and 24 and with Corigliano's Stomp and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto performed by Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill on September 27.
25 AUGUST 2016IN RESIDENCE AT THE LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY
Alan Gilbert visits Lucerne, Switzerland August 29 through September 4 for a week of conducting masterclasses and concerts with Lucerne Festival Academy musicians. He leads the summer finale concert of the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy on Sunday, September 4 at the KKL Luzern with a program looking back at the beginnings of modernism and the musical context from which it emerged. Arnold Schoenberg's symphonic poem Pélleas et Mélisande, written in the musical language of late Romanticism, is preceded by two works that feature soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter: Alban Berg's moving Violin Concerto, "To the memory of an angel," and Norbert Moret's En rêve, which was composed in 1988 for the violinist. An additional short concert on Friday, September 2 features only Berg's Concerto.
5 AUGUST 2016NOW AVAILABLE: LIVE RECORDING OF MESSIAEN'S DES CANYONS AUX ÉTOILES...
Last summer, as Artist-in-Residence of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Alan Gilbert led an all-star orchestra of 44 superlative musicians in an account of Olivier Messiaen's monumental and otherworldly twelve-movement, 90-minute orchestral masterpiece, Des canyons aux étoiles... (From the Canyons to the Stars...). Marking a major milestone in the festival's history, the performance – featuring the largest ensemble ever gathered there for a single work – was recorded live for release and is now available on the Entertainment One Music label.

On the recording, Alan conducts an orchestra that includes many of his close musical friends and collaborators. In a work requiring staggering virtuosity from all players, his frequent collaborator Inon Barnatan plays the notoriously challenging piano part, including the fourth and ninth movements (Le cossyphe d'Heuglin "The white-browed robin-chat" and Le moqueur polyglotte "The mockingbird"), which are scored for solo piano.

Commissioned by art patron Alice Tully for the U.S. bicentennial and premiered at Lincoln Center in 1974, Canyons celebrates the awe-inspiring beauty of the great canyons of southwest Utah, which include Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. Encompassing a characteristically Messiaenic mix of birdsong, modernist experimentalism, and religious mysticism, the work expresses the composer's faith in the power of nature to communicate the very essence of God.

Listen to Des canyons aux étoiles... here on iTunes, here on Amazon, and here on Spotify.
23 JULY 2016A WEEK ON THE PODIUM IN TOKYO AND COLORADO
Alan Gilbert makes his return to Japan in July, conducting the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra on two consecutive evenings at Suntory Hall. Mozart's Symphony No. 25 is paired with Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in both concerts. Find tickets and more information here about these performances on Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25.

Just two days later, Alan takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in Colorado for the first of three concerts as part of the orchestra's 14th annual summer residency. The Wednesday, July 27 performance features New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist in William Bolcom's Trombone Concerto, followed by Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. Leila Josefowicz is soloist on Thursday, July 28 in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" also on the program. The New York Philharmonic's residency culminates with a final concert on Friday, July 29, featuring bass-baritone and New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens alongside soprano Heidi Melton in selections from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and Die Walküre.
17 JULY 2016NOMINATED FOR 2016 EMMY AWARD IN BEST MUSIC DIRECTION
Alan Gilbert has been nominated for the 2016 Emmy Award in Best Musical Direction for Sinatra: Voice for a Century, which was broadcast nationwide by PBS's Live From Lincoln Center on December 18, 2015.

Co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, the gala concert on December 3, 2015 celebrated the music of Frank Sinatra on the occasion of the American musical icon's 100th birthday through performances of songs with which he was closely associated. Alan led the orchestra and a lineup of performers including Seth McFarlane (who also served as host), Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Sting, Billy Porter, and Kyle Dean Massey. Alan was nominated in 2015 for an Emmy Award in the same category for his leadership of Stephen Sondheim's thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street with the New York Philharmonic and special guests, also featured on Live From Lincoln Center. Watch Sinatra: Voice for a Century now on pbs.org.
14 JULY 2016IN RESIDENCE AT SANTA BARBARA'S MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
As part of an ongoing partnership between the New York Philharmonic and Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West, Alan Gilbert is spending a week at the festival as a Luria Foundation Artist in Residence, a program that focuses on artists who bring forward-thinking perspectives across all disciplines and areas of classical music training. His activities include coaching and instruction with festival fellows, culminating in a performance with members of the Academy Festival Orchestra on Saturday, July 16 featuring Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra, "The Representation of Chaos" from Haydn's The Creation, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica". Alan is accompanied by five New York Philharmonic musicians, who are performing and training fellows in collaboration with Music Academy faculty, including masterclasses, chamber music coachings, private lessons, and lectures. Find tickets and more information about Alan's performance with the Academy Festival Orchestra here.
23 JUNE 2016LEADING THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S SECOND ANNUAL PERFORMANCE RESIDENCY IN SHANGHAI
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic undertake their second annual performance residency in Shanghai July 2 through 8 under the auspices of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership. This joint endeavor with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra includes a two-year program designed to address the need for advanced, postgraduate orchestral training in China in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory as well as annual performance residencies by the New York Philharmonic in Shanghai through the 2017-18 season. The residency follows a trip earlier this month by Shanghai Orchestra Academy students to New York City to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program as the first international Zarin Mehta Fellows.

While in Shanghai, Alan conducts the New York Philharmonic in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Daniil Trifonov and R. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben on July 2 at Shanghai Symphony Hall and on July 4 at the Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre. The July 4 program also includes Beethoven's Fidelio Overture. Alan also leads Boulez's Messagesquisse with Philharmonic cellist Eric Bartlett as soloist along with Philharmonic cellists Patrick Jee, Qiang Tu, Sumire Kudo, Maria Kitsopoulos, and Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales and guest cellist Wendy Sutter as the ensemble; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" on July 8 at Shanghai Symphony Hall.

Other activities associated with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) include master classes, lessons, coachings, and a side-by-side Philharmonic rehearsal with Academy students; a Very Young Composers workshop and performance; and a free, public, outdoor concert featuring the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet. Find more information about the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership here.
14 JUNE 2016NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS IN THE PARKS
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in five free outdoor concerts throughout New York City as part of the orchestra's annual Concerts in the Parks series, now in its 51st season. Performances take place in Manhattan's Central Park on June 15 and 16, Brooklyn's Prospect Park on June 17, Cunningham Park in Queens on June 20, and the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park on June 21, all starting at 8pm.

"We at the New York Philharmonic are planning to dedicate tonight's concert in Central Park to the victims in Orlando," says Alan. "As human beings, as musicians, and as an institution, we categorically denounce intolerance and violence of any kind."

The varied programs feature Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill as soloist; R. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben; Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde; Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"; Rossini's La gazza ladra Overture, and Beethoven's Fidelio Overture. Fireworks shows by Bay Fireworks bring a grand finale to each concert.

Find more information at nyphil.org/parks.
24 MAY 2016MEMORIAL DAY WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Brahms's Symphony No. 2 and "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel" from Mendelssohn's Elijah on Monday, May 30 at the orchestra's 25th Annual Free Memorial Day Concert at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This year's concert will be dedicated to the New York Philharmonic's late Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur, who inaugurated the annual tradition in 1992 as a gift to the people of New York City.

Alan will present an address in Masur's memory alongside trumpet player and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic and Managing Director Wynton Marsalis as well as baritone Thomas Hampson, who will be the soloist in the Mendelssohn work. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets will be handed out at 6pm on the day of the performance at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. Find more information here.
22 MAY 20162016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL
Alan Gilbert has co-curated the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a wide-ranging exploration of today's music by an array of contemporary and modern composers taking place From May 23 to June 11. A flagship project that marks one of the most significant innovations of his tenure, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL is a kaleidoscopic, citywide new-music immersion that proved a resounding success at its launch two years ago, when the New York Times called it "perhaps the most ambitious and extensive contemporary-music festival yet overseen by an American orchestra."

June 3 through 5, Alan conducts the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in "Ligeti Forward", three programs exploring György Ligeti as a fountainhead of modern music ten years after the composer's death. Three of Ligeti's concertos — featuring pianist Conor Hanick, cellist Jay Campbell and violinist Pekka Kuusisto, respectively — are paired with works by composers including Marc-André Dalbavie and John Zorn. All three concerts will be webcast live on metmuseum.org. Find more information here about program I, program II, and program III.

Alan and the New York Philharmonic present works by two American composers of the same generation on June 10 at David Geffen Hall. Opening the program is the world premiere of a Trombone Concerto by William Bolcom featuring Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi. The New York Premiere of John Corigliano's Conjurer follows with percussionist Martin Grubinger as soloist. Find more information here about this program.

Alan and the New York Philharmonic present the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL finale on June 11 at David Geffen Hall. Per Nørgård's Symphony No. 8 has its US premiere, followed by Messagesquisse by former New York Philharmonic Music Director Pierre Boulez, in tribute to the late composer/conductor and champion of the music of our time. The evening closes with New York premiere of the Second Concerto for Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky, in honor of the late composer. More information can be found here.
19 MAY 2016ALAN GILBERT RECEIVES RUDIN AWARD FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Alan has been presented with New York University's Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City, recognizing his leadership in making New York one of the world's great centers for music and the arts. He received the prize at a special ceremony proceeding the university's commencement exercises. The event's other honorees included scientist Emmanuelle Charpentier, actor and director Billy Crystal, congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, Judge Margaret Marshall, and businesswoman Chandrika Tandon. Find more information here.
3 MAY 2016CALIFORNIA 2016 TOUR WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic on tour — his ninth with the orchestra — to California, with stops in Costa Mesa, San Diego, and San Francisco Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 7.

The concerts feature two programs, the first one spotlighting Principal Cello Carter Brey performing the Schumann concerto coupled with two works by Schumann's protégé, Brahms: the Tragic Overture and Symphony No. 2. This program bookends the tour, and is presented on May 3 at Costa Mesa's Segerstrom Center for the Arts and on May 7 at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, the last of two concerts presented by the San Francisco Symphony. The second program pairs Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony No. 7 with two masterworks by Sibelius — the Symphony No. 7 and Finlandia — extending the orchestra's season-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Sibelius's birth to California. These works are performed on May 4 at San Diego's Jacobs Music Center-Copley Symphony Hall and on May 6, again at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Find more information about the New York Philharmonic's California 2016 tour here.
27 APRIL 2016FRANCK KRAWCZYK WORLD PREMIERE, SCHUMANN, AND BRAHMS AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Franck Krawczyk's Après Wednesday, April 27 though Saturday, April 30 at David Geffen Hall. This work was was commissioned as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, awarded every two years to a composer for extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music. The third movement of Après was written in homage to the late Henri Dutilleux, with whom Krawczyk shared the inaugural Prize in 2011.

"Being one of those whom Maître Henri Dutilleux honored with this prize is priceless to me," says Franck Krawczyk. "He kept a relationship to truth in everything he perceived. He wrote with the constant worry that it should sound true, which is what had probably kept him away from the sirens of a certain easy modernity, in favor of a staggering dive into his own personal language." Après is followed by Schumann's Cello Concerto with soloist Principal Cello Carter Brey. Symphony No. 2 by Brahms, Schumann's protégé, closes the program. Find tickets and more information here.
11 APRIL 2016DAS LIED VON DER ERDE WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND THOMAS HAMPSON
Alan Gilbert returns to the New York Philharmonic with performances of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, featuring baritone Thomas Hampson and tenor Stefan Vinke, Wednesday, April 20, through Friday, April 22 at David Geffen Hall. "Thomas Hampson's interpretation of Mahler is unbelievably distinctive — he has such an affinity for this music," says Alan of the acclaimed Mahler interpreter and former New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence. "The tenor part is enormous and fiendishly difficult, so we are delighted to have engaged Stefan Vinke, who has the power and agility that Das Lied requires."

The program also includes Sibelius's Symphony No. 7, as part of a season-long celebration honoring the Finnish composer's 150th birthday. "Sibelius's music says something very true about all of humanity," says Alan. "His Seventh Symphony is an amazing piece, in part because of its enigmatic ending — it is difficult to decide whether it is happy or sad, a dilemma that is so true of life." Find tickets and more information here.
31 MARCH 2016LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DEBUT
Alan Gilbert makes his London Symphony Orchestra debut with a pair of programs at the Barbican Centre that couple the music of Scandinavia – long one of his fields of expertise – with Russian concertos that showcase star soloists Joshua Bell and Daniil Trifonov.

For his first appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra on April 3, Alan pairs Tchaikovsky's iconic Violin Concerto, featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell, with Sibelius's classically economical Third Symphony, the overture to Nielsen's opera Maskarade, and Exquisite Corpse (2002) by Sweden's Anders Hillborg. Commissioned for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic's 75th anniversary, Hillborg's work is dedicated to the conductor, and it was he who recorded it for the BIS label. Find more information and tickets to this concert here.

For their second program together on April 7, Gilbert conducts the English orchestra in Nielsen's mighty Fourth Symphony, "The Inextinguishable", of which he recently led a "searing, well-paced, and deeply organic" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) account with the Cleveland Orchestra, together with Sibelius's stirring tone poem En Saga, and Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto. For the latter, he reunites with Daniil Trifonov – "without question the most astounding young pianist of our age" (The Times, London) – who triumphantly headlined the New York Philharmonic's recent Rachmaninoff Festival; when he and Gilbert first collaborated on Prokofiev, they "clearly had chemistry" (New York Times). More information and tickets can be found here.
15 MARCH 2016NY PREMIERE OF ESA-PEKKA SALONEN'S KARAWANE AND SIBELIUS WITH LEONIDAS KAVAKOS
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen's Karawane — a co-commission with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra — Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19. The program also includes Sibelius's Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos and Shostakovich's Suite from The Age of Gold.

"I have often spoken about how we combine pieces to create programs, and that process is all the richer when one is able to speak with composers about their thoughts on how we should present their works," says Alan. "In talking about Karawane, the quality Esa-Pekka Salonen and I both felt should guide our programming choices was its light-hearted humor, which we also both see in Shostakovich's The Age of Gold — Esa-Pekka believed that they would work very well together." Karawane is based on the poem of the same name by Hugo Ball, a founder of the Dada movement. Find tickets and more information here.
9 MARCH 2016QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME AT THE TEMPLE OF DENDUR
Alan Gilbert performs on violin alongside New York Philharmonic principals and Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan in a special performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur. The Sunday, March 13 concert also features Principal Cello Carter Brey and Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill. It will be livestreamed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, free to attend with museum admission. Find more information here.

"Messiaen is one of my heroes," says Alan. "His music touches a spiritual side that is important to explore whether or not you are religious." As a violinist and violist, Alan has performed chamber music with New York Philharmonic musicians almost every season since 2009.

Quartet for the End of Time brings the culmination of the New York Philharmonic's Messiaen Week (March 7-13), which honors the legacy of French composer and organist Olivier Messiaen through performances of his works, from the symphonic to solo works, as well as music by those whom he influenced.
2 MARCH 2016NIELSEN'S INEXTINGUISHABLE WITH THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Alan Gilbert returns to the Cleveland Orchestra to conduct Carl Nielsen's vivid and dynamic Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" on Thursday, March 3, Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. The program also includes Schumann's Manfred Overture and the rarely heard Piano Concerto of Antonin Dvořák with soloist Stephen Hough.

"No one could come in and create the exquisite sound Gilbert drew out of the orchestra without knowing its capabilities and strengths," declared Cultured Cleveland of Alan's last visit to the Cleveland Orchestra in 2013, continuing to say that "It's not often that one gets to hear the vocabulary of 20th-century music so well-understood and eloquently expressed." Alan served on the conducting staff of the storied orchestra from 1994 to 1997, serving as assistant conductor to former Music Director Christoph von Dohnányi. Find tickets and more information here.
23 FEBRUARY 2016CELEBRATING SIBELIUS WITH THE LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA
Alan Gilbert last conducted the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra during the launch of its 2014-15 season, when he stepped in for the eminent ensemble's music director, Riccardo Chailly to lead a tour to the Lucerne Festival, Musikfest Berlin, and London's BBC Proms. Upon his return to Leipzig on February 25 and 26, Alan commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with the Finnish composer's mighty yet enigmatic Symphony No. 7. Celebrated Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs as soloist in Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, with Schumann's Symphony No. 1, "Spring Symphony" and Métaboles by Henri Dutilleux rounding out the program. More information and tickets can be found here.
3 FEBRUARY 2016ANNOUNCING ALAN GILBERT'S FAREWELL SEASON AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert and the the New York Philharmonic have announced the orchestra's 2016-17 season, which marks his eighth and final season in his tenure as Music Director. During this farewell season, Alan will lead programs that represent the breadth of innovative programming, adventurous productions, and forward-thinking initiatives that have been a hallmark of his tenure, and will be joined by many of his close collaborators.

Alan will conduct world, US, and New York premieres by Lera Auerbach, John Corigliano, HK Gruber, Wynton Marsalis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. He will lead masterworks that include Mahler's Symphony No. 4; Brahms's Symphony No. 3; John Adams's Harmonielehre, Absolute Jest, and Short Ride in a Fast Machine; Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta; Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre; and Handel's Messiah. In the spring of 2017, Alan will embark on his fifth and final European tour with the orchestra. To conclude his final subscription season, he will lead the orchestra and guest artists from around the world in performances that highlight important international issues and foster the idea of a global community that shares a common humanity. These concerts include a pairing of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, the New York Premiere of Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Aeriality, the New York Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen's Wing on Wing, Brahms's Violin Concerto with Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos as soloist, and Wagner's complete Das Rheingold in concert.

Other new programs at the New York Philharmonic will include the New World Initiative, with a focus on the theme of "home" through performances, education projects, and community outreach, as well as the New York Commissions, featuring world premieres by New York-themed works by New York-based composers including Wynton Marsalis, Sean Shepherd, and Julia Wolfe. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos has been named Artist-in-Residence for the 2016–17 season. Esa-Pekka Salonen will begin the second of his three seasons as Composer-in-Residence and Inon Barnatan will begin his third and final season as the New York Philharmonic's inaugural Artist-in-Association.

"The New York Philharmonic has always been and will always be my musical home," Alan says. "My final season as Music Director — and the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary season — will present music that the orchestra and I love, and will celebrate New York City, our shared hometown. Looking back on my tenure, I am particularly proud that the projects and collaborative approach I introduced in my first season are now woven into the fabric of the Philharmonic. I will always treasure the sense of warmth and family with the musicians of the orchestra: there's nothing better than to share the stage with friends. My final weeks encapsulate some of my musical aspirations, with the final subscription program examining a question I see as crucial to the future: how music can be a positive force in a world faced with crises. It speaks in part to what I hope I have accomplished at this great orchestra — to make music an essential part of this city, our world, and people's lives."

Read more here about what's planned for the New York Philharmonic's 2016-17 season.
1 FEBRUARY 2016ALAN GILBERT AND FRANK PETER ZIMMERMAN REPRISE LINDBERG IN FRENCH PREMIERE
"The work, in three continuous movements interrupted only by an extended cadenza, is big and attractive, deeply satisfying in its proportions and contours," wrote the New York Times of Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto No. 2, which Alan presented with the New York Philharmonic and Frank Peter Zimmermann in its US premiere. Two months later on February 19, Alan and Mr. Zimmerman take the stage of the Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in the French premiere of the work, a co-commission written for the violinist. Also included on the evening's program are two works by Robert Schumann: Manfred Overture and Symphony No. 1, "Spring Symphony". Find tickets and more information here.
24 JANUARY 2016A VISIT TO JAPAN: THE TOKYO METROPOLITAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND INON BARNATAN
Alan Gilbert ends January with a visit to Japan, where he leads the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in three concert halls across the city. January 26 and 27 brings A Ring Synthesis — his own arrangement of selections from Wagner's "Ring" cycle — plus Sibelius's tone poem En Saga and Takemitsu's Twill by Twilight to Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City.

Alan then reunites with New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan on January 30 for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, not long after the duo's performance of this work with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and subsequent recording sessions of the full Beethoven piano concerto cycle. The evening's program at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre is rounded out by Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Find tickets and more information here.
14 JANUARY 2016A LINDBERG PREMIERE WITH FRANK PETER ZIMMERMANN AND THE RITE OF SPRING
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic and soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann in the US premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Violin Concerto No. 2 — a New York Philharmonic co-commission written for the violinist — Thursday, January 14 through Saturday, January 16 at David Geffen Hall. Also included on the program are Stravinsky's seminal Rite of Spring as well as Respighi's Church Windows, inspired by Italian stained glass.

During Magnus Lindberg's tenure as the New York Philharmonic's Composer-in Residence from 2009 to 2012, Alan conducted many works by the Finnish composer including world premieres of the composer's EXPO, Al largo, Souvenir, and Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yefim Bronfman, plus the Clarinet Concerto with Kari Kriikku and Kraft at Volkswagen's Transparent Factory in Dresden. In October 2015, Alan led the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Lindberg's Vivo at Carnegie Hall's opening night gala. Find tickets and more information here.
6 JANUARY 2016WAGNER AND STRAUSS WITH ERIC OWENS AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads bass-baritone and New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens in songs by Richard Strauss songs — "Ruhe, meine Seele," Op. 27, No. 1; "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2; "Pilgers Morgenlied," Op. 33, No. 4 — and the Final Scene from Act III of Wagner's Die Walküre alongside with soprano Heidi Melton, with performances January 7 through 9 and 12. The program also includes Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries and Sibelius's tone poem En saga, one of several programs this season honoring the 150th anniversary of the Finnish master's birth. At an additional matinee concert on January 9, Alan reprises his "exciting account" (New York Times) of Sibelius's Symphony No. 4, precluded by Grieg's String Quartet performed by New York Philharmonic principal musicians.

"Eric is the quintessential Wotan," says Alan of the bass-baritone, who is widely acclaimed for his mastery of the German Romantic repertoire. "His voice is perfect for the role, and he can bring out its complexity — its heroism, but also its vulnerability. Performing it without staging can be a challenge, but Eric's singing is so expressive that he will bring the character to life through his voice alone. In this he will be helped by the Philharmonic musicians, who can play Wagner's technically difficult passages not only with flair but also with amazing tonal depth. Conducting Wagner with this orchestra is more than a dream-come-true; they have a quintessential way with his music." Find tickets and more information here.
26 DECEMBER 2015ENDING THE YEAR WITH A SIBELIUS 150 TRIBUTE AND NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT
In honor of of the 150th birthday of Sibelius, Alan Gilbert joins the New York Philharmonic for the composer's The Swan of Tuonela, Symphony No. 4, and Finlandia. The evening's program — on December 29 and 30 as well as January 2 — also includes guest soloist Joshua Bell performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. "Sibelius is one of the great 20th-century symphonists, and the 150th anniversary of his birth is an event to be celebrated by orchestras that have been enriched by his music. His music says something very true about all of humanity," says Alan. "The Fourth Symphony is deeply pessimistic and profoundly tragic, and deciding to perform it is a commitment to a very difficult emotional road, but its evocation of a powerfully visceral, emotional landscape is what makes it so astonishing." Find more information about the Sibelius program here.

To close out 2015, Alan conducts the New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve concert. "La Vie Parisienne" includes Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan and Makoto Ozone performing Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals, which features the world premiere of a new narration written by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and performed by Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane. Alan and the New York Philharmonic are also joined by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham — performing works including Edith Piaf's "La Vie en rose" and Offenbach arias — as well as Makoto Ozone for Ravel's Pavane pour une Infante défunte. Find tickets here. "La Vie Parisienne" will be telecast nationally on December 31 by PBS's Live From Lincoln Center, beginning on New York City's WNET at 8pm ET. Check your local listings for more information.
9 DECEMBER 2015A CONDUCTING DEBUT AND RECORDING WITH WITH ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
Alan Gilbert makes his debut leading London's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on December 13, in a program that features Inon Barnatan performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Rounding out the evening are Brahms's Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Haydn's Symphony No. 90. Find tickets and more information here. Alan then records the complete Beethoven piano concertos with the same soloist and orchestra — marking the first time the ensemble has put the full cycle on disc — before continuing his collaboration with Inon Barnatan in New York, where the pianist serves as the New York Philharmonic's first Artist-in-Association.

During this European visit, Alan also returns to the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks on December 10 and 11, leading accounts of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia espansiva” with soloists Christina Landshamer and Michael Nagy, Christopher Rouse's Rapture, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 with Lars Vogt. Find tickets to the December 10 concert here and to the December 11 concert here.
1 DECEMBER 2015SINATRA: VOICE FOR A CENTURY WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND SPECIAL GUESTS
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic and a lineup of performers including Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Sting, Billy Porter, and Kyle Dean Massey in Sinatra: Voice for a Century, a gala concert fundraiser for the new David Geffen Hall on Thursday, December 3. Seth MacFarlane hosts the event, which celebrates the music of Frank Sinatra on the occasion of the American musical icon's 100th birthday and follows David Geffen's $100 million gift to Lincoln Center to lead a complete renovation of the concert hall that now bears his name. Tickets and more information can be found here.
12 NOVEMBER 2015LEADING THE JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL ON NOVEMBER 24
Back in New York after his debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden and concerts with Hamburg's NDR Symphony, Alan Gilbert conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in their only Carnegie Hall appearance of the season on Tuesday, November 24. Schumann's Manfred Overture and Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra are paired with A Ring Synthesis, Alan's own arrangement of selections from Wagner's "Ring" cycle, on the Perelman Stage. Alan holds the position of Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at Juilliard and is an alumnus of the school's college and pre-college programs. Find tickets and more information here.
2 NOVEMBER 2015ALL-MOZART AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC WITH SOLOIST PHILIP MYERS
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall in an all-Mozart program on four consecutive evenings, running Wednesday, November 4 through Saturday, November 7. The Austrian composer's Divertimento in D major, K.136/125a opens the program, followed by the Horn Concerto No. 2, with Principal Horn Philip Myers as soloist. The New York Philharmonic woodwinds then present the magisterial Serenade for 13 Winds, Gran partita. "I am glad to be able to present the Gran partita, which, although performed by a smaller ensemble, is so epic in its scope and so orchestral in its sound quality that it absolutely fills the hall," says Alan. "It truly is a standout masterpiece." Find tickets and more information here.
22 OCTOBER 2015ALAN GILBERT DEBUTS WITH STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN AND LEADS NDR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HAMBURG
Following triumphant season-opening concerts with the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall and Carnegie Hall, Alan Gilbert heads to Germany to make his debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden October 23 through 25, followed by concerts with the Hamburg's NDR Symphony October 29 through 31. With both orchestras, Gilbert joins Frank Peter Zimmermann for Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 2. In Hamburg, the concerto will be recorded for future album release, when it will be coupled with the Russian composer's First Violin Concerto. This work was also previously captured live in concert with Gilbert, Zimmermann and the NDR Symphony, prompting the Hamburger Abendblatt to praise the "momentum and enthusiasm, perfection and beauty of sound" the conductor inspired.

In his Staatskapelle Dresden debut, Alan also leads Kurtág's Grabstein für Stephan, Op. 15c and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Find tickets and more information here. With Hamburg's NDR Symphony, where he has served as Principal Guest Conductor for more than a decade, the program also includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica". Tickets are available here for the performances in Hamburg on October 29 and 30, and here for the October 31 concert in Bremen.
15 OCTOBER 2015CHOPIN WITH MAURIZIO POLLINI AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads Maurizio Pollini and the New York Philharmonic in a one-night-only performance on Friday, October 16. The storied pianist's return to the New York Philharmonic after 21 years features Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1, the work that launched his career — he played the work when he won the 1960 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition — and the concerto he performed when he made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1969. "I've always felt that Maurizio Pollini is one of history's legends on the piano," said Music Director Alan Gilbert. "If I need a musical pick-up, I listen back-to-back to his recordings of Chopin's Études. It is an incredible honor to be able to perform with him. How great it is for the New York Philharmonic and for our audiences that he is coming here to play this iconic masterpiece." The evening's program also includes Berlioz's Le Corsaire Overture and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy. Find tickets and more information here.
8 OCTOBER 2015NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ANN ARBOR RESIDENCY WITH SOLOIST INON BARNATAN
October 9 through 11 brings Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's first residency in Ann Arbor, launching an ambitious five-year partnership with the University of Michigan's University Musical Society that focuses on performances and educational opportunities.

In the opening performance on Friday, October 9, Alan leads Magnus Lindberg's Vivo — which just received its premiere at Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary Opening Night Gala — and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan as soloist. Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 rounds out the program. The second concert on Saturday, October 10 features Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen's LA Variations and Richard. Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. Learn more about these performances here. Alan delivers a keynote speech on Thursday as part of the residency, reprising his lecture "Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm." Focusing on the changing roles of orchestras in the new millennium, this talk was originally delivered in April in London under the auspices of the Royal Philharmonic Society. On Friday, he leads a conducting seminar with University of Michigan students. Alan conducts the New York Philharmonic brass section alongside the Michigan Marching Band — a group of more than 1,000 musicians — at the halftime show of the University of Michigan's homecoming football game on Saturday, October 10.

More information can be found here.
4 OCTOBER 2015STREAMING LIVE ON MEDICI.TV: CARNEGIE HALL OPENING NIGHT GALA WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala Concert on Wednesday, October 7, launching the celebrated hall's 125th anniversary season. The program features the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Vivo, a Carnegie Hall co-commission; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Evgeny Kissin as soloist; and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2. The performance will be livestreamed by Medici.tv, where it will be available to watch for 90 days free of charge. Listeners can also tune in to a live broadcast by New York City's WQXR, available at 105.9 FM and wnyc.org. The coming season marks Gilbert's seventh as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, where, as the New Yorker observes, he "has made an indelible mark on the orchestra's history and that of the city itself."

More information can be found here.
21 SEPTEMBER 2015ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES SEVENTH SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR OF NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Opening the New York Philharmonic's 2015-16 season in its newly named home, David Geffen Hall, Alan conducts the orchestra and soloist Lang Lang in a gala concert on Thursday, September 24. Grieg's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 will be nationally telecast that night on PBS's Live From Lincoln Center at 9:00pm ET (check local listings) and broadcast live via WQXR and wqxr.org. Find more information about the gala concert here.

Then, in the season's first subscription program the following night on September 25, Alan launches the tenure of new Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen with the composer's LA Variations. Audiences will be introduced to newly appointed concertmaster Frank Huang playing the solos in Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. A repeat performance of this program takes place on Saturday, September 26.

Says Alan of newly appointed Concertmaster Frank Huang, "Strauss's Ein Heldenleben is the best possible way to welcome Frank Huang as the new concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. There is a subtlety to the art of being a great concertmaster. He or she must be a great instrumentalist — a soloist, a technical wizard — while also being a strong leader and a strong follower, a strong consensus builder, and, at times, a forceful presence. Happily, Frank Huang fits the description." Tickets and more information about these performances can be found here.
5 SEPTEMBER 2015ALAN GILBERT MAKES FILARMONICA DELLA SCALA DEBUT
Leading three performances at Milan's storied Teatro alla Scala opera house, Alan Gilbert makes his debut with the Filarmonica della Scala on September 15, followed by repeat performances on September 17 and 18. Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" opens the program, followed by Bartok's harrowing one-act psychological thriller Bluebeard's Castle, sung in concert by John Relyea as Bluebeard and Ildikó Komlósi as Judith. These Italian performances begin a 2015-16 season that sees Alan also make guest conducting debuts with three other European ensembles – the Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Tickets to the Filarmonica della Scala concerts and more information can be found here.
20 AUGUST 2015ALAN GILBERT SERVES AS SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Following a successful run leading the American production debut of George Benjamin's opera Written on Skin in New York, Alan returns to the Santa Fe Chamber Music as this year's Artist-in-Residence.

After conducting Mozart's "Gran Partita" wind serenade on Saturday, August 22, he joins 43 musicians – the largest ensemble ever gathered at the festival for a single work – for a performance of Messiaen's otherworldly Des canyons aux étoiles ("From the Canyons to the Stars") the following night. Inspired by Utah's Bryce Canyon, the French composer's twelve-movement masterpiece draws on a characteristic mix of birdsong, modernist experimentalism, and religious mysticism.

Alan is a favorite guest at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; three years ago, when he helped celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Santa Fe Reporter noted: "For the near-capacity audience, it was love at first hearing. But the grinning, foot-stamping ovation his 16 musicians gave Gilbert? That was the tribute to remember." He has deep ties to the city of Santa Fe; like both his parents, he played in the Santa Fe Opera orchestra, where he served as assistant concertmaster, before becoming the company's first music director in 2003.

Find more information about Alan's Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival performances and buy tickets here.
10 AUGUST 2015ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS US STAGE PREMIERE OF BENJAMIN'S WRITTEN ON SKIN AUG 11 - 15
Making his Mostly Mozart Festival debut, Alan Gilbert leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the American production debut of George Benjamin's much-heralded 2012 opera Written on Skin. With a libretto by Martin Crimp and a striking score that showcases a diverse range of instruments — including a glass harmonica, pebbles, viola da gamba, tabla, and mandolins — Written on Skin tells a visceral tale of tale of submission, desire, and liberation. It is the first opera to be presented as part of a new artistic partnership between Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic with the aim of staging important new works not yet seen in New York.

Described by the New York Times as a "psychologically gripping, emotionally heart-pounding and viscerally satisfying drama," Written on Skin is inspired by a 13th-century story by Occitan poet Guillem de Cabestany about a rich and powerful landowner in the Provence region of France who commissions a young artist to write a book about his riches and status. The landowner, referred to as "The Protector" in the piece and portrayed by Christopher Purves, invites The Boy (Tim Mead) to stay with him and his wife, Agnès (Barbara Hannigan), so that he might further celebrate his property and legacy. Agnès becomes drawn to the boy, and an affair ensues, with shocking consequences for all parties. The opera features a cast of five, including three Angels who double as the Boy, Agnès's sister Marie (Victoria Simmonds), and Marie's husband John (Robert Murray). The Angels themselves serve to frame the story as a sort of cautionary tale. Crimp also uses a self-narrating device with all of the characters to remind the audience that both the present and the past exist in the piece. This production, directed by Katie Mitchell, further explores the connection between the three main characters and the Angels as interplay between our world and days gone by.

More information about Written on Skin, which will be presented on August 11, 13, and 15 at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, can be found from Mostly Mozart and the New York Times.
26 JULY 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AT 13TH ANNUAL BRAVO! VAIL SUMMER RESIDENCY
Returning to Bravo! Vail in Colorado with the New York Philharmonic for the orchestra's 13th annual summer residency, Alan conducts three concerts at the festival's outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, including an all-American program and works by Mendelssohn, Mahler, Mozart, and Shostakovich.

Wednesday, July 29 features Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, with Midori as soloist, followed by Mahler's Symphony No. 5. The next evening's program on Thursday, July 30 includes Barber's The School for Scandal Overture; Copland's Appalachian Spring Suite; Leroy Anderson's Fiddle-Faddle; Rodgers's The Carousel Waltz; Bernstein's West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1, performed by soprano Julia Bullock and tenor Ben Bliss; Gershwin's Lullaby; and Sousa's The Washington Post. The New York Philharmonic's residency culminates with a final concert on Friday, July 31 of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola, with Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples and Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps as soloists, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.

More information about Alan's summer performances at Vail can be found here.
17 JULY 2015ALAN GILBERT NOMINATED FOR 2015 EMMY AWARD IN OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Alan Gilbert has been nominated for the 2015 Emmy Award in Outstanding Music Direction for his role as as Conductor and Music Director of Stephen Sondheim's grisly thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, broadcast nationwide by PBS's Live From Lincoln Center on September 26, 2014. The Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson has also received a nomination for her performance as the vengeful baker Mrs. Lovett in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie. The production has also been nominated for the Outstanding Special Class Program award.

The New York Philharmonic's production of the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical was met with a chorus of critical praise. Said New York Magazine, "Alan Gilbert has already shown that the Philharmonic can be the best opera company in town; now he's put Broadway on notice, too." Bryn Terfel starred as the title character alongside Emma Thompson, telling 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, bakes their bodies into meat pies, which are fed to London's avid and unknowing populace.

The 67th Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET and 5pm PT, airing live on in the US on FOX. More info is available here.
3 JULY 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN FIRST OF FOUR ANNUAL SHANGHAI PERFORMANCE RESIDENCIES
Alan Gilbert travels to Shanghai in July to kick off the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, a joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra that was launched in 2014. In the first of four performances, he conducts an all-American program featuring works by Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Sousa — including Bernstein's West Side Story Suite for violin and orchestra, with Joshua Bell as soloist — on July 4 at Shanghai Symphony Hall followed by a repeat of the program July 6 at the Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre. Two more concerts at Shanghai Symphony Hall follow: a Young People's Concert on July 9, titled Journey to New York and celebrating music composed in and about New York; and a performance featuring Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14 with soloist Emanuel Ax and Mahler's Symphony No. 5 on July 10.

The Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership is a program of the New York Philharmonic's Global Academy, a series of customized collaborations with partners worldwide that offer intensive training of pre-professional musicians by members of the New York Philharmonic. More information about this summer's Shanghai residency — during which New York Philharmonic musicians also take part in educational activities including masterclasses, lessons, and coachings — can be found here.
17 JUNE 2015ALAN GILBERT CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S CONCERTS IN THE PARKS WITH FREE CONCERTS IN THREE BOROUGHS
Kicking off the 50th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks, the annual series of free outdoor performances that has been enjoyed by more than 14 million concertgoers since it was introduced in 1965, Alan leads a free concert tonight at the Great Lawn in Manhattan's Central Park with soloist Joshua Bell. The all-American program features the violinist performing the suite from Bernstein's West Side Story, plus performances by the orchestra of Barber's The School for Scandal Overture, Gershwin's Lullaby, Copland's Appalachian Spring, Leroy Anderson's Fiddle-Faddle, Rodgers's The Carousel Waltz, and Sousa's The Washington Post.

Repeat concerts take place at Cunningham Park in Queens on June 22 and at the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park on June 23, at which the Bernstein work will be replaced by his West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1 with soprano Julia Bullock and tenor Ben Bliss as soloists. All three concerts will be followed by a fireworks show by Bay Fireworks. Charles Dutoit leads two more concerts as part of the Concerts in the Parks series, first at Central Park's Great Lawn on June 18 and then at Brooklyn's Prospect Park on June 19, both performances boasting a Franco-Russian program.

More information about this year's 50th anniversary season of Concerts in the Parks can be found here. Crowdsourcing Memories: 50 Years of the Philharmonic in New York City's Parks, an online portal through which the public can share their personal Concerts in the Parks memories, can be visited at nyphil.org/parks50memory.
2 JUNE 2015ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC RELEASE FINAL NIELSEN PROJECT RECORDING AND BOX SET IN CELEBRATION OF COMPOSER'S 150TH BIRTHDAY
The final recording and complete four-CD box set of the Nielsen Project, Alan and the New York Philharmonic's acclaimed multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, is being released worldwide on June 9 in celebration of the composer's 150th birthday. The new recording features live recordings of the composer's three concertos, with Principal Flutist Robert Langevin, Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill, and violinist Nikolaj Znaider as soloists. "Sensational music, superbly played, and a fitting conclusion to an impressive new Nielsen cycle," exclaimed the Arts Desk.

Released on the Dacapo and distributed by Naxos, the box set also includes a recording of Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments, and Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, which was selected by the New York Times as one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012; 2014's release of Symphonies No. 1 and No. 4, The Inextinguishable; and early 2015's Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice. A devotee of the Danish composer, Alan Gilbert launched the Nielsen Project in the 2010–11 season. More information is available at nyphil.org/nielsen.

Alan will be interviewed from the stage by WWFM's David Osenberg at a launch party on June 15 celebrating the new releases at New York's SubCulture. Co-presented by the New York Philharmonic, Dacapo Records, and the Consulate General of Denmark, the event will also include performances by Robert Langevin and Anthony McGill, additional New York Philharmonic musicians, the Nightingale String Quartet, and DJ Katrine Ring. Tickets and more information about the celebration can be found here.
1 JUNE 2015ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS NEW STAGING OF HONEGGER'S JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE STARRING MARION COTILLARD
To close out the New York Philharmonic's 2014-15 season, Alan Gilbert takes the podium for the U.S. premiere of Côme de Bellescize's staged treatment of Honegger's Joan of Arc at the Stake. A depiction of the French martyr's final moments, the dramatic oratorio is, Gilbert believes, "probably Honegger's greatest work." In the hands of award-winning French director de Bellescize, it places Joan on a platform at the heart of the orchestra, where she recalls her life through a series of flashbacks. French movie icon Marion Cotillard, who considers the role "one of my greatest experiences as an actress," was pronounced "captivating" (Public magazine, France) as Joan when she toured France with the production, following its debut at Seiji Ozawa's Saito Kinen festival in 2012. Cotillard heads a strong cast that also features members of the Comédie-Francaise. Performances run June 10-13. Find tickets and more information here.
24 MAY 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S ANNUAL FREE MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE
On Monday, May 25, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the orchestra's 24th Annual Free Memorial Day Concert at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, a tradition was begun in 1992 as a gift to the people of New York City. This year's program includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture as well as Shostakovich's tragic and powerful Symphony No. 10, of which Alan and the orchestra gave a "wrenching, blazing and vehement account" (New York Times) last month at Avery Fisher Hall and toured during EUROPE / SPRING 2015. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets will be handed out at 6pm on the day of the performance at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The concert, which will be presented without an intermission, begins at 8pm. Audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. Find more information here.
22 MAY 2015ALAN GILBERT RECEIVES FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION MEDAL FOR "EXTRAORDINARY COMMITMENT TO CULTURAL DIPLOMACY"
Alan Gilbert has been presented with the Foreign Policy Association Medal, an honor recognizing individuals who demonstrate responsible internationalism and who are working to expand public knowledge of international affairs. At the Foreign Policy Association's Annual Awards Dinner at the Pierre Hotel on May 21, Alan was honored alongside two other distinguished honorees, Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Louis Bacon, who serves as Moore Capital Management Founder, Chairman and CEO as well as LP and President of the Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc.

As the principal public forum in New York City for foreign policy addresses, the Foreign Policy Association's annual meetings program and World Leadership Forum gives members access to discussion and debate on critical issues facing America today. With support from The Moore Charitable Foundation, the FPA has also convened a Task Force on Climate Change to make recommendations for a North American strategy to abate global warming and make climate change a priority for U.S. foreign policy. Past recipients of the Foreign Policy Association Medal include the former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former US Secretary of the Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of New York Chairman Timothy Geithner, and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
19 MAY 2015ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA'S ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT CONCERT
In his only appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra this season, Alan Gilbert leads the ensemble's annual commencement concert featuring the Juilliard School's graduating class of instrumentalists at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, May 21. The program include Richard Strauss's Don Juan and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major. Alan will also be the speaker at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Commencement Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, May 23 in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. He holds the position of Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at Juilliard and is an alumnus of the school's college and pre-college programs.

Tickets to the Juilliard Orchestra's Commencement Concert are available only for Juilliard students, faculty and staff. Find more information here.
15 MAY 2015READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF ALAN GILBERT'S ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY LECTURE
Alan Gilbert's lecture "Orchestras in the 21st Century; a new paradigm", which was delivered on April 15 in London under the auspices of the Royal Philharmonic Society's annual lecture series, is available to read online and may be downloaded here.

According to the New York Times, the presentation "touched on the changing roles being embraced by some orchestras as they adapt to new challenges, the importance of forging connections with audiences and communities and how to keep expanding the repertoire with new music without alienating audiences." Alan illuminates his points with descriptions of ways in which the New York Philharmonic has evolved under his leadership and mentions other innovative ensembles including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, and Manchester Camerata.

"The growing-pains of this seismic shift have led to there being two competing choruses: the chorus of 'Things must change' and the chorus of 'Things must stay the same,' " Alan says. "It's a little bit like the Matthew Passion gone wrong. However it's also a bit of an artificial conflict, since clearly things must adapt while we at the same time fight to preserve much of what has characterized orchestras for centuries."

An edited version of the lecture is also available from the Guardian.
5 MAY 2015ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC REVISIT REPERTOIRE FROM EUROPEAN TOUR IN NEW YORK
Following their recent return from a seven-city tour across Western Europe in late April, including a residency at London's Barbican Centre and the first performances by a US orchestra at the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic reprise two programs from their trip at Avery Fisher Hall.

On May 6, Alan leads a trio of master works, all of which date from 1911: Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite, and the original version of Stravinsky's Petruskha. Of their performance of these works at the Barbican Centre, "an adrenaline boost for musical life in London," the UK's Arts Desk observed that "the orchestral playing here was excellent, Ravel's full spectrum of tone colours projected in dazzling clarity. ... joie de vivre of each ensuing waltz [in the Rosenkavalier Suite], it was hard not to feel that Gilbert and his New York players had fully captured the spirit of the opera."

The first American performances of Peter Eötvös's Senza sangue on May 8 and 9 follow on the heels of its world premiere in Cologne. Both premieres feature Grammy Award-winning mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter and baritone Russell Braun. Juxtaposed with Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony in the upcoming concerts, the Hungarian composer's new opera is the latest in a string of important new works that Gilbert and the Philharmonic have commissioned, premiered, and championed.
23 APRIL 2015APRIL 25 PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS CONCERT WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND JOYCE DIDONATO WEBCAST LIVE ON MEDICI.TV
Medici.tv will present a free webcast of a Alan's April 25 concert with the New York Philharmonic and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato live from the Philharmonie de Paris. The performance, one of twelve as part of the New York Philharmonic's EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, will include Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nyx, Ravel's Shéhérazade (with DiDonato as soloist) and Valses nobles et sentimentales, plus Richard Strauss's Suite from Der Rosenkavalier. Starting at 2:30pm EDT, this will be the first appearance by an American orchestra at the acclaimed new Parisian venue, now in its inaugural season. Medici.tv's webcast will be available free to audiences worldwide for 90 days after the initial live showing. Find more information here.
15 APRIL 2015ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC EMBARK ON EUROPE / SPRING 2015 TOUR
Alan Gilbert takes the New York Philharmonic on their eighth international tour together this month when they embark on EUROPE / SPRING 2015. From April 15 through May 1, they make visits to Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, and Cologne, juxtaposing canonical masterworks with a theatrical collaboration, the world premiere of a new commission, and other examples of key initiatives introduced during Alan's tenure.

Alan kicks off the tour on April 15 with the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture, speaking on "Orchestras in the 21st Century; a new paradigm" at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Along with the New York Philharmonic, he presents Giants Are Small's theatrical reimagining of Stravinsky's Petrushka during a residency at London's Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative. Other tour highlights include the orchestra's first visit to Dublin in 19 years; accounts of Ravel's Shéhérazade with Joyce DiDonato and of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Nyx; the world premiere of Peter Eötvös's one-act opera, Senza sangue, starring Anne Sofie von Otter and Russell Braun; performances at the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris, which will be webcast live by Medici.tv; and Alan hosting a concert of highlights from the Philharmonic's recent concerts as part of CONTACT!, the new-music series.

Says Alan, "I am thrilled to be going back to Europe with the New York Philharmonic, playing music that the orchestra can perform with such flair and brilliance. There are a number of highlights that I'm looking forward to. Bringing Doug Fitch's Petrushka project to London is definitely one of them, and so is playing French music in Paris, where we will perform Ravel's Shéhérazade with Joyce DiDonato and Debussy's Jeux. I love that we're going back to Luxembourg and Frankfurt. Cologne will be special, as we will be presenting the world premiere of Peter Eötvös's Senza Sangue. It's not common for an orchestra to play a piece for the first time on tour, and mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter and baritone Russell Braun will be joining us for the debut of this one-act opera in the marvelous Kölner Philharmonie."

Follow the tour and find more information here.
30 MARCH 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS LISA BATIASHVILI AND FRANCOIS LELEUX IN U.S. PREMIERE BY THIERRY ESCAICH
For her final performances with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic as the orchestra's Artist-in-Residence, Lisa Batiashvili reunites with her husband and longtime musical partner, oboist Francois Leleux, in a pairing that has been dubbed "a star act" (The Times of London). Alan leads the duo Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 11 in the U.S. premiere of Thierry Escaich's Concerto for Violin and Oboe, a Philharmonic co-commission with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra. When Alan presented the world premiere with these soloists and orchestra in December, the Hamburger Abendblatt wrote: "This artfully constructed piece effused an energy seemingly fed in equal measure by Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Arvo Pärt's sacrosanct simplicity: rhythmically extremely demanding and detailed, yet also breathing deeply and with great clarity of spirit. The husband and wife soloist team of Lisa Batiashvili and Francois Leleux, for whom the work was composed, gave a performance demonstrating the ability characteristic of virtuosos in their league, with their playing of the fast-paced, complicated music still allowing space for thought and feeling."

Shedding light on his creative process, Escaich explains: "Throughout my career, I have often found myself reworking certain forms of the past in order to make them express something new. I wanted to use J.S. Bach's thematic material for this double concerto, shaping it until it entered my own sound world. I was thinking of the warmth and breadth of Francois's sound while writing, and, too, of the spirit and energy of Lisa's violin, which guides the persistent rhythm running throughout the piece."

Escaich's concerto shares the program with Bach's Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe, the Baroque masterpiece that inspired Escaich's work, and with Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony. Tickets and more information can be found here.
24 MARCH 2015ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS JOHN ADAMS WORLD PREMIERE WITH LEILA JOSEFOWICZ AS SOLOIST
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of John Adams's Scheherazade.2 — Dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra with soloist Leila Josefowicz, for whom it is written and dedicated. Scheherazade.2 is the first work Mr. Adams has composed expressly for Josefowicz, a champion of contemporary repertoire who is closely affiliated with John Adams, having already performed his Grawemeyer Award–winning Violin Concerto and his electric violin piece The Dharma at Big Sur. Performances take place on Thursday, March 26, Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, and also include two early 20th-century Russian works: Stravinsky's Petrushka (original 1911 version) and Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake.

"John Adams is today's Dean of American Composers — many of his works are rightfully acknowledged as landmarks in the last half-century of music," Alan Gilbert says. "John's style has evolved, but he has always been rooted in an incredibly idiomatic use of the orchestra. This piece reflects John's characteristic combination of highly developed craft with a uniquely gripping narrative style of composition. The very title of this work implies storytelling, a quality that I know that Leila will vividly bring to life."
10 MARCH 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ARTIST-IN-ASSOCIATION INON BARNATAN IN PIANIST'S PHILHARMONIC DEBUT
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, featuring Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan in his Philharmonic debut, on Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 24 at Avery Fisher Hall, plus a performance on Saturday, March 21 at Long Island University's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The program also includes Nyx by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who will begin a three-year tenure as the Philharmonic's Composer-in-Residence next season, as well as Debussy's Jeux and Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite.

"I'm honored that Inon Barnatan is part of our family as the Philharmonic's first Artist-in-Association," Alan said. "He is the perfect person to start this new long-term relationship with: we believe in him that much. He's a complete artist, wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, and plays an enormous range of music." The position of Artist-in-Association was created to highlight an emerging artist over the course of several consecutive seasons through concerto and chamber music appearances, building a relationship between the artist, the Philharmonic, and its audiences.

Tickets can be found here for Avery Fisher Hall performances and here for the Tilles Center performance.
3 MARCH 2015ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS NEW MUSIC FROM NORDIC COUNTRIES FOR NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S CONTACT! SERIES
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Premiere of Per Nørgård's Cello Concerto No. 2, Momentum, with New York Philharmonic cellist Eric Bartlett as soloist, and Kalevi Aho's Chamber Symphony No. 2 on Saturday, March 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The program, entitled "New Music from Nordic Countries", takes place as part of the sixth season of the New York Philharmonic's new-music series CONTACT!. Alan shares a program with Assistant Conductor Courtney Lewis, who will conduct the U.S. premiere of the string orchestra version of Kaija Saariaho's Terra Memoria and the U.S. premiere of Đuro Živković's The White Angel. Find tickets and more information here.
24 FEBRUARY 2015LA DOLCE VITA: THE MUSIC OF ITALIAN CINEMA TO BE BROADCAST ON PBS'S GREAT PERFORMANCES
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's presentation of La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema will be telecast nationally on PBS's Great Performances on Friday, February 27 at 9pm EST. The sold-out concert features violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Renée Fleming, and singer/songwriter/actor Josh Groban in suites and famous songs by Italian composers including Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, and others from films including 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Once Upon a Time in the West, and more. Video projections combining animated graphics and film clips designed by visual artist Giuseppe Ragazzini accompany the performance. Check your local listings for more information. A preview of the broadcast can be seen here.
6 FEBRUARY 2015A NOTE FROM ALAN GILBERT ON HIS DECISION TO STEP DOWN AS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC MUSIC DIRECTOR IN 2017
I wanted to share with you myself the news that after eight years as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, I will step down from the position in 2017. This is a big step for me to take, and an important decision, but I feel strongly that I will be leaving the position at exactly the right time. As I said in a statement that you can read in the news release now posted on the New York Philharmonic website, "Making music with the New York Philharmonic is a great joy for me, and I am very proud of the musical journey we are taking together." You can read my full statement, and the entire news release, here.
27 JANUARY 2015ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO METROPOLITAN OPERA FOR DON GIOVANNI
Next month, Alan Gilbert crosses the plaza at Lincoln Center to take the podium at the Metropolitan Opera, where he leads all ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, running February 4 through March 6. Michael Grandage's take on this retelling of the Don Juan tale stars Grammy Award-winning baritone Peter Mattei in a reprise of his "superb" account of the title role (New York Times), with sopranos Elza van den Heever and Emma Bell as Donna Anna and Donna Elvira; mezzo Kate Lindsey as Zerlina; veteran bass-baritone James Morris as the Commendatore; and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, always "a dynamic Leporello" (New York Times), in his signature role as Don Giovanni's beleaguered servant.

It has been six years since Alan triumphed in his Met debut with John Adams's Doctor Atomic, which was named one of the "Top Ten Classical Events of 2008" by New York Magazine and won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording after its DVD/Blu-ray release. Performances of Don Giovanni take place on February 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 21, 24, and 27, plus March 2 and 6. Find tickets and more information here.
13 JANUARY 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS FIRST VERDI REQUIEM WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC, FEATURING DREAM TEAM OF SOLOISTS
Following previous, highly successful collaborations on such masterworks as Bach's Mass in B minor, Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, Alan and the New York Philharmonic now turn to another cornerstone of the choral repertory, tackling Verdi's Requiem together for the first time. Alan says of the work, "Verdi's Requiem is a unique treatment of a very serious text: it is not hyper-reverent, but it is extremely vivid, even terrifying, larger-than-life, and gets into the excitement of worship, fear, and the uncertainty of faith."

To do the job, Alan has assembled a quartet of soloists that he describes as "absolutely spectacular." He continues, "Angela Meade is the up-and-coming Verdi soprano now; Lilli Paasikivi is a dark-hued, wonderfully rich mezzo-soprano; Russell Thomas is currently artist-in-residence with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Eric Owens is definitive." In the performances of Verdi's Requiem, the orchestra and four soloists enjoy the support of the New York Choral Artists under the direction of Joseph Flummerfelt. Tickets to the performances, which take place Thursday, January 15, through Saturday, January 17, are available here.
6 JANUARY 2015ALAN GILBERT LEADS CONCLUSION OF THE NIELSEN PROJECT AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
The Nielsen Project, Alan's complete cycle of the Danish composer's symphonies and concertos with the New York Philharmonic, in live performance and on disc – has been recognized as "one of the great successes of Alan Gilbert's tenure thus far" by the New York Times. Marking the 150th anniversary of Nielsen's birth, the New Year sees this ambitious multi-season initiative draw to a close, with performances of the Clarinet Concerto showcasing new Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill in his solo debut with the orchestra on January 8, 9, 10, and 13. The program will also include Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales and selections from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Find tickets and more information here. The composer's sesquicentennial will be honored with the Philharmonic's first complete recording of his symphonies and concertos, to be released as a four-CD boxed set on June 9, 2015, the 150th anniversary of the day he was born. Issued on Denmark's Dacapo label for distribution by Naxos, the set will comprise Nielsen's six symphonies, three concertos, and two overtures, all captured live in concert. The four discs will also be available singly.
26 DECEMBER 2014NIELSEN ALBUM FEATURED IN CRITICS' BEST OF 2014 ROUNDUPS
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's recent release of Carl Nielsen's Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 ("The Inextinguishable,") has been making the rounds of critics' classical year-end roundups, including the New York Times, which praised Alan's "inspired" leadership and the orchestra's "gripping, insightful accounts of the First and Fourth Symphonies." NPR Music declared, "conductor Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have been making a case for Nielsen," naming the album as among their top picks for 2014. Andrew Clements of the Guardian included the recording among his top ten selections of the year. The album can be purchased on on Amazon and iTunes. Upon its completion, the Nielsen Project will comprise four recordings, released by Dacapo and distributed by Naxos, to be released in a boxed set coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, June 9, 2015.
4 DECEMBER 2014BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE NAMES NIELSEN RECORDING "ORCHESTRAL CHOICE" OF THE MONTH
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's October release of Carl Nielsen's Symphonies No. 1 and No. 4, "The Inextinguishable," has just been named BBC Music Magazine's "Orchestral Choice" this month, boasting a five-star performance rating. In his review, Anthony Burton observes, "Alan Gilbert succeeds in suggesting the force underlying the Fourth Symphony. ... The live recording in Avery Fisher Hall builds up a powerful sound-picture. ... Gilbert interprets it [the First Symphony] flexibly and sympathetically, and is again rewarded by wholehearted playing." The recording, which is the most recent product of the Nielsen Project, Alan and the New York Philharmonic's multi-season performance and recording survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by the Danish composer, is available in the US on the Dacapo label and distributed by Naxos. Buy it on Amazon.com or iTunes, or stream it on Spotify. In 2015 the collected Nielsen Project recordings will be released as a complete set in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.
25 NOVEMBER 2014ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS THIERRY ESCAICH WORLD PREMIERE IN HAMBURG
With the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg in the orchestra's home (on December 4 and 7), and in Lübeck (on December 5), Alan Gilbert presents the world premiere of Thierry Escaich's Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Orchestra, featuring violinist and New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili and oboist Francois Leleux. Rounding out the program at all three concerts are Thomas Adès's Three Studies from Couperin and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

Escaich's concerto is a co-commission by the NDR and the New York Philharmonic, and will receive its US premiere in April at Avery Fisher Hall. Watch Lisa Batiashvili share her thoughts on the work in a video here.
19 NOVEMBER 2014ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO BERLIN PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert leads a program of music inspired by landscapes and folklore when he returns to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in mid-November, continuing his impassioned advocacy of the music of Carl Nielsen. The program features the Danish composer's atmospherically dense Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia expansiva", inspired by reflections after a trip and featuring soloists Christina Landshamer, soprano and Michael Nagy, baritone. Opening the concerts, which take place Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23, is J.S. Bach's Cantata "Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid", BWV 58 with Landshamer and Nagy as soloists. Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony, inspired by the composer's travels around the Scottish countryside in 1829, follows. Find tickets and more information here.

Alan and the New York Philharmonic's recording of Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 was recently released on Dacapo as part of the Nielsen Project, and was named one of the best recordings of 2012 by the New York Times. In 2015, Alan and the Philharmonic complete this multi-year endeavor with the release of the composer's six symphonies and three concertos on Dacapo with distribution by Naxos in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.
3 NOVEMBER 2014ALAN GILBERT BEGINS TRIP TO GERMANY WITH MUNICH PHILHARMONIC PERFORMANCES
After launching the season with the storied Gewandhaus Orchestra, leading concerts both at the orchestra's Leipzig home and on a tour of major European music capitals and festivals, Alan Gilbert returns to Germany from November through early December to conduct three more great orchestras with which he has developed particularly close relationships: the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg.

Alan made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic in 2011, impressing the Süddeutsche Zeitung with his "spirit, joy in making music, communication, [and] energy." His three-night engagement with this ensemble on November 10, 12, and 13 features Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major and Debussy's evocative Images, as well as Respighi's Fountains of Rome at the first two performances. Find more information and tickets to the November 10 and 12 concerts here and the November 13 concert here.
22 OCTOBER 2014THIS WEEK AT THE PHILHARMONIC: BARTOK'S 3RD PIANO CONCERTO WITH YEFIM BRONFMAN AND BRUCKNER 8
Alan Gilbert joins former New York Philharmonic Artist-In-Residence Yefim Bronfman for Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 as well as Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 with the orchestra Thursday, October 23 through Saturday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 28.

Of his performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3 at the New York Philharmonic's free Memorial Day Concert at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine earlier this year, the New York Times wrote: "Mr. Gilbert's love for Bruckner is unmistakable, and this performance contained glories," and "Mr. Gilbert, who has a special affinity for Bruckner, was sensitive to the shifts of character and sound, as well as the blend of gravity and innocence in the music."

Says Alan of the program, "Bruckner is known for creating great washes of sound, which Bartók also can do, masterfully, but with an astringent bite that creates a nice contrast with Bruckner's Romanticism. And the fact that both composed music that is so related to their respective national traditions seemed to me to make them a natural pairing. In Bruckner's music you can escape today's frenetic world. To truly appreciate his timeless landscapes of sound, it's best to slow down your own personal clock. Even if he takes five minutes when another composer might take three, it is in a very specific point in the piece's overall architecture, and the symphony is absolutely in motion at all times and incredibly heartfelt."

"As much as Fima and I have performed together, both here and around the world, we've never collaborated on Bartók, and we both decided we wanted to do so now," continues Alan. "Fima's technique and musical personality really can encompass all types of music. This range and combination makes him the perfect partner for both the powerful, percussive aspects and the more lyrical and refined sensibilities in Bartók's music." Bronfman won a Grammy Award for his 1997 recording of Bartók's Piano Concertos Nos. 1–3.

Find tickets and more information here.
20 OCTOBER 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND LANG LANG IN ONE NIGHT ONLY ALL-MOZART PROGRAM OCTOBER 21
With star pianist Lang Lang as soloist, Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in an all-Mozart program on Tuesday, October 21 featuring the Piano Concertos 17 and 24 and the overture to The Magic Flute.

Says Alan of the performance, "Lang Lang brings a completely personal quality to everything he performs. Mozart's 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. You have to tell the story of the music. The story of Mozart is everybody's story, and it's an important one."

In its review of Lang Lang's performances of Mozart sonatas at Royal Albert Hall in 2013, the Guardian wrote: "His dexterity saw him sail nonchalantly through Mozart's bravura passages, in which there is no hiding from even the most minor mishaps; but he also showed exhilarating flair and brilliance, every gesture set clearly into the broader flow of each movement."

Find tickets and more information here.
15 OCTOBER 2014ALAN GILBERT RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA FOR JANÁCEK'S GLAGOLITIC MASS
Alan Gilbert leads the Philadelphia Orchestra October 16 to 18 in Leoš Janáček's rarely heard Glagolitic Mass, the Czech composer's masterpiece for soloists, double choir, organ, and orchestra. The massive 1926 work, which is also known as the "Slavic Mass," features soloists Tatiana Monogarova, Kelley O'Connor, Anthony Dean Griffey, and John Relyea alongside the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. The program opens with the first Philadelphia Orchestra's first ever performances of Sibelius's tone poem Night Ride and Sunrise and Dvorak's Golden Spinning Wheel, a symphonic poem based on a Czech fairy tale. More information about the performances, which are part of the Philadelphia Orchestra's multi-week Art of the Pipe Organ Celebration, is available here.
9 OCTOBER 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS ROUSE PREMIERE AND NEW ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE LISA BATIASHVILI WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Next up at Avery Fisher Hall, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Thunderstuck — a Philharmonic co-commission that pays homage to some of the composer's favorite rock musicians from the 1960s and 1970s. Also on the program is Haydn's Symphony No. 103, Drumroll, and Brahms's Violin Concerto featuring Lisa Batiashvili. The four performances take place Thursday, October 9 through Saturday, October 11 (a matinee) and again on Tuesday, October 14.

On working with Lisa Batiashvili, whose performances will be her first as the New York Philharmonic's new Artist-in-Residence, Alan observes, "her astounding technique makes her playing seem effortless, but her passionate and fierce approach to music imbues everything she does with a life and death quality. I've worked with her for more than ten years now, and we are very much on the same wavelength: things just fall into place in rehearsal and performance without our ever having to speak about them. It's a great chemistry. Hers is one of the great versions of the Brahms Violin Concerto, so it is the perfect way to start her residency."

At the matinee performance on October 11, Brahms' Violin concerto will be replaced by Dvorák's String Quartet in F major, American, performed by the New York Philharmonic's Acting Principal Associate Concertmaster Michelle Kim; Acting Principal, Second Violin Group, Lisa Kim; Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young, and Associate Principal Cello Eileen Moon. Find more information and tickets here.
29 SEPTEMBER 2014NIELSEN PROJECT CONTINUES WITH MASKARADE OVERTURE AND SYMPHONIES 5 AND 6
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic continue The Nielsen Project — their acclaimed multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Danish composer Carl Nielsen — with performances of his Maskarade Overture and Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Sinfonia semplice, Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3. An open rehearsal will take place on October 1 at 9:45am. Find tickets and more information here.

"The New York Philharmonic has the perfect sound and perfect approach to Nielsen's music," says Alan. "The Fifth Symphony, which is an undeniable masterpiece, hasn't been played by the New York Philharmonic for 11 years, and, amazingly, the orchestra has never before performed the Sixth Symphony. Both symphonies are tonal, romantic, expressive, exciting, and vivid."

The symphonies will be recorded for later release as part of a four-recording set, released by Dacapo and distributed by Naxos, that will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth in June 2015. Alan and the New York Philharmonic will present the final program of The Nielsen Project in January 2015, when Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill performs Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto in his Philharmonic debut.
25 SEPTEMBER 2014SWEENEY TODD BROADCAST ON LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER SEPTEMBER 26
The New York Philharmonic's March 2014 production of Sondheim's grisly musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Alan Gilbert at the helm makes its way to TV screens nationwide on Friday, September 26 at 9pm on PBS as part of Live From Lincoln Center.

Stephen Sondheim's Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical, which was directed by Lonny Price, was met with a chorus of critical praise, including by New York Magazine, which raved "Alan Gilbert has already shown that the Philharmonic can be the best opera company in town; now he's put Broadway on notice, too." Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel stars as the title character alongside Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, who made her role debut in the production as well as her New York Philharmonic debut and New York stage debut. Set in Victorian London, the show 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. Check your local listings for broadcast details.
23 SEPTEMBER 2014ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC SUBSCRIPTION SEASON WITH US PREMIERE OF UNSUK CHIN CLARINET CONCERTO AND PERFORMANCE OF MAHLER 1
Alan Gilbert conducts the US Premiere of Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto — a New York Philharmonic co-commission with the Gothenburg Symphony, WDR Symphony, Philharmonia, and Barcelona Symphony orchestras — performed by Kari Kriikku as soloist, as well as Mahler's Symphony No. 1, to kick off the New York Philharmonic's 2014-15 subscription season.

"Unsuk Chin has quickly become very close and important to the Philharmonic," Alan explains. "There's something unique about the way she combines traditional sounds and instruments, turns it into something utterly fresh and modern, and at the same time stays true to her cultural heritage. Her music expresses something very deep and human."

Alan first conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 1 at the Philharmonic in May 2009, when he was the orchestra's new Music Director Designate. Anthony Tommasini praised the performance in an enthusiastic review for the New York Times: "It was a thrill to hear the work performed with such precision and daring by the Philharmonic under Mr. Gilbert, conducting from memory. During the blazing episodes in the finale, he drove the orchestra to frenzied outbursts, all the more terrifying for being executed with such cool command. The tremendous ovation bodes well for his coming tenure as the orchestra's music director."

The performances take place on Tuesday, September 23, Friday, September 26, Saturday, September 27, and Tuesday, September 30. The first performance is preceded by an open rehearsal at 9:45 AM. Find more information and tickets to the performances here.
22 SEPTEMBER 2014LATEST NIELSEN PROJECT RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE FROM DACAPO AND NAXOS
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's performances of Carl Nielsen's Symphonies No. 1 and No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" are now available in the US on the Dacapo label with distribution by Naxos as part of the Nielsen Project — their multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Denmark's beloved composer — with international release on October 1. Buy the album on Amazon.com or iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.

The performance side of the Nielsen Project culminates this season, with performances of the Maskarade Overture and Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 taking place October 1 through 3 and performances of the Clarinet Concerto, featuring Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill as soloist in his Philharmonic debut, January 8 through 13. In 2015 the collected Nielsen Project recordings will be released as a complete set in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth.
1 AUGUST 2014ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES 2014-15 WITH LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA TOUR
Before embarking on his sixth season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert steps in for the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra's indisposed music director, Riccardo Chailly, to launch the Gewandhaus season, taking the eminent ensemble on tour to the Lucerne Festival, Musikfest Berlin, and London's BBC Proms.

After launching the orchestra's season at home in Leipzig on September 4 and 5 with accounts of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor with several choirs and alto soloist Gerhild Romberger, Alan leads the orchestra, choirs, and soloists Christina Landshamer, Gerhild Romberger, Steve Davislim, and Dmitry Belosselsky in an open-air performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 that forms the centerpiece of Leipzig's all-day "Gewandhaustag" celebrations.

At the Lucerne Festival, he and the Saxon ensemble reprise the Beethoven on September 7 — opening the performance with Friedrich Cerha's Paraphrase on the opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 — and the Mahler on September 8. September 9 brings the Mahler to Musikfest Berlin; in the tour's culmination, Alan leads both Mahler and Beethoven programs at London's BBC Proms on September 11 and 12, respectively.

The Leipziger Volkszeitung pronounced Alan's sensational debut with the orchestra in April 2013 "a really great 'Great Concert,' with a great conductor," explaining: "Gilbert fills a gap at the Gewandhaus. ... [He] is an unpretentious expert, one who can embed sensuality and clarity in gestures of suggestive persuasion."

These prominent performances kick off a 2014-15 season that sees Alan undertake return guest engagements with leading orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, from Germany's Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and NDR Symphony to the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as returning to the podium of the Metropolitan Opera. See his schedule page for more.
22 JULY 2014ALAN GILBERT IN RESIDENCE AT MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
Kicking off a four-year educational collaboration between the New York Philharmonic and Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West, Alan Gilbert is in residence at the Santa Barbara music school and festival for a week of coaching and instruction with festival fellows, culminating in a performance with members of the Academy Festival Orchestra on Saturday, July 26. Other activities at the Music Academy include a piano chamber music masterclass on Thursday, July 24. Joining Alan in Santa Barbara this summer are several current members of the New York Philharmonic as well as recently retired Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, who is now on faculty at the Music Academy. Find more information about the July 26 performance, which boasts a program of chamber symphonies by Adès and Schoenberg plus Schubert's Symphony No. 2, here.
15 JULY 2014ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S RESIDENCY AT BRAVO! VAIL
Alan Gilbert leads the first three concerts of the New York Philharmonic's 12th annual summer residency at Colorado music festival Bravo! Vail, which runs from July 18 to 25. Opening night on Friday, July 18 features Arturo Toscanini's 1951 arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner", as well as Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman as soloist, Nielsen's Maskarade Overture, selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Liszt's Les Préludes. Yefim Bronfman again appears with Alan and the orchestra on July 19 as part of an all-Beethoven program, consisting of the Fidelio Overture and Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5, "Emperor". On Sunday, July 20, Alan conducts an evening of romantic gems: R. Strauss's Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto with New York Philharmonic Principal Oboe Liang Wang as soloist, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. Bramwell Tovey and Ted Sperling conduct remainder of the New York Philharmonc's Vail residency.
8 JULY 2014ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH ANNUAL CONCERTS IN THE PARKS SERIES
Continuing the annual tradition of the New York Philharmonic's Concerts in the Parks series, now in its 49th season, Alan leads the orchestra this month in five free outdoor concerts throughout New York City. The first three performances—in Brooklyn's Prospect Park on July 9, Queens's Cunningham Park on July 10, and Manhattan's Central Park on July 11—will feature a program of Richard Strauss's Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Smetana's Vyšehrad from Má vlast, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. Two more concerts, again in Central Park on July 14 and in the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park on July 15, include Nielsen's Maskarade Overture, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Joshua Bell as soloist, selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Liszt's Les Préludes. Fireworks by Bay Fireworks follow the performances in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Find more information about Concerts in the Parks, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, here.
1 JULY 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS MUNICH PHILHARMONIC AND LANG LANG AT MUNICH'S ODEONSPLATZ
On Saturday, July 5, Alan conducts the Munich Philharmonic at an open air concert in central Munich as part of the annual "Klassik am Odeonsplatz" series. The program begins with Prokofiev's vibrant Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C major, featuring star pianist Lang Lang as soloist, followed by Mahler's ebullient Symphony No. 1 in D major, "The Titan". Two large screens at the site will simultaneously broadcast the performance to audience members in cinematic detail. The concert will also be streamed live via Bavarian radio station BR-Klassik. Find tickets and more information here.

Alan will encore Mahler's Symphony No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic early in the 2014-15 season with performances September 23, 26, 27 and 30 at Avery Fisher Hall.
9 JUNE 2014ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCLUDE SEASON WITH THE BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS: A PHILHARMONIC FESTIVAL
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic and Artist-in-Residence Yefim Bronfman June 11 to 28 in the culmination of the orchestra's subscription season with The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, which pairs these masterpieces of the orchestral canon with the world premieres of new works commissioned as part of the Philharmonic's Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music. With these performances, Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow will make the final Philharmonic appearances of his 34-year tenure.

"Everything Beethoven touched became iconic in its genre," says Alan. "Beethoven's five piano concertos are a canon that I think deserve to be held in a special category among all piano concertos. It's fascinating to see one performer treat all five concertos in one fell swoop."

The festival begins with Bronfman performing Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 and the world premiere of Anthony Cheung's Lyra, in a program running from Wednesday, June 11 to Saturday, June 14. Lyra, which is dedicated to the memory of recently deceased French master Henri Dutilleux, is a response to Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto and the theory that it reflects the narrative of Orpheus in the underworld taming the Furies with his lyre. Wednesday, June 18 through Saturday, June 21, Alan leads Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, as well as the world premiere of Sean Shepherd Songs, which explores why and where song occurs in three connected sections: Fair, Chapel, and Cradle.

The conclusion of the festival brings Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, followed by the composer's Triple Concerto with Bronfman, Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and Principal Cello Carter Brey as soloists. This program, running Tuesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 28, concludes Dicterow's tenure with the New York Philharmonic, the longest of any concertmaster in the orchestra's history.
4 JUNE 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC AND MIDORI IN NEW WORKS FOR CULMINATION OF NY PHIL BIENNIAL
On June 5 and 7, Alan conducts the New York Philharmonic in a program that emphasizes his commitment to supporting the creation of new works and long-term relationships with composers, which has become a hallmark of his tenure with the orchestra. The concerts will include the world premiere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 4, who is now in his second season as orchestra's Composer-in-Residence and has served as an advisor in the planning of the Biennial, as well as the New York premiere of Peter Eötvös's DoReMi with violinist Midori as soloist. Each of the two concerts will open with a different work by an emerging composer discovered through the assistance of the American Composers Orchestra's EarShot National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network. These pieces will be selected on June 3, when Alan leads the orchestra in a reading session of six works drawn from more than 400 submissions.

"This program is about artistic relationships and the Philharmonic's commitment to contemporary music," Alan says. "Christopher Rouse's music is highly individualistic but absolutely rooted in the tradition from which it springs, and we are deeply honored to give the premiere of his Fourth Symphony. Peter Eötvös also creates innovative music that stems from a rich tradition, and it will be a thrill for audiences to hear an electric performance from Midori, for whom he wrote the concerto and who is a long-standing friend of the Philharmonic as well as an amazing artist. I am particularly excited about the works that open these concerts, selected from our reading of works chosen through the ACO's EarShot composition discovery program. We had no idea what we would receive in response to our call for scores, but were eager to share with our audience the freshest music from new voices today. Orchestras have the pleasure as well as responsibility to support today's composers, so I am gratified that we are able to give these emerging composers a platform for discovery." Find more information and tickets here.
27 MAY 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS STAGED PRODUCTION OF HK GRUBER'S GLORIA — A PIG TALE AT MET MUSEUM AS PART OF NY PHIL BIENNIAL
As part of the NY Phil Biennial, a kaleidoscopic exploration of today's music showcased through concerts presented with cultural partners throughout New York City, Alan Gilbert leads a cast of vocalists affiliated with the Juilliard School and Juilliard's AXIOM ensemble in HK Gruber's two-act comic opera Gloria — A Pig Tale. The staged performances, which take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium May 29-30 and June 1, employs an imaginative landscape of costumes, sets, and projections to tell the satirical story of a beautiful pig named Gloria and her adventures at home on the farm and beyond.

The production is a co-presentation of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Juilliard School, where Alan serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. It is directed and designed by Doug Fitch, produced by Edouard Getaz, and staged by Giants Are Small, with whom the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert last collaborated in June 2013 for A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky, and before that on Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen in June 2011 and Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre in June 2010.

Find more information and tickets to Gloria — A Pig Tale here, and more about the NY Phil Biennial, which runs from May 28 to June 7, here.
22 MAY 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S ANNUAL FREE MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT AT CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE
On Monday, May 26, Alan leads the New York Philharmonic at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in the orchestra's 23rd Annual Free Memorial Day Concert, a tradition was begun in 1992 as a gift to the people of New York City. The program includes Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 as well as Nielsen's Helios Overture, which the New York Times praised after its most recent performance by Alan and the orchestra, citing "an immediate show of Mr. Gilbert's sympathetic mastery." Tickets are first-come, first-served and will be handed out at 6pm on the day of the performance at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The concert, which will be presented without an intermission, begins at 8pm. Audio of the performance will be broadcast onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. Find more information here.
14 MAY 2014ALAN GILBERT AND NDR SYMPHONY REUNITE FOR BARTÓK AND BEETHOVEN
For the third time this season, Alan travels to Germany to lead Hamburg's NDR Symphony, an ensemble of which he has served as Principal Guest Conductor since 2004. On May 15 and 18, he conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Bartók's one-act opera Bluebeard's Castle, featuring John Relyea in the role of Bluebeard opposite Michelle DeYoung as Judith, at the Hamburg Laeiszhalle as part of the first International Music Festival Hamburg, a new festival co-presented by the city and its leading orchestras. Between these two performances, Alan and the orchestra travel to Lübeck on May 16, where they bring the program to the Lübeck Abosaison.
8 MAY 2014ALAN GILBERT LEADS ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE LYON AND NICOLAJ ZNAIDER
In addition to a lively May with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alan conducts two performances with the Orchestre National de Lyon featuring the Queen Elisabeth Competition-winning violinist Nicolaj Znaider. The May 10 and 11 concerts will include Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major and Tchaikovsky's grandiose Symphony No. 4. Find more information and tickets here.
24 APRIL 2014ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC OPEN CARNEGIE HALL'S SPRING FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH NEW YORK PREMIERE OF CHRISTOPHER ROUSE'S REQUIEM
Alan and the New York Philharmonic bring Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Requiem to Carnegie Hall on May 5 when they open the final season of Spring for Music, an annual festival in which North American orchestras are invited to present one-night-only performances of unusual programming. This will be the New York premiere of the work, which also features baritone Jacques Imbrailo, the Westminster Symphonic Choir directed by Joe Miller, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker Rouse, and was completed by the composer in 2002 in honor of the 2003 bicentennial of musical role model Hector Berlioz's birth. "In this astounding work Chris has captured something fundamental about humanity, creating something both cataclysmic and cathartic," says Alan. The performance will be broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM and wqxr.org, and will be available for on-demand listening for one year following the performance. Find tickets and more information here.
16 APRIL 2014ALAN GILBERT AND MAKOTO OZONE UNITE FOR ONE-NIGHT-ONLY PERFORMANCE OF RHAPSODY IN BLUE
On April 22, Alan Gilbert welcomes jazz pianist Makoto Ozone to Avery Fisher Hall for a special one-night-only performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the New York Philharmonic. The concert, which was scheduled shortly after Ozone made his Philharmonic debut during the ASIA / WINTER 2014 in February, marks the pianist's U.S. orchestral debut. The all-American program will also include Bernstein's Candide Overture and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as Gershwin's An American in Paris.

Ozone, whose work straddles the jazz and classical music worlds, has both performed with jazz greats including Gary Burton, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis as well as works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich with ensembles that include the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. "Before working with him I'd known that Makoto Ozone is a very talented pianist and one of the great living jazz musicians," says Alan, "but I was still astounded by the results of his joining the New York Philharmonic in our performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue on our ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour. His expertise in both the fluidity of jazz and pianistic technique is just what the piece requires, and it inspired our musicians for a really rhapsodic interpretation. I knew we had to bring this to our home audience as soon as possible. Combined with the other Gershwin and Bernstein pieces on this program, which the orchestra plays as nobody else can, this is sure to be a high-powered, uplifting performance of some of the best American music." More information about the sold-out performance can be found here.
7 APRIL 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2014CRITICS 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.
10 MARCH 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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.
4 FEBRUARY 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2014ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013RECORDING 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013THREE 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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."

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21 MAY 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013TWO 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2013NEW 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 2013NEW 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 2013ALAN 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 2013ALAN 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 2012FIRST 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 2012ALAN 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 2012MET 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012FIRST 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 2012ALAN 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. For more information is available here, or call (212) 769-7406.
10 AUGUST 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012PHILHARMONIC 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALL-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 2012ALAN GILBERT ON VIOLIN, THIS SATURDAY AT AVERY FISHER HALL
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.
29 MAY 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012TWO 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 2012THIS 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 2012ALAN 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 2012DEMYSTIFYING 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012WATCH 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012ALAN 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 2012THERE'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 2012ALAN 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.
29 DECEMBER 2011NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH THE NEW YORK PHIL
Alan Gilbert welcomes 2012 leading the New York Philharmonic in its annual New Year's Eve concert at Avery Fisher Hall. The program features Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and George Gershwin's Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Gilbert in the Gershwin works. The performance will be broadcast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. Details, including a list of local PBS stations and broadcast times, can be found here.
23 DECEMBER 2011ALAN GILBERT WINS 2011 DITSON AWARD
Alan Gilbert was given the 2011 Ditson Conductor's Award for his "exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music" this past Friday by Lee C. Bollinger, the president of Columbia University. The award was presented during the season-opening performance of the New York Philharmonic's CONTACT! series, with a program that included the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui's "Fibres, Yarn and Wire," as well as the NY Phil's composer in residence Magnus Lindberg's "Gran Duo" and H. K. Gruber's 'pan-demonium for chansonnier and orchestra,' "Frankenstein!!".
18 DECEMBER 2011MORE END-OF-YEAR ACCLAIM FOR "CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN"
The New York Philharmonic's spring production of Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen made the "Best of 2011" lists of two New York Times music critics. Vivien Schweitzer praised Alan Gilbert and the orchestra for their "vibrant performance" and Doug Fitch for his "enchanting production," while Anthony Tommasini paid tribute to the "glowing, textured" performances and the "disarming production." The production was earlier named by New York critic Justin Davidson as the top classical music event of 2011.
10 DECEMBER 2011MAKING CONTACT WITH FRANKENSTEIN DEC 16 AND 17
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic will perform H.K. Gruber's "Frankenstein!!" as part of the orchestra's CONTACT! Series (Friday, December 16 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Saturday, December 17 at Symphony Space). The Austrian composer calls the work a "pan-demonium," a reference to its manic energy, quick-cut cultural references, and unusual scoring (including toy instruments). Allan Kozinn wrote about it in this past Sunday's New York Times. Ticket and other information at the New York Philharmonic website.
6 DECEMBER 2011NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S "VIXEN" IS NUMBER ONE
In his end of the year wrap-up, New York critic Justin Davidson picked the New York Philharmonic's spring production of Janacek's "The Cunning Little Vixen" as the Number One Classical Music Event of 2011. The complete Top 10 List is available here. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic similarly made the magazines top slot a year ago for their production of Ligeti's "Le Grande Macabre."
5 DECEMBER 2011WAGNER'S "RING WITHOUT WORDS" IN PARIS DEC 9 AND 10
Alan Gilbert returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France this week for two concerts December 9 and 10 featuring a synthesis of music from Wagner's epic "Ring" cycle. Gilbert calls this "Ring Without Words," which he constructed from an arrangement by conductor Eric Leinsdorf, "a wonderful way to enjoy the music," noting, "Even though we actually play in a couple of places where ordinarily there are voices, the orchestral texture is so complete that, even without the voices, you can get a very strong picture of the psychology, the humanity, and the expression of the music." Ticket information here.
1 DECEMBER 2011"DOCTOR ATOMIC" DVD NOMINATED FOR BEST OPERA RECORDING GRAMMY
Sony Classical's DVD of the Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams's "Doctor Atomic" has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Opera Recording category. New York magazine named the performance, which Alan Gilbert conducted in his Metropolitan Opera debut, the number one classical music event of 2008. The DVD is available for purchase from amazon.com.
29 NOVEMBER 2011THREE CONCERTS WITH HAMBURG'S NDR SINFONIEORCHESTER DEC 1 - 3
Alan Gilbert has been Principal Guest Conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra since 2004, and returns there this week to conduct three concerts – December 1 and 2 in Hamburg, and December 3 in Kiel. The program features Schumann's "Manfred" Overture, Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra, and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest soloist Yefim "Fima" Bronfman. Lutosławski's "Concerto," which was given its premiere in Warsaw in 1954, was a breakthrough work for the Polish composer in that it greatly enhanced his visibility in the West.
14 NOVEMBER 2011"A CONCERT FOR NEW YORK" NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
"A Concert for New York," Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic's performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, given in remembrance and renewal on the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, is now available on DVD. The performance, seen on public television, features Dorothea Röschmann, Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists, and the DVD includes reflections by audience members and interviews with Alan Gilbert and Zarin Mehta. For further information and to purchase, visit Amazon.com.
7 NOVEMBER 2011THREE CONCERTS WITH THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER 11 - 13
This week, Alan Gilbert returns to the podium of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was formerly Assistant Conductor for three seasons. The program for three concerts (Nov 11 – 13) includes Beethoven's Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50 and Bruch's Adagio Appasionata, both with the orchestra's concertmaster, William Preucil, and two lush, late-Romantic works: Webern's Im Sommerwind and Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5. Gilbert calls Bill Preucil "a great artist," and Pelleas und Melisande, "one of my favorite Schoenberg pieces." For ticket information visit clevelandorchestra.com.
31 OCTOBER 2011TWO NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS IN NEW HALL IN MONTREAL
This week, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in two concerts at La Maison Symphonique de Montréal, the newly opened home of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The concert on Friday, November 4 features the Overture and Venusberg music from Wagner's Tannhäuser, and Mahler's Symphony No. 5. A matinee concert on Saturday, November 5 features Schubert's Overture to Rosamunde, Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp (with two New York Philharmonic principals: Robert Langevin, flute, and Nancy Allen, harp) and Brahms's Symphony No. 3. For ticket information visit osm.ca.
25 OCTOBER 2011HAYDN, BEETHOVEN AND DUTILLEUX IN S.F.
Alan Gilbert leads three performances with the San Francisco Symphony October 27 – 29. Says Gilbert, "The San Francisco Symphony is one of the orchestras I've enjoyed guest conducting the most. I've always had a good time there and it's an excellent orchestra. I particularly remember doing Mozart's Jupiter Symphony with them a few years ago, so I'm excited to be doing Haydn and Beethoven with them, as well as one of the masterpieces of the 20th century by one of our greatest living composers, Henri Dutilleux. We'll be doing his violin concerto."
19 OCTOBER 2011NEW BLOG POST: RUMINATIONS AND REFLECTIONS, LYONNAIS
In his latest blog post for Musical America, Alan Gilbert takes a break between his performances with the Munich Philharmonic to reflect on various subjects, including the ways that managing a restaurant is similar to running an orchestra. He also apologizes for the long gaps in between his posts! Read the latest here.
11 OCTOBER 2011DEBUT WITH MUNICH PHILHARMONIC
After an extraordinarily busy start to his new season with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert hits the road this month for a series of guest conducting engagements with major orchestra in the U.S. and Europe. His first stop will be in Germany where he will make his debut with the Munich Philharmonic (Oct 16, 18, 19) in a program that will include his first performance of Janacek's thrilling Sinfonietta.
3 OCTOBER 2011FOR ALAN GILBERT, IT'S TIME TO TAKE A BOW
A violin bow, that is, when Alan Gilbert joins New York Philharmonic artist-in-residence Frank Peter Zimmermann as one one of the two soloists in Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043. The three concerts, Oct 5 – 7, feature a program that includes Zimmermann playing Berg's searing Violin Concerto, "To the memory of an angel," and Gilbert conducting Brahms's elusive yet richly expressive Symphony No. 3 – dubbed "Brahms's 'Eroica'" by conducting legend Hans Richter.
28 SEPTEMBER 2011WORLD PREMIERE OF JOHN CORIGLIANO'S ONE SWEET MORNING
The first world premiere given by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic this season will be John Corigliano's One Sweet Morning, a 30-minute song cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, composed for Stephanie Blythe, the soloist for the concerts (Sep 30, Oct 1 and 4). Co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the work is a perspective on the years following September 11, 2001, featuring meditations on war and peace by Czeslaw Milosz, Homer (from the Iliad), the eighth-century Chinese poet Li Po, and from E. Y. "Yip" Harburg's poem "One Sweet Morning" (program/ticket details here). An additional matinee concert on Sat, Oct 1 will feature Gilbert conducting Dvorak's Symphony No. 7, preceded by a performance of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet with Michelle Kim (violin), Rebecca Young (viola), Carter Brey (cello), Satoshi Okamoto (bass) and Anne-Marie McDermott (piano).
19 SEPTEMBER 2011OPENING NIGHT GALA AND MAHLER'S "RESURRECTION"
Alan Gilbert begins his third season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic with a gala concert on September 21 featuring guest soprano Deborah Voigt. Gilbert conducts Barber's School for Scandal Overture and Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser, and Voigt joins him and the orchestra for Barber's Andromache's Farewell, Wagner's "Dich, teure Halle" from Tannhäuser, and the Final Scene from Richard Strauss's Salome. Info about the concert's open rehearsal that morning, and tickets for the opening night gala, is available here. The next night, Gilbert and the orchestra give the first of three performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection" (additional performances 9/24 and 9/27).
14 SEPTEMBER 2011WATCH ENTIRE "CONCERT FOR NEW YORK" ONLINE
The text for Alan Gilbert's spoken introduction at the New York Philharmonic's "Concert for New York" is now available on his "Curiously Random" blog for Musical America. You can also watch the entire, unedited "Concert for New York" at the Great Performances website.
12 SEPTEMBER 2011ALAN GILBERT, ANDREA BOCELLI AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
Before the official start of the New York Philharmonic's 2011-12 season on September 21, Alan Gilbert will lead the orchestra in two special concerts. The first is a free concert in Central Park with superstar Andrea Bocelli on Thursday, September 15 (details here). Then, on Saturday, September 17, Gilbert and the orchestra are back at Avery Fisher Hall, where they will perform Sir William Walton's magnificent score for the Laurence Olivier film of Henry V, which will feature legendary actor Christopher Plummer narrating (details here).
22 AUGUST 2011ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS CONCERT FOR NEW YORK ON SEPTEMBER 10
On Saturday, September 10, Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in a special performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, a concert of "Remembrance and Renewal" commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11. The concert will take place at Avery Fisher Hall at 7:30PM, broadcast live on 105.9 Classical WQXR, telecast on PBS's Great Performances at 9:00 PM on September 11 (check local listings), and broadcast on WYNC 93.9 FM at 8:00PM on September 11. Tickets are first-come, first-serve, and will be distributed (one pair per person) beginning at 4:00 pm on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on September 10, the day of the concert. There will be additional seating on the Plaza for the live projection of the concert. Additional information is available at the New York Philharmonic website.
14 JULY 2011FIRST JAPAN, THEN ON TO VAIL
Alan Gilbert heads to Japan for his debut performances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (July 17, 18). Soon after, he returns to the US to conduct three performances with the New York Philharmonic at the orchestra's summer home at the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado (Jul 22-24).
28 JUNE 2011POST-VIXEN "AFTERTHOUGHTS" FROM ALAN GILBERT
On his "Curiously Random" blog for Musical America, Alan Gilbert takes a look back at the recent success of the New York Philharmonic's production of Janacek's "The Cunning Little Vixen," and other highlights of the 2010-11 Season – his second as Music Director of the orchestra.
20 JUNE 2011"CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN" OPENS JUNE 22
Alan Gilbert brings his second season as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic to a thrilling conclusion this week when he conducts Czech composer Leos Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen at Avery Fisher Hall (June 22 – 25). The fully staged production reunites Gilbert and the orchestra with designer/director Doug Fitch, with whom they collaborated on last season's sold-out, critically acclaimed production of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre – described by the New York Times as "an instant Philharmonic milestone." Learn more about the New York Philharmonic's season finale at its website.
13 JUNE 2011WHAT HAVE ALAN GILBERT AND THE NY PHIL BEEN DOING LATELY?
Well, you can find out directly from the Music Director himself in his latest blog post for Musical America. Among the topics he covers: the recent New York Philharmonic tour of Europe, and the upcoming production of Janáček's opera, "The Cunning Little Vixen," which opens on June 22.
10 JUNE 2011ALAN GILBERT AND NY PHIL TO RECORD NIELSEN SYMPHONIES AND CONCERTOS
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic will, over the next several seasons, perform and record Carl Nielsen's six symphonies and three instrumental concertos. The details of the recordings, to be released on the Dacapo label from 2012 through 2015, were announced today at an event attended by Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark. With this project, Alan Gilbert joins Leonard Bernstein as the only Philharmonic music directors to record Nielsen's music with the orchestra.
6 JUNE 2011"VIXEN" CREATIVE TEAM LIVE FROM WQXR ON JUNE 12
On Sunday June 12 at 4:30 PM, Alan Gilbert will appear live at The Greene Space with the creative team responsible for the New York Philharmonic's upcoming production of Janacek's "Cunning Little Vixen" (Jun 22 – 25). The special "Vixen on Varick" preview will be hosted by WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and will feature Gilbert along with designer/director Doug Fitch and choreographer Karole Armitage, as well as performances by Alan Opie (The Forester) and Marie Lenormand (The Fox) among others. For ticket and webcast/broadcast information, visit wqxr.org. A special video preview of the production is available here on YouTube.
31 MAY 2011ALAN GILBERT TO CONDUCT WORLD PREMIERE
Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Sebastian Currier's Time Machines on Thursday, June 2, featuring violin soloist and Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Anne-Sophie Mutter. The program, which also features Beethoven's Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra and Bruckner's Symphony No. 2, will be repeated on June 3rd and 4th. For more information, visit the New York Philharmonic website.
26 MAY 2011FREE MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
Following their highly successful European tour, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic return to New York City to perform a free concert on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at 8PM at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. The program features Barber's hauntingly beautiful Adagio for Strings and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica. For more information, visit the New York Philharmonic website.
23 MAY 2011NY PHIL CONCERT FROM LEIPZIG STREAMS LIVE ONLINE MONDAY, MAY 23
Alan Gilbert and New York Philharmonic finish their EUROPE/SPRING 2011 tour with concerts in Leipzig (May 23) and Prague (May 24). The Leipzig concert, featuring an all-Mahler program – Symphony No. 5 and "Kindertotenlieder" with baritone Thomas Hampson – will be webcast online live at 2pm EDT on the 23rd and can be viewed at the New York Philharmonic website.
9 MAY 2011ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC HEAD TO EUROPE
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic on its EUROPE / SPRING 2011 tour, May 12 - 24, 2011. This tour — the fourth with Gilbert as Music Director — will take the Philharmonic to the music capitals of Central Europe, with eleven concerts in nine cities: Basel, Baden-Baden, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Prague. Although Gilbert has a long history of conducting concerts across Europe — his most recent performances there were with the Berlin Philharmonic in early April — and has taken the New York Philharmonic on two previous European tours, this excursion marks his first appearances in all nine cities as Music Director of the orchestra.
2 MAY 2011ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN AND MORE THIS WEEK
Beethoven comes in "threes" this week with the New York Philharmonic, with Alan Gilbert conducting the Third Symphony, "Eroica," in an open rehearsal on Tuesday, May 3, and in evening concerts on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Also on the program at Avery Fisher Hall, Lisa Batiashvili is the soloist for Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2. In between these performances, Gilbert and the orchestra will head to Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 5 for a concert celebrating the storied venue's 120th Anniversary. Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto, with soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Emanuel Ax, is on a festive program that also includes Dvorák's Carnival Overture, and arrangements by Larry Hochman of songs by Duke Ellington, sung by the remarkable soprano Audra McDonald.
29 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT CONGRATULATES EMANUEL (MANNY) AX
"I was very moved at the ceremony giving Manny honorary membership in the Philharmonic Symphony Society last night after his 100th performance with the orchestra, because he was so genuinely moved himself and he seemed so truly honored to be inducted into this incredible group of musicians and people who have been important for music. We kept the surprise really well, so he had no idea beforehand. It was such a wonderful New York moment: you could feel how much the crowd was with him, and loved him, and admired him. The audience and the musicians of the orchestra showed such great affection for him. It was a very special moment, and I can't honestly think of anyone who is more deserving." Ax became the 66th Honorary Member, joining the likes of such historic luminaries as Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner in the 19th century, and Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein and Isaac Stern in the 20th. The honor, first introduced in 1843, is the highest given by the New York Philharmonic.
25 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS MESSIAEN AND MAHLER
Mahler's mighty Fifth Symphony is the centerpiece of Alan Gilbert's next programs with the New York Philharmonic. On Wed, Apr 27, Mahler 5 is the solo work on a Rush Hour program beginning at 6:45PM. For the three concerts that follow (Apr 28 – 30), Gilbert adds Messiaen's exuberant Couleurs de la cité céleste to the program, with Emanuel Ax performing the work's hugely demanding part for piano. Ax will also perform selections from Debussy's evocative Estampes for solo piano.
13 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT'S BERLIN PHILHARMONIC CONCERT AVAILABLE ONLINE
One of Alan Gilbert's recent concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic is now available for viewing online in the orchestra's Digital Concert Hall. The concert includes a performance of Stravinsky's complete Firebird ballet that prompted one critic to write, "Seldom has the score been heard with such substance, seriousness and class."
11 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA IN MAHLER 9
This Friday, April 15 at 8PM, Alan Gilbert conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 9 at Avery Fisher Hall. Tickets are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, from CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online.
7 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT'S LEINSDORF LECTURE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
On Monday, April 4, 2011, Alan Gilbert became the first New York Philharmonic Music Director to give the annual Erich Leinsdorf Lecture. His remarks, titled "Performance and Interpretation," were webcast live. An excerpt from the lecture is available at his blog for Musical America. The complete lecture can be watched in full on the New York Philharmonic's website.
6 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT HONORED AT LOTOS CLUB
Alan Gilbert was honored last night at the Lotos Club, once described by Mark Twain as the "Ace of Clubs." He was thrilled to join Elie Wiesel and Dave Brubeck, both at the event yesterday, as a member of this renowned club, which has celebrated arts and letters since 1870.
4 APRIL 2011ALAN GILBERT TRIUMPHS IN BERLIN
Alan Gilbert and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra received an enthusiastic ovation and rave reviews for their weekend performances at Berlin's Philharmonie. The Berliner Morgenpost called Gilbert and Emanuel Ax a "dream team" in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22, noting, "Rarely are a conductor and soloist so elegant together... under Gilbert's inspiring direction [this was] a Mozart interpretation full of vibrancy, elegance and sensitive power." The reviewer concluded, "After the final chord [of Stravinsky's Firebird], the hall seemed to almost burst with admiration." A reviewer for Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg observed, "Under Alan Gilbert's leadership, the [Firebird] was substantial and full of tension from the very first note. He did not exaggerate but demonstrated that all effects have their meaning in this piece...A 'Firebird' which did not flutter chaotically but floated gracefully."
29 MARCH 2011APRIL 2011 HIGHLIGHTS
Alan Gilbert Performs with Berlin Philharmonic, Juilliard Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic, and Gives Annual Erich Leinsdorf Lecture in April. Read the complete details in the news release.
24 MARCH 2011TAKEMITSU RECORDING BENEFITS JAPAN RELIEF EFFORTS
On March 17, 2011, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performed Takemitsu's Requiem for String Orchestra, as an expression of support and admiration for the Japanese people. A recording of that performance is now available for download through InstantEncore and other online music stores, with proceeds going to benefit relief efforts for Japan. Click here to purchase the recording and view a video of the performance.
19 MARCH 2011TAKEMITSU'S REQUIEM
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performed Takemitsu's Requiem for String Orchestra on Thursday, March 17 before the regularly scheduled concert conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. You can now view this Takemitsu performance, dedicated to the people of Japan, at the New York Philharmonic's website.
17 MARCH 2011A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN
Tonight, before Esa-Pekka Salonen conducted his scheduled program with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert dedicated the next three New York Philharmonic concerts to the people of Japan and then conducted a performance of Takemitsu's Requiem for String Orchestra. Earlier today, Gilbert, who has deep family and professional ties to Japan, recorded a video message to the people of that tragedy-stricken nation. He was joined by New York Philharmonic violinist Fiona Simon.
22 FEBRUARY 2011NEW BLOG POST FROM ROME
Michelangelo and Hans Werner Henze make vivid guest appearances in Alan Gilbert's latest blog entry, "Roman Holiday". Read the post at his Musical America blog.
13 FEBRUARY 2011NEW GILBERT/NY PHILHARMONIC RECORDING AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 15
Mendelssohn's Elijah, with baritone Gerald Finley in the title role, will be the fifth release in the 2010-11 Season iTunes Pass from the New York Philharmonic. Recorded in November and available on February 15 , Mendelssohn's biblical oratorio is one of twelve recordings from Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra that will be available for download from iTunes this season, both individually and as part of the season pass.
8 FEBRUARY 2011ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS BENEFIT CONCERT FEB 9
On Wednesday, February 9 at 7:30pm, Alan Gilbert will conduct the young musicians of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music in its 20th annual Gift of Music Gala. The concert takes place at the Bergen Performing Arts Center; ticket and program information available here.
3 FEBRUARY 20112011/2012 SEASON ANNOUNCED
The New York Philharmonic has announced the details for Alan Gilbert's third season as music director of the orchestra. View the 2011/12 season schedule at the Philharmonic website.
1 FEBRUARY 2011ALAN GILBERT GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
Well, actually the schools are coming to hear Alan and the New York Philharmonic this week at Avery Fisher Hall. Specifically, 10,000 New York area students from grades 3 through 12 will attend three days of School Day Concerts (February 2 – 4), with Alan conducting all six concerts featuring a program entitled "Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony: Man and Nature". Attendees will also hear new works by various young composers including some by participants in the NY Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program (ages 10 – 12!).
24 JANUARY 2011EBULLIENT SYMPHONIES AND A FIERY SOPRANO
Alan Gilbert's next program with the New York Philharmonic features two ebullient symphonies — Beethoven's 8th and Nielsen's 2nd – as well as fiery soprano Karita Mattila singing Beethoven's "Ah, Perfido!" and orchestral songs by Sibelius (Jan 27 – 29, Feb 1).
13 JANUARY 2011ALAN GILBERT NAMED HEAD OF JUILLIARD'S CONDUCTING PROGRAM
The Juilliard School announced today that Alan Gilbert has been named the new director of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School. Gilbert is an alumnus of the school, and is already the first holder of Juilliard's William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. A feature story in the New York Times provides details about the new appointment.
10 JANUARY 2011ROAD TRIP TO PHILLY
Alan Gilbert takes time away from his busy schedule in New York for performances later this month with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The three concerts (Jan 20 – 22) feature a program of works by Lindberg (EXPO), Rouse (Oboe Concerto) and Beethoven (Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"). Gilbert's last performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra were in February 2008.
3 JANUARY 2011GILBERT GIVES NEW YORK PREMIERE OF ADÈS'S WORK THIS WEEK WITH NY PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert's winter concerts with the New York Philharmonic continue with a program featuring the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's In Seven Days, described as a concerto for piano with moving images (Jan 6 – 8). The work is a collaboration between Adès — who is also the piano soloist — with his partner, Israeli video artist Tal Rosner. Rounding out the program is Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, with baritone Thomas Hampson, and Mozart's Symphony No. 40.
22 DECEMBER 2010CRITICS CONTINUE TO LAUD GILBERT/NY PHILHARMONIC PARTNERSHIP IN END-OF-YEAR APPRAISALS
Two New York Times critics picked Alan Gilbert's work with the New York Philharmonic in their summaries of the classical music highlights of 2010. Vivien Schweitzer praised their "vividly realized" production of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, and a Carnegie Hall concert that featured Gilbert/NY Phil team performing music by Wagner, Sibelius and Lindberg. Meanwhile, Steve Smith lauded the "Philharmonic Renewed Under a Bold Conductor." Smith noted, "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?". Read more in News.
20 DECEMBER 2010FINAL WEEK OF 2010: AARON JAY KERNIS WORLD PREMIERE
In the final week of 2010, Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in a program that includes a world premiere and some beloved favorites of the classical repertoire. The concerts feature a world premiere of a Voice, a Messenger by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis and Ravel's hypnotic masterpiece Bolero. Also on the program are Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins. Hindemith's Horn Concerto and Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto, all featuring members of the orchestra as soloists. Details at the NY Phil website.
13 DECEMBER 2010ALAN GILBERT LEADS RETURN OF CONTACT!
This coming weekend, Alan Gilbert conducts the next installment of the Philharmonic's acclaimed new-music series, CONTACT!, in performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Dec 17) and Symphony Space (Dec 18). The CONTACT! concerts feature the world premieres of James Matheson's True South and Jay Alan Yim's neverthesamerivertwice, both New York Philharmonic commissions. Rounding out the program is the U.S. premiere of Julian Anderson's Comedy of Change. Details at the NY Phil website.
6 DECEMBER 2010NEW YORK MAGAZINE NAMES LE GRAND MACABRE NUMBER ONE CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE OF 2010
In its annual list of the Top 10 classical music events of the year, New York magazine has selected the New York Philharmonic's performances of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre for the top spot in 2010. Critic Justin Davidson writes "Music director Alan Gilbert has been carefully sending up flares to guide a once-stodgy orchestra toward more audacity, and Doug Fitch's exuberantly ghoulish production of György Ligeti's apocalyptic opera from 1978 delivered an avant-garde triumph that took even the Philharmonic by surprise." See the entire list here.
6 DECEMBER 2010ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS MAHLER 6 IN GERMANY
Returning to a work he performed earlier this season with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 6 with Hamburg's NDR-Symphony Orchestra (NDRSO). The three performances take place in Hamburg (Dec 9 and 12) and Lübeck (Dec 10). Gilbert has been principal guest conductor of the NDRSO since 2004. Details at the NDRSO website.
30 NOVEMBER 2010NEW BLOG POSTING ABOUT THE "PARIS PELLEAS PROJECT"
Read Alan's new post about the "Paris Pelleas Project" at his Musical America blog.
29 NOVEMBER 2010WATCH ALAN GILBERT CONDUCT SCHOENBERG AND ZEMLINSKY IN PARIS
Watch Alan Gilbert conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande, featuring visual enhancements by designer/director Doug Fitch, at Arte Live Web. The concert was filmed on November 27 in Paris's Salle Pleyel, and begins with Yvonne Naef singing orchestral songs by Zemlinsky featuring poems by Maurice Maeterlinck — the author of the Symbolist play that inspired this Schoenberg work, and works by other composers.
24 NOVEMBER 2010PERFORMING "PELLEAS" WITH VISUALS IN PARIS
After last season's triumphant production of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre at the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert teams up again with designer/director Doug Fitch for a visually-enhanced performance of Arnold Schönberg's "Pelleas und Melisande" with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on Nov 27: http://bit.ly/eClbuI
17 NOVEMBER 2010GILBERT PRAISES NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC MUSICIANS
In his latest blog entry for MusicalAmerica.com, Alan Gilbert praises the Orchestra for its "uniquely awesome capability" to perform a mammoth amount of music magnificently over the last few weeks during the EUROPE / AUTUMN 2010 tour and the first week back in New York, with back-to-back concerts at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall. Click here to read Alan Gilbert's blog.
15 NOVEMBER 2010ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES SECOND SEASON OF CONTACT!
This week, Alan Gilbert conducts two concerts in the Philharmonic's new-music series, CONTACT!, at Peter Norton Symphony Space (Nov 19) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Nov 20). The CONTACT! concerts feature the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Souvenir (in memoriam Gérard Grisey), which was commissioned by the orchestra and is a tribute to Lindberg's late teacher, and Gérard Grisey's own Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.
7 NOVEMBER 2010NEXT UP IN NYC: MENDELSSOHN'S "ELIJAH"
After nine-city European tour with New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert's first concerts with the orchestra back in NYC will feature Mendelssohn's "Elijah." Alan calls this biblical oratorio, "a great piece — a very dramatic and vivid telling of the story." Three performances November 10, 11 and 13.
22 OCTOBER 2010ALAN GILBERT HEADING TO EUROPE WITH NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
On Sunday, October 24 Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic begin a nine-concert, seven-city tour of Europe. The "Europe / Autumn 2010" performances include concerts in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia (10/24), Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia (10/26), Warsaw, Poland (10/28 and 10/29), Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania (10/30), Hamburg, Germany (11/1), Paris, France (11/2) and Luxembourg, Luxembourg (11/3 and 11/4).
13 OCTOBER 2010ALAN GILBERT, CURRENTLY
Currently reading: "Actually, I'm re-reading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. It's packed with knowledge, but it's a compelling read because it brings the human side of science to the fore."

Currently cooking: "Enjoying the leftovers of a delicious bœuf bourguignon , which my wife Kajsa and I made for our guests earlier this week."

Currently studying: "Mendelssohn's Elijah. It's a great piece – a very dramatic and a vivid telling of the story."

Currently worrying about: "Packing for a tour — it never seems to get easier."

Currently excited about: "Going to the grand opening tonight of Tom Colicchio's new restaurant, Riverpark."
12 OCTOBER 2010ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS BRAHMS
The music of Johannes Brahms figures prominently on Alan Gilbert's programs with the New York Philharmonic this month. The composer's Fourth Symphony — described by Gilbert as "emotionally potent and intense" — will be performed in New York from Oct 14 – 16 on a program that also features Pinchas Zukerman playing Brahms's Violin Concerto; on an all-Brahms program, also in New York, on October 19; and in some cities on the orchestra's upcoming tour of Europe (Oct 24 – Nov 4).
8 OCTOBER 2010ALAN GILBERT LAUNCHES BLOG ON MUSICAL AMERICA
Alan Gilbert is now blogging for Musical America. His new blog, "Curiously Radom," offers an up-close, behind-the-scenes view of life as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. You can find the first two installments, and future posts — which are slated to appear on Tuesdays every two or three weeks — at this link.
5 OCTOBER 2010ALAN GILBERT LEADS NEW YORK PREMIERE OF KRAFT
Alan Gilbert returns to the music of Magnus Lindberg this week when he conducts the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of the Finnish composer's Kraft (1983-85), a theatrical tour-de-force employing a large orchestra, unusual instruments (including, for this performance, scrap metal from a Staten Island junkyard), electronics, soloists (including the New York Philharmonic debut of Lindberg at the piano) and groups of instruments placed around the hall. The landmark work — which Lindberg calls "my breakthrough piece and my biggest and most complex work" — will be performed on three programs October 7, 8 and 12, along with Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Sibelius's Violin Concerto, with Joshua Bell as soloist.
29 SEPTEMBER 2010ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS MAHLER'S SIXTH SYMPHONY
Alan Gilbert returns to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler this week when he conducts the New York Philharmonic in three concerts at Avery Fisher Hall beginning this evening (additional performances Sep. 30 and Oct. 1). On the program will be a single, powerful work: Mahler's Sixth Symphony, often referred to as the composer's "Tragic" Symphony. Later this fall, Gilbert will conduct the same work in Germany with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra (Dec 9 - 12).
21 SEPTEMBER 2010ALAN GILBERT OPENS NEW SEASON AT NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert opens his second season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic with a concert and gala on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Headlining the concert is the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3), featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with its music director, Marsalis himself, on trumpet. The performance, to be broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS and on Classical 105.9 WQXR, launches a remarkable new season in which Gilbert conducts an extraordinarily wide range of repertoire.
30 JULY 2010ALAN GILBERT ON BIG THINK
Alan Gilbert is on holiday for most of August (his next performances are with Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra on tour in northern Germany and Denmark August 28 – September 1), but you can hear him talk about a number of interesting subjects today as he joins the impressive roster of experts who have contributed to the website BIG THINK. You can listen to the interview in its entirety (it's just over a half-hour long) or in short, topical segments – such as the anatomy of a performance – at bigthink.com/alangilbert
6 JULY 2010ALAN GILBERT TO CONDUCT ALL-VARÈSE CONCERT AT LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL
Before heading off for their annual summer residency in Vail, Colorado, the New York Philharmonic will perform an all-Varèse concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Tuesday, July 20, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Alan Gilbert will conduct the program, which is Part II of a two-day presentation of the complete works of the French-born composer, Edgard Varèse, whose experiments with new instruments, complex rhythms and electronic sounds made him one of the 20th century's greatest musical pioneers. Additional information about Varèse: (R)evolution can be found at the Lincoln Center website.
21 JUNE 2010ALAN GILBERT'S FINAL CONCERTS OF INAUGURAL SEASON
For the final concerts of his inaugural season as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert leads the orchestra, the New York Choral Artists and a quartet of vocal soloists in Beethoven's monumental Missa Solemnis. Also on the program is the world premiere of Al largo, a new work by Magnus Lindberg — the orchestra's Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence — commissioned by the New York Philharmonic (June 23, 24, and 26 at Avery Fisher Hall; June 25 at Newark's NJPAC). Gilbert and others discuss Beethoven's epic choral masterpiece in this New York Times feature.
1 JUNE 2010ALAN GILBERT'S JUNE CONCERTS WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Following a trio of triumphant sold-out performances of Ligeti's opera, Le Grand Macabre, Alan Gilbert turns to the final concerts of his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. The first of his three June programs (June 10 – 12 and 15) pairs music by two Finns – Sibelius and Lindberg – along with Brahms's ebullient Symphony No. 2. Lisa Batiashvili will be the soloist in Sibelius's Violin Concerto, and Gilbert will also conduct Lindberg's 1995 work Arena, described by Gilbert as "an amazing tour-de-force for the orchestra."
25 MAY 2010A LANDMARK OCCASION: ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF LIGETI'S LE GRAND MACABRE
From the beginning of his first season as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert – and many industry observers – has seen his performances with the orchestra of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre as a milestone in his collaboration with the Philharmonic. Now, the time for that landmark occasion has come, with a fully-staged production of this strange and strangely moving surrealist opera opening this Thursday (three performances May 27 – 29, with an open rehearsal on May 26). The Philharmonic's production will feature designs and direction by Doug Fitch, who has collaborated with Gilbert in the past at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera and Los Angeles Opera. You can learn more about the production at the Philharmonic's website, and at two recent features in the New York Times available here, and here.
13 MAY 2010ALAN GILBERT TO CONDUCT SCHOOL DAY CONCERTS
In his continuing commitment to education and to encouraging young people to experience music, Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic's six School Day Concerts May 19-21. Gilbert becomes the first Philharmonic Music Director to lead these concerts — exclusively for school children in grades 3 through 12 — in almost 20 years.
5 MAY 2010 ALAN GILBERT FEATURED IN VANITY FAIR
Alan Gilbert is featured in the June 2010 issue of VANITY FAIR, which hits the stands today. Writer Damian Fowler provides a concise, thoughtful review of Alan's first season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, and Jonas Karlsson provides a beautiful portrait of Alan at home in Stockholm, Sweden.
28 APRIL 2010 NOW AVAILABLE: A VIDEO PREVIEW OF LE GRAND MACABRE
Director Douglas Fitch and Producer Edouard Getaz discuss the New York Philharmonic's fully-staged production of Gyorgy Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, which Alan Gilbert will conduct in its New York premiere May 27 – 29. The video also provides a glimpse into the fantastical world of Douglas Fitch's studio, where preparations for the "live animation" production are being prepared. View the video on YouTube.
26 APRIL 2010 ALAN GILBERT PREPARES FOR LIGETI'S LE GRAND MACABRE
The New York Philharmonic's performances of Ligeti's surrealist opera, Le Grand Macabre, will be a milestone for a number of reasons. A major highlight of Alan Gilbert's first season as the orchestra's music director, the performances May 27 – 29 (with an open rehearsal on May 26) will mark the first time Ligeti's landmark opera will be performed in New York City. The Philharmonic's production will feature designs and direction by Douglas Fitch, who has collaborated with Gilbert in the past at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Gilbert discusses this remarkable work in the May issue of Opera News. "There is something disturbing about the humor," Gilbert tells writer William R. Bruan. "There's a bit of violence in a lot of comedy — slapstick, like watching the Three Stooges hit each other, or Buster Keaton. Is it funny, or is it horrible? I think that's a tradition." The complete article is available here.
19 APRIL 2010 CONTACT! CONCERT GETS INTERNET RADIO WEBCASTS THIS WEEK
The New York Times reported today, "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." Reviewer Vivien Schweitzer had good things to say about each of the the three works that received their world premieres: Sean Shepherd's These Particular Circumstances, Nico Muhly's Detailed Instructions and Matthias Pintscher's songs from Solomon's garden, the last of these Philharmonic-commissioned works with the orchestra's artist-in-residence, Thomas Hampson. If you missed the concert, or were there and want to hear it again, you can listen to it on-line at WQXR's Q2 channel on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. or Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m
5 APRIL 2010 ALAN GILBERT LEADS JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA AND CONTACT! SERIES
Alan Gilbert returns to New York City this month to conduct a concert with the Juilliard Orchestra (April 12 at Alice Tully Hall) and two concerts with the New York Philharmonic that will feature three world-premiere works – all Philharmonic commissions – by composers Sean Shepherd, Nico Muhly and Matthias Pintscher. The Philharmonic concerts at Symphony Space (April 16) and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 17) are part of the orchestra's inaugural season of CONTACT!, The New Music Series, and will feature guest soloist Thomas Hampson in Pintscher's songs from Solomon's garden.
15 MARCH 2010 ALAN GILBERT IN GERMANY
Alan Gilbert spends the remainder of March in Germany, where he will lead Hamburg's NDR Symphony in two programs that feature works he has performed earlier this season with the New York Philharmonic (including Webern's Im Sommerwind and Schoenberg's Pelléas et Mélisande), as well as works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Nielsen. Next month, he will be back in New York to lead the Juilliard Orchestra in a program of Ligeti, Beethoven, Mozart and Schoenberg (April 12).
1 MARCH 2010 RUSH HOUR CONCERT MARCH 3
Before heading to Germany this month for performances with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg, Alan Gilbert conducts a Rush Hour concert on Wednesday, March 3 with the New York Philharmonic that will encore two Mozart works he recently conducted with the orchestra: Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter," and the Sinfonia concertante for Winds featuring Philharmonic principals Liang Wang (oboe), Mark Nuccio (clarinet), Judith LeClair (bassoon) and Philip Myers (horn).
17 February 2010 THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S 2010-11 SEASON IS ANNOUNCED
Yesterday, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2010-2011 season, Alan Gilbert's second season as Music Director, in a press conference held in the glass-walled lobby of Alice Tully Hall. Highlights discussed included an opening night gala performance of a new work by Wynton Marsalis, multiple programs from the Philharmonic's new Artist-in-Residence, Anne Sophie Mutter, a festival of Hungarian (and Hungarian-inspired) music conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and a staged production of Janácek's fairy-tale opera, The Cunning Little Vixen, conducted by Gilbert and directed by Douglas Fitch. Details can be found at the Philharmonic's website.
11 February 2010 CARNEGIE CONCERT AND NEW SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT
This Saturday's New York Philharmonic concert will take place at Carnegie Hall, where Alan Gilbert will lead the orchestra in a program featuring Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, Wagner's Overture to Rienzi and the U.S. premiere of Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto. Then, on Tuesday, February 16, the New York Philharmonic will host a press conference to announce its 2010/2011 season, Alan Gilbert's second as Music Director.
1 February 2010ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECEIVED IN EUROPE
This week, Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in the final two concerts of their first tour of Europe together with back-to-back performances at London's Barbican on Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4. The Philharmonic's EUROPE/WINTER 2010 tour, which spans 13 performances in nine cities, has been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. Following performances in Germany, the DPA (German Newswire) described their performance of Sibelius's Second Symphony as "powerful in sound, but elegant, young and fresh." The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung added, "Not since Bernstein's times has the New York Philharmonic sounded that brilliant, virtuoso, powerful and well-balanced."
12 January 2010ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC PREPARE FOR FIRST TOUR OF EUROPE TOGETHER
From January 14 - 16, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic give their last subscription concerts at Avery Fisher Hall before heading to Europe for a tour that will feature 13 concerts in nine cities. EUROPE/WINTER 2010 is Gilbert's first tour of Europe with the New York Philharmonic, and the repertoire featured on this week's new program, including artist-in-residence Thomas Hampson singing John Adams's The Wound-Dresser, will figure prominently on the tour, which includes concerts in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France and England.
17 December 2009ALAN GILBERT FEATURED IN TIME OUT NEW YORK'S BEST (AND WORST) OPERA AND CLASSICAL MUSIC
In its annual year-end wrap up of classical music in New York City, Time Out New York music editor Steve Smith and contributing editor Olivia Giovetti give tribute to several performances and recordings featuring Alan Gilbert. His arrival as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic was lauded as one of the year's best performances and Steve Smith proclaimed that "the Phil's new music director has created a welcome buzz with his vitality, openness to fresh ideas and earnest intent to reassert the orchestra's prime position in New York's artistic conversation." In "Best Albums" Alan Gilbert and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic's recording for BIS of music by Christopher Rouse was included in Steve Smith's top ten of 2009. Lastly, in the final report card of the great year that was in classical music, they cleverly end it with a simple proclamation: "Oh—and Alan Motherflipping Gilbert. We rest our case." The entire article can be found at the Time Out website.
13 December 2009ALAN GILBERT'S MAHLER 9 RECORDING TOPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE'S "BEST OF 2009" LIST
Veteran critic John von Rhein chose Alan Gilbert's Mahler 9 recording with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as the top classical music recording of the year. Von Rhein writes in the Chicago Tribune that his ten picks "testify to the fact that certain segments of the industry haven't broken faith with a thing called artistic integrity," and describes his choice for number one this way: "With Gilbert at the helm, the New York Philharmonic could be in for an exciting new era. His final concerts as chief conductor of the Stockholm orchestra inspired a studio recording of Mahler's sublime valedictory that strikes a wonderful balance between desolation and acceptance, with luminous sonics to match." The full list can be seen here.
2 December 2009ALAN GILBERT'S PHILHARMONIC OPENING NAMED ONE OF "TEN MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES OF 2009"
The opening concert of Alan Gilbert's tenure as the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic was named one of the Ten Memorable Performances of 2009 by Alex Ross in his music blog for the New Yorker. About that concert on September 16, Ross observes, "Alan Gilbert sets a smart new tone at the New York Philharmonic, accompanying Renée Fleming through the exotic landscape of Messiaen's 'Poèmes pour Mi.'" Ross's complete review of the opening weeks of Gilbert's tenure was featured in the October 19 issue of the magazine and can be read here.
1 December 2009ALAN GILBERT, THE INAUGURAL SEASON, RELEASED AS EXCLUSIVE ITUNES PASS
In celebration of Alan Gilbert's first season as Music Director, the New York Philharmonic has announced the world's first subscription series of live orchestral recordings for download, available exclusively from iTunes. Alan Gilbert, The Inaugural Season will feature more than 50 works performed and recorded live during the New York Philharmonic's 2009-10 season, delivered directly to pass subscribers' iTunes accounts throughout the season. The iTunes Pass subscription also features bonus content including Alan Gilbert's onstage commentaries, additional performances, lectures, and liner notes. More information from the New York Philharmonic is available here.
10 November 2009ALAN GILBERT'S MAHLER 9 RECORDING IS GRAMOPHONE "EDITOR'S CHOICE"
Alan Gilbert's recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra is an "Editor's Choice" selection in the November 2009 issue of Gramophone. "On a technical level," writes reviewer Peter Quantrill, "this must, I think, be the finest recording the work has received. Every note is audible – and the achievement of the orchestra (still more extraordinary than that of the engineers) is to play them and show how they all matter...It is as exhausting and purifying an experience as any 80 minutes spent in your listening room has the right to be."
28 October 2009ALAN GILBERT AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC RETURN TO AVERY FISHER HALL
Just back from his enormously successful Asia Horizons tour with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert will lead the orchestra in three weekend performances at Avery Fisher Hall. On Friday and Saturday night, (October 30 and October 31), Alan will conduct a program of Bernstein (Symphonic Dances from West Side Story), Beethoven (Egmont Overture; Piano Concerto No. 3 with Emanuel Ax, piano) and de Falla (Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat). And on Saturday afternoon at 2pm, Alan will both conduct (the two Beethoven works on the evening programs) and perform chamber music – the second violin part in Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major. For the Schumann masterpiece, Alan will be joined by Emanuel Ax (piano), Glenn Dicterow (violin), Cynthia Phelps (viola) and Carter Brey (cello).
20 October 2009ALAN GILBERT'S NEW MAHLER 9 RECORDING TO BE BROADCAST ON WQXR'S "SYMPHONY HALL"
Alan Gilbert's new recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra will be broadcast in its entirety on Friday, October 23 at 8 PM as part of 105.9 WQXR's "Symphony Hall" series. Listeners worldwide can hear the broadcast online at the station's website, wqxr.org. The album has just received a top rating, 10/10 for Artistic/Sound Quality, from the website ClassicsToday, which calls it "a stunning recording... a prime choice among available Ninths." The complete review is available here.
28 September 2009NEXT PHILHARMONIC PROGRAM IS LAST BEFORE GILBERT AND ORCHESTRA HEAD TO ASIA
On the fourth program of Alan Gilbert's tenure as the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, the season-opening new work by Magnus Lindberg, EXPO, returns to open a program that brings together works by Ives and Beethoven. Along with Ives's exuberant and quintessentially American Second Symphony, Gilbert conducts the composer's "Unanswered Question," which Gilbert calls, "One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th Century – mystical and inexplicable." Emanuel Ax, one of Gilbert's favorite collaborators, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, which will begin, without pause, as the last notes of the "Unanswered Question" fade away. (Wed, Sep 30, Thu, Oct 1 and Sat, Oct 3; Avery Fisher Hall).
17 September 2009ALAN GILBERT FEATURED ON NPR'S "MORNING EDITION"
As critics begin chiming in about Alan Gilbert's debut concert as Music Director last night, NPR's "Morning Edition" looked ahead to the upcoming season with a feature today that includes excerpts of composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg's EXPO, the new work that opened last night's program. Listen at npr.org.
9 September 2009BUZZ BUILDS AS ALAN GILBERT TAKES THE REIGNS AT THE PHILHARMONIC
As Alan Gilbert gets ready to open his tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, the buzz continues to build inside and outside the media. TIME magazine has recently picked Alan's season-opening concert on September 16 as one of the Top 50 Things To See, Hear and Do this Fall, and on Sunday, September 13 he will lead members of the Philharmonic brass section in the national anthem at Yankee Stadium.
1 September 2009ALAN GILBERT'S RECORDING OF MAHLER 9 WITH THE ROYAL STOCKHOLM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA RELEASED
For his farewell concerts as Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert chose Mahler's monumental Ninth Symphony. Those performances, which received glowing reviews, have been captured on a recording released by Swedish label BIS. The disc, a Hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both standard and SACD players, is available for purchase from ArkivMusic beginning September 1 and elsewhere later this month.
25 August 2009"ALAN GILBERT'S FIRST DOWNBEAT" from NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S FALL PREVIEW '09 CULTURE PICKS
The Philharmonic's homegrown leader will launch his tenure as music director by challenging traditionalists and making nice at the same time. Yes, we'll get Berlioz's familiar Symphonie fantastique, and, yes, Renée Fleming will provide some gala glitter—but instead of performing the usual set piece, she'll sing the reverent, iridescent Poèmes Pour Mi, by the twentieth-century Frenchman Olivier Messiaen. Could be the start of something interesting. Sept. 16 at Avery Fisher Hall, and on WNET.
13 July 2009TUNE IN FOR ALAN GILBERT'S "ONE ON 1" INTERVIEW WITH BUDD MISHKIN
New Yorkers with Time Warner Cable service should tune in this evening at 8:30 PM for a ten-minute interview that will air on NY-1 (Channel 1). In a far-ranging conversation, "One on 1" host Budd Mishkin asks Alan Gilbert about his musical inspirations, his life growing up in New York City, his upcoming plans as the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and more. People who do not have Time Warner Cable can watch the interview online soon after it airs at the following link: http://ny1.com/content/features/one_on_1/
9 July 2009SUMMER CONCERTS WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Alan Gilbert will give ten concerts this month with the New York Philharmonic both at home and at the orchestra's summer home in Vail, Colorado. The summer fun starts with free concerts in New York City, beginning on Tuesday, July 14 in Manhattan's Central Park with a program featuring two unstoppably energetic works: Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (the program repeats in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on July 15). Additional concerts follow in the Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park (July 16), a second program in Manhattan's Central Park (July 17), the College of Staten Island (July 18) and Queens College (July 20). Gilbert and the orchestra head west after that for four concerts in Vail, Colorado (July 24, 25, 30 and 31). Program details available in the calendar section.
1 June 2009ENTER ALAN GILBERT
"Alan Gilbert Takes New York" is the headline for the cover story of the North American edition of Gramophone magazine's July 2009 issue, which hits the stands in Europe this week and will be published in the States next week. The four-page feature by Gramophone's editor James Inverne covers a wide range of topics. Among the highlights: Gilbert reminisces about his childhood experiences with the orchestra; he suggests that orchestras might learn from the success museums have had in engaging the public; and he looks ahead to some of the key initiatives he will undertake in his first season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. "The challenge for orchestras," Gilbert explains to Inverne, "is to be flexible in adapting to new ways of presenting and even of conceiving what art is, while remaining true to the idea of what an orchestra is."
11 May 2009PRECISION AND DARING
New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini seemed to enjoy Alan Gilbert's performance of Mahler's First Symphony with the New York Philharmonic as much as the enthusiastic audience on opening night did. "It was a thrill," writes Tommasini, "to hear the work performed with such precision and daring by the Philharmonic under Mr. Gilbert, conducting from memory. During the blazing episodes in the finale, he drove the orchestra to frenzied outbursts, all the more terrifying for being executed with such cool command. The tremendous ovation bodes well for his coming tenure as the orchestra's music director."

Mahler fans should be happy to note that there's more Mahler in Gilbert's near future. This summer, BIS will release a new recording of Mahler's Ninth, which was recorded as Gilbert ended his eight-season tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. In September, Mahler's Third Symphony will be the program for Gilbert's first subscription week with the New York Philharmonic as its new Music Director (9/17, 18 and 22).
5 May 2009ALAN GILBERT IN NEW YORK
Soon after he conducted Martinu's Fourth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert conducted the same work to equally strong acclaim with the New York Philharmonic. Critic Anthony Tommasini concluded his New York Times review with the observation that "Mr. Gilbert seemed determined to overcome any reservations among listeners to the symphony through his impassioned, committed and commanding performance."

For his next program with the New York Philharmonic (three concerts, May 7–9), Gilbert conducts works by Gustav Mahler and Peter Lieberson. Mahler's First will be the first of the composer's symphonies that he has led with the orchestra, and as a bonus he will also conduct Mahler's dreamy "Blumine" (flowers), a movement originally written for the First Symphony but ultimately removed from it. Gilbert will also lead the world premiere of Lieberson's cantata The World in Flower – a New York Philharmonic commission – with Joyce DiDonato, Russell Braun, and the New York Choral Artists. Lieberson was Gilbert's composition and theory teacher at Harvard, but this will be the first time that Gilbert has conducted his music.
23 April 2009ALAN GILBERT TRIUMPHS IN BERLIN
Berlin's Morgenpost called Alan Gilbert's return last week to the Berlin Philharmonic, "a triumph." Klaus Geitel, the dean of Germany's music critics, gave special praise to Gilbert for his revelatory performance of Martinu's Fourth Symphony, reporting that Gilbert "ripped Bohuslav Martinu from the perpetual twilight that has been so negligently inflicted upon him, and with an enlightened performance of the Fourth Symphony demonstrated the gravitas, greatness and originality of this master."

Luckily, music lovers around the world will – for the price of a ticket to a movie – be able to hear the performance on-line, where it is available in the Berlin Philharmonic's new Digital Concert Hall. A trailer is available now and the full concert – including a pre-recorded intermission segment featuring Gilbert discussing the program with BPO flutist Emmanuel Pahud – will be posted shortly.
5 February 2009ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS MAHLER'S THIRD SYMPHONY
Over the past few weeks, Alan Gilbert has led performances of Mahler's massive and transcendent Third Symphony with both the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra. The Stockholm performances were the first subscription concerts Gilbert led there since June 2008, when he finished his eight-season tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the orchestra. Both audiences and critics alike treated Gilbert to a hero's welcome on his return. Thomas Anderberg reported for the Dagens Nyheter, "Alan Gilbert made on Thursday a grand triumphal return before a packed concert hall. And it strikes you, that his initially quite discrete period with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the long term might look like a golden era." Anderberg continued at length:

"In most orchestras there exists shadows of the past that determines the assessment of future efforts. In the case of the New York Philharmonic, the orchestra that Gilbert is now to take over, it is mainly two. One is Gustav Mahler, whose controversial actions as an orchestra leader in New York is depicted in the recent - 1700 pages long! - final part of Henry-Louis de La Grange's Mahler biography. The other is Leonard Bernstein, who during his sojourn with the orchestra in the sixties, not least made himself famous for his Mahler interpretations. It is against these the RSPO's former Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert is to be measured. Recently he conducted in New York a program of Bernstein works, and later this spring he will lead a performance of Mahler's First Symphony. Against this background it is reassuring that Alan Gilbert has proven to be a great Mahler interpreter."

Stefan Forsberg, Executive and Artistic Director of the Stockholm Concert Hall Foundation and RSPO, commented on the occasion: "Alan's return to Stockholm as Conductor Laureate was one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. With this unforgettable performance of Mahler's Third Symphony, Alan's interpretative brilliance and artistry once again totally amazed us all."

Thankfully, New Yorkers eager to hear Gilbert's take on Mahler's Third can look forward to his plans to conduct the work in his first subscription week as the new Music Director of the New York Philharmonic (September 17, 18 and 22).
13 January 2009LEARN MORE ABOUT ALAN GILBERT'S FIRST SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
More than 100 journalists, music industry luminaries and cultural tastemakers attended a press conference yesterday, held on the stage of Avery Fisher Hall, where the New York Philharmonic gave a multimedia presentation detailing the plans for Alan Gilbert's first season as the orchestra's new Music Director. A webcast video of the entire press conference is available for viewing on the New York Philharmonic's website, as is a special section with slide shows and additional videos. Detailed information about programs, and bios for some of the key new players who will be special partners in Gilbert's first season, can be found in the Philharmonic newsroom.

A concise summary of the press conference—including news that actor Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock" fame will be the new voice of the weekly Philharmonic radio broadcasts—can be found in Daniel J. Wakin's latest report for the New York Times.
12 January 2009ANNOUNCEMENT OF DETAILS FOR ALAN GILBERT'S FIRST SEASON WITH THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Today the New York Philharmonic held a press conference at Avery Fisher Hall to announce the complete details for Alan Gilbert's first season as the orchestra's music director. Gilbert and senior executives of the New York Philharmonic gave a preview of his first season in a luncheon for a select group of writers and editors in October, covering topics such as Magnus Lindberg's appointment as composer in residence, Thomas Hampson's appointment as artist in residence, and the creation of a special contemporary music ensemble from members of the orchestra. Daniel J. Wakin of The New York Times reported on the luncheon. When Gilbert begins his tenure as music director in fall 2009—the beginning of his first season under a five-year agreement with the orchestra—he will be among the youngest, as well as the only native New Yorker, to have held the post.
2 January 2009ALAN GILBERT ADDS TO THE "BEASTLY" BUZZ
Alan Gilbert is one of many cultural luminaries who are contributing regularly to the "Buzz Board" at the hot new news and opinion website, The Daily Beast. The website is the creation of Tina Brown, the former editor of the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and Gilbert will be chiming in monthly with recommendations and opinions on a wide variety of events and happenings. Gilbert has contributed two entries to date, most recently expressing his enthusiasm for comments made by Barack Obama on NBC's Meet The Press: "Barack Obama's appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, December 7 was especially heartening for anyone who works in or simply enjoys the arts. He told Tom Brokaw that he aimed to have artists, including classical musicians, come regularly to the White House to perform. He went on to ask how else young people would know what was possible in life, and what the benefit of curiosity and discovery were, if they didn't hear great performing artists doing their thing. Cool."
15 December 2008ALAN GILBERT'S MET DEBUT NAMED TOP CLASSICAL EVENT OF 2008
In its annual survey of "best of the year" achievements, New York magazine named Alan Gilbert twice in its "classical and dance" recap for 2008. The first, under the headline "The Big Entrance", finds critic Justin Davidson calling Gilbert a "conductor with strong tastes and a talent for bringing clarity to sprawling, complex scores." Then, Davidson ranks John Adams's Dr. Atomic, which Gilbert conducted in his Metropolitan Opera debut, as the number one classical music event of 2008. Davidson writes, "The Metropolitan Opera detonated John Adams's imperfect but moving work set during the vigil before the Trinity test. With periods of hectic waiting and lengths of sublime nothingness, Adams's score overwhelmed the weaknesses in Peter Sellars's quilted-together libretto. The real star was the Met orchestra, which under Alan Gilbert sounded like one great inhaling—the upbeat to the nuclear age."
9 December 2008TWO HOT RECORDINGS – INCLUDING A GRAMMY NOMINATION
In October, the BIS label issued the first of two recordings of music by Christopher Rouse (b. 1949) featuring Alan Gilbert conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The program comprises Rouse's Iscariot for chamber orchestra, the Clarinet Concerto with soloist Martin Fröst, and the powerful First Symphony. Gilbert calls Rouses's music, "deeply heartfelt and absolutely sincere," noting, "This recording is a strong representation of important music by this composer, especially his work as a symphonist. BIS does terrific work and I'm very happy with the sound quality on this release."

After hearing the new disc, Christopher Rouse sent this note to his colleagues at BIS: "I've just had a chance to listen to the new CD, and I'm very much overwhelmed. The sound is gorgeous, and Alan's interpretations are so on the mark and so full of musical understanding that I can only marvel. If there's one piece whose performance I'm especially grateful for, it's the Clarinet Concerto. Alan and the RSPO have found the music in the piece, and Mr. Fröst's performance is beyond superhuman! It's still a work of musical lunacy, but Messrs. Gilbert and Fröst have played it the way I meant it to be played. I can't thank you all enough!"

ClassicsToday has given the album its highest rating, 10/10 for Artistic Quality/Sound Quality, calling the First Symphony "wholly gripping" and giving the BIS engineers special credit for capturing "the work's volcanic climaxes with aplomb."

In December, Gilbert received a Grammy nomination for one of his first recordings – Prokofiev's Scythian Suite with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the CSO's own label. Winners will be announced at The 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held on Sunday February 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).