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A Varied New Season For The New York Philharmonic Begins September 22

  The New York Philharmonic begins its 2110-11 season at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on Sptember 22 with the New York premiere of a new work by the renowned Jazz and classical trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis called "Swing Symphony".  The orchestra's music director Alan Gilbert begins his second season with the orchestra ,and the rest of the program will consist of the impassioned symphonic poem Don Juan by Richard Strauss and Paul Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria Von Weber.

  The season will as usual be highly diversified in repertoire, with familia works by composers such as Handel,Mozart,Beethoven,Tchaikovsky and Brahms ,as well as works by living or recently deceased ones , and rarely heard but very interesting ones too from the past.  Conservative concertgoers who feared that maestro Gilbert's commitment to contemporary music would deprive them of a chance to hear their favorite masterpieces need not fear, as these will be a prominnent part of the repertoire.

  But it's vital to give new works a chance to be heard, or the repertoire would stagnate, which would be fatal for classical music.  But no one can accuse the New York Philharmonic of ever having failed to give contemporary composers a hearing .

  Distinguished guest conductors will include such eminent veteran maestros as Sir Colin Davis and Christoph Von Dohnanyi, and rising young podium talents such as Andris Nelsons of Latvia, who recently made his Metropolitan opera debut leading Puccini's Turandot .  Others will be Michael Tilson Thomas , David Robertson , Paavo Jarvi, son of renowned conductor Neeme Jarvi, and  Finnish composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. 

  The soloists will include such great names as violinists Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell and Anne-Sophie Mutter   The English composer pianist and conductor Thomas Ades (Ad-es) will play his new piano concerto, and many other distinguished musicians, as well as such renowned opera and concert singers Karita Mattila and Thomas Hampson. 

  Works by contemporary composers such as Russia's Sofia Gubaidullna,  Estonia's Erkki-Sven Tuur,Sebastian Currer and the late Gyorgy Ligeti,who passed away a few years ago.  Maestro Salonen will conduct a festival of music by the leading composers of Hungary,such as Bela Bartok, Franz Liszt, Gyorgy Ligeti and others, and composers who wrote music inspired by the music of that nation ,including a concert performance of Bartok's only opera, the brooding and mysterious "Bluebeard's Castle", which features a cast of only two singers and no chorus.

  Maestro Gilbert will conduct a staged performance of the opera "The Cunning Little Vixen "by the unique Czech composer Leos Janacek, a fascinating opera about the animals of a Czech forest and their relationships with humans. The main character is a Fox ! 

  The season will be a stimulating mix of familiar and unfamiliar. I'm not sure if the opening night concert will be telecast by PBS, but check your newspaper to see if it is, and don't miss it.  For more information,check the orchestra's website,


Posted: Sep 12 2010, 06:02 PM by the horn | with no comments
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