Monday, May 5, 2014
Alan Gilbert, music director
Christopher Rouse: Requiem (NY Premiere)
Jacques Imbrailo, baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
New York, New York
Orchestra founded 1842
2,027 bridges, 22 subway lines and every cuisine known to humankind bring together five boroughs to create what many people consider the greatest city on earth. There is such an abundance of fine institutions here that some have to double up on names (the Met, the Met, and the Mets, for instance). New York City is home to several of America’s most instantly identifiable landmarks; parks that range in size from a suburban backyard to twice the acreage of Monaco, and many world-class universities, one of which was founded by royal charter of England’s King George II and whose faculty long included Mozart’s best librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. In the immortal words of the late, great songwriters Comden and Green, both natives of the city: “New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town; the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” Carnegie Hall, they left unsaid, is right in between.
New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world; on May 5, 2010, it performed its 15,000th concert—a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra in the world. The orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championing the music of its time, and is renowned around the globe, having appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries, including its October 2009 debut in Vietnam and its February 2008 historic visit to Pyongyang, DPRK, earning the 2008 Common Ground Award for Cultural Diplomacy. The Philharmonic’s concerts are broadcast on the weekly syndicated radio program The New York Philharmonic This Week, streamed on nyphil.org, and have been telecast annually on Live From Lincoln Center on United States public television since the series’ premiere in 1976.
The Philharmonic has made almost 2,000 recordings since 1917, with more than 500 currently available. The first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live, the Philharmonic released the first-ever classical iTunes Pass in 2009–10; the self-produced recordings continue with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic: 2013–14 Season. The orchestra has built on its long-running Young People’s Concerts to develop a wide range of education programs, including Very Young People’s Concerts, for pre-schoolers; School Day Concerts, with supporting curriculum for grades 3–12; the School Partnership Program, enriching music education in New York City; Very Young Composers, enabling students to express themselves through original works; Learning Overtures, fostering international exchange among educators, and online resources used in homes and classrooms around the world. Alan Gilbert became Music Director in September 2009, succeeding a series of 20th-century musical giants that goes back to Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini. Credit Suisse is the New York Philharmonic’s exclusive Global Sponsor. For more information, visit www.nyphil.org.