Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on Friday, April 15 at 8 PM in Avery Fisher Hall. Mr. Gilbert recently was appointed Juilliard’s Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies, beginning this fall 2011. He continues as the holder of the School’s Schuman Chair and conducts one concert a season at Juilliard, his alma mater, and also leads coaching sessions of ensembles and conductors, as well as performance master classes during each academic year. This semester, Mr. Gilbert has coached Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet, the Afiara String Quartet, and led a master class with Juilliard conductors and singers on excerpts from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Tickets at $30 and $15 will be available beginning March 11 at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online at www.lincolncenter.org (beginning March 11). Free student/senior tickets are available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office on sale date. For further information, contact the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard at (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 (1908-1910) is the last score completed by the composer. It is part of a trilogy that begins with Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) and leads to the unfinished Symphony No. 10. The work was first performed at the Vienna Festival by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bruno Walter, on June 26, 1912. The first United States performance was given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Serge Koussevitzky conducting on October 16 and 17, 1931. The work is in four movements. Mr. Gilbert’s 2009 recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra on the Bis label received top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine.
Music Director Alan Gilbert, The Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, assumed the directorship of the New York Philharmonic in September 2009, the first native New Yorker to hold the post, ushering in what The New York Times called “an adventurous new era” at the Philharmonic. In his inaugural season he introduced a number of new initiatives: the positions of Composer-in-Residence, held by Magnus Lindberg; Artist-in-Residence, held in 2010–11 by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; an annual three-week festival; and CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic’s new-music series.
In the 2010–11 season, Mr. Gilbert is leading the Orchestra on two tours of European music capitals; two performances at Carnegie Hall, including the venue’s 120th Anniversary Concert; and a staged presentation of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
Highlights of his inaugural season included major tours of Asia and Europe and an acclaimed staged presentation of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. In 2009–10, Mr. Gilbert became the first person to hold the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at The Juilliard School.
Friday, April 15, 2011, 8 PM
Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway and 65th Street, NYC
Alan Gilbert, Conductor
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Tickets at $30 and $15 will be available beginning March 11 at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online at www.lincolncenter.org (beginning March 11). For further information, contact the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard at (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu. Free student/senior tickets available at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office on sale date.