Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will kick the NY Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel to the curb this Fall -- showing NYers how it's done with a little bit of West Coast flava -- by opening Carnegie Hall's 2008-09 season on September 24, 2008 in a Lenny Bernstein love-fest titled, "Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds". Lending star presence will be Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and The Hampy-Hamp Thomas Hampson.
The NY Philharmonic has devoted its upcoming season to the commemoration of the 90th anniversary of Lenny's b-day, and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director. The Lenny festival will present 30 events (from the opening of the season until December 13, 2008) such as symposia, exhibitions, and film screenings, with many concerts narrated by his daughter, Jamie.
Highlights ahoy, like a November concert with Gustavo Dudamel & the Israel Philharmonic performing Lenny's Halil and Jubilee Games. We might have to rearrange our US vacations for some of these events.