The New York Philharmonic announced their 169th season (cexcy!), Alan Gilbert’s second year as Music Director with premieres, debuts, and special guests in spades.
The season starts on September 22 with a Gala Opening night that will host the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis's new composition, commissioned jointly with a whole lot of love by the NY Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the L.A. Philharmonic.
Gilbert gets a big chunk of the conducting pie and will lead a staged version of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in June (in an, um, English translation) with Isabel Bayrakdarian as the CLV. He'll also conduct the NYC premiere of Thomas Adès' Multimedia in Seven Days (Ades' on piano) that boasts a dazzling multimedia display. Gilbert taps Mahler again with his 4th, 5th & 6th symphonies and Kindertotenlieder (with Thomas Hampson). He'll be ducking out of NYC as ~Music Abassador~, taking his orchestra on two European world tours, October 2010 and May 2011, details forthcoming. He'll also conduct Carnegie Hall's 120th Anniversary Concert in May 2011 and a Lang(2) New Year's Evening Tchaikovsky extravaganza.
If Gilbert doesn't always make you trill your Yamamotos, 2010-11 offers guest appearances by Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Sir Colin Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Masur, Paavo Järvi, and Christoph von Dohnányi (among others -- you can go here for the full run-down). Sir Colin Davis will conduct Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn (with Dorothea Röschmann and Ian Bostridge); Daniel Harding makes his Philharmonic debut in March 2011 with Mahler's 4th...lol Daniel Harding in NYC means that the Seventh Seal has been broken, go stock up on duct tape and Campbell's soup; Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead a three-week festival to celebrate Haydn, Bartók, and Ligeti called Hungarian Echoes; Michael Tilson Thomas hosts that Sunday matinee crowd-pleaser "Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in Yiddish Theater" in April 2011.
Battling Magnus Lindberg's in-Residence dictatorship is violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter as the 2010/11 Artist-in-Residence. She'll be sharing the soloist spotlight with (OC's abbreviated list) Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Nikolaj Znaider, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emanuel Ax, Jonathan Biss, and Yefim Bronfman.
The Cunning Little Gilbert! Team NYPhils!