New York Philharmonic announces 2012-13 season

Posted on: February 23, 2012

In Thursday’s (2/23) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin writes, “The composer Christopher Rouse and the pianist Emanuel Ax will be featured presences at the New York Philharmonic next season, as composer and artist in residence, the orchestra said on Wednesday in announcing its 2012-13 programs. … The Philharmonic will highlight the musical tastes of the man most seen on its podium: Alan Gilbert, who will be in his fourth season as music director. The orchestra will present a series of four programs in June 2013 that it is calling Gilbert’s Playlist. The programs are a condensation of what the orchestra calls ‘themes and ideas’ from Mr. Gilbert’s first three years in the job.” Among the programs are “a performance by Mr. Ax of Mr. Rouse’s ‘Seeing,’ for piano and orchestra; and Stravinsky’s ‘Petrouchka,’ with puppets, dancers, live animation and video projection in a production created by Doug Fitch, who directed two of Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic successes of recent seasons: the semistaged productions of Ligeti’s ‘Grand Macabre’ and Janacek’s ‘Cunning Little Vixen.’ The orchestra, continuing the practice of grouping concerts around a composer, will put on four programs dedicated to Bach. A different conductor will lead each one. … In the spring of 2013 Mr. Gilbert takes the orchestra on a European tour for the fifth time.”

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Posted February 23, 2012