New York Phil’s annual free dress rehearsal, plus opening gala on PBS

Posted on: September 18, 2012

As in recent years, the New York Philharmonic will open to the public its dress rehearsal for its opening-night concert, and PBS will also telecast its opening gala the following week on Live from Lincoln Center. On September 19, the Philharmonic will offer free general admission tickets for the dress rehearsal to that evening’s opening-night concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m., with Philharmonic musicians including violinist Hae-Young Ham and trumpeter Ethan Bensdorf on hand to greet those waiting in line for tickets. The opening-night program, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, features György Kurtág’s … quasi una fantasia and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, both with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. New York radio station WQXR will air live coverage of pre-dress-rehearsal events and interviews with Gilbert, Andsnes, and fans.  On September 27 at 8 p.m., PBS will telecast the Philharmonic’s opening gala, featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman performing selections such as John Williams’s theme from Schindler’s List, Massenet’s “Meditation from Thaïs,” plus works by Sarasate, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov; also on the program will be Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.

Posted September 18, 2012