New York Philharmonic heads to Santa Barbara, and vice versa

Posted on: April 1, 2014

“The New York Philharmonic and the Music Academy of the West, a music school and festival in Santa Barbara, Calif., have set up a four-year partnership under which student fellows from the academy will train with Philharmonic musicians and Alan Gilbert, the orchestra’s music director, both in Santa Barbara and New York,” writes Allan Kozinn in Monday’s (3/31) New York Times. “Mr. Gilbert will participate in the Music Academy’s programs each summer, starting in 2014. Up to five Philharmonic musicians will be guest faculty for one week each summer in Santa Barbara, where they will give master classes, coach chamber music sessions, present lectures and give private lessons. And up to 10 academy fellows will travel to New York for 10-day apprenticeships with the orchestra. The plan also calls for performances by the Philharmonic, led by Mr. Gilbert, at the academy’s summer festival in 2015 and 2017, with a joint concert in 2017 to celebrate the academy’s 70th anniversary. In 2014 and 2016, Mr. Gilbert will conduct the academy’s student orchestra at the festival, and Joshua Weilerstein, an assistant conductor at the Philharmonic (and an academy alumnus) will conduct the festival orchestra and winners of the academy’s concerto competition in July 2014.”

Posted April 1, 2014