“Though the week after Christmas is usually a slow period for classical music, the New York Philharmonic has a worthy program,” writes Anthony Tommasini in Wednesday’s (12/21) New York Times. “On Wednesday, Dec. 28, Alan Gilbert conducts the combined forces of the Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s ‘The Jungle’ (Symphony No. 4), a Philharmonic commission. The concert also offers William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto, a lively, inventive piece that Mr. Gilbert and the orchestra introduced in June; it’s written for Joseph Alessi, the orchestra’s principal trombone, who is again the soloist. The program opens with Copland’s ‘Quiet City.’ ” In 2010, the Philharmonic performed Marsalis’s Symphony No. 3 (“Swing Symphony”) together with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; that score was a co-commission among the Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Posted December 22, 2016