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New York Philharmonic Opening Night
New York Philharmonic Opening Night
Opening night gala launches the Philharmonic’s 168th season
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This concert features beloved soprano Renée Fleming

Live From Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic Opening Night Concert with Maestro Alan Gilbert and Renée Fleming

Aired Wednesday, 9/16 at 8:00 p.m. on CPTV

Live From Lincoln Center, produced by Lincoln Center's John Goberman, makes the world's greatest artists accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It remains the only series of live broadcast performances on American television today. Approximately six major Lincoln Center performances are televised to a national audience of millions each year. In addition to its thirteen Emmy Awards and fifty-three Emmy nominations, Live From Lincoln Center has won two George Foster Peabody Awards, two Grammy Awards, three Monitor Awards, a Television Critics Award, and many others.

The following is an excerpt from the "TV Notes" of this broadcast by Martin Bookspan:

The opening of each new season of the New York Philharmonic is always a special event in the music world. For us at Live From Lincoln Center it is special because it marks the start of a new season of telecasts. This year's opening, on Wednesday, September 16 is super-special: it marks the beginning of the Alan Gilbert era at the Philharmonic. Though he has conducted the Orchestra numerous times over the past several years, September 16 will inaugurate his assumption of the role of Music Director.

For the Gala Opening Concert of the new season Alan Gilbert has chosen a program that telegraphs his musical enthusiasms: open ears for new music and a healthy respect for repertory staples. The concert begins with a world premiere, an Overture composed for the occasion by the esteemed Finnish composer, Magnus Lindberg, who will serve as Composer-in-Residence for the Philharmonic for the next two seasons. Following the Lindberg will be the song cycle "Poèmes pour Mi" by French composer Olivier Messiaen. After the intermission we'll hear one of the cornerstones of symphonic music, the "Symphonie Fantastique" by Berlioz.

Magnus Lindberg was born in Helsinki, studied at the Sibelius Academy and is part of an extraordinary generation of Finnish musicians who have become prime movers on the international scene. Two of his classmates were Esa Pekka-Salonen, who recently completed an historic tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the highly-acclaimed composer Kaija Saariaho. Together the three of them formed a new music performing ensemble called Ears Open Society.

Olivier Messiaen composed his "Poemes pour Mi" for soprano and piano in 1936, orchestrating it in 1937. It was dedicated to his first wife, the violinist Claire Delbos; "Mi" was her nickname. The nine songs of the score are divided into two books. The songs of the first book deal with preparations for marriage; those of the second book are concerned with marriage as a spiritual union. The texts were written by Messiaen himself. Learn more...

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