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The most expensive batons in America

The new list of maestro earnings from Drew McManus reveals the following pay scale. 1 Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas, $5m (see here) 2 Riccardio Muti, Chicago Symphony $2,309,837 3 Christoph Eschenbach, NSO, $2,274,151 4 Alan Gilbert, NY, $1,751,570...Show More Summary

This Week in Posivibes: New York Philharmonic

To kick off its series of free concerts in Central Park, the New York Philharmonic is paying tribute to the victims of the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic’s music director, dedicated the performance to “not just to the memory of the victims,” but also to “the idea that we are all part of a shared humanity,” the New York Times reports.

Map of the New

“What composers do is, without exaggeration and without any shred of hyperbole, the most important thing that is happening in music at any given time.” So said Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, at this year’s NY Phil Biennial, a sprawling three-week survey of new and recent music in the classical tradition. Show More Summary

Stop Holding Your Breath.

Everybody wants him. Between the announcement of Alan Gilbert's departure from the NYPO and the somewhat surprising appointment of Jaap van Zweden as his successor, the favorite candidate of almost everyone in NY was Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra's composer in residence. Show More Summary

Curtis mourns its conducting professor

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We have received notice of the death, at 89, of Otto-Werner Mueller, professor of conducting at the Curtis Institute, possibly the most sought-after tutor in America. His students included Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Rossen Milanov. Show More Summary

Gap Year

Facts to consider: The New York Philharmonic season announcement identifies the 2016-17 season as Alan Gilbert's farewell to the orchestra. The New York Philharmonic's incoming music director, Jaap van Zweden, starts the job in 2018-19. Show More Summary

Conducting Business

The New York Philharmonic ended its yearlong search for a new music director to replace the outgoing Alan Gilbert last week by selecting Jaap van Zweden, an established conductor with an intense, demanding style—and in doing so, followed a conservative path long taken by major orchestras. Show More Summary

Alan Gilbert goes out in a blaze of … New World Symphony

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The New York Philharmonic has announced the farewell season of its departing music director.  Sets pulses racing? OPENING GALA CONCERT: New York Philharmonic Premieres Past and Present THE NEW WORLD INITIATIVE: Season-Long, Citywide Immersion in DVO?ÁK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY THE NEW YORK COMMISSIONS: Works on NEW YORK Theme by New York–Based WYNTON MARSALIS, SEAN SHEPHERD, […]

Philharmonic hires Dutch conductor van Zweden to become music director

Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden has been hired to succeed Alan Gilbert as music director of the New York Philharmonic. Gilbert, who began in 2008-09, said last February that he intended to... To view the full story, click the title link.

NY Phil Appoints Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden NY Philharmonic Photo Jaap van Zweden, currently music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic, will be the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, succeeding Alan Gilbert. (Link is to the press release.) Van Zweden starts his term in 2018-19 and will be music director designate in 2017-18. Show More Summary

The New York Philharmonic’s New Director Is Jaap van Zweden

The New York Philharmonic, facing a near-future that looks rocky even by the standards of a modern orchestra, has appointed the 55-year-old Dutch violinist and conductor Jaap van Zweden to succeed Alan Gilbert as music director next year. It’s hardly an obvious choice. As music director of the Dallas Symphony... More »

New York Philharmonic Taps Jaap van Zweden as Its Next Maestro

5 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The appointment of Mr. van Zweden ends nearly a year of speculation about who would succeed Alan Gilbert as music director when he steps down next year.

Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2016' on ABC

6 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

SERIES Live From Lincoln Center The New York Philharmonic rings in the new year with the sounds of Paris in this new episode featuring Alan Gilbert and Susan Graham. 8 p.m. KOCE and KPBS SPECIALS A Toast to 2015! Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb welcome Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker,...

One thing’s for sure: The New York Philharmonic will pick the wrong man. Again

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Alex Ross has been running his eye down the candidates who are likely to succeed Alan Gilbert as New York’s music director, based on current guest trials. He doesn’t seem too excited. Nor are we. Esa-Pekka Salonen has been there, done that, doesn’t seem too keen. Manfred Honeck has enjoyed some success at Pittsburgh. Modest […]

New York Phil pays up to Kansas Royals

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Last week, Alan Gilbert took up a bet from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony over which city would win the World Series. He lost. There’s a consignment of bagels and lox on its way to KC. And much crow being eaten in Manhattan. Gilbert concedes defeat below.  

It’s Kansas City Symphony vs New York Philharmonic

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

It’s the World Series showdown. KC music director Michael Stern has flung down a challenge to Alan Gilbert and the NY Phil. Place your bets now. Oh, a picture from the KC Royals subs bench.  

Alan Gilbert Reads John Cage’s Diary

Amazing: “One of the minor ironies of the postwar avant-garde is that an artist so resolutely against personal expression and the myth of the inspired genius should become the focus of a cult of personality. But that’s exactly what happened with John Cage before, and especially after, his death.” At Hyperallergic, Alan Gilbert takes a […]

Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado turns on the charm at Hollywood Bowl

9 months agoArts : Culture Monster

The rumor mill surrounding the search for a new music director of the New York Philharmonic when Alan Gilbert's contract expires in 2017 is ever active. Among the names that keep coming up is Pablo Heras-Casado.

The NY Phil’s Next Emerging Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdattir

Alan Gilbert, the orchestra’s music director, praised what he described as her unique, expressive voice. ‘Her uncompromising approach to building soundscapes creates a visceral, pictorial aesthetic.'”

Challenges Mount for the New York Philharmonic

last yearNews : NYTimes: News

A major renovation and finding a replacement for Alan Gilbert are just two of the major issues confronting the orchestra.

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