Things seemed amicable enough at Gilbert's farewell concerts at Geffen Hall and in the New York City parks. But at a 70th anniversary concert for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara last week, reports Mark Swed,"there was no acknowledgment of its music director from the orchestra during the bows - no tapping […]
Alan Gilbert ended his eight-year tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic, America’s oldest and once-leading orchestra, on Monday night as many a conductor ends (or begins) a music directorship — with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Beyond that, next to nothing was normal. Even the Monday...
The Texan conductor Case Scaglione, Associate Conductor with Alan Gilbert’s New York Philharmonic, has been named Chief Conductor of the Württemberg chamber orchestra in Heilbronn. Case writes: ‘A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of making my German debut with one of the most sensitive, responsive, and overall incredible orchestras that I’ve ever had […]
Transitions at the Met and the Philharmonic.
Alan Gilbert, whose tenure as the music director of the NY Philharmonic just ended, has a new appointment: he will be the music director of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, starting in the fall of 2019. He was their principal guest...Show More Summary
"He is leaving a fixer-upper on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for a sleek new home in Hamburg, Germany. Alan Gilbert, the departing music director of the New York Philharmonic, announced Friday that he would be the next chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, whose striking new $843 million concert hall overlooking Hamburg's […]
This morning’s buzz over Alan Gilbert’s appointment as music director in Hamburg is confined strictly to the music business and few media strap-hangers. Gilbert is a decent conductor, in his fifties. Hamburg has a fine hall. But will anything change? Has word of the announcement made your blood race? What was the last time you […]
The new chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie, named this morning, says he was planning to take a break after the NY Philharmonic but the new hall in Hamburg offers him the space to innovate. ‘It’s about embracing the new,’ he said. In English. Just like the Berlin Philharmonic. UPDATE: When were you last excited […]
Live on social media, the NDR Elbphilharmonie of Hamburg has just announced a successor to Thomas Hengelbrock, starting in 2019. The new music director will be, as we predicted, Alan Gilbert. The Hamburg announcement comes weeks after Gilbert’s festive departure from the New York Philharmonic after seven years as music director. The Elbphilharmonie is portraying […]
The ex-chief of the New York Philharmonic is in line, we hear, to succeed Thomas Hengelbrock at the NDR Elbphilharmonie, where he used to be principal guest conductor. Hengelbrock announced this week that he’s standing down in 2019. A successor will be announced in Hamburg on Friday. Alan Gilbert’s name is in the frame, but it’s […]
"Many pundits say he did all the right things - modern music, standard repertoire, plus staged operas. In a world that's being dazzled by high-personality Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the question is whether Gilbert did them right enough, with the personal magnetism to pull it off. Or with a fighting spirit, which, he suggested […]
In his eight years leading the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert has witnessed the power of music to connect cultures -- and watched as political strife consumes much of the world. Closing his tenure in one of classical music's most prestigious positions, Gilbert is planning a next chapter by creating a sort of United Nations of orchestras. Show More Summary
"I reckon his tenure was at least 80 percent successful, though in a recent interview with the Times he seemed dissatisfied. “To a degree I lost my stomach to fight for things,” he said, “because I thought we were doing good work generally, and musically things were going in the direction I wanted them to.” […]
Musicians from around the world, including Yo-Yo Ma and members of his Silk Road Ensemble, joined the orchestra on Thursday for “A Concert for Unity.”
I first grasped the sublime bedlam the conductor Alan Gilbert was capable of unleashing in 2004, when he joined the lineup for the New York Philharmonic’s Ives Festival. He sculpted the Fourth Symphony’s mayhem, surveying the score’s broad New England landscape and twisting its jangling, nattering tunes into a massive, ... More »
As Mr. Gilbert prepares to step down as the orchestra’s music director, he finds his legacy is far from assured.
"As Mr. Gilbert prepares to leave, it is clear from interviews that things did not go quite as planned.... And it's in doubt whether some factions of the organization really want change after all: The pathbreaking new-music happenings that marked Mr. Gilbert's early tenure have been scaled back in scope and daring in recent […]
"[He] has expanded the mind-set of the Philharmonic - the major legacy of his tenure. His artistic priorities now seem embedded in the orchestra's identity. It must champion contemporary music.... It must continue to appoint dynamic performers as artists in residence and give them a say in programming. It must regularly leave Lincoln Center […]
The outgoing music director of the New York Philharmonic is asked for his views on the President of the United States. His reply is translated on screen in German subtitles. Watch.
The Sht Joke 1:19 Hear Alan Zweibel and Gilbert Gottfried tell one of our favorite jokes in this Funny or Die exclusive outtake from THE LAST LAUGH, the outrageously funny and thought-provoking film that asks: “Are we allowed to make...Show More Summary