“The string players are making this sound like a Geiger counter.”
Michael Landers, a former national table tennis champion is set to appear in his New York Philharmonic debut on February 20.
“Bernstein was an unusually literate composer. He spent whole nights after days making music reading poetry, novels and most everything else.”
New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind is asking the city to remove a plaque commemorating a ticker-tape parade held in honor of Philippe Pétain in 1931.
Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan and conductor Alan Gilbert have developed a terrific rapport at the New York Philharmonic. On March 13, they join forces again for “Quartet for the End of Time.”
The New York Philharmonic has announced that, starting in 2018, Jaap van Zweden will be its next music director. Benjamin Ivry writes that van Zweden’s knowledge and appreciation of Jewish ritual help to make him a perfect choice for New York.
Oscar Schafer, chairman of the board of the New York Philharmonic, and his wife, Didi, pledged to give the institution $25 million.
In 2017, music director Alan Gilbert will be leaving the New York Philharmonic. So, who should his successor be? Benjamin Ivry indulges in a kind of classical music fantasy football.
Explaining his British accent, Bramwell Tovey, conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, welcomed the Avery Fisher Hall audience at its July 4th Summertime Classic Star-Spangled Celebration with: “I am here to apologize for 1776…bad decision by the King. Happy Birthday America!”
Is there a more sunny and less ego-driven violinist than Israeli-born Gil Shaham? He makes even the most virtuosic music seem so effortless and natural, it’s easy to forget how rare and difficult an achievement that is.