When Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris in May of 1913, its thorny polyrhythms and pagan-inspired choreography completely unnerved the audience, whose booing and catcalls eventually erupted into a full-blown riot. Even after the police intervened, chaos reigned for the remainder of the performance as bar-room-style brawls broke out in the Parisian aisles, sending the evening into the annals of music history.
“We’re a very democratic place,” Eric Latzky, the vice president of communications at the New York Philharmonic, said over the phone last week. “I think there was a healthy expression of ideas from a lot of people.”
When it comes to creating a concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it seems that everyone has an opinion. This Saturday, the night before the anniversary, the Philharmonic will play what it is calling “A Concert for New York.” The program is simple: Mahler’s Second Symphony, the uplifting “Resurrection,” with two excellent soloists: soprano Dorothea Röschmann and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.
But the process of choosing the piece was more complicated. What tone do you want to set at an event like this? You don’t want to be too mournful, or too triumphant. Not too explicitly tied to 9/11, but not too general.
The Eight-Day Week
On Friday evening, the conductor Riccardo Muti made his biggest play yet for New York. Mr. Muti is a brilliant, intense musician, and things are always accordingly brilliant and intense when he comes to the city.
He’s got some bad blood here. After a courtship in 2000, and then again several times over the next Read More
Wednesday, April 6
Youth and Beauty
Ah, Karen Russell. Or, as the Swamplandia! author might render it, Karen Russell! Never has a young author provoked such envy since that little minx Freudenberger. (Is it a girl thing?) But back to Ms. Russell: The 29-year-old phenom was pegged as an under-40 author to watch on that Read More
In choosing Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for his final suite of concerts with the New York Philharmonic (June 24 through June 27), Lorin Maazel doubtless wanted to go out big—and there’s nothing bigger than the Eighth, which employed some one thousand musicians at its world premiere in 1910. But in doing so, he also chose, unwittingly, Read More
"The live show is the new album cover," says David Tobias, singer/guitarist for Brooklyn’s electro-funksters Apes & Androids. In a piece in July’s Spin on the new vogue for psychadelic stage-shows, we learn that the Androids hand out kazoos to their audience so they can play along to Gary Glitter’s "Rock & Roll Part Read More
Summer is approaching and that means free concerts and fireworks! The New York Philharmonic announced details about their free concerts in New York. Hear some Mozart, Bach, and Elgar at the concerts on Staten Island, and in New Jersey, Queens, the Bronx, and Long Island. Music Director Designate Alan Gilbert will lead a concert in Read More
The New York Philharmonic has been without a summer home for awhile now. They muster residencies during the off season at city parks, Avery Fisher Hall and some shows in… Colorado. But they may have finally found their orchestral equivalent to the Hamptons: Governor’s Island. They’ll be playing a free concert there, with the Manhattan Read More
Germs have struck again! Is no cultural institution safe? While the Met is hemorrhaging singers due to illness, the New York Philharmonic’s conductor, Riccardo Muti, has been forced off the dais this week by the flu. He will be replaced by Michael Christie. During his first time conducting the orchestra, he Read More
As previously reported, the New York Philharmonic’s performance in North Korea will air on PBS (Channel 13) tonight at 8 p.m. and Thurs. Feb. 28 at 2:30 a.m. New York Times coverage of the concert after the jump.
It was the first time a major American cultural organization had appeared Read More