Archive for the ‘Curiously Random’ Category

In Praise of …

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert I’ve often spoken about the uniquely awesome capacity of the New York Philharmonic, but I really must tip my hat to the musicians for what they have done over the last few weeks. From Sunday, October 24, through Thursday, November 4, we were on tour in Europe, playing in familiar cities, such […]

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Back from Tour … Stay Tuned

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert As much as I enjoy putting my thoughts down in writing and sharing them here, in my blog, that is just not going to happen today. On Friday I returned from a very satisfying, very exciting, very busy tour, and although there is much about the time I spent in Europe that […]

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On Tour(ing)

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert We are in Ljubljana, the second stop on our European tour. It should have been the third country, but what would have been the Orchestra’s first trip to the Republic of Georgia was cancelled abruptly a few weeks ago by the presenters – that is to say, by the government of Georgia. […]

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Arts and Krafts

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert One thing about great art is its ability to speak to a wide spectrum of humanity, and its uncanny knack for getting people with widely differing outlooks to see what they want to see in the work. This week Kraft, Magnus Lindberg’s landmark piece from 1985, has proven itself as a great […]

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

By Alan Gilbert As I have been preparing my second posting here, I read a blog that admonished me for not “feeding the beast” by posting more frequently. This was nice to read, but I admit that it made me nervous about keeping up with the regular demand of writing. Of course I am very […]

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A Day in the Life

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

by Alan Gilbert I am not going to introduce this blog with a portentous statement about what it means to be a music director today. This isn’t going to be a philosophical platform. Rather, I think that people might be interested in going behind the scenes, to know what I imagine many would find to be […]

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