ALAN GILBERT TO BE MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Riccardo Muti To Be in Residence Multiple Weeks Per Season
Alan Gilbert (right)
For years one subject has sparked speculation throughout New York — in fact, throughout the nation’s music community: who will be the Philharmonic’s next Music Director. On the morning of Wednesday, July 18, 2007, savvy music journalists converged on Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall to hear the bold and fresh answer: 40-year-old American Alan Gilbert will be the Orchestra’s 25th Music Director, and the first native New Yorker to hold the post.
Beginning with the 2009-10 season, Mr. Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic for 12 weeks each year, will lead the Orchestra on national and international tours, and will have responsibility for the evolution of the artistic profile of the Orchestra. “We are thrilled at the choice,” stated Philharmonic Chairman Paul B. Guenther. “He is a highly respected member of the Philharmonic family, and a great New Yorker. We all look forward to a very bright future.”
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