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Friday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m. Live from Lincoln Center Presents "New York Philharmonic: New Year's Eve Gala

(Rochester, NY) Tune in to WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) on Friday, December 31 at 8:30 p.m. for Live From Lincoln Center, featuring the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Gala celebrating the music of Tchaikovsky, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, with star pianist Lang Lang. Ring in the New Year with this glamorous evening featuring Tchaikovsky’s magical second act of The Nutcracker, his Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, and Piano Concerto No. 1.

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by The New York Times, 28-year-old Lang Lang, has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and all the top American orchestras. Lang Lang appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over five billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympics, which has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.”  He has made it his mission to share classical music around the world with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education and outreach programs. To that effect, he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of The Recording Academy and UNICEF, and holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

Alan Gilbert, now in his second season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, is the first native New Yorker to hold the post. For his inaugural season he introduced a number of new initiatives: the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, held by Magnus Lindberg; Artist-in-Residence, this season to be held by violinist Anne Sophie-Mutter; an annual three-week festival; and CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's new-music series. In the 2010–11 season Mr. Gilbert will lead the Orchestra on two tours of European music capitals; two performances at Carnegie Hall, including the venue’s 120th Anniversary Concert; and a staged presentation of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, among other highlights. Mr. Gilbert is conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Since its inception, it has played a leading role in American musical life, reaching out to audiences with touring that began in 1882; recordings beginning in 1917; and radio broadcasts since 1922, now represented by The New York Philharmonic This Week, syndicated nationally 52 weeks a year.

Live From Lincoln Center is in its 35th broadcast season. The series has received 13 Emmy Awards, most recently for the broadcast of New York City Opera’s Madama Butterfly. Produced by Lincoln Center’s John Goberman, this series has made the world’s greatest artists on Lincoln Center’s renowned stages accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It is the only series of live performing arts telecasts on American television today.

Pictured: Lang Lang
Credit: Courtesy of Detlef Schneider

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