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Wednesday, September 16 at 8 p.m. –Live from Lincoln Center "New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala"

(Rochester, NY) The New York Philharmonic’s 2009-10 season opening night gala, live from Avery Fisher Hall, launches the Philharmonic’s 168th season and Alan Gilbert’s first as the orchestra’s music director. The program, hosted by Alec Baldwin, will open with an overture written especially for the occasion by composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg. The concert also features Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and renowned soprano Renée Fleming singing Messiaen’s Poèmes pour mi. Baldwin hosts the opening night as part of his ongoing role as the host of “The New York Philharmonic This Week,” the orchestra’s 52-week-per-year nationally broadcast radio series, in the 2009-10 season. Live from Lincoln Center “New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala Concert airs Wednesday, September 16 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011/cable11).

Alan Gilbert is celebrating his inaugural season as music director of the New York Philharmonic, the only native New Yorker to hold the post. Also in the 2009-10 season, he will become the first to hold the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School. Gilbert was chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000 to 2008, and was subsequently named conductor laureate.

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.

Pictured: Alan Gilbert                       
Credit: Courtesy of New York Philharmonic

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