The New York Philharmonic's 2013-14 season will be marked by an integration of ongoing artistic initiatives that have become hallmarks of Alan Gilbert's tenure as Music Director, alongside the introduction of new ideas that will advance the Orchestra and its role in the cultural life of New York City and the world.
Artistic partnerships will continue and grow, with cross-pollination in all facets of the season. Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-inResidence Yefim Bronfman will perform on CONTACT!, the Philharmonic's new-music series, and will be the featured soloist in The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival (the first time an Artist-in-Residence is performing on the Philharmonic's multi-week festival), which will showcase Beethoven's complete piano concertos alongside World Premieres by composers commissioned as part of the Philharmonic's Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.
World and New York Premieres by Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse, continuing his two-year term, will be performed at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, while he curates an informal and adventurous CONTACT! series that will expand its reach through a new partnership with the 92nd Street Y. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic will travel to Asia for their second tour there together, with concerts in Seoul and Tokyo, among other cities to be announced, and with 3 repertoire including former Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 (a Philharmonic commission), with Yefim Bronfman, and Christopher Rouse's Rapture. This season, the Philharmonic introduces the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, a 10-day, immersive exhibition showcasing the best of today's new music; bids farewell to Glenn Dicterow in his final season as the Orchestra's Concertmaster; and presents a new film-music week, THE ART OF THE SCORE. As always, the Philharmonic will present today's leading artists and conductors performing wide-ranging repertoire, champion contemporary composers and rarely heard works, and perform programs that highlight new perspectives on established works.
"From the start I had hoped that the seemingly disparate initiatives we introduced when I arrived would eventually collide, intersect, and intertwine in a natural, organic way," Music Director Alan Gilbert said. "I am gratified that in the coming season our partnerships with an inspired performer and a complex composer will blend with the cultivation of brand-new music and fresh perspectives on masterpieces of the past to become an exciting mix. This experimentation is made possible by the enthusiasm and excellence of the Philharmonic musicians; my relationship with them deepens and grows every year, and I am grateful to have them as active artistic collaborators."
"It has been a highlight of my tenure thus far to work with Alan on crafting the 2013-14 season," said Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien. "Over the last year, we have been reimagining what an Orchestra can be in the 21st century, and I'm thrilled that some of our ideas are already coming to fruition in the 2013-14 season."
"After four seasons, Alan Gilbert's initiatives are interacting in beautiful ways to create yet
another inspired and creative season," said Chairman Gary W. Parr. "The Board of Directors and I would like to thank our generous supporters for helping us bring Alan's vision alive on the
concert stage, encourage young composers, collaborate with longtime friends, and bring the
dedicated virtuosos that make up this wonderful Orchestra to audiences around the world."