In a co-production with Brooklyn Academy of Music, the BP will perform in December Tan Dun's The Gate. The fourth part of a cycle of orchestral works entitled Orchestral Theatre, The Gate is a multimedia piece for Beijing Opera actress, Japanese puppeteer, string orchestra and film, premiered in 1999 by the NHK Symphony under Charles Dutoit. The BP/BAM production of the work, part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, will feature BP musical director Michael Christie in a dramatic role: Christie will play the Gatekeeper, who hears the arguments from three of history's most tragic heroines as they plead for rebirth at the last judgment.
In March 2008, violinist Lelia Josefowicz will join the BP in John Adams's The Dharma at Big Sur, which was originally commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the inauguration of Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003. Also on the evening's program are Bart‹k's Divertimento and Takemitsu's Signals from Heaven and Three Film Scores.
In May, Scott Yoo will conduct the BP in a performance of Stravinsky's Pulcinella, featuring world premiere choreography by Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
In February, the BP launches the Brooklyn Philharmonic 2008 Corigliano Festival, celebrating the life and work of the composer on his 70th birthday. Among Corigliano's works to be performed are the Pied Piper Fantasy, Mr. Tambourine Man, Snapshot: Circa 1909 and the Sonata for violin and piano. The festival will also include a master class with Corigliano at Brooklyn College.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic also announced that Christie has extended his contract through the 2009-10 season, and that his relationship with the orchestra will be on an evergreen renewal basis whereby an extra year will be added to the contract indefinitely by mutual agreement.