Gilbert is the chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the music director of the Santa Fe Opera. Tonight's concert marks something of a homecoming for the young conductor, who is the son of two Philharmonic violinists.
The performance also features soprano Celena Shafer, tenor Kurt Streit, and bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu‹all making their Philharmonic debuts‹as well as mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby and the Westminister Symphonic Choir.
The Philharmonic has performed the holiday oratorio at the church for the last three years. This year's performances run through Saturday, December 18.