New York Philharmonic Opens Season With Gala Concert, Free Outdoor Simulcast and PBS Telecast

Classic Arts News   New York Philharmonic Opens Season With Gala Concert, Free Outdoor Simulcast and PBS Telecast
The New York Philharmonic launches its 2006-07 season this evening with an Opening Night Gala conducted by the orchestra's music director, Lorin Maazel. The program features Beethoven's Egmont Overture and "Eroica" Symphony (No. 3) as well as Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat, K. 365, with soloists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman.

The performance will be telecast live from Avery Fisher Hall on PBS's Live From Lincoln Center. Beverly Sills hosts the program, which begins at 8:00 pm US Eastern time (check local listings). WNYC-FM 93.9 in New York is providing a live radio broadcast of the concert which can be heard anywhere in streaming audio at

In addition, the complete PBS Live From Lincoln Center audio/video feed, including the intermission features, will be simulcast on a large screen for an outdoor audience in Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission will be free and open to all, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The New York Philharmonic's upcoming season marks the first year of the guest-conducting arrangement with Riccardo Muti, Alan Gilbert and David Robertson which the orchestra announced in 2004. Muti will lead four weeks of programs, including Scriabin's rarely-heard Le Pome divin; Robertson, who will conduct the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Adriana Songs, and Gilbert will each appear for two weeks.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, who last conducted the Philharmonic in 1986, will lead the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Maazel will conduct Melinda Wagner's Trombone Concerto, commissioned for the Philharmonic's Joseph Alessi.

For tickets and information about the New York Philharmonic's 2006-07 season, visit

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