"Live From Lincoln Center" PBS Broadcast, Celebrating Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, Airs Dec. 31 | Playbill

News "Live From Lincoln Center" PBS Broadcast, Celebrating Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, Airs Dec. 31
"Live From Lincoln Center" presents New York Philharmonic: New Year's Eve Gala, celebrating the music of American twentieth-century composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, is broadcast on PBS Dec. 31 at 8 PM ET (check local listings).

Conducted by New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert and featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the evening includes Bernstein's overture to Candide and his symphonic dances from West Side Story, as well as Gershwin's "Concerto in F" and "Rhapsody in Blue."

Bernstein won a Special Tony Award in 1969. Wonderful Town, with music by Bernstein, was awarded the Tony for Best Musical in 1953. He is also known for his work on the Tony-nominated musicals Candide and West Side Story, as well as On the Town and Peter Pan, among others.

Gershwin is known for his work on Of Thee I Sing, Porgy and Bess, Crazy For You, Come Fly Away, The Lady in Red, Snapshots of 1921, Strike Up the Band and Girl Crazy, among others.

Thibaudet, a recent inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, has released a recording of Gershwin's works for piano and orchestra with jazz band orchestrations by Ferde Grofé with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. He has previously collaborated with Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Joshua Bell and the Rosetti String Quartet.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Philharmonic has commissioned and/or premiered works by each era's leading composers and is renowned around the globe, having appeared in 430 cities in 63 countries. "Live From Lincoln Center" is in its 36th broadcast season and has received 13 Emmy Awards. Produced by Lincoln Center’s John Goberman, "Live From Lincoln Center" is made possible by a major grant from MetLife.

For more information, visit lincolncenter.org.

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