Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic, together with the New York Choral Artists, in a performance of Mendelssohn's grand oratorio Elijah as part of a tribute to Dimitri Mitropoulos, the orchestra's music director from 1949 to 1958, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. Mitropoulos conducted the work with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in April 1952.
The performance features an array of guest soloists including bass-baritone Gerald Finley in the title role; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote; tenor Allan Clayton (Philharmonic debut); soprano Twyla Robinson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson (Philharmonic debut) and boy sopranos Noah Sadik and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg, both from The Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz will step out of the chorus to perform the role of second alto. The New York Choral Artists are led by director Joseph Flummerfelt.