Opening Night Gala

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

As summer approaches, the Philharmonic takes you back to its season opener in September 2010. Alan Gilbert kicks off his second season at the helm of the Philharmonic with the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony, featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Strauss's Don Juan and Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber round out the program.

About the Swing Symphony

Can an orchestra swing? That's one of the questions posed by Wynton Marsalis's Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3). Spanning six movements, it is intended as an overview of the history of jazz. The piece was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and the Barbican Centre, London.

This isn't the first time that Marsalis has composed for classical forces. In 1995, he collaborated with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to compose the string quartet, At The Octoroon Balls. That was followed by the premiere of Blood on the Fields, his 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio on slavery, and All Rise, an oratorio the New York Philharmonic premiered in 1999.

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