On a weekend that is sure to be packed with commemorative concerts and cultural events, the New York Philharmonic is taking a large-scale approach to marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The Philharmonic announced Monday that Alan Gilbert will lead a free performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm in Avery Fisher Hall. WQXR will broadcast the concert live on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org.
“Mahler‘s Second Symphony, Resurrection, powerfully and profoundly explores the range of emotions provoked by the memories of 9/11,” said Music Director Alan Gilbert in a statement about the 90-minute symphony. “This great masterpiece has a very special place in the history and psyche of the New York Philharmonic, but its message of renewal and rebirth is universal.”
The concert, which features soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists, will also be broadcast on WNYC 93.9 FM on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 pm. A PBS broadcast will take place that evening at 9 pm.
The Philharmonic also said Monday that its annual free Concerts in the Parks will return to New York’s five boroughs on July 11-17, 2012. An announcement about the conductors, repertoire, and specific locations will come next season. The orchestra canceled this summer's concerts because of scheduling conflicts that stemmed from a free concert with the tenor Andrea Bocelli on Sept. 15 as well as the free Sept. 10 memorial concert.
The Sept. 10 concert will be projected on a screen in Lincoln Center’s plaza, echoing a similar event that took place on Sept. 20, 2001, when Kurt Masur led the Philharmonic in Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem.