New York Philharmonic: Opening Night Gala 2011

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The New York Philharmonic launches its 170th season with an Opening Night Gala Concert. Soprano Deborah Voigt takes on the difficult excerpts of Wagner's Tannhäuser and Strauss's Salome, plus Barber's Homerian monologue Andromache's Farewell. A pair of overtures -- the Tannhäuser opening and Barber's nostalgic romp, The School for Scandal Overture -- round out the program, with Alan Gilbert on the podium.

WQXR broadcasts the opening night concert live at 7:30 pm with hosts Elliott Forrest and Midge Woolsey.

Please note: Audio will be available for streaming for two weeks only.

Program Details:

Barber: The School for Scandal Overture
Wagner: “Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhäuser
Barber: Andromache's Farewell, for Soprano and Orchestra
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
R. Strauss: Intermezzo, Dance and Final Scene from Salome

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Deborah Voigt, soprano


More from the New York Philharmonic: On Sept. 10, WQXR presented a live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic's performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, a free concert that marked the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

→ Listen to that broadcast on-demand
→ View a slideshow of audience members' memories of music after 9/11


Comments [3]

yichihara from NJ

Wow! What a Tannhäuser! It really was something! It is one of most frequently played, familiar classical music pieces on records, on concerts; the piece countless times I have heard so far in my life. But too often it was grandiose and boring.

Tonight’s performance led by Alan Gilbert was like, I was listening to a totally new piece, a piece I had never heard before, which was filled with indescribable power. I was on my way back home in my car, was to stop by Wholefoods. I parked my car in the parking lot in front of the store and kept sitting in my car to listen to this extraordinary performance.

The tempo was notably slow. But it made each single note in the first hone section stand out, drawing the hidden beauty of this work. I could not wonder if this was the true Wagner’s intent. I never knew Tannhäuser was such a beautiful, solemn piece. The string only part in the middle sounded so sensual and vibrant. I felt like I was hearing totally different piece. It was magical, and I wished I had been there at Lincoln Center.

Now I am very curious about what a critic on the New York Times has to say about tonight’s Tannhäuser in tomorrow’s paper.

Sep. 22 2011 12:33 AM
JudyW from Oregon

Another vote for Zubin Mehta, please.

Sep. 21 2011 11:38 AM
toni tynan

I would like to vote for Kurt Mazur to lead the orchestra at the gala concert. Thank you. Toni Tynan, Greenwich, CT 203/622-7960

Sep. 21 2011 09:49 AM

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