New York Philharmonic's Season Opener: 'The Rite' and Beethoven

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On Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 pm, WQXR broadcast the New York Philharmonic's opening night concert from Avery Fisher Hall.

Music director Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic restructured the opening of their season so that it began with a substantial subscription program rather than a gala concert. As such, the concert begins with the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in Gyorgy Kurtag’s ...quasi una fantasia... and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

The evening's second half belongs to Stravinsky. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of its scandalous premiere, the Philharmonic presents The Rite of Spring. The piece that sparked the most famous riot in music history, on May 29, 1913, still packs a visceral punch.

Below is the archive of our live chat.

Program:

Gyorgy Kurtag: ... quasi una fantasia ...

 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Alan Gilbert, music director

Leif Ove Andsnes, pianist

Listen: Philharmonic patrons on why they came to the morning dress rehearsal:

WQXR was up bright and early to broadcast live from the Lincoln Center Plaza where people lined up for a ticket the New York Philharmonic's free dress rehearsal, a tradition now in its sixth year. Oihana Basilio, a tourist from Spain, arrived in line around 8 a.m.

( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )

The first person in line (name withheld because he's skipping work) arrived at 4:15 a.m. He said he likes watching the New York morning evolve.

( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Alexander McKenzie, a 23-year-old tourist from Copenhagen, is a fan of the night's soloist Lief Ove Andsnes.
Alexander McKenzie, a 23-year-old tourist from Copenhagen, is a fan of the night's soloist Lief Ove Andsnes. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )

WQXR host Elliott Forrest spoke with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes about his Beethoven Journey. For the New York Philharmonic's 2012-13 season opener, Andsnes will performBeethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.

( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Photo Op: Leif Ove Andsnes, New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, 21C Media Group's Albert Imperato, and New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien.
Photo Op: Leif Ove Andsnes, New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, 21C Media Group's Albert Imperato, and New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
A person in line snaps a photo of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert chatting with WQXR's Elliott Forrest.
A person in line snaps a photo of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert chatting with WQXR's Elliott Forrest. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic (spread throughout the hall) in Kurtag's '...quasi una fantasia...'
Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic (spread throughout the hall) in Kurtag's '...quasi una fantasia...' ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
The New York Philharmonic perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
The New York Philharmonic perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert grins during Wednesday's performance.
New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert grins during Wednesday's performance. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
A standing ovation at intermission for soloist Leif Ove Andsnes.
A standing ovation at intermission for soloist Leif Ove Andsnes. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
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