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

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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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.

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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.

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Alexander McKenzie, a 23-year-old tourist from Copenhagen, is a fan of the night's soloist Lief Ove Andsnes.
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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.

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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.
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A person in line snaps a photo of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert chatting with WQXR's Elliott Forrest.
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Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic (spread throughout the hall) in Kurtag's '...quasi una fantasia...'
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The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
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The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
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The New York Philharmonic and soloist Leif Ove Andsnes perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
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The New York Philharmonic perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.
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New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert grins during Wednesday's performance.
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A standing ovation at intermission for soloist Leif Ove Andsnes.