Alan Gilbert on Ligeti

NY Phil Music Director Alan Gilbert Gives a Crash Course on Le Grand Macabre

Monday, May 17, 2010

Q2 welcomes Maestro Alan Gilbert, who will present the New York premier of György Ligeti's ground-breaking opera, Le Grand Macabre.

All this week, from 12-1, listen to the Maestro offer insights on a whole host of macabre topics, from the music's deep rooting in operatic tradition to what Gilbert and director and designer Doug Fitch have in store for us as they transform Avery Fisher Hall into Breughelland and why New York is the perfect setting for the piece.

Hear Alan Gilbert on Q2's Curious György festival, celebrating the genius and legacy of the brilliant composer György Ligeti, hosted by composer Sebastián Zubieta.

Opera Details:

Le Grand Macabre
Evenings of Thursday-Saturday, May 27-29
Alan Gilbert, conductor | Doug Fitch, director and designer
Avery Fisher Hall
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What is Le Grand Macabre about?

What does the score look like?

What does Ligeti require of his performers?

How does Doug Fitch treat Ligeti's music?

What existential questions does Le Grand Macabre pose?

How is Le Grand Macabre a specifically New York piece?

What are your hopes for the production?

How is Ligeti's sound unique?

What non-musical demands inform his sound?

How will you and Doug transform Avery Fisher Hall?


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