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Live from the Plaza: at the Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

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On a picture-perfect Wednesday morning, the WQXR team traveled to Lincoln Center Plaza to broadcast live in advance of the New York Philharmonic's opening-night gala concert. Host Elliott Forrest spoke with audience members as they arrived to claim tickets for a free dress rehearsal. Also joining us for the occasion were Philharmonic president and executive director Zarin Mehta, music director Alan Gilbert and trumpet soloist and composer Wynton Marsalis.

At 7:30 a.m. several hundred had already gathered for the morning dress rehearsal
At 7:30 a.m. several hundred had already gathered for the morning dress rehearsal ( Brian Wise/WQXR )
L-R: Alan Gilbert, Zarin Mehta, and Elliott Forrest
L-R: Alan Gilbert, Zarin Mehta, and Elliott Forrest ( Graham Parker/WQXR )
Elliott Forrest with (L to R) Wynton Marsalis, Alan Gilbert and Zarin Mehta
Elliott Forrest with (L to R) Wynton Marsalis, Alan Gilbert and Zarin Mehta ( Graham Parker/WQXR )
The crowd gathers as Elliott Forrest interviews (L to R) Wynton Marsalis, Alan Gilbert and Zarin Mehta
The crowd gathers as Elliott Forrest interviews (L to R) Wynton Marsalis, Alan Gilbert and Zarin Mehta ( Graham Parker/WQXR )
Elliott Forrest speaks with Kathy, a Philharmonic patron (and number two in line!)
Elliott Forrest speaks with Kathy, a Philharmonic patron (and number two in line!) ( Brian Wise/WQXR )
Elliott Forrest chats with Tim, a Philharmonic patron
Elliott Forrest chats with Tim, a Philharmonic patron ( Graham Paker/WQXR )
Elliott Forrest (R) with WQXR Vice President Graham Parker (L)
Elliott Forrest (R) with WQXR Vice President Graham Parker (L) ( Brian Wise/WQXR )
Philharmonic Patron Kathy with (L-R) Elliott Forrest, producer Brian Wise and engineer Bill Bowan
Philharmonic Patron Kathy with (L-R) Elliott Forrest, producer Brian Wise and engineer Bill Bowan ( Graham Parker/WQXR )
Graham Parker and Alan Gilbert survey the scene
Graham Parker and Alan Gilbert survey the scene ( Lucy Kraus/New York Philharmonic )
Alan Gilbert greets the audience
Alan Gilbert greets the audience ( Brian Wise/WQXR )
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