Live from the Plaza: at the Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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

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Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, N J

The Gala Opening Night of the NY Philharmonic in its 168th year with this its 15,054th concert WAS A SUCCESSFUL EVENT. Hearing the swinging "Swing" symphony #3 of 45 year old Wynton Marsalis with its glimpses of harmonies of Gershwin and Copland and ragtime and Sammy Kaye's orchestra's arrangements and the sprightly treatment by both the NY Philharmonic, with its 85 members, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with its 15 members, the composer and trumpet soloist sitting in with his ensemble, conducted by the versatile 36 year old Maestro Alan Gilbert, obviously enjoying himself, with virtuosic performances by trumpet and alto sax soloists, and strong brass and percussion sections. The allegro movement demonstrated why Wynston Marsalis' trumpet wizardry is so universally lauded in both the classical and jazz worlds. His playing, Wednesday September 22nd, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, lived up to his reputation. Hand clapping by the percussion section and piano accompaniment make this symphony an uncommon work.. Marsalis said in the intermission that he has given up classic music in favor of jazz, "It is too difficult to do both at my age because of all the rehearsal time necessary." The orchestra is a United Nations assembly of just about every ethnic and race imaginable, an ensemble committed to making the 45 year old Marsalis, the Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber," which riotously closed the concert, and the 26 year old Richard Strauss' "Don Juan," an early work which encapsulated the bravura zest for living of that womanizing seducer hero, masterpieces, so different from one another, yet lovingly treated to their individual appropriate style presentation.

Oct. 03 2010 08:36 PM
Lou Gerbino from Silver City,Iowa & Easton,Ct.

Just viewed NY Phil. slideshow.Seems as if WQXR is even more about cmmunity,& family, the way we define it,since the changeover.I'd have to move back to NYC full time without it on the web.Thanks for all you do,& have always done,for us.

Oct. 03 2010 09:26 AM

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