May 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Listening is very important to Alan Gilbert. It is not surprising for a gifted musician to have attentive ears, but to succeed as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, you have to hear much more than just the music. Before taking his first leadership post at the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 2000, Gilbert made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and since appearing on the podium of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1998, Gilbert has clearly been listening to what been going on in Southern California.
February 3, 1996
Saul Goodman, 89, timpanist with the New York Philharmonic for 47 years. Goodman joined the orchestra when he was 21 and played for a succession of internationally known conductors including his favorite, Arturo Toscanini. Goodman played the first performance of a timpano to be broadcast, and performed with studio orchestras for radio, television, motion pictures and recordings.
April 11, 1990 |
East German conductor Kurt Masur was named to a 5-year term as music director of the New York Philharmonic, effective with the 1992-93 music season. He takes over during the Philharmonic's 150th anniversary. During the 1990-91 season, Masur will conduct two subscription weeks and will provide an overview of artistic matters, including guiding the planning of the 1991-92 season and the audition of orchestra personnel.
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August 13, 2003 |
Julius Baker, 87, one of the leading flutists of his generation and the first flutist of the New York Philharmonic for nearly two decades, died Aug. 6 in Danbury, Conn. The cause of death was not announced. Baker was born in Cleveland, studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and earned a diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After graduation in 1937, he went back to his hometown and joined the Cleveland Orchestra.
June 27, 2009 |
Tonight, an audience will shove through a narrow, rickety walkway under ratty scaffolding to witness Lorin Maazel raise the roof at Avery Fisher Hall. For his last concert as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Maazel will conduct Mahler's massive Symphony No. 8, written to accommodate 1,000 performers and performed here with a still-impressive 351 musicians, choristers and vocal soloists. That Maazel will sonically raise the roof I have no doubt, because that is what he did Thursday night in the second of the run of four performances of Mahler's setting of the end of Goethe's "Faust," possibly music's most impressive representation of heavenly ascent.
January 3, 1999 |
When the New York Philharmonic arrives in Southern California this week for the first time in more than a decade, it will not bring with it any music by Mahler. But Mahler's ghost will hover, nonetheless. On Mar. 31, 1909, in a program at Carnegie Hall that included Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Mahler conducted the first concert of a newly reorganized Philharmonic. And he remained as the orchestra's music director for two busy years before a heart infection forced his sudden return to Vienna.