The Well-Tempered Ear

NY Philharmonic starts new era on TV Wednesday night | September 15, 2009

By Jacob Stockinger

Classical music lovers should like this mid-week concert that doesn’t make us rush through dinner and stay out late.

So save Wednesday night for the PBS series “Live from Lincoln Center” (produced by Emmy-winning UW-Madison graduate John Goberman) will televise the orchestra’s opening night’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center, the iconic performing arts complex in New York City. (Can it really be 50 years since it went up?)

Even if you can watch this enjoyable historic event live, you can record it for later viewing.

The broadcast will feature the opening of the first season and the national debut of the New York Philharmonic’s 42-year-old new music director and conductor Alan Gilbert (below), whose parents have long been connected to the Philharmonic.AlanGilbert3

He’s young, he’s good and he is adventurous in his programming, which some observers are skeptical about and others are wildly enthusiastic about. (For a profile with question-and-answer interview, see

The programming for Wednesday night’s concert seems to show how Gilbert will mix the old and the new.

Superstar soprano Renee Fleming (right) will solo reneefleming in 20th-century composer Olivier Messiaen’s orchestral songs “Poemes pour Mi,” the world premiere of a work by contemporary  Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg and then Hector Berlioz’ long-respected and frequently performed mainstream Romantic masterwork “La Symphonie Fantastique,” which includes the famous drug-induced hallucination passage and also a march to the scaffold.

Check the story and local listings at PBS:

In Wisconsin, the concert will be broadcast Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on Wisconsin Public Television Channel 21  (WHA-TV in Madison) and on the high definition channel. (Following it at 10 p.m. will be the Vienna Philharmonic’s Summer Concert with Daniel Barenboim.)

Be sure to let The Ear know if you like having TV concerts included in the blog.

And don’t forget a short review of the concert with what you think of Gilbert and the program. Here’s a chance for you to be the critic.

The Ear wants to hear.

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1 Comment »

  1. A hearty yes for reminders on locally broadcast performances of note. I would have missed this otherwise, and I always find myself landing on the Met Broadcasts by chance on PBS. Thanks!

    Comment by Brian H — September 15, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

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