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Symposium: Alan Gilbert – New York Philharmonic

David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall)
Lincoln Center
New York, NY


Maestro Alan Gilbert is widely known for his strong connection to new compositions, and composers, and has led some of the most interesting new music programs available with the outstanding New York Philharmonic. Celebrating his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert will give the New York Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, alongside Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos in Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and the New York Premiere of Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the second Kravis Emerging Composer, an honor introduced during Alan Gilbert’s tenure; and an exploration of how music can effect positive change in the world.

Join Maestro Gilbert and members of the Conductors Guild in this Symposium for a day to focus on repertoire. We begin the day with registration at the home of the New York Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, in the beautiful surrounds of Lincoln Center, followed by attendance at an Open Rehearsal of the NY Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall.

Following the morning, open rehearsal, we will join Maestro Gilbert for lunch and a one-on-one group discussion about his most interesting and most-liked performances of new works.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the current program, guest artists, and discuss the creation of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Arieality receiving its New York Philharmonic premiere.

We are very pleased to announce that composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir will attend our luncheon and symposium discussion with Maestro Gilbert!  

Participating conductors will be expected to participate in this knowledge-filled discussion by bringing their questions and comments regarding new repertoire and its performance.

As an added bonus to our Conductor’s Symposium with Maestro Alan Gilbert, we are pleased to add rehearsals and an additional concert with Maestro David Leibowitz and the New York Repertory Orchestra during this May 18-20 weekend!  These events are optional to Conductor’s Symposium participants, but plan to attend a pre-rehearsal discussion of repertoire, community orchestras, and the ever-present logistics on Thursday, May 18 beginning at 5pm, followed by observation of the New York Repertory Orchestra dress rehearsal from 7pm – 10pm.

Repertoire will include:

  • Stravinsky:  Le baiser de la fee
  • Rossini:  Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra
  • Beach:  Symphony in E minor (“Gaelic”)

Then, join the musicians and Maestro Leibowitz at a post-rehearsal discussion at a local pub/restaurant.

Friday, May 19 Conductor’s Symposium with Maestro Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic, and composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Saturday, May 20:  8:00pm  Reserved seating for Symposium participants at the New York Repertory Orchestra performance, followed by a social gathering post-concert, at a local pub/restaurant.  There is no charge for the NY Repertory Orchestra performance on May 20.


Requirement – 
All participants must have completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, with either a conducting or composition focus, be a pre-DMA candidate, DMA graduate, or conductor with a well-established career working directly with orchestras.  Before registering, and if uncertain of your eligibility, please contact Jan Wilson at the Conductors Guild office.

Brahms -Violin Concerto
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin

Anna ThorvaldsdottirAeriality (New York Premiere)

Esa-Pekka SalonenWing on Wing (New York Premiere)
Anu Komsi, Soprano
Piia Komsi, Soprano

Registration –
Includes open rehearsal ticket, discussion, and luncheon. Friday evening’s performance ticket is the responsibility of each participant.
$450 for previous Conductors Guild Workshop, or Symposium Participating Conductors
Please contact Jan Wilson at the Guild office prior to registering.


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