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Streaming Alan Gilbert

Gilbert

NY Philharmonic, Thursday at 8:00 pm


First there was the 45, then there was MTV, the Walkman, the CD, and the iPod; now…?

New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert gets it: his job description isn’t the same as his predecessors’. YouTube boasts having more than 1 billion unique users every month—that’s one in seven people worldwide. Viewership exceeds a staggering 6 billion hours of YouTube videos monthly—of course that doesn’t guarantee views. But considering Avery Fisher Hall has a capacity of 2,738 ticketed seats, a video with 1,376 views starts to mean something, and Alan Gilbert knows he’s got to be there.

This week the New York Philharmonic welcomes violinist Leonidas Kavakos to perform the Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold, the famous Hollywood composer (the truth about Korngold—he went to Hollywood to escape Hitler, but never stopped seeing himself as a composer of concert music). The Korngold Violin Concerto has been more a staple of the repertoire in the past couple decades. Leonidas Kavakos is one player who has brought it increasingly to audiences. The broadcast also includes more from the orchestra’s Nielsen Project.

See Alan Gilbert’s YouTube commentary on this week’s concert:

 

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