|Posted by The Fourth Wall on July 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM|
posted by Greg
I love Alan Gilbert. There, I've said it. Since taking the helm of the New York Philharmonic in 2009, he has organized some of the most exciting concerts and created a new face for what a top modern orchestra should be. In addition to programming a lot of fantastic contemporary repertoire and working hand-in-hand with some of today's greatest living omposers, he has mounted three phenomenal, large-scale, multidisciplinary operas...no...shows...no...theatres musicales....ummmm...supercool things! Gilbert and the Philharmonic first collaborated with Doug Fitch and his live animation company, Giants Are Small, to stage Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre" in 2010. I had the good fortune to see the show live and it was an outstanding spectacle. Janacek's "The Cunning Little Vixen" was the second collaboration in 2011 and just two weeks ago, the NYPhil, Gilbert, Fitch, and Giants Are Small came together again to mount a production called "A Dancer's Dream" - developed at the University of Maryland with James Ross, who has done some fantastic collaborations with Liz Lerman involving dancing musicians and will hopefully discover our work someday soon and invite us out to play... - which is inspired by Stravinsky's "Petrushka" and "Le Baiser de la Fée". In this latest production, the musicians of the Philharmonic got into the act with choergraphed foot stomping, costumes, a little dancing, and a live tea party in the middle of the band. As we here in The Fourth Wall get ready for our first orchestra show in November with the Capital City Symphony (more on that soon), it is exhilerating to see the heavy weights of the orchestra world embracing the hybrid arts!
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