Tag Archives: Alan Gilbert

On Talking to the Audience

Don’t do it. Or at least, don’t do it the way we’ve been doing it. That was my thought as I watched Alan Gilbert sweat through another awkward attempt at “audience engagement” last Thursday night at the Phil. Talking to … Continue reading

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How the rest of the world listens

Here in the thousandfold echo chamber, we are different cultural consumers than most. Our live entertainment, at least before certain events, consists of concerts of classical music, with the occasional ballet or opera. Rare movies. Nothing remotely popular. Of course … Continue reading

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The Big Bang Theory

Back in the noughties, piano cognoscenti liked to trash the Chinese piano phenom Lang Lang.  The late, lamented Earl Wild once called him “the J. Lo of the piano,” and then there’s his nickname, “Bang Bang.”  Critics slammed him for … Continue reading

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Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? (Mahler, Adès, Alan Gilbert, NYPO)

Okay folks, thanks for the 15 minutes.  Can we talk about music now?  No other classical music news has topped this cell phone, not Thomas Quasthoff’s sad announcement of his retirement, not budget woes at San Antonio Opera and Trinity … Continue reading

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!@#&^%$!!!!!! (Cellphone halts Mahler’s Ninth mid-movement)

For those who say that the concert hall needs to loosen up, who want tweet-seats and more technology, be careful what you wish for. Until today I’ve never been to a concert where a cellphone stopped the orchestra in the … Continue reading

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Review: The Cunning Little Vixen at the Philharmonic, 6/24/11

Welcome to Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center’s newest green space.  Gigantic sunflowers and mottled lighting embellished the stage during the New York Philharmonic’s season finale run of The Cunning Little Vixen, a fantastical opera by Janacek about a clever fox and … Continue reading

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