New York Phil 9/11 Tribute Concert to be Viewed Worldwide
Orchestra will perform Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony
The New York Philharmonic’s A Concert for New York, a free performance led by music director Alan Gilbert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, given in remembrance and renewal on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, will be available to audiences worldwide, the New York Philharmonic announced today.
A Concert for New York—which features soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzosoprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists—will take place at Avery Fisher Hall on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. and will be projected onto a large screen on Josie Robertson Plaza. It is being produced by the New York Philharmonic and ACCENTUS Music in Co-Production with ZDF/ARTE and Thirteen/WNET.
“The events of September 11 impacted not only New York City, but the country and even the world as a whole,” said New York Philharmonic president and executive director Zarin Mehta. “We are grateful to ACCENTUS Music, WNET, and ARTE—our media partners—for making it possible for us to share our musical remembrance with our global community.”
“Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, powerfully and profoundly explores the range of emotions provoked by the memories of 9/11,” said Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert. “This great masterpiece has a very special place in the history and psyche of the New York Philharmonic, but its message of renewal and rebirth is universal. We offer it as a tribute to those lost ten years ago.”
The 9/11 tribute concert will be telecast in the United States on Sunday, September 11, 2011, on PBS-TVs Great Performances at 9 p.m., on ARTE at 6:15 p.m., CET, in Germany and France, and on major television channels in Brazil, Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland, and Austria, among other European countries, as well in Asia.
The concert will also be webcast on nyphil.org at 9 p.m., ET, on September 11.
Listen to the broadcast of A Concert for New York.
A Concert for New York will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in October 2011 by ACCENTUS Music. The recording will be distributed in the States by Naxos of America.
As previously announced, the concert will also be broadcast live on Saturday, September 11 on 105.9 Classical WQXR, and will be repeated September 11 on WNYC (93.9 FM) at 8 p.m., and will also be heard at a future date on The New York Philharmonic This Week, the Philharmonic’s national and international radio concert series.
ACCENTUS Music executive producer Paul Smazcny commented that, “We want to create a concert recording that fully respects the integrity of Mahler’s Second Symphony and, at the same time, allows a reflection of the memories and emotions of the American people regarding this tragic moment in American history.”
On September 20, 2001, following the tragic events of 9/11, the New York Philharmonic, led by then music director Kurt Masur, changed its Opening Night program and cancelled its related Gala activities, instead performing Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem in a special memorial concert that was projected live onto to the Josie Robertson Plaza and telecast on PBS-TV. In addition, groups of musicians from the orchestra traveled to lower Manhattan to give chamber concerts for those living and working in that afflicted neighborhood. A year later, the New York Philharmonic gave the world premiere of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, a work co-commissioned by the orchestra and Lincoln Center on the occasion of the first anniversary of September 11, 2001.
This year, on September 30, October 1 and 4, also in remembrance of the tenth anniversary, the Philharmonic will perform the world premiere of John Corigliano’s song cycle One Sweet Morning for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, a musical perspective on the years following September 11, 2001; Stephanie Blythe will be the soloist.