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8, 9, 10, 13 January 2015


VIP and newly appointed Solo Clarinetist in the New York Philharmonic  Anthony McGill performs Nielsen Clarinet Concerto


New York City USA


                        The New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert concluded The Nielsen Project - the Philharmonic's acclaimed multi-season survey of the six symphonies and three concertos by Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) - with Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto, featuring newly appointed Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill in his Philharmonic debut. As part of the project, the concerto will be recorded for future release on Denmark's Dacapo label. The program will also include Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales and selections from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.


                        The New York Philharmonic's free Insights at the Atrium series presented "Perspectives on Nielsen: A Conversation with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill," Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at which Mr. McGill and Program Annotator James M. Keller discussed the composer and The Nielsen Project. Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Consul General of Denmark in New York, will speak, officially kicking off celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Nielsen's birth. The event takes place at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Columbus Avenue at 62nd Street) and is co-presented with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


                       Upon its completion, The Nielsen Project will comprise four recordings, released by Dacapo and distributed by Naxos, to be released in a boxed set coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, June 9, 2015. The first recording - featuring Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, The Four Temperaments, and Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, led by Alan Gilbert with baritone Joshua Hopkins and soprano Erin Morley - was released in September 2012 and subsequently selected by The New York Times as one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The second recording - featuring Nielsen's Symphonies No. 1 and No. 4, The Inextinguishable, led by Alan Gilbert - was released in September 2014. wrote of this latest release: "These are strong, exciting performances of symphonies that demand the sort of bold muscularity in their execution that these artists offer.... The playing of the New York Philharmonic throughout is fresh and unaffected, full of spirit and drive." On the all-Nielsen program earlier in the season, October 1-3, 2014, Alan Gilbert conducted Nielsen's Maskarade Overture, Symphony No. 5, and Symphony No. 6, Sinfonia semplice. The symphonies were recorded for future release.


                    A devotee of the Danish composer, Alan Gilbert launched The Nielsen Project in the 2010-11 season. Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein famously championed Nielsen's music; before Alan Gilbert, Bernstein was the only Philharmonic conductor ever to record Nielsen with the Orchestra. The current project marks the first time the New York Philharmonic has recorded Nielsen's complete symphonies and concertos. More information on The Nielsen Project is available at  



     Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in September 2014. Previously principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra beginning in 2004, he is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. He has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall with many orchestras including the MET Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and New York String Orchestra. He has also recently performed with the Baltimore, New Jersey, San Diego, and Memphis symphony orchestras and Orchestra 2001. As a chamber musician Mr. McGill has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with quartets including the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miró, and Daedalus. He has also appeared with Musicians from Marlboro and at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and University of Chicago Presents. His festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and Santa Fe Chamber Music. He has collaborated with pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang, as well as violinists Gil Shaham and Midori. On January 20, 2009, he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 2013 with his brother Demarre, he appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show, and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry. In demand as a teacher, Anthony McGill serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.





3, 6, 7 January 2015


Venancio Rius, Clarinet Soloist performing Jean Francaix Clarinet Concerto with the Joven Orchestra Sinfonia de Castello


Valencia, Spain


Summary Information forthcoming





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