It’s a live webcast, but the conjunction will still raise eyebrows…. not least in Detroit, where they are trying to reboot the US car industry.
The venue for the webcast has been tailored to Magnus Lindberg’s work Kraft, which employs industrial materials. The New York Philharmonic will use luxury Phaeton car parts, provided by Volkswagen specifically for the concert. Alan Gilbert says: ‘Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft is all about power and construction, and therefore it has found a remarkably apt venue in the Volkswagen factory’. Ho-hum.
Press release below:
(to avoid brand confusion, we wish to clarify that the image is from a London Philharmonic advertisement for Mini cars)
On Tuesday, May 14 at 2pm, EDT, medici.tv will present a free, live webcast of the New York Philharmonic’s concert of 20th- and 21st-centurymusic at Volkswagen’s Die Gläserne Manufaktur, or Transparent Factory, in Dresden, Germany. The sold-out concert, given as part of the orchestra’sEUROPE/SPRING 2013 tour and presented by the Dresden Music Festival, will showcase Magnus Lindberg’s groundbreaking, site-specific workKraft with the composer himself at the piano, alongside Prospero’s Rooms by Christopher Rouse and Bernstein’s Serenade with Joshua Bell as violin soloist. The webcast will be available to audiences worldwide for the following 90 days.
With video production by the New York Philharmonic, this will be the first Philharmonic concert from Europe to appear on medici.tv, following the success of webcasts of the New York Philharmonic’s historic concert from Pyongyang, DPRK, in February 2008 (the performance was also released on DVD by EuroArts); its 2013 gala concert celebration of Chinese New Year; and the orchestra’s spatial music program Philharmonic 360, a co-production with the Park Avenue Armory in July 2012 that has been seen by more than 65,000 unique viewers to date.
The highlight of the webcast will be Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft, which was given its New York premiere in October 2010 by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, during Lindberg’s tenure as the orchestra’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence. It offers European audiences a taste of the unusual and adventurous repertoire for which the orchestra has become renowned under Gilbert, who describes the piece as “raucous and theatrical.” In keeping with the composer’s original intent, the orchestra will use repurposed, locally sourced metal: in this case luxury Phaeton car parts, provided by Volkswagen specifically for the concert. In addition to Lindberg himself at the piano, Kraft’s soloists include Philharmonic principal percussionChristopher S. Lamb and associate principal percussion Daniel Druckman, principal timpani Markus Rhoten, and principal cello Carter Brey, as well as Chen Halevi on clarinet and Juhani Liimatainen on electronics.
“Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft is all about power and construction, and therefore it has found a remarkably apt venue in the Volkswagen factory,” said Music Director Alan Gilbert. “We are gratified that our collaboration with medici.tv – which produced our webcasts of other outstanding events, including last year’s Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory – is allowing us to share this unique experience with as large an audience as possible.”
“Since its New York premiere in 2010, Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft has represented the innovative and exciting journey on which Alan Gilbert is taking the Philharmonic’s musicians and audiences,” said Executive Director Matthew VanBesien. “We are absolutely delighted to have medici.tv as our partner in realizing our dream of sharing this unique event with a worldwide audience.”
Also featured in the program are two American works, including the Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse’s Prospero’s Rooms, a Philharmonic commission that received its world premiere in New York by the orchestra in April and will also be heard in Istanbul, Zurich, Munich, and Vienna. The program is rounded out with violinist Joshua Bell performing Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium), which was described by the composer himself as his most important serious work, and which was recorded by Bell in 2001.