Try to catch this show tonight on PBS at 8PM.
Some info here.
I've included the latest info about the show below. I have tickets for it tomorrow but will be taping it tonight. I'm sure Gil Shaham will be great but the reason I'm so excited is that Tom Stacy will be playing "The Swan of Tuonela"! He was supposed to do this in April and I had tickets for one of the dress rehearsals but they changed the program at the last minute. I was so mad! That's why I've splurged and bought tickets for an evening performance this time. If you all remember this piece is the reason I am playing oboe today. I was entranced by it when I first heard it last summer and from that day forward I slowly began to research the oboe and English Horn until eventually I decided to try playing it. I'm sure Tom Stacy will make good work of it. Actually the entire program is quite interesting. I can't wait!
Important Program Update
June 15-18, 2005
Maestro Lorin Maazel has cancelled his performances this week with the New York Philharmonic due to illness. In his place, David Robertson has graciously agreed to conduct this week's program.
The revised program features Stravinsky's The Firebird and Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, as well as the previously-announced Sibelius's Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham, and Sibelius's The Swan of Tuonela, featuring Philharmonic Principal English Horn Thomas Stacy.
David Robertson has been hailed as one of the most important conductors of his generation. Of his New York Philharmonic performances, New York Magazine wrote "he draws brilliance and passion from the Philharmonic." "He makes everything seem fresh," added The New York Times.
33-year old American Gil Shaham is likewise one of classical music's brightest stars. The LA Times calls his playing "gorgeous, spontaneously passionate and deeply felt." Shaham also happens to be David Robertson's brother-in-law.
The new program details are:
Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 16, 7:30 PM
Friday, June 17, 11:00 AM
Saturday, June 18, 8:00 PM
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Stravinsky: The Firebird: Suite for Orchestra (1919)
David Robertson, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Thomas Stacy, English horn