LIVE from Leipzig: the New York Philharmonic

Don’t forget to visit nyphil.org/leipzig today at 2:00 p.m. EDT for a live concert by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic from Leipzig’s Gewandhaus as part of the International Mahler Festival 2011. The performance — the tenth concert on the Orchestra’s EUROPE / SPRING 2011 tour — features Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, with baritone Thomas Hampson, and the Symphony No. 5.


Subway Series

Principal Trumpet Phil Smith and Principal Trombone/Mets fan Joe Alessi have a showdown of their own while looking for a place to practice in Berlin.

Today’s Virtual Tour features photos from Budapest and Berlin, as well as a video remembrance from a retiring Orchestra member, and a clip of baritone Thomas Hampson rehearsing Mahler.

The New York Philharmonic is playing its seventh concert of the Europe / Spring 2011 tour in Berlin, a city that has hosted the Orchestra on 15 trips and 22 concerts, the first in 1930 on the historic tour of Europe with then music director Arturo Toscanini. This photograph from September of 2005 of the Gedaechtniskirche — the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, parts of which withstood Allied bombing during World War II — offers a vivid contrast to the gleaming towers of reconstructed Berlin as seen from the bus carrying the Philharmonic musicians to their hotel.

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Photo by Chris Lee