June’s Linked Music guest Alan Gilbert on connecting music and gesture
April 15th, 2012
This June, Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, will join host Peter Cummings on Linked Music.
In addition to launching what New York Magazine called “a fresh future for the Philharmonic,” Gilbert is also the principal guest conductor at NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg and the director of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School.
The New York Times recently profiled Gilbert in a feature on music and gesture, including a motion capture video of his conducting.
There is no way to really put your finger on what makes conducting great, even what makes conducting work. Essentially what conducting is about is getting the players to play their best and to be able to use their energy and to access their point of view about the music. There is a connection between the gesture, the physical presence, the aura that a conductor can project, and what the musicians produce.
Stay tuned for broadcast schedule details.