The emotional impact of 20th-century music is something that speaks to us all. This is demonstrated by Alan Gilbert, the new man in charge of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, with the programme of Opening Night 2019.
The New Yorker with Japanese roots and his orchestra lead the audience from the Old World to Gilbert's native America. The concert opens with the First Symphony by Hamburg composer Johannes Brahms. After the interval, we hear Leonard Bernstein's symphony »Jeremiah«, which is as good as unknown in Germany, as well as »The Unanswered Question« by Charles Ives and »Amériques« by the French immigrant Edgard Varèse.
Gilbert also highlights the international aspect of the music of our time with the world premiere of »Frontispiece« by the NDR's Composer in Residence Unsuk Chin.
At the same time, the Opening Night also marks the beginning of the »Sounds like Gilbert« festival, where the new principal conductor presents himself at the Elbphilharmonie.