Conductor James Gaffigan mans the podium for this performance by the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall, featuring an energetic collection of works including the debut of a commission by Andrew Norman. The California-based composer, whose string trio The Companion Guide to Rome was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, penned Split especially for guest pianist Jeffrey Kahane, who's spent the past two decades as the music director of the acclaimed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Norman says he "started with the idea of casting Jeffrey as a mercurial trickster, wreaking havoc in and among the various sections of the orchestra, but as the piece progressed he became ... an unwitting protagonist trapped in a Rube Goldbergian labyrinth of causes and effects." Also on the bill is Strauss' enjoyable Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Beethoven's Fourth, which starts out with somewhat ominous tones, only to become one of the composer's sunniest-sounding symphonies.
The concert runs 90 minutes, with an intermission.
Program and artists are subject to change.
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