Alan Gilbert discusses his fourth season as music director and conductor of the New York Philharmonic and tells us what’s in store in the year ahead.
A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than a performance of György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Alan Gilbert is capping his first season as music director of the New York Philharmonic by leading the New York premiere of this riotous two-act opera, which has been described as “part avant-garde, part Marx Brothers.”
What would you pay for a chance to get closer to your favorite artist? For $350, you can attend a pre-show soundcheck by teen heartthrob Justin Bieber. For $800, pop princess Christina Aguilera will pose for a picture. $1750 gets you a front-row seat for Jersey arena rockers Bon Jovi – and you can even take the seat home. Today: how big-name artists are making a mint off VIP concert packages. And later: Alan Gilbert looks back at his first season as director of the New York Philharmonic.