Following in the footsteps of composer Steve Reich and critic Alex Ross, Music Director Alan Gilbert will give the Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture in 2015. In its announcement the RPS said the lecture allows "leading practitioners and thinkers to discuss the future of classical music."
“It is a great honor to be invited to give the Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture when the New York Philharmonic will be in London on our EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour," Gilbert said. "The subject of classical music and its future is always in my mind, so being able to address them by following a line of important composers, critics, and administrators in this high-profile forum will be both a challenge and a pleasure.”
Alan will deliver the lecture while the Orchestra is in London performing concerts at the Barbican Centre, during its second International Associate Residency, as part of the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour.
The lecture continues a relationship forged between the New York Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Society during the RPS Bicentenary in 2013, which included the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze, a New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Royal Philharmonic Society and the BBC.