Music Director Alan Gilbert took the stage before last night's concert featuring conductor Andrey Boreyko to say a few words in honor of Claudio Abbado. Here is what he said:
We at the Philharmonic would like to pay tribute to Claudio Abbado, who died on Monday. The world has lost a true giant: a musician, a man, who touched everybody who was fortunate enough to hear him perform and to experience the generosity of his spirit.
The New York Philharmonic, all the musicians, Maestro Boreyko, and I would like to dedicate this performance to his memory.
Mr. Abbado conducted the Philharmonic in 41 concerts between 1963 and 1979. The photo shows him with Leonard Bernstein in 1963.