"There are so many practical considerations that can militate against integration — we’re trying to transcend those. If this biennial can be a very pure and optimistic expression of that, so much the better."
So said Music Director Alan Gilbert on WNYC's Soundcheck this week. He sat down with host John Schaefer to talk all things NY PHIL BIENNIAL, from the blurring line between rock and classical ("Like Duke Ellington said, 'There're two kinds of music: good music and the other kind'") to the future of orchestras ("When we pare down and become a lean, mean contemporary-music ensemble, we can do a lot of things. The ability to be flexible and reactive, and use the capacity that is quite unique to the New York Philharmonic — I think that’s what the modern orchestra is going to be about").
Check out the interview here.