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Anthony McGill, Mozart & the Pathétique

Oct 23 - Oct 25

NY Phil Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill is the soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, a showcase for the instrument’s expressive ability. Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony stirs the soul with​ rich melodies and dramatic intensity. Rafael Payare conducts this concert, which begins with Sofia Gubaidulina’s tone poem inspired by Miloš Macourek’s The Little Piece of Chalk, an allegory of artistic perseverance​​​.

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall



Sofia Gubaidulina

Fairytale Poem


Clarinet Concerto


Symphony No. 6, Pathétique


Rafael Payare Conductor

Rafael Payare’s 2023–24 season marks his second year as music director of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and his fifth as music director of California’s San Diego Symphony, the latter relationship recognized as one of the most dynamic in North America. He previously served as principal conductor and music director of the Ulster Orchestra from 2014 to 2019, appearing twice at the BBC Proms (2016 and 2019), and now holds the title of the ensemble’s conductor laureate in recognition of his vast artistic contribution to the orchestra and City of Belfast.

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Anthony McGill Clarinet

Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in September 2014, becoming the Philharmonic’s first African American Principal player. He is the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards, given to musicians who represent the highest level of musical excellence.

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