Live from Lincoln Center's New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve Gala Concert

Wed, 12/31/2008 - 8:00pm

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham

Dario Acosta

Tune in to Live from Lincoln Center's New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve Gala Concert, airing Wednesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (cable 1011 and DT 21.1), which marks Maestro Lorin Maazel’s last as music director of the Philharmonic. Renee Fleming serves as host to ring in the New Year with this glamorous evening of opera favorites from Bizet’s Carmen, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Lehár’s The Merry Widow performed by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

Lorin Maazel, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since September 2002, has led more than 150 orchestras in more than 5,000 opera and concert performances. He has conducted seven world premieres–New York Philharmonic commissions, led cycles of works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, and has taken the Orchestra on numerous international tours, including the recent historic visit to Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Since its inception, it has played a leading role in American musical life, reaching out to audiences with touring that began in 1882; recordings beginning in 1917; and radio broadcasts since 1922, now represented by The New York Philharmonic This Week, syndicated nationally 52 weeks a year.

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham opened her 2008–09 season singing Berlioz in South America, and later performs in New York, Paris, and Munich. She will host the fourth annual Opera News Awards, perform at the Prague Spring Festival, and will close her season with recitals in Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Vienna, and Brussels. At The Metropolitan Opera she appears as Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and as Marguérite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. Also on Ms. Graham’s schedule are songs by Berg in St. Louis, by Ned Rorem with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Mozart arias in Salzburg. She has performed leading roles from the 17th to the 20th centuries at the world’s principal opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Dresden’s Semperoper, and at the Salzburg Festival, and has appeared with most of the world’s foremost conductors and orchestras.

Live From Lincoln Center
is in its 33rd broadcast season. The series has received 13 Emmy Awards, most recently for this year’s broadcast of “New York City Opera: Madama Butterfly.” Produced by Lincoln Center’s John Goberman, this series has made the world’s greatest artists on Lincoln Center’s renowned stages accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It remains the only series of live telecast performances on American television today.

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