Philharmonic in Red, White and Blue? Not Quite Yet

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Philharmonic in Red, White and Blue? Not Quite Yet

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI

Published: February 28, 2010

One expectation arising from Alan Gilbert’s appointment as music director of the New York Philharmonic was that, by instinct and experience, this native New Yorker would foster the creation and performance of works by American composers.

So far it has not turned out that way. The Philharmonic’s 2010-11 schedule, announced last month, includes many enticing programs: a staged performance of Janacek’s opera “The Cunning Little Vixen”; the New York premiere of the British composer Thomas Adès’s multimedia piano concerto “In Seven Days”; and the first indoor performance in the United States of “Kraft” by the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, the Philharmonic’s composer in residence. But only a few works by living American composers will be heard on subscription programs next season, and works by earlier generations of 20th-century composers are almost nonexistent.

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