By Michael Gioia
29 Jan 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Tony Award recipient Paul Gemignani conducts the Orchestra in a program that includes a newly commissioned arrangement from Sunday in the Park with George and orchestral selections from The Enclave, Pacific Overtures, Stavisky, Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd. The evening begins at 7:30 PM.
The program, according to press notes, "spotlights [Sondheim's] musical achievements by presenting symphonic suites of his music without his lyrics. Mr. Sondheim studied music at Williams College, and after graduating he earned a two-year grant to study with composer and music theorist Milton Babbitt. Mr. Sondheim credits Babbitt with teaching him 'long-line' composition, developing musical ideas over an extended period, and cites Rachmaninoff and Ravel as influences."
The New York Philharmonic has presented Sondheim's works 68 times, including the critically acclaimed, semi-staged production of Company in April 2011, conducted by Gemignani and featuring Stephen Colbert, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks and Patti LuPone, among others.
Avery Fisher Hall is located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. For more information and tickets, call (212) 875-5656 or visit NYPhil.org.