I love this time of year – warmer weather, longer days of light. The only downside is that the New York Philharmonic’s season is coming to an end. Another satisfying concert with some very interesting, unusual programming, thanks to Music Director, Alan Gilbert.
The centerpiece of the evening was Marsalis’ Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3), featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Gilbert. As a prelude to this work, we heard a first half of jazz influenced works – Stravinsky’s Ragtime for 11 Instruments and Shostakovich’s Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two). These works were directed by Assistant Conductor, Case Scaglione. The opening half concluded with Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Mark Nuccio on clarinet.