A Concert for New York

About the Program

UPDATE: Due to the presidential address, the broadcast time of the concert on 9/11 has been changed to 9:30 p.m.

In remembrance and renewal, THIRTEEN’S Great Performances will broadcast A Concert for New York , performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 , led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, taped the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection — featuring soprano Dorothea Röschmann mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists — will air Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). The concert will also be broadcast internationally that same day.

Great Performances is a presentation of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local arts programming to the New York community.

“Mahler‘s Second Symphony, Resurrection, powerfully and profoundly explores the range of emotions provoked by the memories of 9/11,” said Gilbert. “This great masterpiece has a very special place in the history and psyche of the New York Philharmonic, but its message of renewal and rebirth is universal. We offer it as a tribute to those lost ten years ago.”

Composed between 1888 and 1894, Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, is an all- encompassing work, complete with a triumphant final movement for voices and orchestra in the tradition of Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 9.

The idea for the finale of the Resurrection Symphony came to Mahler in a flash of inspiration while he was attending the memorial service of Hans von Bülow, his benefactor and predecessor as conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic. The composer was just then struggling to find a text suitable to his lofty intensions. As he described it: “The mood in which I sat there and thought of the departed one was exactly that of the work which, at the time, occupied me constantly; at that moment the chorus near the organ intoned the Klopstock chorale, ‘Aufersteh’n! [Arise!]‘ It struck me like a thunderbolt and everything stood clear and vivid before my soul.”

Mahler‘s setting of the 18th-century German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock‘s ode builds in majesty and intensity, as the Resurrection is depicted in a paean of triumph. The Philharmonic gave the work‘s U.S. premiere in December 1908, when the composer led the New York Symphony (which merged with the New York Philharmonic in 1928 to form today‘s New York Philharmonic), and has now performed the work a total of 28 times.

Music Director Alan Gilbert, the Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, began his tenure at the New York Philharmonic in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he ushered in what The New York Times called “an adventurous new era” at the Philharmonic. In the 2010-11 season Mr. Gilbert led the Orchestra on two tours of European music capitals; two performances at Carnegie Hall, including the venue‘s 120th Anniversary Concert, which was broadcast on Great Performances; and conducted the acclaimed staged presentation of Janaček‘s The Cunning Little Vixen.

Born in Flensburg, Germany, soprano Dorothea Röschmann made her critically acclaimed debut at the 1995 Salzburg Festival as Susanna in Mozart‘s The Marriage of Figaro. At The Metropolitan Opera she has sung the Mozartean roles of Susanna, Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Ilia (Idomeneo) with James Levine.

Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung has performed with the New York, Los Angeles, and Vienna philharmonic orchestras; She has also appeared at many of the world‘s finest opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, and has given numerous recitals worldwide.

New York Choral Artists, a professional chorus founded and directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, has been heard with the New York Philharmonic in recent seasons performing repertoire ranging from Michael Tippett‘s A Child of Our Time to Mozart‘s Requiem.

A Concert for New York is directed by Michael Beyer. For Great Performances, John Walker and Cara Cosentino are producers; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

Credit Suisse is the Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic. Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, Vivian Milstein, LuEsther T. Mertz, the Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Joseph A. Wilson, public television viewers, and PBS.