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A Trip to New York for Mozart’s Requiem

The chaotic hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping in the Big Apple might not be appealing to all lovers of classical music. Why not go to an exquisite concert instead? Before the seasonal shopping craze hits New York in full, there are some quiet autumn days in November. When mild temperatures and the turning leaves of Central Park provide the backdrop for a special musical event: the New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs the Requiem.

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Posterity owes Mozart’s Requiem to a commission by Count Franz Walsegg-Struppach. The count intended to claim Mozart’s work as his own to commemorate the death of his own wife. Mozart never found out who commissioned the masterpiece. He only met a mysterious messenger, who paid for the composition in advance. Mozart composed this great work to some extent on his own deathbed, rattled by attacks of fever and plagued by pain and the fear of death. The occasion of the commission and Mozart’s own emotional state shaped the character of this unique work. What kind of music could be more suitable for this time of the year, when days grow shorter and melancholy, even grief, hangs almost palpably in the air?

This may have been in the mind of Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in New York, when he put Mozart’s Requiem on the schedule for November 7th, 8th and 9th. What perfect timing. 

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra – the oldest orchestra of the USA

The New York Philharmonic was founded as early as 1842 and became widely active after merging with the New York Symphony Society in 1928. In 1962 it found its home in the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center – where the Requiem will be performed. The Philharmonic can look back at historic performances such as the guest performance at Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea - the first performance of an American orchestra in the communist State. Alan Gilbert succeeded Lorin Maazel as the principal conductor in the 2009/10 season, making him the first native New Yorker in charge of the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to the Requiem, works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel will be performed. All in all, a programme that is certainly worth a trip to the Big Apple!

For further information on the venue and ticket reservations you will find at the NY Philharmonic Orchestra website.

Experience Mozart’s Requiem in the “Big Apple”

Experience Mozart’s Requiem in the “Big Apple”

Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, New York Source: Wikimedia