Marking Alan Gilbert’s season finale as Music Director of the NY Phil this ‘Concert for Unity’, showcasing the universal language of music,will bring together musicians from more than 19 orchestras around the world together with the New York Philharmonic to perform three concerts at the Lincoln Centre.
The special program was conceived by Alan Gilbert in coordination with the New York Philharmonic, following conversations with the former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. This event will launch a new initiative to be led by Alan Gilbert in which musicians from around the world will come together to perform music at critical times in support of peace, development and human rights.
The concerts will be accompanied by a public forum discussing the role music and arts play in contributing to the vision of a more peaceful and interconnected society.
A cellist with the MSO for almost 30 years, David Berlin said he was honored to be taking part in the New York Philharmonic's global orchestra project. 'Great music is a powerful way of expressing compassion and support to a community that is in crisis, wherever that may be,' said Mr Berlin.
The countries involved in the global orchestra include Australia, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom and the United States.