February 10, 2017
NWS Conducting Alumnus Makes New York Philharmonic Debut
Joshua Gersen, the New World Symphony Conducting Fellow from 2011 to 2014, made a surprise New York Philharmonic subscription concert debut last night, stepping in for an ill guest conductor. Even after a day-long blizzard that shut down much of the city, “The show must go on” was the prevailing philosophy at Lincoln Center as the performance went on as scheduled.
Gersen is currently Assistant Conductor at the NYPhil. He was named to that position in February 2015, and took up the post at the beginning of the 2015-16 season. He had already been serving as Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony and continues in that position through this season.
Perhaps echoing the similar last-minute NYPhil conducting debut of Leonard Bernstein in 1943, or NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas' unscheduled New York debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, replacing William Steinberg mid-concert at Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center in 1969, Gersen’s debut was notable and no less newsworthy (The New York Times covered all three occasions). Congratulations to “J.D.” who was otherwise scheduled to reach that milestone conducting debut next year.
Click here to read The New York Times interview with J.D.
Click here for the NYPhil Facebook post on J.D.'s debut
Click here for the NYPhil Instagram post on J.D.'s debut
Click here for the concert review in the New York Classical Review
Photograph at top by Chris Lee
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