Anthony Tommasini: Alan Gilbert’s Exit From the New York Philharmonic Sends Uncertain Signals

ANTHONY TOMMASINI: Alan Gilbert’s Exit From the New York Philharmonic Sends Uncertain Signals.

When he leaves, Mr. Gilbert will have been at the helm for eight seasons, a decent run. He makes a good point that whoever is music director when the major renovation of Avery Fisher Hall begins in 2019 (if indeed it does begin then) should remain through the two years the Philharmonic will be a nomadic ensemble and then be standing on the podium for the gala reopening. If Mr. Gilbert were to stay, that would increase his tenure to 13 years at a minimum, a long period, though hardly unprecedented.

Whatever the full story, when Mr. Gilbert moves on the orchestra and its audiences may regret his loss. I worry less for Mr. Gilbert, who has been increasingly busy with guest stints, including acclaimed performances last year with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and will surely find rewarding work.

The developments will be interesting. More on this story here.

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