Say it ain't so, Joe!
We salute our close friend and artistic partner Joseph Flummerfelt. This week's concerts, with the New York Premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Karawane, are the last in the legendary choral director's 44-year run of preparing choruses for New York Philharmonic concerts, as he is retiring after this season.
Highlights of his career with us include Brahms's A German Requiem nine days after 9/11, John Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls a year later (the recording of which won three Grammys), and last season's Verdi Requiem (see photo). Listen to the Verdi Requiem here.
If you've joined us or will join us for a concert this month, you may have seen the feature article on Joe in Playbill. It gives you an appreciation of his thoughtful, erudite, and deeply musical nature, and of the largely behind-the-scenes yet crucial role the choral preparer plays. If not, check it out here.
At the start of yesterday's rehearsal, Music Director Alan Gilbert congratulated Joe on stage in front of the orchestra, and they gave him a rousing round of applause.
Thank you, Joe, and best of luck.
(Photo: Chris Lee)