WildKat PR is proud to announce David Finckel and Wu Han as new clients. As a very celebrated pairing in the classical music industry, David and Wu Han have been praised as chamber musicians, soloists, entrepreneurs and artistic directors.
Cellist David and pianist Wu Han were recently chosen by Musical America as their 2012 Musicians of the Year, honouring their work as great performers and their important contributions as artistic directors to organisations such as the Lincoln Centre and Music@Menlo, their own festival in California, USA. In the late 1990s David and Wu Han also founded ArtistLed, the first internet based classical music record label, run by musicians.
Upcoming engagements for the duo include: this year’s Music@Menlo festival from the 18th July to the 10th of August, which celebrates the work of J.S. Bach. David Finckel is also performing his last season with the Emerson String Quartet, with whom he has played with for decades.
WildKat PR will be working with David and Wu Han on their projects and press in the UK and across Europe.
A night to remember: on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, the world paused to commemorate those who were affected. In countries around the world people watched the live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert performing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. The “Concert for New York” is out on ACCENTUS Music DVD and Blu-ray this November.
German soprano Dorothea Röschmann and American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung joined the New York Choral Artists for the performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony – an appropriate choice for the concert as it explores ‘every aspect of life, from it agonies to its joys to its profound sense of hope’ said conductor Alan Gilbert.
The free concert was performed at Avery Fisher Hall and broadcast live to thousands of New Yorkers, who gathered outside the Lincoln Centre to watch on big screens. ‘I have based my life on the hope that art can speak to people in times like this. I believe that art can speak to people in a unique way – words often are not sufficient to plumb the depths of what people are feeling or trying to express,’ said Gilbert in an interview. The New York Times described the evening as an ‘intensely moving programme… an ideal choice to help New Yorkers reflect, heal and persevere … All the performers were palpably swept up in the music: the excellent chorus; Ms DeYoung; Ms Röschmann, who sang with deep expressivity; and the orchestra’.
The new release not only captures the extraordinary performance of “A Concert for New York” but also the atmosphere of the evening, reflecting the emotions of the audience as they remembered this tragic moment in American history. The program features bonus material including interviews with Alan Gilbert, and with Zarin Mehta, the Orchestra’s President and Executive Director.
Watch the trailer here:
The DVD and Blu-ray will be available through major music retailers and on nyphil.org in the U.S. on November 8, 2011 and worldwide from the end of November 2011.
New York’s musical public is famously hard to impress. But three times in five days the audience at Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, surged to its feet to give a standing ovation to the London Symphony Orchestra