MUSIC • BY JAMIE LEE
Looking to inject some taste and sophistication into your summer? Want to spice up an otherwise monotonously hot and humid season?
Then come to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland on June 7. Starting at 9:30 a.m., there will be a free rehearsal of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony performed by the National Festival Orchestra. The current music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, will be the conductor. The event is free and no tickets are required. There will also be air conditioning and a sense of refinement permeating the room.
Gilbert’s appearance is sponsored in part by the University of Maryland School of Music. Cara Fleck, marketing director for the School of Music, hopes students will learn from his talent.
“The New York Philharmonic is recognized internationally,” Fleck said. “The value of bringing him in is that he’s the consummate musician and the students have a lot to learn from his expertise and [the] rehearsal. Students can learn from his musicianship and apply it to their own art form,” she said.
In 2009, critic Alex Ross of the New Yorker wrote that the New York Philharmonic “is playing better than it has in the seventeen years that I’ve been a critic in New York. Here, finally, is a conductor who makes sensible, subtle choices.” Other accolades have also trailed Gilbert in his robust career.
According to his website, Gilbert was born in New York City to violinist parents. He studied at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute and the Julliard School before serving as the assistant concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra in 1993. He also worked for the Cleveland Orchestra as assistant conductor and for the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra as chief conductor and artistic advisor, among other notable career moves.
Given that most students are out of school for the summer, Fleck emphasized the larger population outside of Maryland. “We’re hoping to see the community [in the audience],” she said. “We’d love to see a full house.” The event will take place in the Dekelboum Concert Hall within the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, which seats roughly 1,100 guests.
The event is expected to last until noon. For parking, use the Stadium Drive garage and pay at the station. There are no free parking passes available, and Lot 1 is only open to permit holders at the time of this event.
For more information, visit the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.