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Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala Concert

Airs Wednesday, September 16 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Live from Avery Fisher Hall, this concert launches the New York Philharmonic’s 168th season and Alan Gilbert’s (pictured) first as the orchestra’s music director.

The New York Philharmonic begins a new era as Alan Gilbert takes the reins as Music Director for the Philharmonic's 2009 season opener. Soprano Renee Fleming headlines this gala concert. The Alan Gilbert era begins in historic fashion with a brand-new, never-before-heard overture written especially for the occasion by Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg. Fleming sings exotic Messiaen and the evening concludes with Berlioz's spectacular orchestra showpiece, "Symphonie Fantastique." Alec Baldwin hosts.