One of the cultural events of 2007 in the United States was the Berlin Philharmonic's extended visit to New York in November.
Two posts ago, we were discussing Germany's fall from its status as a cultural cradle into evil during the World Wars. The 17-day Berlin in Lights festival celebrated the city's re-emergence as a cultural capitol. We get to see highlights of the event at 9 tonight on KET. Great Performances' Carnegie Hall Celebrates Berlin will feature the Philharmonic performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9, as well as excerpts from a performance of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with 120 dancers from Manhattan Public schools. We'll also be treated to hotshot young conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who just made his debut conducting the New York Philharmonic and has been named the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, leading his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.
Coverage of the festival made it sound amazing, so this sampler should be a treat.