Season 28, Episode 5 New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve Gala Concert

First Aired: December 31, 2003

Renee Fleming sings arias from three Massenet operas and the New York Philharmonic also plays works by Debussy, Ravel, Bizet and Offenbach. Andrew Davis conducts the all-French concert, a “meatier” program than the operettas and Strauss waltzes that usually dominate New Year's concerts, Fleming says. “If you attend these things year after year, gala programs do start to get a little tired,” she adds. “This will be nice for a change.” The program includes “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” (Debussy); “Sheherazade” (Ravel); orchestral suite from “Carmen” (Bizet); the arias “Il est doux,” from “Herodiade”; “L'amour ist un vertu rare,” from “Thais”; and “Gavotte,” from “Manon” (Massenet); “Orpheus in the Underworld” overture (Offenbach).

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  • Premiered: January 30, 1976
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: Classical selections, dance, opera, jazz and other music from New York's Lincoln Center. Winner of numerous Emmys and two Peabody Awards, it's one of TV's most durable cultural showcases. In 1976, the year of its debut, it featured the first live telecasts… (more)

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