Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Alan Gilbert readies for New York Philharmonic debut

Life, even for rising orchestra conductors, can be unfair. Consider one response to Alan Gilbert, new music director of the New York Philharmonic, after he leads Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony in a packed college auditorium in Queens to loud applause. In the intermission crowd, Linda Bergelson looks up and says: "We live half the year in San Diego, and Alan Gilbert just doesn't have that Dudamel spark." Bergelson also admits that she's just getting to know Gilbert. That's also true for many New Yorkers, as well as others around the classical music world who are barely acquainted with this quiet-mannered 42-year-old conductor who is the first native New...