Alan Gilbert to step down as music director of New York Philharmonic

February 6, 2015 6:33 PM

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In an announcement that has taken many in the classical-music world by surprise, Alan Gilbert, who has led the New York Philharmonic as music director since 2009, will step down from the podium at the end of the 2016-17 season.

The orchestra made the announcement on Friday, adding that Gilbert's decision was prompted in part by the need for a "strong transition" for the planned renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, the group's home at Lincoln Center. The renovation is expected to begin in 2019 at the earliest.

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