Brooklyn kid gets NY Philharmonic debut

March 23, 2008 5:11:34 PM PDT
Give that uncommon man a fanfare. With guest conductor Riccardo Muti ill, Michael Christie gets his big chance to lead the New York Philharmonic.

But he doesn't have far to travel. Christie is music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

"I'm not sure if we have to put him up in a hotel or not," joked Eric Latzky, the New York Philharmonic's spokesman.

Latzky said Sunday that Muti had to cancel because of flu.

"His doctors advised him not to travel," Latzky said.

Music director in Brooklyn since 2005, Christie, 33, holds similar positions with the Phoenix Symphony and the Colorado Summer Music Festival.

He makes his debut with New York's bigger Philharmonic on Thursday night, leading a performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto with soloist Pinchas Zukerman and Copland's Third Symphony. The program is repeated on Friday and Saturday night.

The symphony's last movement begins with the theme of the booming brass "Fanfare for the Common Man."