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TONIGHT's New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve celebration features special guest Joshua Bell

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Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve celebration, this year featuring musical humorists Igudesman & Joo in their Philharmonic debut and a special guest appearance by violinist Joshua Bell, tonight, December 31, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The duo - violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo - will perform original acts that will have Philharmonic musicians and Alan Gilbert joining in the fun.

Highlights of the unique program will include Rachmaninoff by Himself, a piece that humorously acknowledges the origins ofEric Carmen's power ballad "All by Myself" in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2; A Very Blue Danube, taking Johann Strauss II's famed waltz to virtuosic extremes and poking fun at the waltz-filled Viennese New Year; and From Mozart with Love, in which Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and the James Bond theme are woven together. The evening will also include the World Premiere of Ring in the Classics, written by Igudesman & Joo for Alan Gilbert and featuring the Music Director in a spotlighted role.