- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Philharmonic says music director Alan Gilbert will step down in late 2017.

The Philharmonic says in a statement issued Friday that Gilbert “will continue to have a significant presence” in its 2017-18 season and beyond.

Gilbert says making music with the Philharmonic brings him “great joy.” But he adds it’s an “all-consuming job.” He says the time will be right after eight years to hand off responsibility.

He has expressed a desire to ensure a strong transition as the planned renovation of Avery Fisher Hall approaches. It’s expected to start in 2019.

Orchestra committee chair Fiona Simon says Gilbert has had a “huge impact” on the way musicians “think about what’s possible.”

Gilbert began his tenure as music director in September 2009, becoming the first native New Yorker to hold the post.

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