12:04 – Chairman Gary Parr is introducing maestro Gilbert.
12:05 – I appear to be the only person here actually live blogging . . .
12:06 – Parr is quoting from Mahler, who of course was a music director, which says so much about the important history of the Phil, and also why it’s so exciting to see the Phil concerned about continuing to add to its own history and the overall history of classical music.
12:07 – Maestro Gilbert is now speaking
12:10 – Hey, tweep Steve Smith is here . . .
12:12 – And I must mention that it pleases me to see the Handsome Actor himself, Alec Baldwin . . .