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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$54.00 - $164.00

Duration

1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission

Date & Times

15

Jan, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

16

Jan, 2015

Friday, 7:30 PM

17

Jan, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of pride for the city and country. As The New Yorker wrote, “Gilbert has made an indelible mark on the orchestra’s history and that of the city itself.”

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — held in the 2015–16 season by Esa-Pekka Salonen and bass-baritone Eric Owens, respectively — as well as Artist-in-Association, currently held by pianist Inon Barnatan, who inaugurated the role in the 2014–15 season; an annual festival, which this season is Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival, featuring pianist Daniil Trifonov; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers. During his tenure the Philharmonic launched the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships with cultural institutions to offer training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. These include the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and collaborations with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

In the 2015–16 season Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in R. Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben to welcome newly appointed Concertmaster Frank Huang; Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala; premieres by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Magnus Lindberg, Franck Krawczyk, William Bolcom, and Marc Neikrug; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; works by Sibelius in celebration of his 150th anniversary; and an all-Mozart program. He also co-curates the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL — during which he conducts the World Premiere of Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, as well as the U.S. Premiere of Symphony No. 8 by Per Nørgård, the second recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic, an honor introduced during Alan Gilbert’s tenure. The Music Director performs on the violin alongside Philharmonic principals and Mr. Barnatan in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur as part of the Philharmonic’s Messiaen Week. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic launch a five-year partnership with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan. Under the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, he will lead the Orchestra in its second performance residency through the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and make his second appearance conducting the Academy Festival Orchestra as part of the partnership with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.

Last season’s highlights included a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; the U.S. Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, alongside Mahler’s First Symphony; the Verdi Requiem; three World Premieres; works by contemporary Nordic composers during CONTACT!; the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma’s 15th-anniversary celebration; the conclusion of The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos; and the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour. In August 2015 he led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center as part of the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative. High points of Mr. Gilbert’s first five Philharmonic seasons include the critically celebrated productions of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011) — both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years — as well as Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen, and A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally). Other highlights include the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson that was broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center, earning Mr. Gilbert a 2015 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction; World Premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, Christopher Rouse, John Corigliano, John Adams, and composers featured on CONTACT!; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; five concerts at Carnegie Hall; and nine tours around the world.

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He has appeared at The Metropolitan, Los Angeles, Zurich, Royal Swedish, and Santa Fe opera companies. This season Mr. Gilbert makes debuts with four great European orchestras — Filarmonica della Scala, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony, and Academy of St Martin in the Fields — and returns to The Cleveland Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming’s recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine.

Mr. Gilbert studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). He received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Curtis in May 2010 and from Westminster Choir College in May 2016, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.” In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, in 2015 he received a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy and was named Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2016 he received New York University’s Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City in recognition of his leadership in making New York one of the world’s great centers for music and the arts.

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Angela Meade

Soprano

Angela Meade

Soprano

Angela Meade

Soprano

American soprano Angela Meade is the recipient of the 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award from The Metropolitan Opera and the 2011 Richard Tucker Award. She made her professional operatic debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani substituting for an ill colleague in March 2008. She had previously sung on the Met stage as one of the winners of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a process that is documented in the film The Audition and released on DVD by Decca. Highlights of her 2014–15 season include a return to The Metropolitan Opera as Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani opposite Plácido Domingo, conducted by James Levine, and her acclaimed interpretation of the title role in Bellini’s Norma for her debut in Seville. On the concert stage, she tours with the orchestra of the Teatro Regio di Torino under Gianandrea Noseda for concert performances as Mathilde in Rossini’s William Tell in Chicago, Toronto, Ann Arbor, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Also this season, she returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall, and performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles. Additional projects include a studio recording of Donizetti’s rarely performed Le Duc d’Albe with Opera Rara in London and a New York joint recital under the auspices of the George London Foundation. Angela Meade is a native of Washington State and an alumnus of the Academy of Vocal Arts.

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Lilli Paasikivi

mezzo-soprano, 1/15 & 16

Lilli Paasikivi

mezzo-soprano, 1/15 & 16

Lili Passikivi

mezzo-soprano, 1/15 & 16

Finnish mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi is one of the world’s leading interpreters of Mahler’s song cycles and symphonies; performances have included Das Lied von der Erde and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen), Symphony No. 2 with the Royal Swedish Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), Symphony No. 3 with the London Symphony Orchestra (Paavo Järvi), Symphony No. 8 with the Berlin Philharmonic (Simon Rattle), Kindertotenlieder with the New World Symphony (Michal Tilson Thomas), and Das Lied von der Erde with London Philharmonic Orchestra (Mark Elder). Concert performances this season include her debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été led by Osmo Vänskä. Since making her debut with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as Fricka in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’s Ring Cycle production, Wagnerian roles have become central to Ms. Paasikivi’s stage work, with notable performances at La Monnaie (as Brangäne), Hamburgische Staatsoper (as Fricka), and Oper Frankfurt (as Kundry). At the Finnish National Opera she has sung the roles of Carmen, Amneris, and Eboli, and she made her house debuts at Opéra National de Lyon as Der Komponist (Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos) and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in the World Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Hanjo. Ms. Paasikivi’s discography includes Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy); Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra (Riccardo Chailly); Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Benjamin Zander); Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra (Valery Gergiev); Sibelius’s Kullervo (Osmo Vänskä); and Alma Mahler’s Complete Songs arranged and conducted by Jorma Panula. Lilli Paasikivi is the artistic director of the Finnish National Opera.

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Daniela Barcellona

mezzo-soprano, 1/17

Daniela Barcellona

mezzo-soprano, 1/17

Daniela Barcellona NY Philharmonic

mezzo-soprano, 1/17

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona appears with the Philharmonic with the generosity and courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera. In the 2014–15 season Ms. Barcellona returns to The Met as Malcom Graeme in Rossini’s La donna del lago, Florence’s Maggio Musicale as Dame Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, ABAO Bilbao as Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Naples’s Teatro San Carlo. She performs Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Torino’s Teatro regio, where she also sings Verdi’s Requiem, the work with which she is marking her New York Philharmonic debut. Last season she sang Didon in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Léonor in Donizetti’s La favorite with Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Dame Quickly with Nederlandse Opera, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Last season’s appearances included the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Torino’s Teatro regio, Arena di Verona, and, in the United States, Houston Grand Opera and the Mostly Mozart Festival. She has sung Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, at Florence’s Teatro del Maggio Musicale and Verdi’s Requiem at the Verbier Festival. She has sung the Verdi roles of Amneris in Aida (at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia), Federica in Luisa Miller (at La Scala), and Eboli in Don Carlo (Lima), and she appeared as Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Teatro Real. Ms. Barcellona has also sung bel canto roles at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival, Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera, New Israeli Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Opera de Oviedo, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Real, and Grand Théâtre de Genève, and others. Her other roles have included Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Bologna’s Teatro Communale and Rinaldo at La Scala; Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet at Venice’s Teatro Malibra; Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Badessa in Suor Angelica at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Ariodante in Mayr’s Ginevra di Scozia at Trieste’s Teatro Verdi; and Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther at the Wexford Festival.

In concert, Ms. Barcellona has sung Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with the London Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at the Sydney Opera House and Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. She has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Torino’s Teatro regio, Teatro Carlo Felice, and Sydney Opera House; at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall; and on tour throughout Italy.

Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Roberto and Claudio Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kent Nagano, George Prêtre, Jésus Lopez-Cobos, Colin Davis, Christopher Hogwood, and Myung-Whun Chung. Ms. Barcellona’s more than 20 recordings include Verdi’s Requiem (EMI Classics) and Les Troyens (Metis).

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Russell Thomas

Tenor

Russell Thomas

Tenor

Russell Thomas by Dario Acosta

Tenor

Tenor Russell Thomas was the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2014–15 artist-in-residence. Mr. Thomas’s current season begins with his role debut as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with Deutsche Oper Berlin, followed by Pollione in Bellini’s Norma with Los Angeles Opera and three more role debuts: the title role in Verdi’s Stiffelio in a new production at Oper Frankfurt, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at Canadian Opera Company, and Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Cincinnati Opera. In concert, he will sing Lazarus in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary in Strasbourg and in recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. Future engagements include debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Salzburg Festival, as well as returns to The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company. Mr. Thomas’s last season started with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he returned for Christmas concerts, solo recitals, and master classes as part of his residency. He participated in Peter Sellars’s English National Opera production of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, followed by Pollione in Norma with San Francisco Opera and Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia; the title role in Gounod’s Faust with Michigan Opera Theatre; Manrico in Verdio’s Il trovatore with Cincinnati Opera; and Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco with Seattle Opera. Previous engagements include concert performances of The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Ravinia Festival), Verdi’s I masnadieri (Washington Concert Opera), the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo (Deutsche Oper Berlin debut), Andres in Berg’s Wozzek (The Metropolitan Opera), the title role in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (Seattle Opera), and the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka (Opera North Carolina). Russell Thomas made his New York Philharmonic debut in the Finale from Act I of Mozart’s Don Giovanni as part of Philharmonic 360, co-presented with Park Avenue Armory, in June 2012, and he most recently appeared with the Philharmonic in January 2015 in the Verdi Requiem; both performances were led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

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Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens by Paul Sirochman

Bass-Baritone

The New York Philharmonic has named bass-baritone Eric Owens The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2015–16 season. In addition to appearing as soloist throughout the season, Mr. Owens will expand the role of the Philharmonic’s Artist-in-Residence by curating programs and participating in educational activities.

Mr. Owens has a unique reputation as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in orchestral, recital, and operatic repertoire, he brings his powerful poise, expansive voice, and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world. In addition to numerous collaborations with the Philharmonic as part of his residency, Mr. Owens’ 2015–16 season features additional orchestral engagements including performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Markus Stenz and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra; Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortileges with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Bayerische Rundfunk; Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with Markus Stenz and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra. He will also join Music of the Baroque as Simon in concert performances of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus conducted by Jane Glover.

Operatic highlights of Mr. Owens’ season include his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Orest in a new production of Strauss’s Elektra by legendary director Patrice Chéreau, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, which will be broadcast on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series to movie theaters around the world; he will also host the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcast of Verdi’s Otello. He returns to the Santa Fe Opera for a role debut as La Roche in a new production of Strauss’s Capriccio directed by Tim Albery, and to Washington National Opera as Stephen Kumalo in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., he will perform an evening of jazz standards featuring the music of Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman, and he will also appear in recital under the auspices of the McCarter Theatre, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Oberlin College and Conservatory, Troy Chromatic Concerts, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

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New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

Chorus

Founded in 1979 by Joseph Flummerfelt, the New York Choral Artists has since then been a regular part of the New York Philharmonic season. Its many collaborations with the Orchestra include a memorial performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, conducted by Kurt Masur, immediately following the events of 9/11. In more recent years, appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 led by Lorin Maazel. Highlights of Philharmonic collaborations under the direction of Alan Gilbert include Bach’s B-minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre, and in January 2015, the Verdi Requiem. Noteworthy among its Philharmonic recordings are the Grammy-nominated release of Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Bernstein, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Masur, and John Adams’s Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with Maazel. In 2014 the New York Choral Artists also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Jacqueline Pierce is the group’s manager.

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Joseph Flummerfelt

Director

Joseph Flummerfelt

Director

Joseph Flummerfelt

Director

For more than 40 seasons Joseph Flummerfelt has been preparing choral performances for the New York Philharmonic. Named Conductor of the Year in 2004 by Musical America, he is the founder and musical director of the New York Choral Artists, and was an artistic director of the Spoleto Festival USA for 37 years and conductor of the Westminster Choir for 33 years. He has collaborated with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Chailly, Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Shaw, and William Steinberg. Dr. Flummerfelt’s choirs have been featured on 45 recordings, including Grammy Award–winning versions of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Bernstein, Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, and John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls. He has also received two Grammy nominations, and his Delos recording of Brahms’s choral works — Singing for Pleasure, with the Westminster Choir — was chosen by The New York Times as a favorite among Brahms recordings. Joseph Flummerfelt’s honors include Le Prix du Président de la République from L’Académie du Disque Français and five honorary doctoral degrees. He is sought out as a guest conductor and master teacher of choral conducting in New York and throughout the United States.

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Special Thanks
Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin, with generous sponsorship from Yoko Nagae Ceschina. Alan Gilbert's appearance is made possible through the Daisy and Paul Soros Endowment Fund. Additional support is provided by the Helen Huntington Hull Fund.
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