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Location

Van Cortlandt Park

Directions
Price Range

Free

Date & Times

23

Jun, 2015

Tuesday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer

Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Enter the park from Broadway, near West 251st Street. Concert site is north of the baseball fields

Share the Stage* performance by BombaYo, 6:30–7:00 PM

*As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Concerts in the Parks, we will present Share the Stage in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, an opportunity for local musicians to perform on the stage in their home boroughs before the Orchestra’s performances.

Program

Barber

The School for Scandal Overture

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Copland

Appalachian Spring

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Anderson

Fiddle-Faddle

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Rodgers

The Carousel Waltz

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Bernstein

West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1

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Gershwin

Lullaby for String Orchestra

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Sousa

The Washington Post

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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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Julia Bullock

Soprano

Julia Bullock

Soprano

Soprano

Equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, soprano Julia Bullock won first prizes in the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, and is recipient of a 2015 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Richard F. Gold Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, and Lincoln Center’s 2015 Martin E. Segal Award. This season, she gives recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco Performances; and she appears in the New York Festival of Song’s Harlem Renaissance program, the Mondavi Center’s Rising Stars of Opera, and as soloist with the New World Symphony. She sang the title role in Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars, at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Perm Opera House in Russia, and reprises the role at English National Opera this season. Ms. Bullock has performed the title roles in the Juilliard Opera productions of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She toured South America as Pamina in Peter Brook’s award-winning production of Mozart’s A Magic Flute, as well as China, singing with the Bard Music Festival Orchestra. Other opera roles include Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, and the title role in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges. In 2013 she made her San Francisco Symphony debut in Bernstein’s West Side Story, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; an album of the concert is available on the orchestra’s label. Festival appearances include at the Ojai, Marlboro, and Caramoor festivals. Ms. Bullock earned her bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her master’s degree from Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. For more information, visit www.juliabullock.net.

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Ben Bliss

Tenor

Ben Bliss

Tenor

Ben Bliss New York Philharmonic

Tenor

American tenor Ben Bliss is a recent graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He received the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona, as well as second place overall. Other honors include receiving First Prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competitions; a Sara Tucker and Sullivan Foundation grant; abd being the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prizewinner. In the 2015–16 season Mr. Bliss returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Belmonte in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, conducted by James Levine, and will make his European debut in the same role with Glyndebourne Festival on tour. He also returns as a principal artist to Los Angeles Opera, where he will appear as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and make his Santa Fe Opera debut as Flamand in Riachard Strauss’s Capriccio. While in the Lindemann program, Ben Bliss made his Met stage debut as Vogelgesang in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg, conducted by Levine. In May 2014 he was tapped to fill in as Ferrando in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte led by Gustavo Dudamel. Other recent engagements include Haydn’s The Creation at the Cincinnati May Festival, conducted by James Conlon, and Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio at Des Moines Metro Opera. As a member of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Mr. Bliss appeared in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Barbarigo in Verdi’s I due Foscari, and the Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Colburn Orchestra under James Conlon. He has been the tenor soloist for Bach’s Magnificat with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the La Jolla Symphony; and, in his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut, Bach’s Cantata No. 60 conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

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Special Thanks
The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks are presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Concerts in the Parks and Share the Stage are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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