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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35-110

Duration

1 hour 15 minutes no intermission

Date & Times

9

Feb, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Long Yu. The festive Chinese New Year Concert features violinist Maxim Vengerov plus Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women by Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), in which ethereal harp and film projection draw you into the rarely seen, intimate world of a secret language created by Hunan women.

For information about purchasing tables or tickets to the Gala (including pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert dinner with the artists), please contact the Office of Special Events at specialevents@nyphil.org, or 212-875-5366.

Program

Li Huanzhi

Spring Festival Overture

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Chen Gang and He Zhanhao

The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

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Kreisler

Tambourin Chinois

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Tan Dun

Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, symphony for 13 micro films, harp, and orchestra (New York Premiere)

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Artists

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu by CAMI

Conductor

Conductor Long Yu is currently artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Shanghai Symphony, and artistic director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. All three ensembles are among China’s finest and tour actively at home and abroad in addition to their regular seasons featuring the world’s top soloists. Yu is also the founding artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, which, now in its 15th season, is the internationally recognized hub of musical life in China’s capital. Long Yu shares the position of artistic co-director of the MISA Festival with Charles Dutoit, bringing classical music to the young people of Shanghai. 

Long Yu was born in Shanghai in 1964 into a family of musicians. His grandfather Ding Shande, a renowned composer, inspired his passion for music and encouraged him to study at the Shanghai Conservatory and Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste. Upon returning to China, Yu was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing. Long Yu is a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of the 2002 Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. In 2005 the Italian government honored Long Yu with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore.

In 2014, Yu and the China Philharmonic became the first Chinese conductor and the first Chinese orchestra to play the fabled BBC Proms series with a televised performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert was viewed by millions of people across the United Kingdom. Yu performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including performances with the Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Chicago, BBC, Sydney, and Singapore symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York, Munich, and Los Angeles philharmonics, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Leading the development of orchestral landscape in China, Long Yu has created the nation’s first orchestral academy as a partnership between Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory, and New York Philharmonic. His dynamic vision is focused on introducing China’s growing audiences to key Western repertoire including Wagner’s Ring cycle, Mahler symphonies, and works of Britten, Richard Strauss, and many others. In 2014 the New York Philharmonic named Long Yu an honorary member of their International Advisory Board. The 12-member board will serve as a network of advocates and ambassadors connecting with individuals and institutions in their home countries to cultivate the Philharmonic’s long-term reach and influence worldwide. 

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Maxim Vengerov

Violin

Maxim Vengerov

Violin

Maxim Vengerov

Violin

Grammy Award–winning violinist Maxim Vengerov has performed sold-out concerts with orchestras around the world and given solo recitals in every major city. Born in 1974 he began his career as a solo violinist at age five, won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively, studied with Galina Tourchaninova and Zakhar Bron, made his first recording at age ten, and went on to record extensively for labels including Melodia, Teldec, and EMI, earning Grammy and Gramophone artist of the year awards. In 2007 he followed in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Mstislav Rostropovich, turning his attention to conducting, and has since led major orchestras around the world, including the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. In 2010 he was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and in June 2014 graduated with a diploma of excellence from the Moscow Institute of Ippolitov-Ivanov with Yuri Simonov. In the last few seasons he has appeared as a soloist and/or conductor with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra, often performing a major violin concerto in the first half and conducting a symphonic work in the second. In 2013 the annual Vengerov Festival was launched in Tokyo, and he participated in an artist residency at London’s Barbican Centre. That season he also accepted the position of artist-in-residence with the Oxford Philharmonic. In addition to worldwide concerts and recitals, Mr. Vengerov’s 2015–16 season includes appearances with the New York and Munich Philharmonic orchestras; recital tours in Australia, Canada, East Asia, Europe, and South America; and returns to Japan in May for the fourth year of the Vengerov Festival. In 1997 Mr. Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF. He plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).

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Nancy Allen

Harp

Nancy Allen

Harp

Nancy Allen

Harp

Hailed by the New York Times, as "a major artist" following her New York recital debut in 1975, Nancy Allen joined the New York Philharmonic in June of 1999 as Principal Harpist. She maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as heading the harp departments of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition, Ms. Allen appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In May 2000, Ms. Allen was featured in the Philharmonic’s United States premiere of Siegfried Matthus’ Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, with Music Director Kurt Masur and Principal Flute Robert Langevin.

Ms. Allen’s busy performing schedule includes solo appearances at major international festivals, and has featured collaborations with soprano Kathleen Battle, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and flutist Carol Wincenc. She has appeared on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center with The Chamber Music Society, as well as with Ms. Battle, and has performed as a recitalist for "Music at the Supreme Court" in Washington, D.C. Ms. Allen’s recording of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with the Tokyo Quartet, flutist Ransom Wilson, and clarinetist David Shifrin received a Grammy Award nomination; she can also be heard on Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, and CRI.

Ms. Allen is a native of New York, where she studied with Pearl Chertok and undertook private studies on piano and oboe. The summer of 1972 took her to Paris, where she studied with Lily Laskine. During that same year, she entered The Juilliard School to study with Marcel Grandjany. In 1973, Ms. Allen won the Fifth International Harp Competition, in Israel, and was later awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award.

A teacher for more than 20 years, Ms. Allen's students hold positions in prominent orchestras around the world. She currently resides in New York with her daughter, Claire, who studies piano and cello.

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