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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-118

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

17

Mar, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

18

Mar, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

19

Mar, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Experience Leonidas Kavakos’s celebrated take on Sibelius’s beloved Violin Concerto. “Music, player and instrument fuse into a single, trembling utterance, eclipsing everything around it,” says The Washington Post. Plus: Karawane, the playful piece that came of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen imagining “a circus lost in time and space.”

Program

Sibelius

Violin Concerto

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Shostakovich

Suite from The Age of Gold

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Karawane (New York Premiere—New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

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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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Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

Leonidas Kavakos

Violin

The New York Philharmonic has named violinist Leonidas Kavakos The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2016–17 season. Mr. Kavakos’s residency will feature three solo appearances in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary — one of which will also mark his Philharmonic conducting debut — as well as a recital performance with pianist Yuja Wang, presented by the Philharmonic in association with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, and a Young People’s Concert.

By age 21, violinist Leonidas Kavakos had already won three major competitions: the Sibelius in 1985, and the Paganini and Naumburg in 1988. These successes led to his making the first recording in history of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903–04), which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award.

Mr. Kavakos has appeared regularly as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach and Riccardo Chailly), Berlin Philharmonic (Simon Rattle), Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti), London Symphony Orchestra (Valery Gergiev and Rattle), Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra (Chailly), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Highlights of the 2015–16 season include performances with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, San Francisco and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and tours with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to the U.S., and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to Spain. He also presents a Beethoven sonata cycle at the Dresden Music Festival.

As conductor he has worked with the Atlanta, Boston, London, and Vienna symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Budapest Festival Orchestra. This season Mr. Kavakos returns to conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and makes conducting debuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bamberg, Danish National, and Netherlands Radio symphony orchestras.

An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, his first release with the label, Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas with Enrico Pace (January 2013), earned him the ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award. He followed with Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, led by Riccardo Chailly (October 2013), and Brahms’s violin sonatas with Yuja Wang (March 2014). He received the 2014 Gramophone Artist of the Year award. His earlier discography includes a recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (ECHO Klassik Best Concerto Recording), and of Mozart’s Violin Concertos, conducting and playing with Camerata Salzburg.

Raised in a musical family in Athens, Greece, Mr. Kavakos curated a chamber music cycle for 15 years at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. He plays the “Abergavenny” Stradivarius violin of 1724.

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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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