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This event is available to purchase as part of a Create Your Own subscription. Become a 2016–17 subscriber by purchasing 4 eligible concerts. You'll get better seats and save on single ticket prices, unlimited free ticket exchange privileges (saving $20 per exchange), and much more.

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This event is available to purchase as part of a Create Your Own subscription. Become a 2016–17 subscriber by purchasing 4 eligible concerts. You'll get better seats and save on single ticket prices, unlimited free ticket exchange privileges (saving $20 per exchange), and much more.

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Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

7

Jan, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

8

Jan, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

9

Jan, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

12

Jan, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

It’s a night at the opera — at the Philharmonic. Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries takes on new epic proportions when performed live by the full Philharmonic, and Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens (who “speaks to you even in his silences … and shakes you when he sings” — Chicago Sun-Times) sings Strauss and Wagner with soprano Heidi Melton. Also on the program: Sibelius’s deeply personal En saga.

Program
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R. Strauss

“Cäcilie,” Op. 27, No. 2

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R. Strauss

“Ruhe, meine Seele,” Op. 27, No. 1

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R. Strauss

“Pilgers Morgenlied,” Op. 33, No. 4

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Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries and Final Scene from Act III of Die Walküre

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

The 2016–17 season marks Alan Gilbert’s eighth and final season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. 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. The Financial Times called him “the imaginative maestro-impresario in residence.

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 2016–17 season by Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Leonidas Kavakos, 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 Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World, featuring Russian-born Semyon Bychkov conducting works by Tchaikovsky as well as composers he was influenced by and whom he influenced; 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. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic also launched a five-year partnership with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan.

Alan Gilbert concludes his final season as Music Director with four programs that reflect signature themes of his tenure, featuring works that hold particular meaning for him and musicians with whom he has formed close relationships. These include a pairing of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw; Wagner’s complete Das Rheingold in concert; the New York Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing alongside Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos in Brahms’s Violin Concerto and the New York Premiere of Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the second Kravis Emerging Composer, an honor introduced during Alan Gilbert’s tenure; and an exploration of how music can effect positive change in the world. Other 2016–17 season highlights include three World Premieres; Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary celebrations; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah; the World Premiere presentation of Gershwin’s score to Manhattan, performed live to the film; Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre; a concert with friends celebrating his 50th birthday; works by John Adams marking the composer’s 70th birthday; and the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. As part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, he will lead the Orchestra in its third annual performance residency through the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, and will lead the Philharmonic and Academy Festival Orchestra together in Santa Barbara through the partnership with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.

Last season’s Philharmonic highlights included R. Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben to welcome newly appointed Concertmaster Frank Huang; Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary Opening Night Gala; premieres by William Bolcom, Franck Krawczyk, Magnus Lindberg, and Marc Neikrug; works by Sibelius in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth; as well as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and an all-Mozart program. He also co-curated the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL — during which he conducted works by Boulez and Stucky, in tribute to the late composers, as well as premieres by William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and 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 also performed violin in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time alongside Philharmonic principals and Mr. Barnatan. Under the New York Philharmonic Global Academy he led the Orchestra in its second performance residency in Shanghai and made his second appearance conducting the Music Academy of the West’s Academy Festival Orchestra.

Previous high points among Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic appearances include critically celebrated staged productions such as 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; Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen; A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally); 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 an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction (2014); and the U.S. Premiere of a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (2015). Other highlights include the first two editions of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL; World Premieres of works by Christopher Rouse, Magnus Lindberg, Peter Eötvös, and composers featured on CONTACT!; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey, performed live to the film; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; the Verdi Requiem; the conclusion of The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; six concerts at Carnegie Hall; and ten tours around the world. 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, the inaugural production of the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative.

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 Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’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 returns to the foremost European orchestras, records Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Inon Barnatan, and conducts Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, his first time leading a staged opera there.

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 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. He received his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for Sinatra: Voice for a Century, broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center in 2015. Mr. Gilbert conducted Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles on a recent album recorded live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Alan 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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Heidi Melton

Soprano

Heidi Melton

Soprano

Soprano

In the 2015–16 season dramatic soprano Heidi Melton makes her Vienna Philharmonic debut singing Brünnhilde’s “Immolation Scene” from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, conducted by Valery Gergiev, at Vienna’s Musikverein and Carnegie Hall. She will sing Sieglinde in concert performances of Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Hong Kong Philharmonic led by Jaap van Zweden, to be recorded by Naxos, and returns to Deutsche Oper Berlin as Venus/Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, with Donald Runnicles, and to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe for her first performances as Isolde in a new Christopher Alden production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Justin Brown. Ms. Melton then makes her English National Opera debut in a new production of Tristan and Isolde conducted by Edward Gardner. Notable symphonic engagements include her Italian debut conducted by Kirill Petrenko with Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino as Gutrune/Third Norn in a concert performance of Götterdämmerung; BBC Proms as Elisabeth in a concert performance of Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Dallas Symphony led by Jaap van Zweden, BBC Scottish Symphony with Donald Runnicles, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano in Act One of Die Walküre; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Act I of Die Walküre and Isolde’s “Liebestod” under Marin Alsop and Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Markus Stenz; the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Jan van Gilse’s Eine Lebensmesse; the Festival de Lanaudière as Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin under Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Orchestre Métropolitain; the Aspen Music Festival and Robert Spano in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand; Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder conducted by Paul Daniel; and the Verdi Requiem for Donald Runnicles’s farewell concert as music director of San Francisco Opera.

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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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