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Rush Hour: Alan Gilbert, Wynton Marsalis, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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Wynton Marsalis
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $39.00 - $75.00
Duration:

Concert Duration

1 hour
Thu, May, 30, 2013
6:45 PM
The 2014-15 Season

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Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3)

WYNTON MARSALIS (b. 1961)
Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3) (2010)

About the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Symphony No. 3 The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Gilbert seemed totally in his element, conducting with a mix of cool command and jazzy swing. The Philharmonic players should be proud. They played with verve and color, never sounding like classical music stiffs. I have never seen so many people at a Philharmonic concert tapping their feet and hands." Wynton Marsalis returns to the New York Philharmonic with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for an encore performance of the Swing Symphony, first heard on opening night of the 2010 season. Co-commissioned by the Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Third Symphony is "a symphonic meditation on the evolution of swing," according to the composer, the most acclaimed jazz musician and composer of his generation and a distinguished classical performer. By force of personality, intelligence, and achievement he has brought jazz back to center stage in American culture. Wynton Marsalis is Juilliard-educated and the first jazz composer ever to earn a Pulitzer Prize. He serves as Artistic Director for the internationally recognized Jazz at Lincoln Center program, which he co-founded in 1987. Under his leadership, the Jazz Department earned the distinction of being named Lincoln Center's first new constituent since 1969, and his music — whether as composer or arranger — has been heard on many occasions at Avery Fisher Hall. He was also the delightful host for Ken Burns's acclaimed 10-part documentary, Jazz, on PBS in 2001. Wynton Marsalis's large-scale work for full symphony and jazz orchestras exploits the rhythmic potentialities of these powerful ensembles in a galvanizing fusion of traditions. From the marching cadences of New Orleans to the softer sounds of brasses and woodwinds intoning a hymn-like melody, the Swing Symphony invites the audience to tap their feet to America's classical music.
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Conductor

Alan Gilbert

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 New York magazine wrote, “The Philharmonic and its music director Alan Gilbert have turned themselves into a force of permanent revolution.”

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 2014–15 season by Christopher Rouse and violinist Lisa Batiashvili, respectively, as well as the new position of Artist-in-Association, inaugurated by Inon Barnatan this season; an annual festival, which this season is Dohnányi / Dvořák; 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 inaugurated in spring 2014.

In the 2014–15 season Alan Gilbert conducts the U.S. Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, alongside Mahler’s First Symphony; La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema with Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, and Josh Groban; Verdi’s Requiem; a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard; World Premieres by John Adams, Peter Eötvös, and Christopher Rouse; works by contemporary Nordic composers during CONTACT!; and the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma’s 15th-anniversary celebration. He concludes The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012. The Music Director presides over the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour with stops including London, featuring Giants Are Small’s theatrical reimagining of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka as part of the Orchestra’s second International Associate residency at the Barbican Centre; Cologne, where he leads the World Premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Senza sangue, a Philharmonic co-commission; and returns to Dublin and Paris.

Last season’s highlights included the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL; Mozart’s three final symphonies; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Frieze coupled with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; World Premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer’s centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour; and a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. High points of Mr. Gilbert’s first four Philharmonic seasons included 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 Ballets by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally). Other highlights included World Premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and composers featured on CONTACT!; 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; six tours to Europe; and the Asia Horizons tour.

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, 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. In 2014–15 he conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’s season-opening concerts and on tour in Lucerne, Berlin, and London; Mozart’s Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera; and The Philadelphia, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and NDR Symphony orchestras.

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). In May 2010 he received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Curtis, 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.

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Composer, Conductor, Trumpet

Wynton Marsalis by Clay Patrick McBride

Wynton Marsalis is music director and trumpet of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans in 1961, he began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums, which have garnered him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win classical and jazz Grammys in the same year, a feat he repeated in 1984.

Mr. Marsalis’s compositions include Sweet Release; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements; Jump Start and Jazz; Citi Movement/Griot New York; At the Octoroon Balls; In This House, On This Morning; and Big Train. In 1997 he won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. That same year he premiered the monumental work All Rise, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir. Mr. Marsalis’s second symphony, Blues Symphony, was premiered in 2009 by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2010. That same year, Mr. Marsalis premiered Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3), a co-commission by the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Barbican Centre. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performed the piece with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin and the New York Philharmonic in New York City in 2010, the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles in 2011, and the London Symphony Orchestra in London in 2012.

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of universities and colleges throughout the U.S. He conducts educational programs for students of all ages and hosts the popular Jazz for Young People concerts produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. He led the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall (which opened in October 2004), the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz. In 2009 Mr. Marsalis was awarded France’s Legion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the French government.

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. It performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S., and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, and public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. These programs reach more than 110,000 students, teachers, and general audience members. Under music director Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO performs pieces ranging from rare historic compositions to JALC-commissioned compositions and arrangements by musicians including Benny Carter, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Lovano. The JLCO has also collaborated with the Russian National Orchestra; the Boston, Chicago, and London symphony orchestras; and the Orchestra Esperimentale in São Paolo, Brazil. Fourteen recordings featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis have been released internationally.

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Special Thanks

This performance is presented by The Travelers Companies, Inc. Wynton Marsalis appearances are made possible with generous support from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

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