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Alan Gilbert Conducts Rouse’s Requiem at Spring For Music

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Jacques Imbrailo
Location: Carnegie Hall (Directions)

Concert Duration

1 hour 30 minutes
Mon, May, 5, 2014
7:30 PM
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The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)


Requiem (New York Premiere)

The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse completed his Requiem in Aspen, Colorado, on July 12, 2002; it was commissioned by the Chicago-based Solo Dei Gloria to honor of the 2003 Hector Berlioz bicentenary. Mr. Rouse writes: “Berlioz is a composer whose music has always held an especially profound power over me, and his own mighty Requiem remains one of the most stupendous and imaginative of all such works, a unique example of the genre.” Mr. Rouse selected the same adaptation of the Latin texts for the Requiem Mass for the Dead that Berlioz used interspersed with settings of poetry, in a variety of languages, and explains, “My goal was to use the chorus, restricted to the Latin liturgical text, to express the enormity of ‘death’ in its deepest context; the role of the bass-baritone soloist would then be to make the experience of death more personal by adopting the classic figure of the ‘Everyman’ whose life is marked by the deaths of loved ones around him.” The poetry comprises selections from Seamus Heaney’s Mid-Term Break, Siegfried Sassoon’s Suicide in the Trenches, Ben Jonson’s On My First Son, John Milton’s Sonnet 23, and Michelangelo’s On Immortality and excerpts from his ode on the death of his father. Mr. Rouse composed his Requiem in the aftermath of 9/11, but says, “There is a small, symbolic reference in the score to September 11, but beyond that I have elected to attempt, in my own inadequate way, a remembrance of all who have died as well as those who have survived and grieved for them. It is my hope that my Requiem will, in the end, provide some sort of solace.”


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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Jacques Imbrailo

South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo began post-graduate opera studies at the Royal College of Music in 2003 under Ryland Davies and four years later won the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at London’s Royal Opera House, where he sang the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen, and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, among other roles.

In 2010 Mr. Imbrailo made his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in the title role of Britten’s Billy Budd, directed by Michael Grandage and conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Other recent engagements include Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Houston Grand Opera; Figaro in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Welsh National Opera; Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Opera Colorado, Opera North, and with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera; and Billy Budd at the Netherlands Opera. He also sang the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Opéra de Lille, Welsh National Opera, and the Royal Opera House. Additional appearances at the Royal Opera House include Il Barone di Trombonok in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims; Malatesta in Doniztti’s Don Pasquale; Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème; and the leading baritone role in Judith Weir’s Miss Fortune, which premiered at the Bregenz Festival.

Jacques Imbrailo’s concert performances include Jesus in Elgar’s The Apostles with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé at the BBC Proms and Orff’s Carmina burana with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the New York Philharmonic. He has given solo lieder recitals at Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, and the Concertgebouw, and he has performed in concert at the Verbier Festival, Royal Albert Hall, and the Southbank Centre.

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Grounded in Westminster Choir College’s tradition of choral excellence, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with virtually every internationally acclaimed orchestra and conductor of the past 80 years. Members of the Chorus have participated in memorable performances, including Verdi’s Requiem and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Berg’s Wozzeck with the London Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 and Estévez’s Cantata Criolla with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim. Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey; a professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in teaching, sacred music and performance.



Joe Miller is the conductor of the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, as well as director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and artistic director for choral activities for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA. His 2014–15 Westminster Choir season includes a tour of California, several national radio broadcasts, and their annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA. His latest recording with the Choir is The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Recent seasons have included performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, in addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra with Nézet-Séguin and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Dudamel. Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.



Now in its 22nd season, the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC), under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Dianne Berkun-Menaker, is defying convention and re-imagining the artistic role of the youth chorus. BYC has become one of the country’s leading choruses, performing hundreds of concerts, collaborating with some of the most influential composers and artists of our time, and commissioning daring, new choral works. BYC has performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, and under the batons of Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, and Leon Botstein. The Chorus has also appeared in performances and recordings with popular artists including Barbra Streisand, Sir Elton John, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, and Alicia Keys. BYC won a Grammy for the world premiere live recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls with the New York Philharmonic in 2005. Central to BYC’s work is New Voices, an active commissioning program with the goal of creating innovative, genre-bending repertoire that challenges and thrills both singers and audiences. Among the celebrated composers BYC has commissioned are Pulitzer prizewinners David Lang and Paul Moravec, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Kirk Nurock, Richard Reed Parry, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Julia Wolfe, and Shara Worden. These collaborations have yielded thirty individual compositions as well as full-scale productions, including Tell the Way (2011), co-produced with St. Ann’s Warehouse and featuring composer Nico Muhly, and Brooklyn Village (2012), co-produced with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Roulette Theater. In addition, BYC often performs in major music festivals, including BAM’s Next Wave Festival, BAM’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, and the Bang on a Can Marathon at the River to River Festival. The young singers, who are drawn from all five boroughs of New York City, receive unparalleled training from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA)—a performance-based vocal music education program.



Dianne Berkun-Menaker is the founder and artistic director of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA). Since 1992, BYCA has grown to become a pioneering arts organization with a series of long-running, in-depth collaborations with many of the world's foremost composers and artists. As artistic director, Ms. Berkun-Menaker has pursued a vision that defies the conventional artistic role of a youth chorus. With the creation of BYC’s New Voices, she has commissioned and presented daring choral repertoire that both challenges and appeals to her young singers. The program has yielded 30 genre-bending works by an eclectic group of influential composers, including Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Julia Wolfe, and Shara Worden. Under her direction, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC) has become one of the country’s most sought-after ensembles — known not only for its remarkable sound, but also for its ability to express a vast emotional and musical range. She has prepared choruses for performances with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Most notably, she prepared BYC for its 2002 debut with the New York Philharmonic in John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording for which the Chorus won a Grammy Award in 2005. An active guest conductor and clinician, she is a regular presenter for such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the American Choral Directors Association. She was the artistic director for the 2012–13 Carnegie Hall Choral Institute and is creator of BYCA’s groundbreaking Cross-Choral Training™ program—a unique approach to voice training. Ms. Berkun-Menaker earned her B.S. degree in Music Education and Piano from New York University. She studied at Mannes College of Music, holds a diploma in the Kodály Concept from the University of Calgary, and earned the Artist-Teacher diploma from CME Institute.

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Christopher Rouse is The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence.

Additional Support by The Francis Goelet Fund.


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