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World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 4 and Violinist Midori

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Alan Gilbert
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $39.00 - $69.00

Concert Duration

1 hour 30 minutes
Thu, Jun, 5, 2014
7:30 PM
Sat, Jun, 7, 2014
8:00 PM

Presented by the New York Philharmonic

Play Date with composers/performers following the June 7 performance at Bar Biennial located in Avery Fisher Hall.

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The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)


Dark Sand, Sifting Light (World Premiere)

About this work, Julia Adolphe wrote: “Dark Sand, Sifting Light imagines a piano playing in the distance, overheard through an open apartment window. As the listener poised beneath the window begins to daydream, the piano sounds take on larger orchestral colors. Her mind wanders and the music transforms.”

DoReMi (New York Premiere)

Peter Eötvös
DoReMi (2011–12, rev. 2013),

Peter Eötvös composed DoReMi, his second violin concerto, for Midori, the soloist in these concerts. The composer wrote: “After 60 years of experience ... I liked the idea of returning to where I began as a youngster: putting voices above or next to each other like building blocks and finding pleasure in the variations of the successions.” Midori performed the World Premiere of DoReMi in January 2013 with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the 30th Anniversary of her performing career. Mr. Eötvös is one of the three composers with whom Henri Dutilleux shared the 2011 Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.


Symphony No. 4 (World Premiere – New York Philharmonic commission)

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE (born in 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland)
Symphony No. 4 (World Premiere, New York Philharmonic commission)

Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 4, commissioned for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, is a 20-minute orchestral piece in two connected movements. In his own commentary Mr. Rouse writes: “For those of my scores in which I have had a reasonably specific expressive intent, I have usually tried to be open about the nature of that intent. However, there have been a few occasions when I have felt the need to say very little in this regard. While I did have a particular meaning in mind when composing my Symphony No. 4, I prefer to keep it to myself. Some listeners may find the piece baffling but will nonetheless have to guess.” He added that “there’s got to be some kind of expressive message in a piece of music. My caveat is that the message may not necessarily be a happy one, and you have to be open to that.” With this program, Alan Gilbert will become the first conductor to lead all four of Christopher Rouse’s symphonies. The 2013–14 season marks Mr. Rouse’s second year as the Orchestra’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, and additionally serves as an advisor for CONTACT!, the Philharmonic’s new-music series, and for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.



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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Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 31 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement marking her as a master musician, innovator, and champion of the developmental children’s potential. In 1992 she founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York that brings music education programs to thousands of underserved children each year. Two other organizations — Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S. — also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach also extends to her work with young violinists in master classes all over the world and to her U.S. Orchestra Residencies Program. Midori plays up to 100 concerts a year, dividing her time among recitals, chamber music, and concerto performances worldwide. She has an extensive catalogue of recordings, and in recent years has devoted a great deal of energy and resources to commissioning and performing new music. This season she is being featured on two new recordings: a collaboration with the NDR Symphony and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a rare recording of the Hindemith Violin Concerto, and a recital program with pianist Özgür Aydin in works by Shostakovich, Janáček, and Bloch. Other 2013–14 highlights include her first performances in Iceland, India, and Africa; the U.K. premiere of Peter Eötvös’s DoReMi at the BBC Proms with the Philharmonia Orchestra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen; and engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S., and Asia. Midori will appear on four recital tours with Mr. Aydin, conduct community engagement programs in four different countries and five different U.S. communities, and continue her leadership role at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as Chair of the Strings Department. Midori’s most recent appearance with the Philharmonic was in 2010 at Carnegie Hall, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto conducted by Alan Gilbert.

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Special Thanks

Major support for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL is provided by The Francis Goelet Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

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

The June 7 New York premiere of Peter Eötvös’ work, DoReMi, is made possible in part with underwriting support from Julia Lanigan.


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