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THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic - 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Art of the Score
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $45 - $125

Concert Duration

2 hour 45 minutes
Fri, Sep, 20, 2013
8:00 PM
Sat, Sep, 21, 2013
8:00 PM
Complete screening of film, with live performance of its sound track.

A live presentation in association with Warner Bros., Southbank Centre London and the British Film Institute.
The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)



Also sprach Zarathustra

Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) freely composed after Friedrich Nietzsche (1895-96)

When popular culture delves into classical music, even if it’s just a few measures of a composition, as was the case with Also sprach Zarathustra in the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the attendees for all the live concert performances of the work pale in comparison to the number of movie goers who have heard the soundtrack of the film. 2001 immortalized Richard Strauss’s composition, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s 1885 philosophical poem of the same name, which in turn was based on the sixth century BCE Persian prophet Zoroaster. Strauss explained, “I did not intend to write philosophical music or portray Nietzsche’s work musically. I meant rather to convey in music an idea of the evolution of the human race from its origin, through the various phases of development, religious as well as scientific, up to Nietzsche’s idea of the Superman.” Tone poems draw inspiration from literary or other sources, and Strauss excelled at composing them. (Never someone to be everly modest, he once said: “I want to be able to depict in music a glass of beer so accurately that every listener can tell whether it is a Pilsner or a Kulmbacher!”) Strauss’s brilliant orchestral blockbuster “depicts” the opening of Nietzsche’s book—as the prophet apostrophizes the sun—with a majestic rising fanfare—with trumpets, full orchestra, and organ—that hails the primeval sunrise. Eight more sections follow, including “Of the Back-world Dwellers,” “Of the Great Longing,” “Of Joys and Passions,” and the finale, “Night Wanderer’s Song” with a bell that ominously tolls midnight and which, in the final tranquil moments, pits two opposing keys, C and B Major, against each other in an unresolved chord that suggests the mystery of life and the universe.

Kyrie, from Requiem

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Lux aeterna

Adagio from Gayane




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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THE ART OF THE SCORE Artistic Advisor

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin is a graduate of New York University, where he earned a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts in 1994 and was presented with an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 2010. He last appeared onstage in the 2010 Guild Hall (East Hampton) production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton. Mr. Baldwin’s other stage credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2006 production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis; Loot on Broadway in 1986, earning Mr. Baldwin a Theatre World Award; Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money on Broadway in 1988; Prelude to a Kiss at the Circle Reparatory Company in 1990, earning Mr. Baldwin an Obie Award; A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway in 1992, for which Mr. Baldwin was nominated for a Tony Award; Macbeth at New York Shakespeare Festival in 1998; and Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2004 production of The Twentieth Century. Mr. Baldwin has also appeared at The Hartman Theatre (Stamford, Connecticut), the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Berkshires, Massachusetts), and Bay Street Theatre (Sag Harbor, New York).

Alec Baldwin has appeared in more than 40 films, including Beetle Juice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (for which he received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed, and It’s Complicated, among many others.

For seven years he starred as Jack Donaghy opposite Tina Fey on NBC’s 30 Rock, winner of the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, and the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. For his portrayal he received seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award, and two Emmy Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2011 Mr. Baldwin received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His company, El Dorado Pictures, has produced several projects, including Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for TNT, which was nominated for an Emmy; The Confession for Showtime, which won the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; and David Mamet’s film State and Main.

Alec Baldwin is a dedicated supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. He serves on the boards of People For The American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival, and Guild Hall. He is an active supporter of The Radiation and Public Health Project, East Hampton Day Care Center, The Actors Fund, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and The Water Keeper Alliance, among many others. He has partnered with Capital One to create an advertising campaign that, through the Alec Baldwin Foundation, provides funding for arts groups across the country, particularly in the New York area, and raises awareness for support of the arts.

Mr. Baldwin’s book, A Promise to Ourselves, was published by St. Martin’s Press in paperback in Fall 2009.

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Founded in 1964, Musica Sacra is the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. Founded by Richard Westenburg and now under the artistic leadership of Kent Tritle, the mission of Musica Sacra is to create definitive, professional choral performances of the highest caliber for the widest possible audience. It supports its mission by presenting concerts; recording, commissioning, and performing new choral works; and educating audiences, students, and the general public in the appreciation and history of choral music. Music Sacra presents performances each year throughout New York, including at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The chorus’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall are a New York holiday tradition. Music Sacra has performed with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and made festival appearances throughout the region. Messages to Myself, a new recording on the MSR Classics label, represents Musica Sacra’s commitment to expanding the choral repertoire. Musica Sacra commissioned works by Daniel Brewbaker and Michael Gilbertson, and New York premieres by composers Zachary Patten, Behzad Ranjbaran, and Christopher Theofanidis may be heard on the collection of a cappella choral works. The 2012 release joins a growing discography that includes recordings on the BMG, RCA, and Deutsche Grammophon labels. Now in his seventh season as music director of Musica Sacra, Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. He concurrently serves as director of cathedral music and organist of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as music director of the Oratorio Society of New York. He is director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music, serves on the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School, and is chorus director of Carnegie Hall’s National High School Choral Festival. He is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra, and performs internationally as a recitalist. He hosts “The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle,” a weekly program on WQXR, and has made more than a dozen recordings on the AMDG, Epiphany, Gothic, Telarc, VAI, and MSR Classics labels.



Kent Tritle is organist of the New York Philharmonic and director of cathedral music and organist at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. The 2011–12 season marked his seventh as music director of the Oratorio Society of New York, and his fifth season as music director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. He is the founder of Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, the acclaimed concert series now entering its 23rd season at New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mr. Tritle is director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music and a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. He is the host of the weekly hour-long radio show The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle on WQXR. From 1996 to 2004 Mr. Tritle was music director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs. Under his direction the ensemble performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Czech Philharmonic, as well as on a national Live From Lincoln Center telecast of Mozart’s Requiem. Mr. Tritle has made more than a dozen recordings on the Telarc, AMDG, Epiphany, Gothic, VAI, and MSR Classics labels. His recent CDs with the choir of St. Ignatius Loyola include Ginastera’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah, Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir, and Wondrous Love, featuring music from 1,000 years of sacred repertoire. All have won praise from Gramophone, American Record Guide, and The Choral Journal

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