11 days. 21 concerts.
A musical playground of the here and now.

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Gloria – A Pig Tale

May 29-30 & June 1

A rollicking tale of social expectations and aspirations from the brilliant creative duo Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Doug Fitch (Giants Are Small), this humorous opera explores life in excess, all set in the imaginative world of the heroine pig, Gloria.

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Beyond Recall at MoMA

May 29 & 31

Art and music collide at MoMA's intimate garden lobby when Philharmonic musicians perform the U.S. Premieres of music inspired by Salzburg's playful outdoor sculptures, surrounded by MoMA's iconic sculptures. "Though the sculptures themselves did not travel to New York, you can 'hear' them," says The New York Times.

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Bang on a Can All-Stars and
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

May 30 & 31

Bang on a Can All-Stars performs new music from Julia Wolfe, whose "energetic, colorful scores blend folk, classical and rock." (The New York Times) Through striking visuals on a giant screen and oral histories, Wolfe immerses you in the world of the coal miner — "gutsy, attractive and genius" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Also, the Philharmonic performs electric guitarist/composer Steven Mackey's Dreamhouse, a tour de force combining styles from Baroque to rock in an exploration of the American Dream.

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Very Young Composers of the Philharmonic

May 31

Meet the composers of tomorrow in this program of extraordinary music created by elementary through high school-aged composers from New York City and Venezuelan, performed by Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists.

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Circles of Influence: Pierre Boulez

May 31

Delve into the groundbreaking music of cultural icon Pierre Boulez and hear his impact on the avant-garde. Pablo Heras-Casado leads Orchestra of St. Luke's.

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Face the Music: Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School

June 1

East meets West when Special Music School High School students perform their own music plus works by MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner Vijay Iyer and Huang Ruo.

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Circles of Influence: George Benjamin

June 1

Explore the gripping music of George Benjamin — one of today's hottest composers and creator of the modern masterpiece Written on Skin — and the compatriots he's inspired. With Pablo Heras-Casado and Orchestra of St. Luke's.

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Insights Series: "What Is a Biennial?"

June 2

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert joins curators from across the visual and performing arts to explore the nature, essence, and impact of biennials.

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CONTACT! at the Biennial: Solo Works by Young American Composers

June 3

Philharmonic musicians perform an evening of solo instrumental World Premieres written expressly for them in this intimate Bleecker Street club.

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Insight Series: "21st-Century Landmarks"

June 4

Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse, Scholar-in-Residence Carol J. Oja, and a panel of composers, performers, and new-music experts discuss some of this century's greatest works that are already destined to become classics.

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Liszt Inspections: Solo Recital by Marino Formenti

June 4

The acclaimed pianist performs a solo recital, exploring Franz Liszt's astonishing and prophetic influence on contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Kurtág, Adams, and Berio.

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

June 5 & 7

A night of firsts: Alan Gilbert conducts the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 4, Midori performs the New York Premiere of Peter Eötvös's DoReMi, and the Philharmonic performs a hot-off-the-presses new work selected just days before through the EarShot New Music Readings.

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American Composers Orchestra Open Rehearsal

June 6

The first public reading for the 23rd annual roundup of the country's brightest young and emerging composers, conducted by George Manahan. For more information, go to americancomposers.org/unmr.

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Alisa Weilerstein & Matthias Pintscher

June 6

One night only! Cellist Alisa Weilerstein stars in Matthias Pintscher's Reflections on Narcissus. Pintscher also conducts a New York Premiere by Elliott Carter.

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American Composers Orchestra 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Readings

June 7

George Manahan leads the 23rd annual roundup of the country's brightest young and emerging composers. For more information, go to americancomposers.org/unmr.

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Play Dates

May 30 - June 7

Join composers and musicians for a "Play Date" post-concert at Bar Biennial in the Avery Fisher Hall Lobby and the bar in SubCulture. (For ticket holders only.)
Friday, May 30, 2014 - Bar Biennial
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - SubCulture's bar
Friday, June 6, 2014 - Bar Biennial
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - Bar Biennial

Special Thanks

Credit Suisse is the Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

• 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.

• The performances of HK Gruber's Gloria - A Pig Tale are made possible with generous support from an anonymous donor.

• The May 29 performance of Beyond Recall is made possible with generous underwriting support from Julia Lanigan.

• Very Young Composers is sponsored, in part, by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund. Additional support provided by the Ethel K. & Sanford L. Solender Memorial Music Fund of UJA-Federation. The New York Philharmonic gratefully acknowledges the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras for their generous support of the performances of works by Very Young Composers of the New York Philharmonic in the May 31 program.

• The June 3 NY PHIL BIENNIAL CONTACT! concert is made possible with generous support from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

• The June 7 New York Premiere of Peter Eötvös's DoReMi is made possible in part with underwriting support from Julia Lanigan.

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

Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries

Planning on attending multiple events? A Biennial Pass gets you into all 21 performances. Experience the biennial using these recommended itineraries:

The Complete Biennial (.pdf) | Weekend Highlights (.pdf)

May 28 Wed 7:30 PM

The Raven

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (Directions)

Gotham Chamber Opera presents the U.S. Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's opera based on Edgar Allan Poe's haunting tale of love, loss, and madness come to life.

May 29 Thu 7:00 PM

Gloria – A Pig Tale

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Directions)

A rollicking tale of social expectations and aspirations from the brilliant creative duo Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Doug Fitch (Giants Are Small), this humorous opera explores life in excess, all set in the imaginative world of the heroine pig, Gloria.

May 29 Thu 10:00 PM

Beyond Recall at MoMA

Agnes Gund Garden Lobby of The Museum of Modern Art (Directions)

Art and music collide at MoMA's intimate garden lobby when Philharmonic musicians perform the U.S. Premieres of music inspired by Salzburg's playful outdoor sculptures, surrounded by MoMA's iconic sculptures. "Though the sculptures themselves did not travel to New York, you can 'hear' them," says The New York Times.

May 30 Fri 7:00 PM

Gloria – A Pig Tale

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Directions)

A rollicking tale of social expectations and aspirations from the brilliant creative duo Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Doug Fitch (Giants Are Small), this humorous opera explores life in excess, all set in the imaginative world of the heroine pig, Gloria.

May 30 Fri 8:00 PM

Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)

Bang on a Can All-Stars performs new music from Julia Wolfe, whose "energetic, colorful scores blend folk, classical and rock." (The New York Times) Through striking visuals on a giant screen and oral histories, Wolfe immerses you in the world of the coal miner — "gutsy, attractive and genius" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Also, the Philharmonic performs electric guitarist/composer Steven Mackey's Dreamhouse, a tour de force combining styles from Baroque to rock in an exploration of the American Dream.

"Play Date" with composers and performers post-concert at Bar Biennial in Avery Fisher Hall Lobby. (For ticket holders only.)

May 30 Fri 8:00 PM

The Raven

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (Directions)

Gotham Chamber Opera presents the U.S. Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's opera based on Edgar Allan Poe's haunting tale of love, loss, and madness come to life.

May 31 Sat 11:00 AM

Very Young Composers of the Philharmonic

Merkin Concert Hall (Directions)

Meet the composers of tomorrow in this program of extraordinary music created by elementary through high school-aged composers from New York City and Venezuelan, performed by Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists.

May 31 Sat 2:00 PM

Circles of Influence: Pierre Boulez

Rose Theater (Directions)

Delve into the groundbreaking music of cultural icon Pierre Boulez and hear his impact on the avant-garde. Pablo Heras-Casado leads Orchestra of St. Luke's.

May 31 Sat 7:00 PM

Bang on a Can All-Stars and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)

Bang on a Can All-Stars performs new music from Julia Wolfe, whose "energetic, colorful scores blend folk, classical and rock." (The New York Times) Through striking visuals on a giant screen and oral histories, Wolfe immerses you in the world of the coal miner — "gutsy, attractive and genius" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Also, the Philharmonic performs electric guitarist/composer Steven Mackey's Dreamhouse, a tour de force combining styles from Baroque to rock in an exploration of the American Dream.

May 31 Sat 8:00 PM

The Raven

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (Directions)

Gotham Chamber Opera presents the U.S. Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa's opera based on Edgar Allan Poe's haunting tale of love, loss, and madness come to life.

May 31 Sat 10:00 PM

Beyond Recall at MoMA

Agnes Gund Garden Lobby of The Museum of Modern Art (Directions)

Art and music collide at MoMA's intimate garden lobby when Philharmonic musicians perform the U.S. Premieres of music inspired by Salzburg's playful outdoor sculptures, surrounded by MoMA's iconic sculptures. "Though the sculptures themselves did not travel to New York, you can 'hear' them," says The New York Times.

June 1 Sun 11:30 AM

Face the Music: Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School High School

David Rubenstein Atrium (Directions)

East meets West when Special Music School High School students perform their own music plus works by MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner Vijay Iyer and Huang Ruo.

June 1 Sun 2:00 PM

Gloria – A Pig Tale

Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Directions)

A rollicking tale of social expectations and aspirations from the brilliant creative duo Alan Gilbert (New York Philharmonic) and Doug Fitch (Giants Are Small), this humorous opera explores life in excess, all set in the imaginative world of the heroine pig, Gloria.

June 1 Sun 5:00 PM

Circles of Influence: George Benjamin

Rose Theater (Directions)

Explore the gripping music of George Benjamin — one of today's hottest composers and creator of the modern masterpiece Written on Skin — and the compatriots he's inspired. With Pablo Heras-Casado and Orchestra of St. Luke's.

June 2 Mon 7:30 PM

Insights Series: "What Is a Biennial?"

David Rubenstein Atrium (Directions)

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert joins curators from across the visual and performing arts to explore the nature, essence, and impact of biennials.

June 3 Tues 7:30 PM

CONTACT! at the Biennial: Solo Works by Young American Composers

SubCulture (Directions)

Philharmonic musicians perform an evening of solo instrumental World Premieres written expressly for them in this intimate Bleecker Street club.

"Play Date" with composers and performers post-concert at the bar in SubCulture. (For ticket holders only.)

June 4 Wed 7:30 PM

Insight Series: "21st-Century Landmarks"

David Rubenstein Atrium (Directions)

Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse, Scholar-in-Residence Carol J. Oja, and a panel of composers, performers, and new-music experts discuss some of this century's greatest works that are already destined to become classics.

June 4 Wed 9:30 PM

Liszt Inspections: Solo Recital by Marino Formenti

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (Directions)

The acclaimed pianist performs a solo recital, exploring Franz Liszt's astonishing and prophetic influence on contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Kurtág, Adams, and Berio.

June 5 Thu 7:30 PM

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

Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)

A night of firsts: Alan Gilbert conducts the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 4, Midori performs the New York Premiere of Peter Eötvös's DoReMi, and the Philharmonic performs a hot-off-the-presses new work selected just days before through the EarShot New Music Readings.

June 6 Fri 10:00 AM

American Composers Orchestra Open Rehearsal

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Directions)

The first public reading for the 23rd annual roundup of the country's brightest young and emerging composers, conducted by George Manahan. For more information, go to americancomposers.org/unmr.

June 6 Fri 8:00 PM

Alisa Weilerstein & Matthias Pintscher

Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)

One night only! Cellist Alisa Weilerstein stars in Matthias Pintscher's Reflections on Narcissus. Pintscher also conducts a New York Premiere by Elliott Carter.

Play Date" with composers and performers post-concert at Bar Biennial in Avery Fisher Hall Lobby. (For ticket holders only.)

June 7 Sat 7:30 PM

American Composers Orchestra 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Readings

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Directions)

George Manahan leads the 23rd annual roundup of the country's brightest young and emerging composers. For more information, go to americancomposers.org/unmr.

June 7 Sat 8:00 PM

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

Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)

A night of firsts: Alan Gilbert conducts the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 4, Midori performs the New York Premiere of Peter Eötvös's DoReMi, and the Philharmonic performs a hot-off-the-presses new work selected just days before through the EarShot New Music Readings.

Play Date" with composers and performers post-concert at Bar Biennial in Avery Fisher Hall Lobby. (For ticket holders only.)

I am so glad you are checking out the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, our playground of new and exciting music from around the world. The word biennial evokes ambitious visual art presentations from Venice to Miami to Manhattan's East Side, and, in fact, our goal is the same — to offer audiences a snapshot of the state of today's music.

That snapshot will be revealed through diverse, imaginative, and intriguing programs that we have put together with people and organizations that have brought a forward-looking aesthetic and curiosity to New York's new-music scene. Together we have created 13 programs — or, as we consider them, "pavilions" — each displaying the fascinations and passions of its curator. Each pavilion, in turn, presents pieces that represent the different choices and philosophies of the composers on the program.

So much of this music is so new that there is no knowing precisely what you'll hear. That is especially true now, when composers are no longer adhering to — or rebelling against — clearly defined schools of thought. Today's musical creators are free to define their voices in a way that was not possible before.

I invite you to be part of our first NY PHIL BIENNIAL. There will be operas and symphonies, solo recitals and vocal mash-ups, large concert venues and informal clubs — something for every taste. More important, we invite you to play your part in bringing this music to life. Composers create works and performers interpret them, but it is the audience that infuses the event with energy and passion. Join all of us in exploring today's world of limitless musical possibility.

Alan Gilbert
New York Philharmonic Music Director

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