Press Release

Monday, September 24, 2018

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Katherine E. Johnson Vice President, Communications (212) 875-5700; johnsonk@nyphil.org

For Immediate Release

New York Philharmonic Free Open Rehearsal, September 27

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC FREE OPEN REHEARSAL
A GIFT TO NEW YORK FROM MUSIC DIRECTOR JAAP VAN ZWEDEN AND THE ORCHESTRA
Thursday, September 27, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission of Conrad TAO’s Everything Must Go
BRUCKNER’s Symphony No. 8

Morning Events for Fans in Line at 8:00 a.m. on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza
Philharmonic Musicians To Perform
Composer Conrad Tao and Philharmonic Musicians To Greet Fans
Attendees Have Chance To Win Tickets to Upcoming New York Philharmonic Concert
WFMT’s Seth Boustead To Host

In honor of the launch of New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s tenure, New Yorkers can see Jaap van Zweden at a Free Open Rehearsal on September 27, 2018. The program will feature Conrad Tao’s Everything Must Go, receiving its World Premiere that evening, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. Following the Free Open Rehearsal — a gift from Jaap van Zweden and the Orchestra — Maestro van Zweden will stay onstage for a chat with President and CEO Deborah Borda and composer Conrad Tao.

General admission tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, starting that morning at 9:00 a.m. on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., WFMT’s Seth Boustead will host entertainment for fans waiting in line, including performances by Philharmonic musicians, interviews with composer Conrad Tao and others, and a ticket raffle. Prizes will be given to the first 25 fans in line. Previous Free Open Rehearsals have drawn thousands of music lovers to David Geffen Hall.

Music Director Jaap van Zweden will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Conrad Tao’s Everything Must Go, commissioned by the Philharmonic, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m. Everything Must Go was commissioned as a prelude to the Bruckner, including the same instrumentation. Conrad Tao responded to the metaphor of Bruckner’s Eighth as a cathedral of sound, imagining that structure coming to life and then decaying. He also took inspiration from other preludes, including classic French overtures and movie title sequences. Though he did not deliberately quote Bruckner in Everything Must Go, the composer acknowledges “happy accidents” where his work echoes Bruckner’s harmonic and rhythmic structures. “The deadliest brief is, ‘You can do anything you want.’ That is the most terrifying thing to hear,” Conrad Tao said. “I think creativity is spurred on by boundaries.”

ALL PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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Citi. Preferred Card of the New York Philharmonic.

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Emirates is the Official Airline of the New York Philharmonic.

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PurePoint Financial. Season Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

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Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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