A Night with Gershwin and Bernstein

The New York Philharmonic

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A Night with Gershwin and Bernstein

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$69.00 - $149.00

Duration

Concert Duration

1 hour 30 minutes
Date & Times

22

Apr, 2014

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

In this special non-subscription concert, Alan Gilbert leads a salute to two of New York’s finest composers, featuring the remarkable jazz virtuoso Makoto Ozone and his very personal take on Rhapsody in Blue.

“The evening’s highlight was Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Makoto Ozone.… Ozone’s crystal sound was perfect for the Rhapsody in Blue, evoking New York City skyscrapers at night…. The Philharmonic deeply understands the hybrid charms Gershwin’s music has: the impressive jazz part for trumpet, musical comedy–style dance, and the gorgeous, Rachmaninoff-like intertwining of orchestra and pianist.” — Nikkei, reviewing a concert on our recent ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour

Program

Bernstein

Overture to Candide

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Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue, for Piano and Orchestra

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Bernstein

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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Gershwin

An American in Paris

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Makoto Ozone

Piano

Makoto Ozone

Piano

Makoto Ozone

Piano

Pianist Makoto Ozone taught himself to play the organ while very young, made his first television appearance at age six, began performing regularly on Osaka Mainichi Broadcasting, and, after attending an Oscar Peterson concert at 12, turned his attention toward jazz piano. He moved to the United States in 1980 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music; in 1983 he graduated at the top of his class and gave a solo recital at Carnegie Hall. He became the first Japanese musician to sign an exclusive contract with CBS.

Mr. Ozone has recently explored classical repertoire with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Thomas Zehetmair, Joseph Swensen, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Arie van Beek, Francois-Xavier Roth, Tadaaki Otaka, Eiji Oue, and Michiyoshi Inoue. He has played works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich with the NDR and NHK symphony orchestras, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Sinfonia Varsovia, and others. He made his New York Philharmonic debut on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, led by Alan Gilbert, and was immediately engaged to reprise the work with them in New York two months later. The same year he gave the World Premiere of his own jazz arrangement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Jeunehomme, with Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and appeared with NDR Radio Philharmonic and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

He also toured Japan with his big band, No Name Horses, and celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new recording. Mr. Ozone has collaborated with numerous other jazz artists including Gary Burton, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Christian McBride, Dave Weckl, and Mike Stern. He is a regular guest of classical music festivals including the Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron in France and La Folle Journée in Nantes and Japan. In 2016 he joined Chick Corea for the Piano Duo Plays “Acoustic” tour throughout Japan, including two performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra led by Tadaaki Otaka.

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