Alan Gilbert Conducts Britten

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Alan Gilbert Conducts Britten

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29.00 - $99.00

Duration

Concert Duration

1 hour 30 minutes
Date & Times

21

Nov, 2013

Thursday, 7:30 PM

22

Nov, 2013

Friday, 8:00 PM

23

Nov, 2013

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Tenor Paul Appleby has withdrawn from these performances due to illness. On November 21 and 22, Michael Slattery replaces him in Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and Dominic Armstrong replaces him in Spring Symphony. On November 23, Anthony Dean Griffey replaces him in both works.

Program

Britten

Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

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Britten

Spring Symphony

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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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Michael Slattery

Tenor

Michael Slattery

Tenor

Michael Slattery

Tenor

Michael Slattery made his New York Philharmonic debut in November 2013 singing Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings in the Orchestra’s celebrations of the composer’s 100th birthday as an acclaimed last-minute substitute for an ailing singer. Career highlights include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide at London’s Royal Festival Hall; The Very Best of Lerner & Loewe with Kelli O'Hara, Paolo Szot, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; Peter Sellars’s Tristan Project with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten with John Adams, both with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass with Iván Fischer and the National Symphony Orchestra; Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Berlin Staatsoper; and the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He has also performed at the Edinburgh, Spoleto, Holland, Athens, Aspen Music, Mostly Mozart, and Williamstown Theater festivals, and as a soloist with ensembles including The Philadelphia, Seattle Symphony, St. Paul Chamber, and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras, and the Houston, Charlotte, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Pacific, and Kansas City symphony orchestras. Mr. Slattery’s solo recordings include The Irish Heart and Dowland in Dublin, chosen by Opera News as one of the best recordings of 2012. He has recorded a number of Handel’s works, including Saul with René Jacobs, for Harmonia Mundi, and Acis und Galatea, Atalanta, Samson, and Solomon with Nicholas McGegan. Recent projects have included Britten’s Curlew River with Olivier Py, and the World Premiere of Roland Auzet and Fabrice Melquiot’s Steve V (King different), the Steve Jobs digital opera, with Opéra de Lyon. Michael Slattery will perform in Robert Carsen’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence next summer. He is a long-time supporter of the organization Sing for Hope and resides in New York City.

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Dominic Armstrong

Tenor (Nov 21 & 22 <em>Spring Symphony</em> only)

Dominic Armstrong

Tenor (Nov 21 & 22 <em>Spring Symphony</em> only)

Dominic Armstrong

Tenor (Nov 21 & 22 <em>Spring Symphony</em> only)

Tenor Dominic Armstrong is a winner of the 2013 George London Foundation Vocal Competition. This season, he makes his role debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca with the Northwest Indiana Symphony and appears in holiday concerts with the Oregon Symphony; in recital with the Brooklyn Art Song Society; in Mozart’s Requiem with the Lansing Symphony; in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Orchestra, with both the Princeton Symphony and the Symphony in C; and in recital with Christine Brewer and Craig Rutenberg, under the auspices of the George London Foundation. In the 2012–13 season Mr. Armstrong returned to New York City Opera to sing Peter Quint in its production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, followed by his debuts at Carnegie Hall and with Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Steve in Andre Prévin’s A Streetcar Named Desire. He closed the season premiering two new operas: Jorge Sosa’s La Reina with American Lyric Theater, and Lera Auerbach’s The Blind with American Opera Projects. His engagements in the previous season included Chicago Opera Theatre’s production of Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki; his Memphis Opera debut as Eisenstein in J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus; and a return to Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival to cover Don José and perform Le Rémendado in Bizet’s Carmen. His other Castleton appearances included the roles of Macheath in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Le Petit Vieillard in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, and Luigi in Puccini’s Il tabarro. Dominic Armstrong’s recent seasons have included performances with companies such as Opera Philadelphia, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Regio Torino, Wexford Festival Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Musica Viva Hong Kong. His numerous awards include Grand Finalist in the 2008 National Council Auditions with The Metropolitan Opera and winner of the 2009 Liederkranz Art Song Competition. These performances mark his New York Philharmonic debut.

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Anthony Dean Griffey

Tenor

Anthony Dean Griffey

Tenor

Anthony Dean Griffey

Tenor

Four-time Grammy Award–winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey’s 2013–14 season includes performances in Britten’s Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony and War Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; both included appearances at Carnegie Hall. He also returns to Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera, and makes debuts at Opera Carolina and the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu. Mr. Griffey has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Paris Opéra, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, and Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera. He has performed the title role in Peter Grimes all over the world, most recently in The Met’s production broadcast on the Met: Live in HD series. He created the roles of Mitch in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, at San Francisco Opera, and Lennie in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, at Houston Grand Opera. He recently premiered Christopher Theofanidis’s The Gift with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Concert engagements have included the New York, Berlin, Munich, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Montreal, Toronto, and London symphony orchestras; The Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras; The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philharmonia Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland at the Concertgebouw, and NJK Symphony Orchestra; and at the BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen, Edinburgh, Lanaudière, and Saito Kinen festivals. He made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in 2004, and has given recitals with pianist Warren Jones throughout the United States. Anthony Dean Griffey holds degrees from Wingate University, Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School, and he was a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program. He was also inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011. His honors include the Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wingate University and induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Anthony Dean Griffey made his New York Philharmonic debut in October 1999 performing the World Premieres of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Garden of Light and Miachel Torkey’s Four Seasons, conducted by then Music Director Kurt Masur; he most recently appeared with the Philharmonic in June 2010 performing Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

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Kate Royal

Soprano

Kate Royal

Soprano

Kate Royal

Soprano

London-born soprano Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. Her honors include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2004 John Christie Award, and 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.

In concert Ms. Royal has performed with the London, Berlin, Los Angeles, La Scala, Royal Liverpool, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; Boston, National, BBC, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; Orpheus and Scottish Chamber Orchestras; Concert d’Astrée; Philharmonia Orchestra; and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has appeared at the BBC Proms and the Verbier, Baden-Baden, and Edinburgh International festivals, and she has given recitals throughout Europe and North America. The conductors she has collaborated with include Thomas Adès, Jiří Bělohlávek, Myung-Whun Chung, Emmanuelle Haïm, Pablo Heras-Casado, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robin Ticciati, and Jaap van Zweden.

Ms. Royal’s opera engagements include Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Lucerne and Glyndebourne Festivals and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Glyndebourne Festival and at Teatro Real in Madrid; Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for English National Opera; Miranda in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest at Covent Garden; Handel’s L’Allegro for Paris Opera; Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Glyndebourne Festival; and Countess Almaviva at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In 2011 she made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Upcoming appearances include Micaëla at The Metropolitan Opera, the Governess at Paris Opera, Lady Penelope Rich in Britten’s Gloriana at Covent Garden, and Pamina at Baden-Baden with Mr. Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

An exclusive EMI Classics recording artist, Kate Royal’s discography includes Midsummer Night, a collection of 20th-century arias performed with Edward Gardner and the Orchestra of English National Opera, and a recording of some of her favorite songs performed with Mr. Gardner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Her solo recital disc with pianist Malcolm Martineau, A Lesson in Love, was released in 2011. Other recordings include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Manchester Camerata (Avie Records) and Schumann’s Liederkreis with pianist Graham Johnson (Hyperion).

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Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

On the concert stage during the 2017–18 season Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke appears with ensembles including the London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Dallas, Melbourne, and New Zealand symphony orchestras, as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montreal, frequently performing the music of Mahler, whose works she has sung on four different continents. She is sought after by the world’s leading opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Bordeaux, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Seattle Opera. In 2017 Ms. Cooke sang in two world premieres of contemporary opera: in the role of Laurene Jobs in Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera and in the title role in Nico Muhly’s Marnie at English National Opera. Known for her commitment to new music, she has also premiered works by Mark Adamo, William Bolcom, Laura Kaminsky, Lowell Liebermann, Marc Neikrug, Kevin Puts, Augusta Read Thomas, and Joby Talbot. Previous orchestral engagements have included the Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New World, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Shanghai, and Singapore symphony orchestras; The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; and the Orpheus, Los Angeles, and St. Paul chamber orchestras. She has worked leading conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Andrew Davis, Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, and Mark Elder. Last season, with pianist Julius Drake Ms. Cooke released Liszt: The Complete Songs, Vol.4 on Hyperion Records. She can also be heard on the Naxos, Bridge, Yarlung, GPR Records, and Sono Luminus labels. Sasha Cooke is a graduate of Rice University, The Juilliard School, and The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Chorus

Chorus

Founded in 1979 by Joseph Flummerfelt, the New York Choral Artists has since then been a regular part of the New York Philharmonic season. Its many collaborations with the Orchestra include a memorial performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, conducted by Kurt Masur, immediately following the events of 9/11. In more recent years, appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 led by Lorin Maazel. Highlights of Philharmonic collaborations under the direction of Alan Gilbert include Bach’s B-minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre, and in January 2015, the Verdi Requiem. Noteworthy among its Philharmonic recordings are the Grammy-nominated release of Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Bernstein, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Masur, and John Adams’s Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with Maazel. In 2014 the New York Choral Artists also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Jacqueline Pierce is the group’s manager.

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Joseph Flummerfelt

Director

Joseph Flummerfelt

Director

Joseph Flummerfelt

Director

For more than 40 seasons Joseph Flummerfelt has been preparing choral performances for the New York Philharmonic. Named Conductor of the Year in 2004 by Musical America, he is the founder and musical director of the New York Choral Artists, and was an artistic director of the Spoleto Festival USA for 37 years and conductor of the Westminster Choir for 33 years. He has collaborated with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Chailly, Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Shaw, and William Steinberg. Dr. Flummerfelt’s choirs have been featured on 45 recordings, including Grammy Award–winning versions of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Bernstein, Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, and John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls. He has also received two Grammy nominations, and his Delos recording of Brahms’s choral works — Singing for Pleasure, with the Westminster Choir — was chosen by The New York Times as a favorite among Brahms recordings. Joseph Flummerfelt’s honors include Le Prix du Président de la République from L’Académie du Disque Français and five honorary doctoral degrees. He is sought out as a guest conductor and master teacher of choral conducting in New York and throughout the United States.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a Grammy Award–winning collective of young voices led by visionary founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker. The chorus has appeared with world-class orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has performed or recorded with major artists such as Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, and The National and has been featured in major motion pictures, commercials, and live events, including a work by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II World Tour. The chorus has commissioned more than 120 original works by composers including Caroline Shaw, Toshi Reagon, Bishi, Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly. This season its original production Silent Voices: Lovestate premieres Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater. The chorus has released two albums through New Amsterdam Records: Silent Voices (2018) and Black Mountain Songs (2017). Founded in 1992, the chorus currently serves more than 700 students in its core after-school and public-school outreach programs. Its professional faculty teaches a wide range of repertoire and styles using founding artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker’s proven Cross-Choral Training method. Classes take place at its Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations throughout Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Under her visionary leadership, the chorus has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert. Most notably, she prepared the chorus for its 2002 debut with the New York Philharmonic, led by Lorin Maazel, in John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording of which won three Grammy Awards in 2005. She is the creator of the Chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a proven holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

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Dianne Berkun Menaker

Director

Dianne Berkun Menaker

Director

Director

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Under her visionary leadership, the chorus has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. She has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Robert Spano. Most notably, she prepared the chorus for its 2002 debut with the New York Philharmonic in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording for which the chorus won a Grammy Award in 2005. Ms. Berkun Menaker has also prepared the Chorus for appearances and recordings with artists such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Grizzly Bear, John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield, and Alicia Keys. Out of a desire to showcase the chorus’s versatility and uniquely beautiful sounds, she has developed an active commissioning program, collaborating with some of the most important composers of our time. Ms. Berkun Menaker is a regular choral clinician and teaching artist for such organizations as the New York Philharmonic and The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and has also presented workshops and master classes for New York University, New York State School Music Association, the American Choral Directors Association, and the New York City Department of Education. She is the creator of the chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a proven holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

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