Summertime Classics: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Friends

The New York Philharmonic

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Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Friends

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$47.50 - $67.50

Duration

Concert Duration

1 hour 30 minutes
Date & Times

2

Jul, 2014

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

3

Jul, 2014

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Event Info
These all-Russian evenings give you the colorful classics you love, including Rachmaninoff’s ravishing First Piano Concerto performed by 28-year-old sensation Joyce Yang, described by The New York Times as “a knockout.”
Program

Shostakovich

Festive Overture

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Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 1

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Musorgsky

Night on Bald Mountain

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Rachmaninoff

Vocalise

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Tchaikovsky

Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker

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Tchaikovsky

Marche slave

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Artists

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey David Cooper

Conductor

Grammy and Juno award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Under his leadership the VSO has toured China, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall which opened in downtown Vancouver in 2011. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus.

The 2017–18 season in Vancouver includes tours in the fall and spring showcasing the orchestra in their home state as well as key east coast Canadian cities. Other engagements will take Mr. Tovey to the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Houston, Toronto, and Melbourne symphonies, as well as returns to summer festivals in Vail, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl.

An active composer, Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. Past commissions include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a recording of which by the VSO with UBC Opera and the original cast has been released on Naxos). In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Alison Balsom as soloist in both concerts.

A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, he has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Sydney, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish National symphony orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphonies and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2001, and music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg from 2002 to 2006.

Bramwell Tovey is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

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Joyce Yang

Piano

Joyce Yang

Piano

Joyce Yang NY Philharmonic

Piano

Pianist Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at age 19, she won the awards for best performance of chamber music and a new work. A Steinway artist, she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Sydney symphony orchestras, among others, working with conductors including James Conlon, Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey, and Jaap van Zweden. She has appeared in recital at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Zurich’s Tonhalle. Her 2015–16 season highlights include a tour of eight summer festivals (including Aspen, Seattle, and Bravo! Vail), and a steady stream of debuts, returns, and chamber music concerts. She makes her New Jersey Symphony Orchestra debut with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, celebrating the orchestra’s season finale and music director Jacque Lacombe’s final concert; performs and records the World Premiere of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto (created for her and commissioned by the Albany Symphony); and returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. She also performs with the Colorado Springs, Orlando, and Reading Philharmonic orchestras, and the Alabama, Anchorage, Corpus Christi, Greenwich, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pasadena, Princeton, Santa Fe, Utah, and Vancouver symphony orchestras. Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1986, she received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. In 1997 she moved to the U.S. to begin studies at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. After winning The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with that orchestra at age 12. She appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition.

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