CONTACT!: New Music from Nordic Countries
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CONTACT!: New Music from Nordic Countries

Location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Directions
Duration

1 hour 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

7

Mar, 2015

Saturday, 7:00 PM

Event Info
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue

Tickets are available through the Metropolitan Museum of Art by phone at (212) 570-3949 or online.
Program

Per Nørgård

Cello Concerto No. 2, Momentum (New York Premiere)

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Kalevi Aho

Chamber Symphony No. 2

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Kaija Saariaho

Terra Memoria for string orchestra (U.S. Premiere)

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Ðuro Živković

The White Angel (U.S. Premiere)

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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 his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. 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 began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. 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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Courtney Lewis

Assistant Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Assistant Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Assistant Conductor

The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.

Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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