Joan of Arc at the Stake

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Joan of Arc at the Stake: Drama in Music

Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

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Date & Times

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Jun, 2015

Monday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The season concludes with a spectacular fusion of visual, dramatic, and musical elements in a staged production of Honegger’s dramatic oratorio. Music Director Alan Gilbert, joined by the production’s director and chorus master, discusses the inner-workings of a composition that defies categorization, and the importance of telling a story through music.

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Alan Gilbert

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Alan Gilbert

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Alan Gilbert

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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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Côme de Bellescize

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Côme de Bellescize

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Come de Bellescize

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French author and theatrical stage director Côme de Bellescize received his bachelors of arts degree in literature from La Sorbonne and studied acting at L’École Claude Mathieu before deciding to dedicate himself to writing and directing, creating the company Théâtre du Fracas with Vincent Joncquez. From 2004 to 2007 he wrote and directed Les Errants, which received the Paris jeunes talents award. He went on to direct Maxim Gorki’s Sun’s Children in Paris and Catherine Anne’s Ah! Anabelle ... at the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers. He then wrote Amédée, which he directed at Paris’s Théâtre de la Tempête, which earned him a best author nomination for the Beaumarchais Figaro award. During the summer of 2013 he participated in the Opéra en Création workshop at the European Academy of Music in Aix and directed Viardot’s la liberté for the Festival of Aix en Provence. In June 2014 he returned to the European Academy of Music/Festival of Aix en Provence to stage Rossini’s La Scala di seta (The Silken Ladder). Future projects include a new production of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, at the Matsumoto Seiji Ozawa Festival in August 2015, and his new play Eugénie, which will be premiered at Paris’s Théâtre du Rond-Point in autumn 2015. He first staged this production of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake in 2012 at Japan’s Matsumoto Seiji Ozawa Festival, under the baton of Kazuki Yamada coordinated by the artistic direction of Seiji Ozawa; it was revived in concert versions in February 2015 in Monaco and Toulouse, and the staging was revived in March 2015 at the new Philharmonie de Paris.

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Pierre Vallet

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Pierre Vallet

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French conductor Pierre Vallet prepared the New York Choral Artists for the New York Philharmonic’s 2015 production of Honegger’s Joan at the Stake, conducted by Alan Gilbert. He prepared the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto Choir and the Ritsuyukai Choir for Britten’s War Requiem at Carnegie Hall and Tokyo Opera Singers for Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Saito Kinen Festival, all for Seiji Ozawa. He has conducted Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Gounod’s Faust at The Metropolitan Opera; Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Bizet’s Carmen at Opera national de Paris; Carmen and Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Dalila at Dallas Opera, Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice at Opera Theater St. Louis; Verdi’s Don Carlo at Lithuanian National Opera; Halévy’s La Juive at Gothenburg Opera; and Faust at Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Mr. Vallet has conducted London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucharest’s Royal Camerata, Filarmonica Brasov, National Symphony Orchestra of “Teleradio-Moldova,” St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and at Spoleto Festival USA. His discography includes collaborations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Elizabeth Sombart on the piano concertos of Chopin and Beethoven.

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