New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration
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New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$109.00 - $295.00

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

31

Dec, 2014

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

It’s New York’s classiest New Year’s Eve. The Philharmonic serves up an all-Gershwin celebration with a special appearance by the “astonishing” jazz superstar Dianne Reeves, all conducted by Bramwell Tovey, “whose personality is as ebullient as this music.” – The New York Times

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Program

Gershwin/Arr. Rose

"Strike Up the Band" from Strike Up the Band

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Gershwin

Catfish Row: Suite from Porgy and Bess

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Gershwin/Arr. B. Tovey

"A Foggy Day"

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Gershwin/Arr. B. Tovey

"They Can't Take That Away From Me"

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Gershwin

Cuban Overture

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Gershwin

Lullaby for String Orchestra

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Gershwin/Arr. V. Mendoza

"Nice Work If You Can Get It"

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Gershwin/Arr. B. Childs

“Fascinating Rhythm”

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Gershwin/Arr. B. Childs

"Embraceable You"

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Gershwin/Arr. V. Mendoza

"S'Wonderful"

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Artists

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Grammy and Juno Award–winning conductor / composer Bramwell Tovey has recently added the title of artistic director of Calgary Opera Company to his role as principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and artistic advisor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Following an 18-year tenure as music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), which concluded in summer 2018, he returns as music director emeritus. Under his leadership the VSO toured China, South Korea, Canada, and the United States. His innovations included the establishment of the VSO School of Music; the VSO’s annual contemporary music festival; and the VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler, a comprehensive summer orchestral training program for young musicians.

During the 2019–20 season Mr. Tovey returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra for its Christmas concerts and New Year’s Eve Gala, and conducts the New York Philharmonic’s summer Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. In addition to monthly appearances in London, his guest conducting takes him to Scandinavia, San Diego, and Sarasota.

In 2003 he won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. His song cycle Ancestral Voices, which addresses the issue of reconciliation and was written for Kwagiulth mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, was premiered in June 2017. His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony for principal trumpet Andrew McCandless and performed in 2014 by Alison Balsom with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. A recording of his opera, The Inventor, commissioned by Calgary Opera, features the original cast, members of UBC Opera, and the VSO.

Previously music director of Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, he led the world premiere of Penderecki’s Eighth Symphony on the opening of the principality’s Philharmonie. He won the Prix d’or of the Academie Lyrique Française for their recording of Jean Cras’s 1922 opera, Polyphème, and they toured to China, South Korea, the United States, and Europe.

Recipient of the Oskar Morawetz 2015 Prize for Excellence in Music Performance, Mr Tovey was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 for services to music. He has been artistic director of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain since 2006.

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Dianne Reeves

Vocalist

Dianne Reeves

Vocalist

Dianne Reeves

Vocalist

Dianne Reeves, one of the world’s preeminent female jazz vocalists, has recorded with Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim, was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and has recorded and performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. She received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings — a Grammy first in any vocal category. Ms. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer ever to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award–nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck, her sound track recording garnered Ms. Reeves’s fourth Grammy Award. In addition to appearing in concert halls throughout the world, she has performed at the Olympics, was featured in American Voices — the nationally broadcast program curated by Renée Fleming at the Kennedy Center — and sang at The White House on numerous occasions. Dianne Reeves recently released her first album in five years, Beautiful Life, a captivating collection of covers and originals; produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, this release also features Richard Bona, Gerald Clayton, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, and Esperanza Spalding.

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Norm Lewis

Vocalist

Norm Lewis

Vocalist

Norm Lewis

Vocalist

Norm Lewis made history in May 2014 as the first African-American Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. His most recent television appearances include CBS’s Blue Bloods and his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on ABC’s drama Scandal. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Mr. Lewis had a year-long run in London as Javert in the West End production of Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables, and he performed in that role in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert, broadcast by PBS from London’s O2 Arena. Mr. Lewis’s solo debut album, This Is the Life, is available on Amazon.com and cdbaby.com. His other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim with Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook, Alan Menken’s The Little Mermaid (as King Triton), Les Misérables (Javert, for which he received Drama League Nomination), Kander & Ebb’s Chicago (Billy Flynn), Michel Legrand’s Amour (Painter), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Eddie), Bill Russell’s Side Show (Jake), Claude-Michel’s Schönberg’s Miss Saigon (John), and The Who’s Tommy (The Specialist). Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has performed in Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Frederick Freyer’s Captains Courageous, and William Finn’s A New Brain. Regionally, he has been seen in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls, First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks. Norm Lewis’s film credits include Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir.

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Peter Martin

Piano

Peter Martin

Piano

Piano

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Reuben Rogers

Bass

Reuben Rogers

Bass

Bass

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Terri Lyne Carrington

Drums

Terri Lyne Carrington

Drums

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