New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration

The New York Philharmonic

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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 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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Dianne Reeves

Vocalist

Dianne Reeves

Vocalist

Dianne Reeves Credit: Jerris Madison

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 Credit Peter Hurley

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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