Opening Gala Concert: La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema
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Opening Gala Concert: La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$75.00 - $250.00

Duration

1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission

Date & Times

16

Sep, 2014

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info
THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic
La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema

Join us for a Gala on Tuesday, September 16, which includes a pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert seated dinner with the artists. For more information, click here.

8½, La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso — these classics of Italian cinema are beloved not only for their storytelling, but also for their unmistakable music. And when that gorgeous music is performed by the Philharmonic and soloists Josh Groban, Joshua Bell, and Renée Fleming — accompanied by animated graphics and film clips — it truly becomes an evening in cinema paradise.

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Program

John Stafford Smith

The Star-Spangled Banner

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Rossini

Overture to The Barber of Seville

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Rota/Arr. and Orch W. Ross

Theme from Amarcord

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Stelvio Cipriani/Arr. and Orch. W. Ross

Suite from The Anonymous Venetian

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Rota/Orch. R. Gurian

Valzer del Commiato from The Leopard

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Ennio Morricone/Arr. and Orch. W. Ross

"Your Love" from Once Upon a Time in the West

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Rota/Arr. and Orch W. Ross

Suite from La Dolce Vita

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Ennio Morricone/Arr. and Orch. W. Ross

"Non Penso a Te" from Incontro

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Nicola Piovani

Buongiorno Principessa from Life is Beautiful

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Andrea and Ennio Morricone/Arr. and Orch. W. Ross

"Se" from Cinema Paradiso

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Rota/Arr. and Orch W. Ross

Suite from 8 1/2

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Rossini

William Tell Overture

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Luis Bacalov/Arr. and Orch. W. Ross

"Mi Mancherai" from Il Postino

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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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Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Since 2011 Mr. Bell has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. His interests range from the repertoire’s hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. He has also premiered works by John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg, and Behzad Ranjbaran.

Committed to expanding classical music’s social and cultural impact, Mr. Bell has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Anoushka Shankar, Frankie Moreno, Josh Groban, and Sting. He maintains an avid interest in film music, recently commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin (1998), the Academy Award–winning soundtrack that features Mr. Bell as soloist. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Opus Klassik awards.

Mr. Bell advocates for music as an essential educational tool. He maintains active involvement with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, which provide instruments and arts education to children who may not otherwise experience classical music first-hand.

Among his many accolades, Mr. Bell received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and an “Indiana Living Legend.” He received the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award and a 1991 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from his alma mater, the Jacobs School of Music.

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

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Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time. Winner of four Grammy Awards and recipient of the US National Medal of Arts from President Obama, she has sung for momentous occasions ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014 Ms. Fleming sang for a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Ms. Fleming’s current schedule includes concerts in Boston, Vienna, Paris, and Beijing. In December she brought her acclaimed portrayal of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza to Chicago, after appearances in London and Los Angeles. Last summer, she sang the world premieres of André Previn’s Penelope and Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light at Tanglewood. In April she appeared opposite Ben Whishaw in Anne Carson’s Norma Jean Baker of Troy to open The Shed at New York’s Hudson Yards. Ms. Fleming earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her new album, Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, was released by Decca in June 2019. She was heard on the soundtracks of the 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she provided Julianne Moore’s singing voice for the film Bel Canto.

As artistic advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming spearheads a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health focused on music, health, and neuroscience. Her honors include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

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Josh Groban

Vocalist

Josh Groban

Vocalist

Josh Groban

Vocalist

Singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (which have sold more than 25 million worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on Billboard’s list of 20 best-sellers of the last ten years. He has appeared in the feature film Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as on NBC’s The Office and CBS’s The Crazy Ones, and in 2011 completed a sold-out world tour. In February 2013 Josh Groban released his sixth studio album, All That Echoes, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In October 2013 he kicked off the North American leg of his “In the Round” tour — his best-reviewed tour to date — which brings the intimate feel of a theater to an arena setting with its one-of-a-kind, 360-degree, interactive concert experience. An active arts education philanthropist and advocate, Mr. Groban is a member of Americans for the Arts Artists Committee; his Find Your Light Foundation helps enrich the lives of young people through arts, education, and cultural awareness. Josh Groban made his New York Philharmonic debut in One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, the December 2012 New Year’s Eve concert saluting the late composer-conductor.

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Martin Scorsese

Special Guest

Martin Scorsese

Special Guest

Special Guest

Martin Scorsese is an Academy Award–winning director and one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers working today. He has directed critically acclaimed, award-winning films including Mean Streets; Taxi Driver; Raging Bull; The Last Temptation of Christ; Goodfellas; Gangs of New York; The Aviator; The Departed, which garnered an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture; Shutter Island; and Hugo, for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Director. Mr. Scorsese has also directed numerous documentaries including No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia, both of which won the Peabody Award; Italianamerican; A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies; Il Mio Viaggio in Italia; Public Speaking; and George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which received two Emmy Awards in 2012 for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Mr. Scorsese currently serves as executive producer on the HBO hit series Boardwalk Empire, and in 2011 he won an Emmy and DGA Award for directing the pilot episode of the series. His latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, received DGA, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations for Best Director, as well as Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Film. He is currently shooting a pilot for HBO, the Untitled Rock N’ Roll Project, and is developing his next production, Silence, which is set to film in the fall of 2014. Martin Scorsese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history. He previously appeared with the Philharmonic as host, alongside Steven Spielberg, of Lights! Camera! Music!, in April 2006 performances celebrating great Hollywood film scores, conducted by film composer John Williams.

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Giuseppe Ragazzini

Visual Artist

Giuseppe Ragazzini

Visual Artist

Giuseppe Ragazzini

Visual Artist

Painter, set designer, and visual artist Giuseppe Ragazzini was born in London in 1978. After earning a degree in Philosophy, he became fascinated by the vision of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s documentary Le Mystère Picasso, and in 2002 began using digital techniques to film the creative process of producing the pictorial image. Dedicated to both painting and pictorial animation, Mr. Ragazzini has developed his own technique for pictorial animation and digital set design, which makes use of huge videoprojections and “mapping.” In his work, the image becomes subject to an incessant transformation from the permanence of its preceding elements—a flux, a digital collage of elements continuously superimposing over themselves. His set designs and projections have been displayed across Europe in theaters including Milan’s Piccolo Teatro Strehler and Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, and he has also produced videos and set designs for musicians such as Avion Travel, Paolo Conte, Lucio Dalla, Gianna Nannini, and Ornella Vanoni. His animations have been featured in several of the main international animation festivals, including International Trickfilm Festival of Stuttgart, Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival of Brazil, Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), International Festival of Erotic Animation (FIAE), Festival Internazionale at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome, and Visionaria International Festival. Mr. Ragazzini’s paintings and illustrations have been displayed in international exhibitions, collections, galleries, books, and periodicals, and he collaborates with the newspapers La Repubblica and Le Monde. Giuseppe Ragazzini is the son of the Italian photographer Enzo Ragazzini. He lives and works in Milan. (Photo: Dario Pichini)

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William Ross

New Arrangements and Orchestrations

William Ross

New Arrangements and Orchestrations

New Arrangements and Orchestrations

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Giampiero Solari

Visual Screenplay

Giampiero Solari

Visual Screenplay

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