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On Tour: EUROPE / SPRING 2015 in London, England
Young People's Concert

Location

Barbican Centre, London

Directions
Date & Times

19

Apr, 2015

Sunday, 4:00 PM

Event Info
A Production by Giants Are Small
Program

Stravinsky

Petrushka (staged)

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor/Magician and Co-Host

Alan Gilbert

Conductor/Magician and Co-Host

Alan Gilbert

Conductor/Magician and Co-Host

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. 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 will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. 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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Giants Are Small

Producer

Giants Are Small

Producer

Producer

Since its founding in 2007 by American director/visual artist Doug Fitch, Swiss filmmaker/producer Edouard Getaz, and multimedia entrepreneur Frederic Gumy, Giants Are Small has become one of the most groundbreaking and critically acclaimed New York City production companies. Collaborating with some of today’s finest orchestras and outstanding talents, Giants Are Small is known for its extraordinary range of genre-bending fusions of theater, live filmmaking, and music. In 2010 Giants Are Small created a production of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, which was cited as 2010’s best opera of the year by The New York Times, New York magazine, and Time Out New York. The Philharmonic collaboration continued with the 2011 production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (New York magazine’s “Best Classical Event of the Year”) and A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, and later screen in movie theaters worldwide); and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale for the NY PHIL BIENNIAL (with Alan Gilbert conducting forces from The Juilliard School). The 2015 production of Petrushka during the Orchestra’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour marks the company’s fourth collaboration with the Philharmonic. In 2008 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Giants Are Small presented a new version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a production that merged live classical music, live animation, and video effects in real time. In 2014 Giants Are Small Discovery was launched; these exploratory productions, drawing on diverse musical genres, apply its signature treatment to smaller scale works in a range of cultural spaces; Dadabomb and Gloria – A Pig Tale were the first two works presented under this label. In co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, Giants Are Small is currently developing Peter+Wolf in Hollywood, which will result in an iPad app, CD, digital album, and live show.

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Doug Fitch

Director/Designer and Co-Host

Doug Fitch

Director/Designer and Co-Host

Doug Fitch

Director/Designer and Co-Host

Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch’s Giants Are Small productions for Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic include Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (cited as the top opera of 2010 by The New York Times, New York magazine, and Time Out New York), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011, New York magazine’s “Best Classical Event of the Year”), A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, later screened in movie theaters worldwide); and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale (2014, with forces from The Juilliard School as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL). This fall Mr. Fitch was the inaugural WBFO visiting artist at SUNY, where he created an opera of images, How Did We...? In 2013 he directed and performed in the premiere of Matthew Suttor’s musical setting of Blaise Cendrar’s poem La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France with the Taos Chamber Music Group. He has created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Santa Fe Opera, and directed projects for Canada’s National Arts Centre, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tanglewood (Elliot Carter’s What Next?, screened at The Museum of Modern Art). Doug Fitch’s creative life began with his family’s touring puppet theater. While studying visual arts at Harvard University, he collaborated with director Peter Sellars, including on of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. He also studied cooking at Paris’s La Varenne and design at Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France. He emerged as an architectural designer in the 1980s, and collaborated with Mimi Oka on edible art installations called Orphic Feasts, leading to their book, Orphic Fodder. Other projects have included Robert Wilson’s Civil Wars (at the American Repertory Theatre) and Jim Henson of The Muppets (in England). In co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, Mr. Fitch, Edouard Getaz, and Frederic Gumy are developing Peter+Wolf in Hollywood for an iPad app, CD, digital album, and live show.

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Edouard Getaz

Producer/Video Director

Edouard Getaz

Producer/Video Director

Edouard Getaz

Producer/Video Director

Edouard Getaz is co-founder and producer of Giants Are Small. Born in 1973 in Lausanne, Switzerland, he is now a New York–based producer and director. Mr. Getaz has produced a wide variety of events, from major fashion shows to music festivals and large historical celebrations, including several New York Philharmonic projects: Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat (2005, directed by Doug Fitch), Le Grand Macabre (2010), The Cunning Little Vixen (2011), and A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013). Petrushka is the fifth creation produced by Mr. Getaz (who is the show’s video director). With Doug Fitch, Mr. Getaz has also created Giants Are Small’s adaptation of Peter and the Wolf with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall (2008). In co-production with Universal Music / Deutsche Grammophon, and with his partners Doug Fitch and Frederic Gumy, he is currently developing: Peter+Wolf in Hollywood, which will result in an iPad app, CD, digital album, and live show. Mr. Getaz has directed two short films, Virgin Red (2005) and Freud’s Magic Powder (2009, in co-production with the Swiss National Television); both were premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and selected for major festivals worldwide. For Citibank’s 200th anniversary in 2011 Mr. Getaz directed the music video Proud, which won major awards (including the PR Week Award). He has directed video campaigns for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the International Olympic Committee. Edouard Getaz holds a master in law from the Fribourg University and a certificate in film directing and production from New York University.

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Tom Lee

Puppetry Director

Tom Lee

Puppetry Director

Puppetry Director

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Special Thanks

Credit Suisse is the Exclusive Tour Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.

Major Underwriting support is generously provided by Didi and Oscar Schafer, Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach, and the Mary and James G. Wallach Family Foundation.

Additional Underwriting support is generously provided by Harold Mitchell, AC, Joan and Joel I. Picket, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, and the New York Philharmonic International Advisory Board.

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