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SUPER SONIC MUSIC BOX: “Orchestra Transformed”

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$12.00 - $38.00

Duration

1 hour

Date & Times

21

Feb, 2015

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Super Sonic Music Box: “Orchestra Transformed”
The sounds that a symphony orchestra can produce are almost limitless, as varied as the personalities of composers who create for it. Survey the remarkable range of sonorities produced by different combinations of instruments.

Listen to the "Orchestra Transformed" podcast | Read the TuneUp! program

Program

Mozart

Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio

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Cristina Pato and Wu Tong

Fanfare for Gaita, Suona, and Brass

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Borodin

Selection from Prince Igor

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Various

Selections from The Silk Road Suite

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Osvaldo Golijov

Selection from Rose of the Winds

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Artists

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.

Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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Silk Road Ensemble

Silk Road Ensemble

Since 2000 the Silk Road Ensemble has been redefining classical music for 21st-century audiences. Representing a global array of cultures, Silk Road Ensemble members co-create art, performances, and ideas. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma established the nonprofit organization Silkroad and the Ensemble to explore the role of the arts in fostering cross-cultural understanding, deepening learning, and promoting innovation. Silk Road Ensemble performers and composers hail from more than 20 countries. Passionate about learning from one another’s traditions, these rooted explorers perform on instruments ranging from world percussion to Western strings to the Chinese pipa (lute) and sheng (mouth organ), the Japanese shakuhachi (bamboo flute), the Galician gaita (bagpipe), Indian tabla (paired drums), and Persian kamancheh (spike fiddle), among others. Under the artistic direction of Mr. Ma, these storytelling musicians celebrate the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world. They also develop new repertoire that responds to the new realities of our global society. In engaging, high-energy performances, the Silk Road Ensemble draws on a rich tapestry of traditions that make up our shared cultural heritage, creating a new musical language — a uniquely engaging and accessible encounter between the foreign and the familiar that reflects our many-layered contemporary identities. The Silk Road Ensemble has performed in more than 100 cities in over 30 countries, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ensemble performances have also highlighted the Nobel Prize celebrations in Stockholm, the Sir Bani Yas Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the Special Olympics in Shanghai, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and London’s BBC Proms. The Ensemble has recorded five albums, including the most recent CD, A Playlist Without Borders, and Live From Tanglewood DVD. The Sound of Silk, a documentary about the ensemble by the Academy Award–winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, is in production and is expected to premiere in 2015. Ensemble members in this performance are clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, bassist Jeffrey Beecher, cellist singer, composer, and educator Mike Block, violist Nicholas Cords, tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist and composer Johnny Gandelsman, percussionist and composer Joseph Gramley, sheng soloist and composer Hu Jianbing, violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen, kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, composer, pianist, and gaita player Cristina Pato, percussionist and composer Shane Shanahan, percussionist and composer Mark Suter, performer and composer Kojiro Umezaki, accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman, and pipa virtuoso and composer Wu Man.

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Theodore Wiprud

Host

Theodore Wiprud

Host

Ted Wiprud

Host

Theodore Wiprud, Vice President, Education, The Sue B. Mercy Chair, has overseen the New York Philharmonic’s wide range of in-school programs, educational concerts, adult programs, and online offerings since 2004. He hosts both the School Day Concerts and the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts. Previous to his tenure at the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Wiprud created educational and community-based programs at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the American Composers Orchestra and worked as a teaching artist and resident composer in a number of New York City schools. Earlier, he directed national grant-making programs at Meet the Composer, Inc. An active composer, Mr. Wiprud holds degrees from Harvard and Boston Universities and studied at Cambridge University as a visiting scholar.

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Cristina Pato

Cristina Pato

Galician bagpipes master, classical pianist, and educator Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and creating new paths for her unusual instrument. Ms. Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and serves as educational advisor for Silkroad. An active recording artist and performer since she was 12, Ms. Pato has released and produced six solo Galician bagpipes recordings and two as a pianist. She has also collaborated as a guest artist on more than 40 recordings. Ms. Pato holds a doctorate of musical arts in collaborative piano from Rutgers University; degrees in piano, music theory, and chamber music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu; and a master’s in computer music from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Ms. Pato has served as artist-in-residence for a number of American universities, including Harvard and University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the founder of a multidisciplinary festival in Galicia and writes a bimonthly column for the Spanish newspaper El Correo Gallego.

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Hu Jianbing

Suona

Hu Jianbing

Suona

Suona

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Special Thanks
MetLife Foundation is the Lead Corporate Underwriter for the New York Philharmonic's Education Programs. Additional support by The Theodore H. Barth Foundation.

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