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Calendar

Beethoven, Strauss & World Premiere

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

2 hours & 11 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

10

Dec, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

11

Dec, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM

12

Dec, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

You’ll begin the evening on the edge of your seat with the mysterious opening of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony — which soon gives way to a spunky Allegro vivace. Also on the program: Richard Strauss’s tone poem that’s so fun it has “merry pranks” in the title, and a new piano concerto by Andrew Norman (Pulitzer Prize finalist), capturing what the composer calls the “wit, vigor, and soul” of soloist Jeffrey Kahane.

Program

Beethoven

Symphony No. 4

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Andrew Norman

Split (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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R. Strauss

Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

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Artists

James Gaffigan

Conductor

James Gaffigan

Conductor

Conductor

American conductor James Gaffigan was appointed chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2010, and he recently concluded his tenure as principal guest conductor of Cologne’s Gurzenich Orchestra. He also works with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In the U.S., he has guest conducted The Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota orchestras; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the Chicago, Toronto, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, Cincinnati, National, Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Vancouver, Milwaukee, and New World symphony orchestras. His festival engagements have included the Blossom, Aspen, Grand Teton, and Grant Park festivals, as well as at the Hollywood Bowl and Music Academy of the West. His international career was launched when he was named a first prizewinner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. Since then he has appeared with the Munich, London, Czech, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; London, Vienna, and City of Birmingham symphony orchestras; and Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and Camerata Salzburg. Highlights of his 2015–16 season include his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic and reengagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Toronto, National, Dallas, and New World symphony orchestras. In addition to his work with the Lucerne Symphony and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, he guest conducts the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra national de France, and the London, Finnish Radio, Sydney, and São Paulo symphony orchestras. Mr. Gaffigan’s first recording with the Lucerne Symphony featured works by Wolfgang Rihm, and his second featured Dvořák (both on Harmonia Mundi). He is recording the complete Prokofiev symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and his most recent CD is the Tchaikovsky First and Prokofiev Second Piano Concertos with Kirill Gerstein and the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin (Myrios). Born in New York City in 1979, James Gaffigan attended the New England Conservatory of Music, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and he was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. In 2009 he completed a three-year tenure as associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, where he assisted Michael Tilson Thomas, led subscription concerts, and was artistic director of the Summer in the City festival. Prior to that, he was the assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under music director Franz Welser-Möst.

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Jeffrey Kahane

Piano

Jeffrey Kahane

Piano

Jeffrey Kahane

Piano

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences for his mastery of repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams. Since his 1983 Carnegie Hall debut, he has given recitals in major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and has appeared as soloist with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Toronto and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, and at all of the major U.S. summer festivals.

Since his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, Mr. Kahane has led many of the major U.S. orchestras, from New York and Philadelphia to Chicago and Los Angeles. He is currently in his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in which he leads a three-week, citywide festival with an educational an outreach project honoring composer Kurt Weill and civil rights activist Rabbi Joachim Prinz. He also served as music director of the Colorado Symphony, music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony (where he is now conductor laureate), and artistic director of the new Green Music Center Chamberfest in Sonoma, California.

Mr. Kahane’s 2016–17 season guest engagements include returns to the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, and Mostly Mozart festivals; the Houston, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and Alabama symphony orchestras; and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and CAL Performances at University of California–Berkeley. Recent highlights include three appearances with the New York Philharmonic over four seasons, as well as engagements as both performer and conductor with the San Francisco, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras and the Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg Symphony, and Real Philharmonic de Galicia in Spain.

Jeffrey Kahane has been recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement, including through honors such as ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. Mr.  Kahane has recorded for the SONY, EMI, Telarc, RCA, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Records, Decca/Argo and Haenssler labels. The Los Angeles native and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, received first prize at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition, was a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, and received a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is currently a professor of keyboard studies at the University of Southern California–Thornton School of Music.

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Special Thanks

The commission of Andrew Norman’s Split is funded by a generous gift from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

These concerts are made possible through generous support from The Francis Goelet Fund.

James Gaffigan's debut with the New York Philharmonic is made possible by the Kurt Masur Fund for the Philharmonic, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic’s Music Director Emeritus, Kurt Masur.

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