Beethoven, Strauss & World Premiere

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Beethoven, Strauss & World Premiere


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours & 11 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Dec, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Dec, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM


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.



Symphony No. 4


Andrew Norman

Split (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)


R. Strauss

Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks


James Gaffigan


James Gaffigan



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.

Learn more about James Gaffigan

Jeffrey Kahane


Jeffrey Kahane


Jeffrey Kahane


Equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a versatile artist, with a diverse repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams.

He has appeared as soloist and conductor with major orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and is also a popular artist at all of the major U.S. summer festivals, including Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983 and has given recitals in major music centers in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Since his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, Mr. Kahane has led many of the major U.S. orchestras.

He was music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa Symphonies, and just concluded his 20-year tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, of which he is now conductor laureate. He is currently artistic director of the Sarasota Music Festival, which offers master classes and chamber music coaching and features chamber music and orchestral concerts performed by highly advanced students, young professionals, and faculty members.

Recent and upcoming engagements include playing with and conducting the New York Philharmonic and the Houston, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Detroit, Milwaukee, Colorado, San Diego, and Phoenix symphony orchestras; concerto appearances with the Toronto, Cincinnati, New World, Oregon, and Utah symphony orchestras; and appearances at the Aspen, Britt, Oregon Bach, and Tippet Rise festivals as well as with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement, he received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He has recorded for the Sony, EMI, Telarc, RCA, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Records, Decca / Argo and Haenssler labels.

A Los Angeles native and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Jeffrey Kahane 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.

Learn more about Jeffrey Kahane

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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