Beethoven, Strauss & World Premiere
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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

James Gaffigan

Conductor

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. He is currently chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (where he will conclude his tenure in 2021) and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (a post recently extended for the third time). Since joining the Lucerne Symphony, Mr. Gaffigan has made a very significant impact on the orchestra’s profile, both nationally and internationally, through a number of highly successful tours and recordings. Passionate about music education, he was recently appointed music director designate of the Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra, effective 2021.

Mr. Gaffigan is in high demand with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. The 2019–20 season features re-invitations to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, and Czech Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He undertakes three major opera productions in the United States: Rossini’s La Cenerentola at The Metropolitan Opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at Santa Fe Opera.

Recent symphonic highlights include appearances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Symphony, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In North America he has worked with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras, among others. Opera highlights include conducting at the Bavarian Staatsoper, Dutch National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Hamburg Opera, and Opernhaus Zürich.

In 2004 James Gaffigan was named First Prize winner of the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, a position specially created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Gaffigan served as 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 a reputation as a versatile artist with a diverse repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams.

Mr. Kahane appears as soloist and conductor with major ensembles, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and is also a popular artist at all of the major US summer festivals, including Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia.

In May 2017 Jeffrey Kahane completed his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He previously served as music director of the Colorado Symphony (2005–10) and of the Santa Rosa Symphony (for 10 seasons, where he is now conductor laureate). In August 2016 he was appointed music director of the Sarasota Music Festival. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras, and 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

Mr. Kahane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, and has since given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers, including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Since making his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, he has appeared as a guest conductor at the major US orchestras. His recent and upcoming engagements include play / conduct appearances with the New York Philharmonic; Houston, Colorado, San Diego, San Antonio, and Phoenix symphony orchestras; and the Indianapolis, Vancouver, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras. He performs concertos with the Toronto, Cincinnati, New Jersey, New World, Oregon, and Utah symphony orchestras and appears 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.

A Los Angeles native, Jeffrey Kahane is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition, a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, and the recipient of a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He teaches 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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