Ax, Brahms & World Premiere

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Ax, Brahms & World Premiere

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30-122

Duration

2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

1

Oct, 2015

Thursday, 7:30 PM

3

Oct, 2015

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Alan Gilbert conducts Brahms masterworks, including the sublimely lyrical and virtuosic Second Piano Concerto — which “touches on almost every emotion with extraordinary immediacy and power” (Naxos) — with Grammy winner Emanuel Ax. “When he performs ... you’re in good hands” (The Washington Post). Plus a World Premiere that “strives to mine the innate expressiveness of the voice as an instrument,” says the composer.

Composer Marc Neikrug will participate in Pre-Concert Insights October 1 and 3.

Program

Brahms

Tragic Overture

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Marc Neikrug

Canta-Concerto (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 2

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. 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 began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. 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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Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Sasha Cooke

Mezzo-Soprano

Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra national de Bordeaux, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Houston Grand Opera, Israeli Opera, and others. Previous orchestral engagements have included the New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Netherlands Radio philharmonic orchestras; The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; Boston, Chicago, London, National, San Francisco, Tokyo, Melbourne, New Zealand, and New World symphony orchestras; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. She has collaborated with leading conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, James Conlon, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Mark Elder, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart. She has performed in the World Premieres of operas by Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Laura Kaminsky, Nico Muhly, John Musto, Joby Talbot, and others. Ms. Cooke can be heard on recordings released by labels including BIS, Hyperion, Pentatone, Naxos, Bridge, Yarlung, GPR Records, and Sono Luminus. She is a graduate of Rice University, The Juilliard School, and The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

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Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Piano

Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family as a young boy. He made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.

Highlights of the 2019–20 season include a European summer festival tour with the Vienna Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink, an Asian tour with the London Symphony and Simon Rattle, concerts in the US with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Lahav Shani, and three concerts with regular partners Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall in March. Mr. Ax also participates in Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, culminating in a May solo recital, preceded by recitals in Madison, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Washington, Las Vegas, and Colorado Springs. He will be heard with orchestras in Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Rotterdam, and Tel Aviv.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, Mr. Ax has received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his Haydn piano sonata cycle, as well as for his series with Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. In 2004–05 he contributed to an International Emmy Award–winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. His recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year in 2013.

Emanuel Ax is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.

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