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Mahler & Sibelius


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


May, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM


May, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM


May, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic performs Sibelius’s empowering Second Symphony, perhaps his most popular, with its sweeping melodies and brass chorales. Plus mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung performs Mahler’s songs of love and war.



Genoveva Overture



Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn



Symphony No. 2


John Storgårds


John Storgårds


John Storgards


Conductor and violinist John Storgårds is principal guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, and artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland. He served as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 2008 to 2015 and has appeared with the WDR, Bamberg, Netherlands Radio, BBC, City of Birmingham, Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand symphony orchestras; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and all of the major Scandinavian orchestras. In North America he has appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, and with the National, Toronto, St. Louis, Detroit, Atlanta, Montreal, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Houston symphony orchestras. In the 2015–16 season he makes his debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the Baltimore and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras; begins his tenure as the principal guest conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra; and returns to the St. Louis, Toronto, and Houston symphony orchestras. Highlights of his 2015–16 European season include a return to the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic; European and Mexican tours with the Helsinki Philharmonic to mark Sibelius’s 150th birthday; his Japanese debut with the NHK Symphony; and recordings with the Gothenburg Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic. John Storgårds conducted the Finnish premieres of both Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Finnish National Opera and Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva. He has also conducted most of Mozart’s operas and the major operas of Richard Strauss and Verdi. Chandos has released recordings of Mr. Storgårds conducting the BBC Philharmonic in the complete Nielsen symphonies (2015) and complete Sibelius symphonies (2014), including the Three Late Fragments, thought to be sketches for Sibelius’s Eighth Symphony. Additional discs include works by Korngold and Rautavaara; Holmboe symphonies with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra; and a recording of Pēteris Vasks’s Second Symphony and Violin Concerto (featuring him conducting the former and as soloist in the latter), which won the Classical Disc of the Year Award. Mr. Storgårds studied violin with Chaim Taub, was concertmaster of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, and subsequently studied conducting with Jorma Panula and Eri Klas at the Sibelius Academy. He received the Finnish State Prize for Music in 2002 and the Pro Finlandia Prize 2012. These performances mark his New York Philharmonic debut.

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Michelle DeYoung


Michelle DeYoung



Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is in demand throughout the world, appearing regularly with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, London, and BBC symphony orchestras as well as The Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has also performed at the prestigious festivals of Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saito Kinen, Edinburgh, and Lucerne. On the opera stage, Ms. DeYoung has appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Bayreuth Festival, Berlin Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, Theater Basel, and the Tokyo Opera. She has appeared in leading roles in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, and Tristan und Isolde, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Aida, Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust and Les Troyens, as well as Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalilah, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. She created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at The Met. A multi-Grammy Award–winning recording artist, Ms. DeYoung has recorded Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Symphony No. 3, and Das Klagende Lied with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!), and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with both the Chicago Symphony (CSO Resound) and Pittsburgh Symphony (Challenge Records International). Her first solo disc was released on the EMI label. Michelle DeYoung’s recent appearances include her role debut as Herodias in Richard Strauss’s Salome at Opera San Antonio and her house debut at Opera Philadelphia as Eboli in Don Carlos; engagements with the Dallas Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, BBC Symphony, and the Hong Kong and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras; and festival appearances at Aspen, Vail, and Ravinia, as well as serving as artist-in-residence at Wolf Trap. This season she returned to The Met in Tannhäuser, and tours Europe with the Dallas Symphony. She made her New York Philharmonic debut in March 2001, in performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius led by Colin Davis; her most recent appearance was in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, on September 10, 2011 — a performance led by Music Director Alan Gilbert on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

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