Mahler & Sibelius
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Mahler & Sibelius

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

12

May, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

13

May, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

14

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.

Program

Schumann

Genoveva Overture

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Mahler

Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

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Sibelius

Symphony No. 2

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Artists

John Storgårds

Conductor

John Storgårds

Conductor

John Storgårds

Conductor

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

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung

Mezzo-Soprano

Michelle DeYoung appears regularly with the New York Philharmonic; the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, London, and BBC symphony orchestras; and the Cleveland, Met, Vienna Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. She has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saito Kinen, Edinburgh, and Lucerne festivals. In Australia she has appeared with the Sydney Symphony, and she recently sang Kundry in concert performances of Wagner’s Parsifal at Opera Australia.

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, English National Opera, and Tokyo Opera. She created the role of the Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at The Met. Her repertoire also includes the title roles in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Delilah and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia; Fricka, Sieglinde, and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring Cycle; Venus in Wagner’s Tannhäuser; Brangäne in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde; Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos; Amneris in Verdi’s Aida; Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana; Ježibaba in Dvořák’s Rusalka; Marguerite in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust; Dido in Berlioz’s Les Troyens; Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; and Jocasta in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.

A multiple Grammy winner, Ms. DeYoung has a discography that includes Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic (Naxos); Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Symphony No. 3, and Das klagende Lied with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media); Les Troyens with Colin Davis and the London Symphony (LSO Live!); and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with both the Chicago Symphony and Bernard Haitink (CSO Resound) and Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck (Challenge Records International). Her first solo disc was released on EMI. 

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