Mahler Symphony No. 6

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Mahler Symphony No. 6

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes no intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

11

Feb, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

12

Feb, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM

13

Feb, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

16

Feb, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info
Tragedy entwines with passages of great beauty and calm in Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Listen for the soaring “Alma theme” — a portrait of the composer’s wife — the sound of distant cowbells in alpine pastures, and the hammer blows of fate. Join the Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov — “the performance sizzled” The New York Times said of their recent collaboration — for this tour de force.
Program

Mahler

Symphony No. 6

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Artists

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

Semyon Bychkov by Chris Christodoulou

Conductor

Newly appointed music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov was born in St. Petersburg and studied at the Glinka Choir School and, as a pupil of the legendary Ilya Music, at the Leningrad Conservatory. He won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition at age 20, but was denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic and immigrated to the United States. Returning as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonic in 1989, Mr. Bychkov enjoyed success in the United States and Europe following a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct the New York and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris (1989) as well as chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (1997) and of the Dresden Semperoper (1998). Mr. Bychkov’s symphonic and operatic repertoire is wide-ranging. In the U.S. he can be heard annually with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. In Europe he is an annual guest at the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and London Symphony orchestras, and tours frequently with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Bychkov conducts in all the major opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Dresden Semperoper, Wiener Staatsoper, and Madrid’s Teatro Real; in the U.K. he is an annual guest at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Honorary titles at the Royal Academy of Music and BBC Symphony Orchestra reflect the warmth of those relationships. In addition to the core repertoire, Semyon Bychkov has worked closely with many extraordinary contemporary composers, including Berio, Dutilleux, and Kagel. In recent seasons he has worked closely with Julian Anderson, Richard Dubignon, Detlev Glanert, Thomas Larcher, and Renée Staar. Following early concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, Mr. Bychkov devised The Tchaikovsky Project, a series of concerts, residencies, and studio recordings in which they explored Tchaikovsky together and recorded the results for Decca. The project culminates in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Vienna, and Paris, and the release of the complete recordings. Semyon Bychkov was named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards.

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Special Thanks

Semyon Bychkov's appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

The New York Philharmonic recognizes Baker & McKenzie for its generous support.

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