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Alan Gilbert's 50th Birthday

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David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$59-139

Date & Times

23

Feb, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

SOLD OUT. Additional tickets may be released as concert dates near.

Happy birthday, Alan! Music Director Alan Gilbert is going all out for his 50th birthday, and you’re invited. Celebrate with this star-studded concert featuring Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Yefim Bronfman, Renée Fleming, Frank Huang, and Pamela Frank. “This coming together of kindred spirits and people who love music and who love each other is all you can ask for,” says Alan.

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.

Program

J.S. Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

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Brahms

Andante — Piu adagio, from Piano Concerto No. 2

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Beethoven

Allegro con brio, from Piano Concerto No. 3

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Bruch

Finale — Allegro energico, from Violin Concerto No. 1

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R. Strauss

"Morgen!"

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Korngold

"Marietta's Lied," from Die tote Stadt

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Dvořák/Arr. Kreisler, adapted by T. Batiashvili

"Goin’ Home," from Largo from Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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Gershwin

An American in Paris

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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 a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. 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 will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. 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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Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang article

 


Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang’s first commercial recording — featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman — was released on Naxos in 2003. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as well as leading Grieg’s The Last Spring. In October–November 2016 he performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, led by Pablo Heras-Casado.

Mr. Huang has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D’Angelo International Competition.

In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

Frank Huang was born in Beijing, China. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas, where he began violin lessons with his mother. He commenced study with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston and at 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his bachelor of music degree from CIM in 2002. He subsequently attended The Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and serves on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, also a New York Philharmonic Global Academy partner, and the University of Houston.

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Pamela Frank

Violin

Pamela Frank

Violin

Pamela Frank New York Philharmonic

Violin

Winner of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Avery Fisher Prize, American violinist Pamela Frank has appeared with the Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York Philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, San Francisco, and National symphony orchestras, as well as the Orchestre National de France. As a chamber musician, she works regularly with Peter Serkin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Tabea Zimmermann. She has recorded Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic, Brahms’s violin sonatas with Peter Serkin, Mozart’s complete violin concertos with David Zinman and Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and a Schubert album and Beethoven’s violin sonata cycle with Claude Frank. A noted pedagogue, Ms. Frank presents master classes and adjudicates major competitions throughout the world. She is also on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, her alma mater, where she studied under Szymon Goldberg and Jaime Laredo. Pamela Frank made her New York Philharmonic debut in October 1994 performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, led by Leonard Slatkin; most recently she appeared with the Orchestra in November 1995 performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, led by André Previn.

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Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax

Piano

Emanuel Ax

Piano

Born in modern-day Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, as a young boy. He is a winner of the Young Concert Artist Award, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Michaels Award, and the Avery Fisher Prize.

In partnership with David Robertson, he begins the current season with six Mozart concertos over two weeks with the St. Louis Symphony, repeating the project in Sydney in February. Other engagements include The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Opening Night Concert; returns to the orchestras of Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Ottawa, Toronto, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh; a recital at Carnegie Hall; appearances in Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, and London; and a tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He also tours the U.S. with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in support of their recent release of Brahms’s Piano Trios for Sony Classical (for which Mr. Ax is an exclusive recording artist).

A committed exponent of contemporary composers — with works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner — he recently added to his repertoire Samuel Adams’s Impromptus and HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto, the latter of which he performed in its World Premiere with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by then Music Director Alan Gilbert, in January 2017. He has collaborated in chamber music with artists including Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Mr. Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Mr. Ax resides in New York City with his wife, pianist Yoko Nozaki, with whom he has two children. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

Emanuel Ax served as the Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence in the 2012–13 season. In April 2011 he was named an Honorary Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York in recognition of his 100th performance with the Orchestra.

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Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili

Violin

Lisa Batiashvili by Sammy Hart

Violin

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, is this season’s artist-in-residence with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Germany-based Georgian violinist has developed longstanding relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic (with whom she was the 2014–15 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence), Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Ms. Batiashvili’s 2016–17 season highlights include performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle (with Christian Thielemann and cellist Gautier Capuçon), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas), and Chamber Orchestra of Paris (oboist François Leleux). She also performs the World Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), and later performs it with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Alan Gilbert).

As part of her Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra residency, she plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (Antonio Pappano), Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Daniele Gatti), and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Vladimir Jurowski). She also spends two weeks as a Bamberg Symphony portrait artist, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (Ingo Metzmacher) as well as J.S. Bach’s and Thierry Escaich’s Concertos for Violin and Oboe with Mr. Leleux (Jakub Hrůša). Chamber music projects include the opening celebration of the Boulez Saal in Berlin and a tribute concert to Alfred Brendel.

Ms. Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon; her last album was released in November 2016, featuring Tchaikovsky’s and Sibelius’s Violin Concertos with the Berlin Staatskapelle, led by Daniel Barenboim. Earlier recordings include Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as an album of works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach featuring, among others, François Leleux and Emmanuel Pahud.

Lisa Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739.

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Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell by Bill Phelps

Violin

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of our time. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards, and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958.

In summer 2017 Mr. Bell led the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Edinburgh Festival and Bravo! Vail, and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl. In the fall he participates in the New York Philharmonic’s Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival. Alessio Bax joins him in recitals in nine North American cities, after which he performs with the Vienna Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and with Academy of St Martin in the Fields at London’s Wigmore Hall. In spring 2018 Mr. Bell will return to the Academy in tours of the United Kingdom, the United States, and Asia. He performs ten recitals in Europe and America with pianist Sam Haywood, and on February 7, 2018, he will reunite with pianist Jeremy Denk, a regular collaborator, for a recital broadcast live from Carnegie Hall. Other season highlights include appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and an all-Beethoven play / direct program with the Orchestre national de Lyon.

On August 18, 2017, Sony Classical released Joshua Bell — The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that displays his breadth, versatility, and breathtaking virtuosity.

A dedicated arts advocate, Mr. Bell is involved with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts.

He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman

Piano

Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta

Piano

Pianist Yefim Bronfman works regularly with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Acknowledging a relationship of more than 30 years, Mr. Bronfman opened the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016–17 season with Zubin Mehta in October, and participated in that orchestra’s 80th birthday celebrations in December.

Mr. Bronfman returns to the New York Philharmonic (where he served as the 2013–14 season Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, and Dallas symphony orchestras, among many others. A cross-country series of recitals will culminate in the spring with a program at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium.

In Europe he tours extensively in recital and with orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels, and Leipzig. Continuing his long-standing partnership with Pinchas Zukerman, the duo will appear in Copenhagen, Milan, Naples, Barcelona, Berlin, and St. Petersburg in March.

Mr. Bronfman’s chamber music partners have also included Martha Argerich, Magdalena Kožená, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Emmanuel Pahud, and many others. Mr. Bronfman was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991, and the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance from Northwestern University in 2010. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, one of which he won for his recording of the three Bartók Piano Concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen. He was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for the recording of Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, commissioned for him by the Orchestra.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union in 1958, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. 

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Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renee Fleming

Soprano

Soprano Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013 President Obama awarded her America’s highest honor for an individual artist, the National Medal of Arts. In 2014 she became the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award — her fourth — for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2008 Ms. Fleming became the first woman in the 125-year history of The Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala.

Ms. Fleming regularly performs in the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, with a tour schedule that has recently included London, Paris, Vienna, Stockholm, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sydney, and Shanghai. Known for bringing new audiences to classical music and opera, Ms. Fleming has sung not only with Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli, but also with Elton John, Paul Simon, Sting, Lou Reed, Josh Groban, and Joan Baez. She has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series and Live From Lincoln Center.

Nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, Renée Fleming has recorded complete operas, song recitals, jazz, indie rock, and The Lord of the Rings sound track. Among her numerous awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden’s Polar Prize, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and honorary doctorates from Harvard University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School. In 2016 Ms. Fleming was appointed artistic advisor for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010 she was named the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

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