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Chinese New Year Celebration

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35-110

Date & Times

31

Jan, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The New York Philharmonic ushers in the Year of the Rooster with a festive concert featuring Puccini’s ravishing Turandot; beloved Chinese folk and art songs; a new trumpet concerto, Joie Éternelle (Eternal Joy); and Ravel’s immortal Boléro — which crescendos into an auspicious new year of good fortune!

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

Program

Li Huanzhi

Spring Festival Overture

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Traditional

"A Little Path"

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Adam

“Ah, vous dirai-je, maman,” from Le Toréador (adapted)

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Saint-Saëns

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

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Chen Qigang

Joie Éternelle (Eternal Joy), for trumpet and orchestra (U.S. Premiere)

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Huang Zi/Arr. Bao Yuankai

"Three Rose Wishes"

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Puccini

“Signore, ascolta!” from Turandot

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Li Qingzhu

"I Live Beside the Yangtze River"

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Ravel

Boléro

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Artists

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu by CAMI

Conductor

Chinese conductor Long Yu is artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, co-director of the MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He played a leading role in establishing the Shanghai Orchestra Academy through a partnership between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, with collaboration from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2014 the Philharmonic named Long Yu an honorary member of the International Advisory Board, established to support the Philharmonic’s activities abroad, including the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

Long Yu frequently conducts the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including the New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Montreal, National, Cincinnati, Bamberg, Berlin Radio, Leipzig Radio, NDR, Sydney, BBC, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Hamburg Staatsoper. In 2008, for the first time in history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed under his baton at the Vatican, attended by Pope Benedict XIV.

In 1992 Long Yu was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing; he was involved in planning the Chinese New Year concert series later that year and served as its conductor for three consecutive years. He created opera productions for The Urban Council of Hong Kong for five years. In 1998 he led the creation of the Beijing Music Festival and has since been its artistic director. In 2005, with the provincial government’s support, he built up the Canton International Summer Music Academy and became its chairman for the following three years. He also established the MISA Shanghai Summer Music Festival in 2010 and, later that year, the Canton Asian Music Festival.

Born in 1964 into a musical family in Shanghai, Long Yu received his early musical education from his grandfather, composer Ding Shande, and went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He received the Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation (2002), Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2003), and the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award, and was a 2016 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Long Yu is currently vice-president of Chinese Musicians Association and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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Sumi Jo

Soprano

Sumi Jo

Soprano

Soprano

Soprano Sumi Jo is the highest-selling classical singer in the world, with more than 50 recordings to her credit, including the Grammy Award–winning recordings of Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten with Georg Solti for Decca London and Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera for Deutsche Grammophon under Herbert von Karajan. She performed at the Sochi Winter Olympics and for the Pope in Korea, and appeared (as herself) in Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth starring Michael Caine; her performance of the film’s signature song, David Lang’s simple song #3 earned her Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

Ms. Jo appeared with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in October 2015, and with Elina Garanca to open the new Guangzhou Opera House. The soprano has toured with the Academy of Ancient Music, performed New Year’s Day concerts with the Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, gala concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Krasnoyarsk, Latvia, and Almaty in Kazakhstan, and recitals at the Sala São Paulo, Strasbourg Opera House, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, the Czech Republic’s Smetanova Litomysl Festival, and in South Korea, Tokyo, and Australia.

Sumi Jo’s engagements in 2016–17 and beyond include appearances in Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne, Australia; a solo gala concert tour of Asia, performing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; a charity recital at the Cultural Center of the Philippines; a tour with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse; and recitals in Clermont-Ferrand and Montreal. She will join the distinguished jury for the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. This performance will mark Sumi Jo’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Alison Balsom

Trumpet

Alison Balsom

Trumpet

Trumpet

Trumpet player Alison Balsom, named Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2013, is a three-time winner of Germany’s ECHO Klassik Award, three-time honoree at the Classic BRIT awards (two of which were for Female Artist of the Year), and recipient of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award. She has performed with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Roger Norrington, and orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009 she appeared as soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, and she regularly collaborates with leading chamber ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, il pomo d’oro, and The English Concert.

In 2013 Ms. Balsom conceived and then became creative producer and protagonist of the critically acclaimed production Gabriel at Shakespeares Globe in London, featuring music by Purcell and Handel. She recently presented a TED Talk, Music as a Healer, and a lecture at Somerville College, Oxford University, on women in the arts. Ms. Balsom is a passionate advocate of the importance of music education and is an ambassador for the BBC Ten Pieces project.

She has had numerous concertos written for her, and has given the World Premieres of Guy Barker’s Lanterne of Light at the BBC Proms and Chen Qigang’s Joie Éternelle with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Long Yu, in July 2014; she has also performed Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon.

Highlights of Ms. Balsom’s 2016–17 season include residencies at Wigmore Hall in London and Cambridge Corn Exchange; concerto performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, OrchestreNational de Toulouse, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra; and European tours with the Basel Chamber Orchestra, il pomo d’oro, and The Balsom Ensemble.

Alison Balsom was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, which subsequently led to regular performances with all of the BBC orchestras. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is now an honorary fellow and visiting professor at the Guildhall School, and has received honorary doctorates from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Leicester. Ms. Balsom teaches master classes worldwide, including at The Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music. She has recorded exclusively with EMI Classics (now Warner Classics) since 2001. This performance will mark Alison Balsom’s New York Philharmonic debut.

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Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

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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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Robert Langevin

Flute

Robert Langevin

Flute

Robert Langevin

Flute

With the start of the 2000–01 season, Robert Langevin joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Flute, in The Lila Acheson Wallace Chair. In May 2001, he made his solo debut with the Orchestra in the North American premiere of Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and Music Director Kurt Masur. His October 2012 solo performance in Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, was recorded for inclusion in The Nielsen Project, the Orchestra’s multi-season traversal of all of the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos, to be released by Dacapo Records.

Prior to the Philharmonic, Mr. Langevin held the Jackman Pfouts Principal Flute Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and was an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. Mr. Langevin served as associate principal of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for 13 years, playing on more than 30 recordings. As a member of Musica Camerata Montreal and l’Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, he premiered many works, including the Canadian premiere of Pierre Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître. In addition, Mr. Langevin has performed as soloist with Quebec’s most distinguished ensembles and has recorded many recitals and chamber music programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also served on the faculty of the University of Montreal for nine years.

Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Robert Langevin began studying flute at age 12 and joined the local orchestra three years later. While studying with Jean-Paul Major at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, he started working in recording studios, where he accompanied a variety of artists of different styles. He graduated in 1976 with two first prizes, one in flute, the other, in chamber music. Not long after, he won the prestigious Prix d’Europe, a national competition open to all instruments with a first prize of a two-year scholarship to study in Europe. This enabled him to work with Aurèle Nicolet at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, where he graduated in 1979. He then went on to study with Maxence Larrieu, in Geneva, winning second prize at the Budapest International Competition in 1980.

Mr. Langevin is a member of the Philharmonic Quintet of New York with which he has performed concerts on many continents. In addition, he has given recitals and master classes throughout the United States and in countries such as Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam. He is currently on the faculties of The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, and the Orford International Summer Festival. 

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Special Thanks

Starr International Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala.

This concert is made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Sinovision is the Media Partner of the Chinese New Year concert.

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