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Circle Map

Location

Park Avenue Armory

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Date & Times

13

Oct, 2016

Thursday, 7:00 PM

14

Oct, 2016

Friday, 7:00 PM

Program

Kaija Saariaho

Lonh, for soprano and electronics

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Kaija Saariaho

D’OM LE VRAI SENS, for Clarinet and Orchestra (New York Premiere)

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Kaija Saariaho

Lumière et Pesanteur (New York Premiere)

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Kaija Saariaho

Circle Map (New York Premiere)

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Artists

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen is principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1992 until 2009. The 2016–17 season is his first of five as artist-in-association of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Mr. Salonen is also artistic director and co-founder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, now in its 14th year, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea.

In the 2016–17 season Mr. Salonen conducts the premieres of a piano concerto by Haukur Tómasson, a concerto for four horns by Tansy Davies (and reprises the work in its New York Premiere with the New York Philharmonic), and Stravinsky’s newly rediscovered Funeral Song, thought to have been lost in the Russian Revolution. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Salonen co-curates the Reykjavík Festival, bringing Iceland’s contemporary music scene together with the orchestra for four days. At Carnegie Hall he conducts three concerts with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which he led in Richard Strauss’s Elektra, one of the most critically praised productions of The Met’s 2015–16 season.

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s compositions combine intricacy and technical virtuosity with playful rhythmic and melodic innovations. In the 2016–17 season the New York Philharmonic will give the New York Premiere of his new Cello Concerto, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist; rejoin Mr. Ma in the European Premiere of the Cello Concerto on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour; and give the New York Premiere of Mr. Salonen’s Wing on Wing, which was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s inaugural season at the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and includes recordings of Southern California’s plainfin midshipman fish and distorted samples of Mr. Gehry’s voice. The Cello Concerto will also be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Salonen.

Mr. Salonen and the Philharmonia continue their groundbreaking experimentation with how to present music with a digital takeover of the Southbank Centre, featuring the first major virtual-reality production from a U.K. symphony orchestra, as well as the Philharmonia’s award-winning RE-RITE and Universe of Sound installations, which have allowed people all over the world to conduct, play, and step inside the orchestra through audio and video projections. Mr. Salonen also drove the development of a much-hailed app for iPad, The Orchestra, which allows the user unprecedented access to the internal workings of eight symphonic works. He also serves as an advisor to the Sync Project, a global initiative to harness the power of music for human health.

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Pierre Audi

Director

Pierre Audi

Director

Director

Pierre Audi is a critically acclaimed director and artistic director, serving jointly as the artistic director of Park Avenue Armory and the director of the Dutch National Opera. He founded the Almeida Theatre in London, which, under his direction, has established an international reputation for producing provocative new plays and musical commissions; introducing a vast number of then-living composers to the U.K., from Cage to Schnittke and Arvo Pärt; and mounting for the first time in the U.K. works by Robert Wilson, Deborah Warner, Simon McBurney, and Robert Lepage, among others.

Appointed as head of the Dutch National Opera in 1988, Mr. Audi was the youngest opera leader at the time and today is the longest serving in the world. The numerous critically acclaimed performances including his staging of Wagner’s Ring cycle, in which the orchestra was set in the middle of the stage, and his now-classic Monteverdi cycle, which has been presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Festival, and Los Angeles Opera. Mr. Audi has also worked as a guest director at a number of opera and theater companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra, Ruhrtriennale, Salzburg Festival, and Vienna Staatsoper.

From 2004 to 2014 Mr. Audi served as artistic director of the Holland Festival, presenting works in music, dance, theater, and visual art by such artists as William Kentridge and Ryoji Ikeda; directors Peter Sellars, Sam Mendes, and Ivo van Hove; choreographers William Forsythe, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker; and contemporary composers John Adams, Nico Muhly, and Louis Andriessen.

Pierre Audi has previously worked with Kaija Saariaho, staging the Dutch Premiere of her opera L’Amour de Loin in 2005 as well as creating a mise-en-espace for the World Premiere of Circle Map at the Holland Festival with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2012.

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Jennifer Zetlan

Soprano

Jennifer Zetlan

Soprano

Jennifer Zetlan

Soprano

This season Jennifer Zetlan (Woglinde) ended a run in Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher on Broadway, makes her European debut with the Stuttgart Staatstheater in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and creates the title role in the World Premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with the Center for Contemporary Opera, to be recorded by Naxos next season. She sings the soprano solos in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall and on tour in Montevideo, Uruguay (in her South American debut). She also performs at Carnegie Hall as a celebrated alumna of Mannes College of Music in its Centennial Celebration concert, and performs in recital with pianists David Shimoni and composer Ricky Ian Gordon. In the summer she appears as Laurey in Charlottesville Opera’s new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Ms. Zetlan has been featured in the premieres of numerous American operas including Ned Rorem’sOur Town, Matt Aucoin’s Crossing, Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style, Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys and Dark Sisters, Daron Hagen’s Amelia, and David Diamond’s Six Arias from The Noblest Game. Other contemporary works include Purcell/Kaija Saariaho’s The Tempest Songbook, Ligeti’s Requiem, Osvaldo Golijov’s 3 Songs for Soprano, John Tavener’s Requiem, and Richard Ayres’s No. 42, In The Alps with Alarm Will Sound.

Ms. Zetlan has performed in concert with the New York Philharmonic; the Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Omaha, Baltimore symphony orchestras; and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and the National Chorale. She has been heard at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York, Musica Sacra, Alarm Will Sound, American Symphony Orchestra, MasterVoices (formerly Collegiate Chorale), and the New York Youth Symphony.

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Kari Kriikku

Clarinet

Kari Kriikku

Clarinet

Kari Kriikku

Clarinet

A champion of contemporary music, in the 2016–17 season clarinetist Kari Kriikku joins Quatour Diotima for a new chamber work by Kaija Saariaho, Figura, which includes presentations at Paris’s Présence Festival and the Venice Biennale. Mr. Kriikku co-commissioned Michel van der Aa’s work for small ensemble and electronics, Hysterisis, which he performs with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, in its Finnish and Dutch Premieres with Lapland Chamber Orchestra and John Storgårds, and at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta; he will also record the work. He performs Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft in Luxembourg as a member of the Toimii! Ensemble, and appears with RTÉ Orchestra Dublin led by Sachio Fujioka, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Susanna Mälkki, Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Anna-Maria Helsing, and Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Dima Slobodeniouk. In previous seasons, Mr. Kriikku has performed new works including Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto (2014), giving the World Premiere with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano and the U.S. Premiere with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert; he also performed it with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra with Nicholas Collon, BBC Scottish and Malmö Symphony Orchestras with Ilan Volkov, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic with Xian Zhang at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw. Mr. Kriikku has recorded these works for the Ondine label, as well as Jukka Tiensuu’s Missa with the Helsinki Philharmonic and John Storgårds, and Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto (nominated for a 2006 Gramophone Award). The recording of D’OM LE VRAI SENS with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Sakari Oramo, won the Jury Award at the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Awards. Mr. Kriikku is also artistic director of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, and in June 2009 he received the Nordic Council Music Prize. 

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