Saturday Matinee: Beethoven & Elgar

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Saturday Matinee: Berlioz & Elgar


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Apr, 2017

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Celebrate this Saturday afternoon with the Philharmonic, as musicians from the Orchestra play chamber music and chat with you in a lively Q&A. In between, Courtney Lewis conducts selections from Berlioz’s ardent Romeo and Juliet, which exudes Romantic passion by this master of orchestral color, and Elgar’s In the South (Alassio), which evokes the magical Italian landscape that inspired it.


Anthony DiLorenzo

Fire Dance


Michael Tilson Thomas

Street Song


Bruce Broughton

Three American Portraits



Selections from Romeo and Juliet



In the South (Alassio)


Courtney Lewis


Courtney Lewis


Courtney Lewis


The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.

Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet

New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet

The New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet enjoys worldwide exposure and an international reputation. The ensemble’s debut came at the invitation of the Canadian Brass, when the two quintets joined in a 1983 concert in Ottawa, Canada. The two groups have since collaborated at the summer festivals of Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Great Woods, and Mostly Mozart; with their brass colleagues from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra on five recordings and one educational video; and for performances in cities throughout Canada and the United States. Since 1995 the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet has hosted an annual New York Philharmonic Holiday Brass concert at Lincoln Center, with the Canadian Brass as its inaugural guest. The Principal Brass Quintet also joined forces with the Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band in two Gala Festivals at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. In addition, the ensemble performed with the Empire Brass at the Carnegie Hall Centennial Gala in May 1991. The New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet has been a regular encore feature on the Orchestra’s tours, with appearances in Europe, South America, Asia, and in the U.S., as well as at the Orchestra’s residencies in Cagliari, Italy and Vail, Colorado; the group also represented the Philharmonic for special occasions such as the opening of the Upper West Side Apple Store (in 2009), the opening of UNIQLO’s Fifth Avenue flagship store (2014), and a free performance at Zurich’s Main Station as part of the Orchestra’s EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour. The ensemble has performed solo concerts throughout the U.S. and Japan, and in the cities of Luxembourg, Monterrey (Mexico).

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