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Bravo! Vail: Gilbert Conducts Beethoven’s Ninth

Location

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

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Date & Times

28

Jul, 2017

Friday, 6:00 PM

Event Info

Ticket packages (and, starting April 18, single tickets) are available from the Bravo! Vail Box Office at bravovail.org or (877) 812-5700. Box Office hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM. (MDT), Monday through Friday.

Program To Include

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 2

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Beethoven

Symphony No. 9

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

The 2016–17 season marks Alan Gilbert’s eighth and final season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. The first native New Yorker to hold the post, he has sought to make the Orchestra a point of pride for the city and country. The Financial Times called him “the imaginative maestro-impresario in residence.”

Mr. Gilbert and the Philharmonic have forged artistic partnerships, introducing the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — held in the 2016–17 season by Esa-Pekka Salonen and violinist Leonidas Kavakos, respectively — as well as Artist-in-Association, currently held by pianist Inon Barnatan, who inaugurated the role in the 2014–15 season; an annual festival, which this season is Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World, featuring Russian-born Semyon Bychkov conducting works by Tchaikovsky as well as composers he was influenced by and whom he influenced; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today’s music by a wide range of contemporary and modern composers. During his tenure the Philharmonic launched the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships with cultural institutions to offer training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. These include the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and collaborations with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic also launched a five-year partnership with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan.

Alan Gilbert concludes his final season as Music Director with four programs that reflect signature themes of his tenure, featuring works that hold particular meaning for him and musicians with whom he has formed close relationships. These include a pairing of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw; Wagner’s complete Das Rheingold in concert; the New York Premiere of Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing alongside Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos in Brahms’s Violin Concerto and the New York Premiere of Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the second Kravis Emerging Composer, an honor introduced during Alan Gilbert’s tenure; and an exploration of how music can effect positive change in the world. Other 2016–17 season highlights include four World Premieres; Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary celebrations; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah; the World Premiere presentation of Gershwin’s score to Manhattan, performed live to the film; Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre; a concert with friends celebrating his 50th birthday; works by John Adams marking the composer’s 70th birthday; and the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. As part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, he will lead the Orchestra in its third annual performance residency through the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, and will lead the Philharmonic and Academy Festival Orchestra together in Santa Barbara through the partnership with Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West.

Last season’s Philharmonic highlights included R. Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben to welcome newly appointed Concertmaster Frank Huang; Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary Opening Night Gala; premieres by William Bolcom, Franck Krawczyk, Magnus Lindberg, and Marc Neikrug; works by Sibelius in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth; as well as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and an all-Mozart program. He also co-curated the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL — during which he conducted works by Boulez and Stucky, in tribute to the late composers, as well as premieres by William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Per Nørgård, the second recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic, an honor introduced during Alan Gilbert’s tenure. The Music Director also performed violin in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time alongside Philharmonic principals and Mr. Barnatan. Under the New York Philharmonic Global Academy he led the Orchestra in its second performance residency in Shanghai and made his second appearance conducting the Music Academy of the West’s Academy Festival Orchestra.

Previous high points among Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic appearances include critically celebrated staged productions such as Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (2010) and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011), both cited as the top cultural events of their respective years; Philharmonic 360 at Park Avenue Armory (2012), the acclaimed spatial music program featuring Stockhausen’s Gruppen; A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, and later presented in movie theaters internationally); a staged production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson that was broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center, earning Mr. Gilbert an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction (2014); and the U.S. Premiere of a staging of Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (2015). Other highlights include the first two editions of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL; World Premieres of works by Christopher Rouse, Magnus Lindberg, Peter Eötvös , and composers featured on CONTACT!; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey, performed live to the film; Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection, on A Concert for New York on September 10; the Verdi Requiem; the conclusion of The Nielsen Project, the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos; Mr. Gilbert’s Philharmonic debut as violin soloist in J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins; six concerts at Carnegie Hall; and ten tours around the world. In August 2015 he led the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the U.S. Stage Premiere of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, co-presented by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center, the inaugural production of the Lincoln Center–New York Philharmonic Opera Initiative.

Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras nationally and internationally, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He has appeared at The Metropolitan, Los Angeles, Zurich, Royal Swedish, and Santa Fe opera companies. This season Mr. Gilbert returns to the foremost European orchestras, records Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Inon Barnatan, and conducts Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, his first time leading a staged opera there.

In September 2011 Alan Gilbert became Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he is also the first holder of Juilliard’s William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2008 leading John Adams’s Doctor Atomic; the DVD and Blu-ray of this production received the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Renée Fleming’s Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. Earlier releases garnered Grammy Award nominations and top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine. He received his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for Sinatra: Voice for a Century, broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center in 2015. Mr. Gilbert conducted Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles on a recent album recorded live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Alan Gilbert studied at Harvard University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard and was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra (1995–97). He received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Curtis in May 2010 and from Westminster Choir College in May 2016, and in December 2011 he received Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award for his “exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music.” In 2014 he was elected to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, in 2015 he received a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy and was named Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2016 he received New York University’s Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City in recognition of his leadership in making New York one of the world’s great centers for music and the arts.

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Inon Barnatan

Piano

Inon Barnatan

Piano

Inon Barnatan

Piano

Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is a recipient of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. He has performed extensively with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra, and Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has worked with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, Susanna Mälkki, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, Thomas Søndergård, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jaap van Zweden. Passionate about contemporary music, the pianist has premiered new works composed for him by Matthias Pintscher, Sebastian Currier, and Avner Dorman.

In 2016–17 Inon Barnatan enters his third and final season as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association, a position created to spotlight an emerging artist over the course of three seasons through both concerto and chamber music performances and by cultivating a relationship among the artist, the Orchestra, and the audience. He also makes debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, led by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Jesús López-Cobos; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Vasily Petrenko; and the Seattle Symphony, led by Ludovic Morlot. In addition to returning to the New York Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, he embarks on three tours: of the U.S., with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; of Europe, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, his frequent recital partner; and of the U.S. again, performing a trio program with Ms. Weilerstein and Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

Inon Barnatan’s critically acclaimed discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of Schubert’s solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which made The New York Times’s “Best of 2012” list. Last season he released Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas on Decca Classics with Ms. Weilerstein. 

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Susanna Phillips

Soprano

Susanna Phillips

Soprano

Soprano

In the 2016–17 season Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips returned to The Metropolitan Opera for a ninth consecutive season, starring as Clémence in The Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin conducted by Susanna Mälkki, and returns as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Other engagements include her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and appearances as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman.

Her 2016–17 orchestra engagements include a return to the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of American songs, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C minor with Music of the Baroque, Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Phillips also performs recitals at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, National Museum for Women in the Arts, and a program with bass-baritone Eric Owens at the Washington Performing Arts Society.

Highlights of Ms. Phillips’s previous seasons include numerous Met Opera appearances as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Richard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Additional highlights include Donna Anna in Frankfurt, Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giradiniera at Santa Fe Opera, Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Boston Baroque.

A native of Huntsville, Susanna Phillips returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (Wellgunde) received a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and a 2014 George London Award. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and made her Met debut in the 2009–10 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she made recital debuts with her husband, pianist Christopher Cano, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Ms. Cano has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras; the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Utah symphony orchestras; and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others, working with conductors such as James Levine, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Andrew Davis.

This season, Ms. Cano bows as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello at The Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, and Orfeo with Des Moines Opera. Her orchestral engagements include the Verdi Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and Enrique Granados’s Dante and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Monterey Symphony.

Ms. Cano makes her recital debut at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Brahms’s Two Songs, appears at Houston Da Camera Society with pianist Thomas Sauer and cellist Colin Carr, and performs with Christopher Cano at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and for Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Her summer festival appearances have included title roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Saratoga Opera and Bizet’s Carmen at the Savannah Voice Festival, and a recital at Boston’s Outside the Box Festival.

In 2014 Jennifer Johnson Cano released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival.

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Joseph Kaiser

Tenor

Joseph Kaiser

Tenor

Joseph Kaiser New York Philharmonic

Tenor

Tenor Joseph Kaiser enjoys success in opera, oratorio, and concert appearances throughout North America and Europe. With his versatility and strength as an actor, he has worked with leading stage directors including Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, David McVicar, Peter Sellars, and Stephen Wadsworth.

He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston, Montreal, Berlin Radio, and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras. Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Fidelio with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Le Cercle de l’Harmonie on a European tour; Mozart’s Requiem with Ivor Bolton and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Simon Rattle and The Philadelphia Orchestra; Berlioz’s Requiem, both with Marek Janowski and the combined forces of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and with Donald Runnicles both with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic; Berlioz’s Te Deum with Charles Dutoit and the NHK Symphony Orchestra; and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestra and Chorus of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

Past opera appearances have included Britten’s Peter Grimes at Theater an der Wien; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Richard Strauss’s Capriccio at the Opéra National de Paris; Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Martinů’s Juliette at the Opernhaus Zürich; Eugene Onegin and Handel’s Theodora at the Salzburg Festival; and many appearances at The Metropolitan Opera including in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, The Magic Flute, Salome, Handel’s Rodelinda, and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Morris Robinson

Bass

Morris Robinson

Bass

Morris Robinson

Bass

Morris Robinson (Fasolt), a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002 in Beethoven’s Fidelio. He has since appeared there as Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Verdi’s Il trovatore, and in productions of Verdi’s Aida and Nabucco, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Richard Strauss’s Salome. He has also appeared at San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include Osmin in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Timur in Puccini’s Turandot, and Fasolt in Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

A prolific concert singer, Mr. Robinson recently made his BBC Proms debut in a televised performance of the Verdi Requiem. He has also appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Met Chamber orchestras; the Chicago, Boston, Montreal, and São Paulo symphony orchestras; and at the Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, Verbier, and Aspen festivals. In recital he has been presented by Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This season, Mr. Robinson made his debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in the title role of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and returned to The Met for The Magic Flute and Aida, and to Los Angeles Opera in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Upcoming engagements include returns to Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals.

Mr. Robinson’s first album, Going Home, was released by Decca.

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Colorado Symphony Chorus

Chorus

Colorado Symphony Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

The 2016–17 Colorado Symphony concert season marks the 33rd year of the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe at the request of Gaetano Delogu, then the symphony’s music director, the chorus has grown over the past three decades into a nationally respected ensemble of 180 volunteers joining the Colorado Symphony for numerous live performances and radio and television broadcasts to critical acclaim. The chorus has appeared at noted music festivals in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Colorado Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, where it has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For more than two decades, the chorus has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival with conductors including Lawrence Foster, James Levine, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and David Zinman. The Colorado Symphony Chorus’s recordings include a Naxos release of Roy Harris’s Symphony No. 4 and a recent Hyperion release of Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis. In 2009, in celebration of the chorus’s 25th anniversary, Duain Wolfe conducted the chorus on a three-country, two-week concert tour of Europe, presenting the Verdi Requiem in Budapest, Vienna, Litomysl, and Prague. In 2016 the chorus returned to Europe for concerts in Paris, Strasbourg, and Munich. Singers travel to Denver each week — from Evergreen to Lochbuie and Boulder to Castle Rock — for a total of about 80 rehearsals and performances a year.

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Duain Wolfe

Director

Duain Wolfe

Director

Director

Recently awarded two Grammys for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Recording, Duain Wolfe is the founding director and conductor of the Colorado Symphony Chorus and music director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, presiding over each for 33 and 23 seasons, respectively. He has received an honorary doctor of musical arts from the University of Denver, the Bonfils Stanton Award in the Arts and Humanities, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, and the Michael Korn Award for the Development of the Professional Choral Art. Mr. Wolfe is also founder-director of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, from which he retired in 1999 after 25 years. Duain Wolfe has also directed and prepared choruses for the Ravinia, Bravo! Vail, Berkshire, Aspen, and Grand Teton music festivals.

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