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Ax, Mozart & Brahms

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$31-123

Date & Times

30

Nov, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

1

Dec, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

2

Dec, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Christoph von Dohnányi leads the Philharmonic in Brahms’s genial Second. Magnificent horn calls open the work, and cascades of melodies and dance-like passages delight the listener on the way to a finale that drives the symphony home with brasses ablaze. Esteemed virtuoso Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart’s last piano concerto, which enchants with its subtlety, grace, and serenity.

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Bent Sørensen

Evening Land (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 27

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Brahms

Symphony No. 2

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Artists

Christoph von Dohnányi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnányi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnanyi

Conductor

Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors. He started his career as assistant to George Solti in Frankfurt, and later held chief posts in Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, and Paris. He was principal conductor and artistic adviser of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he is honorary conductor for life. He was the sixth music director of The Cleveland Orchestra (1984–2002), and during his tenure led the Orchestra on tours to Asia and Europe, founded the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, oversaw the extension and renovation of Severance Hall, and initiated a new commissioning project. In 2002 he was named the first music director laureate of The Cleveland Orchestra. Since then Dohnányi has been a regular guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Europe he continues to appear regularly with the orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan, and Israel.

Mr. Dohnányi has conducted at the world’s great opera houses, including in Berlin and Paris, and the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zurich, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the United States he has conducted at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His London / Decca opera recordings with Vienna include Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, as well as orchestral works by Schubert, Strauss, Dvořák, and Tchaikovsky, and the complete Mendelssohn symphonies. His Decca recordings with Cleveland include works ranging from Bruckner, Mahler, and Strauss to Ives, Varèse, and John Adams. A compilation of the complete Beethoven symphonies was recorded in Cleveland by Telarc, and a collection of the complete Brahms symphonies was released by Teldec.

Christoph von Dohnányi was born in Berlin in 1929 and studied at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and at Florida State University with his grandfather, pianist and composer Ernst von Dohnányi. He completed his studies in the U.S. by attending a conducting class at Tanglewood in 1952. He has received honorary doctorates from the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music; an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Freedom Award. He is the recipient of Frankfurt’s Goethe Plaque, Hungary’s Bartók medal, and is a member of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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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, with his family when he was a young boy. A winner of the Young Concert Artist Award, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Michaels Award, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Mr. Ax is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Always a committed exponent of contemporary composers, with works written for him by John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bright Sheng, and Melinda Wagner already in his repertoire, Mr. Ax performed the World Premiere of HK Gruber’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in January 2017, followed in March by the work’s European Premiere with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle. Also in the 2016–17 season, Mr. Ax returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Detroit symphony orchestras.

A Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987, recent releases include Mendelssohn Piano Trios with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, Richard Strauss’s Enoch Arden narrated by Patrick Stewart, and discs of music for two pianos by Brahms and Rachmaninoff with Yefim Bronfman. In 2015 Deutsche Grammophon released a duo recording with Itzhak Perlman of violin-and-piano sonatas by Fauré and R. Strauss, which the two artists presented on tour during the 2015–16 season. A frequent and committed chamber music partner, he has worked regularly with such artists as Young Uck Kim, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Peter Serkin, Jaime Laredo, and the late Isaac Stern.

Mr. Ax 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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Special Thanks

Bent Sørensen's commission is made possible with the generous support of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.

Christoph von Dohnányi’s appearance is made possible by the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

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