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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30-112

Date & Times

9

Nov, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

11

Nov, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

14

Nov, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Leonard Slatkin leads the Philharmonic in the finale of our Bernstein festival. Evoking the chanted Jewish prayer of mourning, the powerful Third Symphony, Kaddish, encompasses paeans to the Creator, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. Strauss’s witty vignettes plunge us into the delightful flights of fancy of the bumbling knight-errant Don Quixote.

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R. Strauss

Don Quixote

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Bernstein

Symphony No. 3, Kaddish

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Artists

Leonard Slatkin

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin is music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also appears as a guest conductor throughout the world and is active as a composer, author, and educator. His 2015–16 season highlights included a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and NHK symphony orchestras; and debuts with Beijing’s China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. His summer schedule included a tour of Japan with the ONL and performances of Barber’s Vanessa in Santa Fe.

In addition to his regular duties in Detroit and Lyon, in 2016–17 he returns to St. Louis; tours the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; conducts Cologne’s WDR Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo; and serves as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

Mr. Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have earned 7 Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninoff, Alla Borzova, Cindy McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). He has also recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).

A National Medal of Arts recipient, Leonard Slatkin’s honors include being named Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and receiving Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.

Mr. Slatkin has been music director of the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras; chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and principal guest conductor of London’s Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and Minnesota Orchestra. He has conducted leading orchestras including the New York, London, Berlin, Israel, Los Angeles, Oslo, and Royal Stockholm philharmonic orchestras; BBC, London, Bavarian Radio, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; as well as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris. His opera appearances have included The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and Paris’s Opéra Bastille.

Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, Leonard Slatkin began his musical training on the violin and first studied conducting with his father, followed by Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at The Juilliard School.

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Cynthia Phelps

Viola

Cynthia Phelps

Viola

Cynthia Phelps New York Philharmonic

Viola

Cynthia Phelps is the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Viola, The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair. Highlights of her solo appearances with the Orchestra have included the New York Premiere–Philharmonic Co-Commission of Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release, in 2016; performances on the 2006 Tour of Italy, sponsored by Generali; Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in 2010 and 2014; and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths, which the Orchestra commissioned for her and Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young and which they premiered in 1999 and reprised both on tour and in New York, most recently in 2011. Other solo engagements have included the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Ms. Phelps is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has given recitals in the major music capitals of Europe and the U.S. She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-viola group with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincenc.

Ms. Phelps is a first-prize winner of both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition, and is a recipient of the Pro Musicis International award. Under the auspices of this philanthropic organization, she has appeared as soloist in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Rome, and Paris, as well as in prisons, hospitals, and drug rehabilitation centers worldwide. Her recording Air, for flute, viola, and harp on Arabesque, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her television and radio credits include Live From Lincoln Center on PBS; St. Paul Sunday Morning on NPR; Radio France; Italy’s RAI; and WGBH in Boston. Ms. Phelps has served on the faculties at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. She is married to cellist Ronald Thomas.

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Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur. He has since appeared as soloist almost every season, and was featured during The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, when he gave two performances of the cycle of all six of Bach’s cello suites. Most recently, he was the soloist in performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto on the Orchestra’s CALIFORA 2016 tour, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.

He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.

Mr. Brey has appeared as soloist with virtually all the major orchestras in the United States, and performed under the batons of prominent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, and Christoph von Dohnányi. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets as well as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy), and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. His violoncello is a rare J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus — WQXR’s 2016–17 artists-in-residence, now celebrating its 25th anniversary — is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles re-envisioning choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and distinctively beautiful sound. With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with exceptional performance experiences. The chorus has appeared with acclaimed orchestras and conductors, including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and under the batons of Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Dudamel, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Additionally, the chorus has performed with major recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend. The chorus received a 2005 Grammy Award for the recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls with the New York Philharmonic.

Silent Voices, Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s 25th anniversary project that premieres at BAM for the winter–spring season in May 2017, harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change, giving voice to those silenced or marginalized by social, cultural, or religious circumstances. The chorus has appeared at important contemporary music festivals including the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, Ecstatic Music Festival, MusicNOW, 21c Liederabend, and the Prototype Festival. It has also toured throughout the United States and Europe, including on recent trips to Arizona, Chicago, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, London, and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1992 by artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s program encompasses more than 650 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at their Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which, under her leadership, has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Gustavo Dudamel. Most notably, she prepared the chorus for its 2002 New York Philharmonic debut in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, for the recording of which the chorus won a Grammy Award in 2005. Ms. Berkun Menaker is the creator of the chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

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