Bernstein's Philharmonic: Joshua Bell Peforms Berstein's Serenade
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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35-120

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

25

Oct, 2017

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

26

Oct, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

27

Oct, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

28

Oct, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

31

Oct, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell leads off Bernstein’s Philharmonic performing the composer-conductor’s Serenade, the almost-violin-concerto Bernstein himself called a “timeless dinner party,” with all the guests in philosophical conversation, weighing in on the subject of love — charming, humorous, joyful. Alan Gilbert also conducts the profound and powerful Jeremiah Symphony.

Program

Joey Roukens

Boundless (Homage to L.B.) (U.S. Premiere)

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Bernstein

Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)

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Bernstein

Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches his tenure as chief conductor of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in September 2019. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and began serving as chief conductor designate in 2017, shortly after the opening of the orchestra’s already iconic new home. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Since 2011 Mr. Bell has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. His interests range from the repertoire’s hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. He has also premiered works by John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg, and Behzad Ranjbaran.

Committed to expanding classical music’s social and cultural impact, Mr. Bell has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Anoushka Shankar, Frankie Moreno, Josh Groban, and Sting. He maintains an avid interest in film music, recently commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin (1998), the Academy Award–winning soundtrack that features Mr. Bell as soloist. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Opus Klassik awards.

Mr. Bell advocates for music as an essential educational tool. He maintains active involvement with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, which provide instruments and arts education to children who may not otherwise experience classical music first-hand.

Among his many accolades, Mr. Bell received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and an “Indiana Living Legend.” He received the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award and a 1991 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from his alma mater, the Jacobs School of Music.

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

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Kelley O'Connor

Mezzo-Soprano

Kelley O'Connor

Mezzo-Soprano

Kelley O'Connor

Mezzo-Soprano

Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2017–18 season, her symphonic calendar includes performances of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah, with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and with Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada leading the Tonkunstler Orchestra; and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Krzysztof Urbański and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She returns to the Kennedy Center for John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, marking her first collaboration with Gianandrea Noseda, and sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Jun Märkl and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. O’Connor gives the World Premiere of a song cycle by Bryce Dessner at Carnegie Hall with Robert Spano leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; later in the season she joins Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony for the World Premiere of a new work written for her by Michael Kurth.

Her recent highlights include Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Louis Langrée and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berio’s Folk Songs with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano and the Minnesota Orchestra, and David Zinman leading the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Special Thanks

Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

These concerts are made possible by generous support from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, in memory of Carlos Moseley, past Managing Director, President, and Chairman of the New York Philharmonic.

Joshua Bell's appearance is made possible by the Florence Blau Trust.

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