Bychkov Conducts Alpine Symphony and Berio
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Bychkov Conducts An Alpine Symphony and Berio


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


May, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM


May, 2018

Friday, 2:00 PM


May, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Join Strauss – plus wind and thunder machines, cow bells, and 16 off-stage brass players – on a daylong hike through the Alps. Then celebrate the 50th anniversary of Berio’s Sinfonia, dedicated to Bernstein and a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., featuring Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and led by Semyon Bychkov, the late composer’s friend and collaborator.





R. Strauss

An Alpine Symphony


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov


Music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov was born in Leningrad in 1952, immigrated to the United States in 1975, and has been based in Europe since the mid-1980s. In common with the orchestra, his background is firmly rooted in the cultures of both East and West. 

Following concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, Mr. Bychkov and the orchestra devised The Tchaikovsky Project, a series of concerts, residencies, and recordings that enabled them to explore Tchaikovsky’s music together. The Tchaikovsky Project culminated in autumn 2019 with Decca Classics’ seven-disc release of the symphonies and residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Paris, and Vienna.

In 1989 Mr. Bychkov returned to St. Petersburg as the Philharmonic’s principal guest conductor and was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris. His international career was launched with a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1997 he was appointed chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and, in 1998, chief conductor of the Dresden Semperoper.    

With repertoire that spans four centuries, Mr. Bychkov conducts the major orchestras and major opera houses in the United States and Europe — the combination of innate musicality and rigorous Russian pedagogy ensuring his performances are highly anticipated. He holds honorary titles with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with which he appears annually at the BBC Proms, and the Royal Academy of Music. He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards.

Semyon Bychkov’s recording career began with Philips in 1986 with a collaboration that produced an extensive discography with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre de Paris. Subsequently, a series of benchmark recordings — the result of his 13-year collaboration (1997–2010) with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne — included a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies and works by Richard Strauss, Mahler, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Glanert, and Höller. His recording of Wagner’s Lohengrin was voted BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Year in 2010, and his recording of Schmidt’s Symphony No. 2 with the Vienna Philharmonic was BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Month.

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Roomful of Teeth

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth is a multi-Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble devoted to the boundless expressive capacity of the human voice. Founder and artistic director Brad Wells has handpicked a group of the most versatile classically trained singers from around the United States, whose voices cover a five-octave range, from ground-shaking lows to dog-whistle highs. Through rigorous study with masters of vocal traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges not only new music but an entirely new type of repertoire.

Founded in 2009, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. While in residence, the members work intensively with master singers and teacher-experts in a wide range of vocal styles, from katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) to Korean p’ansori, Georgian folk music, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani classical singing, Persian classical singing, and even death metal screaming.

Through this process, Roomful of Teeth has worked with a strikingly wide range of composers to create a significant and continuously growing repertoire. Recent commissions have included works by William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, Terry Riley, Julia Wolfe, and many others. The group has a special relationship with composer Caroline Shaw, who is one of Teeth’s eight founding members and whose Partita for 8 Voices won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Roomful of Teeth maintains an active touring schedule throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Recent appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, King’s Place in London, the Barbican, and many others. The members of the group reside around the United States, from San Francisco to San Antonio to New York.

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