Saturday Matinee: Sibelius's Symphony No. 5

The New York Philharmonic

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Saturday Matinee: Sibelius's Symphony No. 5

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-78

Duration

2 hours & 30 minutes with intermission & discussion

Date & Times

14

Oct, 2017

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon when the Philharmonic performs Sibelius’s late-Romantic Fifth Symphony, with a finale inspired by a flight of 16 swans. (“God, what beauty!” the composer wrote in his diary.) Our very own Artist-in-Residence, Concertmaster, and Principal Cello open the concert with trios by Grieg and Shostakovich, and the afternoon wraps up with a lively Q & A with Philharmonic musicians.

Program

Grieg

Andante con moto, for piano trio

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Shostakovich

Piano Trio No. 2

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Sibelius

Symphony No. 5

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Artists

Paavo Järvi

Conductor

Paavo Järvi

Conductor

Paavo Jarvi

Conductor

The Estonian conductor and Grammy Award winner Paavo Järvi is widely recognized as the musicians’ musician, and his close association with orchestras is evident through his long-standing relationship with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which he has served as artistic director since 2004. Last autumn he opened his fourth season as chief conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in the fall of 2019 he will begin his first season as chief conductor and music director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, music director laureate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and artistic adviser to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Järvi is also in demand as a guest conductor, returning to perform with the Orchestre de Paris and regularly appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras. Highlights of his recent and upcoming guest engagements include Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, as well as the New York Philharmonic.

Paavo Järvi concludes each season with a week of performances and master classes at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia, which he founded in 2011. The success of both the festival and its resident ensemble — the Estonian Festival Orchestra — has led to a string of high-profile invitations to perform across Europe, most recently at the BBC Proms and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

With an extensive discography, Mr. Järvi’s upcoming projects include the third recording in a series of Brahms symphonies, with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies, which he recorded with the Orchestre de Paris; the latter performance and recording project led to the Sibelius Medal being bestowed on him in recognition of his work in increasing awareness of the Finnish composer’s music among French audiences. He was also awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to Estonian culture.

Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Paavo Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. In 1980 he moved to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

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Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang’s first commercial recording — featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman — was released on Naxos in 2003. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. In 2017–18 he led the Orchestra from his Concertmaster chair in works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and performed with the Philharmonic as soloist in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole at Bravo! Vail.

Mr. Huang has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D’Angelo International Competition.

In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

Frank Huang was born in Beijing, China. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas, where he began violin lessons with his mother. He commenced study with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston and at 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his bachelor of music degree from CIM in 2002. He subsequently attended The Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West. He served on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Houston, and currently serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

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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 CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, led by then 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,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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Leif Ove Andsnes

Piano

Leif Ove Andsnes

Piano

Leif Ove Andsnes by Ozgur Albayrak

Piano

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is the 2017–18 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic. Acclaimed for his commanding technique and searching interpretations, he performs recitals and concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with today’s foremost orchestras, and is an active recording artist. An avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, was co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music for almost two decades, and served as music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival. Mr. Andsnes was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2013, and received honorary doctorates from New York’s Juilliard School and Norway’s University of Bergen in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He now records exclusively for Sony Classical. His earlier discography comprises more than 30 discs for EMI Classics — solo, chamber, and concerto releases, many of them bestsellers — spanning repertoire from J.S. Bach to the present day. He recently completed Beethoven Journey with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in which he led the orchestra from the keyboard in Beethoven’s five concertos in residencies around the world, a multiple-season project recorded for Sony Classics.

A frequent collaborator with the New York Philharmonic, as Artist-in-Residence Mr. Andsnes performs chamber music, a solo recital, Britten’s Piano Concerto (1945 version) led by Antonio Pappano, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 led by Paavo Järvi, and Debussy’s Fantaisie led by Edward Gardner. These concertos figure prominently in his 2017–18 programming: he plays the Britten with orchestras including Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rachmaninoff with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras; and Debussy with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. He embarks on an extensive European recital tour with a program featuring selected pieces by Sibelius, whose rarely performed solo piano oeuvre is also the focus of his recent Sony Classical release.

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