Van Zweden Conducts The Rite of Spring in Shanghai

The New York Philharmonic

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Jaap van Zweden Conducts The Rite of Spring in Shanghai

Location

Shanghai Symphony Hall

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Duration

1 hour & 25 minutes

Date & Times

2

Jul, 2018

Monday, 7:30 PM

Program

J. Wagenaar

Cyrano de Bergerac Overture

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Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme

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Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. In the 2019–20 season he and the Philharmonic celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers in Project 19, illuminate three hotbeds of music innovation — Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York — in the hotspots festival, and explore Mahler’s New York. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Alisa Weilerstein

Cello

Alisa Weilerstein

Cello

Alisa Weilerstein

Cello

In the 2018–19 season, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship winner, releases Transfigured Night on Pentatone, on which she is joined by Norway’s Trondheim Soloists for Haydn’s First and Second Cello Concertos and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Two Scandinavian performances of the album’s repertoire with the same ensemble opened the season. In the spring she returns to Verklärte Nacht but in a chamber music version, when she tours Europe and the US with pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and percussionist Colin Currie. Also in the season she performs Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with five different orchestras; tours the US playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov, and plays the Schumann Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Bloch’s Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque in cities ranging from San Diego to Vienna. Finally, she gives two performances of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto, Un despertar, with the composer leading both the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She performs Bach’s complete cello suites in Beverly Hills, Paris, Berkeley, for Boston’s Celebrity Series, and at Hamburg’s Elbiphilharmonie.

Ms. Weilerstein’s career milestones include an emotionally-tumultuous account of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Daniel Barenboim in Oxford, and a performance at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama. A champion of new music, she has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Pintscher, and premiered works by Pascal Dusapin, Lera Auerbach, and Joseph Hallman. Ms. Weilerstein, whose honors include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal Prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a celebrity advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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