Sleeping Beauty and Sibelius's Violin Concerto

The New York Philharmonic

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Sleeping Beauty and Sibelius's Violin Concerto

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-136

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

3

May, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

4

May, 2018

Friday, 11:00 AM

5

May, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

8

May, 2018

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Manfred Honeck leads the Philharmonic in selections from Sleeping Beauty, a sumptuous ballet with a score of symphonic proportions. Tchaikovsky himself called it a “dancing symphony,” full of impassioned music — from Prince Charming’s delicious kiss to the grand waltz promising a happily-ever-after. Sibelius’s concerto, starring violin virtuoso Nikolaj Znaider, evokes pristine Nordic landscapes.

Program

Dvořák / Arr. M. Honeck, Orch. T. Ille

Rusalka Fantasy

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Sibelius

Violin Concerto

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Tchaikovsky

Selections from Sleeping Beauty

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Artists

Manfred Honeck

Conductor

Manfred Honeck

Conductor

Manfred Honeck Felix Broede

Conductor

Over the last quarter century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations and arrangements of a wide range of repertoire. For more than a decade, he has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, continuing a legacy of music-making that is celebrated at home, abroad, and on recordings, including the Grammy Award–winning recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Barber’s Adagio for Strings (2018). Together, Mr. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have served as cultural ambassadors for the city as one of the most frequently toured American orchestras. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the orchestra regularly appears in major European music capitals and at festivals — including the Beethovenfest Bonn, BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Grafenegg Festival, and the Salzburg Festival — and continues a close relationship with Vienna’s Musikverein.

Born in Austria, Mr. Honeck received his musical training at Vienna’s Academy of Music and for many years was a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra. He began his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and was subsequently engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed with the prestigious European Conductor’s Award. Following early posts as one of three main conductors of Leipzig’s MDR Symphony Orchestra and as principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was appointed music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm. For several years he also served as principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2007 to 2011 he was music director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Operatic guest appearances include Semperoper Dresden, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, and Salzburg Festival.

As a guest conductor Mr. Honeck has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Vienna Philharmonic. He is a regular guest with all the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago symphony orchestras.

Manfred Honeck has received honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President. An international jury of critics selected him as the International Classical Music Awards 2018 Artist of the Year.

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Nikolaj Znaider

Violin

Nikolaj Znaider

Violin

Nikolaj Znaider by George Lange

Violin

Nikolaj Znaider performs as both conductor and violin soloist with the world’s most distinguished orchestras. He has been principal guest conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra since 2010, and was previously principal guest conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Following a triumphant return to the Tanglewood festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Juanjo Mena, Mr. Znaider’s 2017–18 season includes the continuation of his Mozart recording project with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), on which he leads Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 from the violin. Their recording of Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 was released on the LSO Live label in March 2018. He has a particularly strong relationship with the LSO, conducting and performing as soloist with the orchestra every season. He also appears regularly as violinist and conductor with orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New York Philharmonic, with which he is making his conducting debut in these performances.

Mr. Znaider’s extensive discography includes Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Dresden Staatskapelle and the late Colin Davis, award-winning recordings of the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on DVD with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly. Mr. Znaider has also recorded Brahms’s complete works for violin and piano with Yefim Bronfman.

Passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent, he spent ten years as founder and artistic director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school, and is now president of the Nielsen Competition, which takes place every three years in Odense, Denmark.

Nikolaj Znaider plays the “Kreisler” Guarnerius “del Gesu” 1741, on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theater through the generosity of the VELUX Foundations, the Villum Fonden, and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.

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