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Van Zweden Conducts Mahler and Glass


David Geffen Hall

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Date & Times


Sep, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM


Sep, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Celebrate Jaap van Zweden in his inaugural concert as the Philharmonic’s Music Director Designate, leading Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony — a tour de force for the Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians encompassing intense passion, demonic energy, and breathtaking radiance — plus a brilliant concerto composed for the Labèque sisters by American master Philip Glass in a long-anticipated New York Premiere.

Program To Include

Philip Glass

Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (New York Premiere)



Symphony No. 5


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in the past decade to become one of today’s most distinguished conductors. He will become the New York Philharmonic’s next Music Director beginning in the 2018–19 season, after serving as Music Director Designate in 2017–18. Mr. van Zweden has been music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, holding the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, a role he will continue through 2017–18, after which he becomes conductor laureate. He also continues to serve as music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012.

Highlights of his 2016–17 season include return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as his debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden has also appeared as guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra; Boston and London Symphony Orchestras; Vienna, Berlin, Munich, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; Orchestre National de France; and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 2015 he launched the annual SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival with the Dallas Symphony, and embarked on a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic to conduct the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which are being released on Naxos Records.

Jaap van Zweden’s acclaimed recordings include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrushka, Britten’s War Requiem, and complete cycles of the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He completed a cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic (LPO Live), and released Mozart piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray (Virgin). His celebrated performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal (the last of which earned him the Edison award for Best Opera Recording in 2012) are available on CD and DVD. On the Dallas Symphony’s own record label, he has released symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mahler, and Dvořák, as well as the World Premiere recording of Stucky’s August 4, 1964.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career 20 years later in 1995. He remains honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as chief conductor, 2005–13, and conductor emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. He also held the post of chief conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra, 2008–11. Mr. van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Papageno has helped music therapists and musicians train to use music as a major tool for working with autistic children. Papageno House, a new home for autistic young adults and children, was opened in Laren, The Netherlands, in August 2015, attended by Her Majesty Queen Maxima.

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Katia and Marielle Labèque


Katia and Marielle Labèque


Marielle and Katia Labeque


Katia and Marielle Labèque, who recently joined the recording label Deutsche Grammophon, are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age, and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music). They are regular guests with the most prestigious orchestras of Europe and America, collaborating with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Lionel Bringuier, Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, John Eliot Gardiner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jaap van Zweden. The duo has appeared with Baroque ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists with Gardiner, Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini, Musica Antica with Reinhard Goebel, and Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon. Additionally, they recently toured with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Rattle.

Because of their commitment to contemporary music, Katia and Marielle Labèque have worked with numerous composers, including Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen. In May 2015 they gave the World Premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos — which was written for them — with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel.

The Labèques play in major festivals and venues worldwide. A record audience of more than 33,000 attended a gala concert in which they performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle at Berlin’s Waldbühne (available on EuroArts DVD). For their own label, KML recordings, they have most recently released Sisters, which features a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. Their first recording under their new Deutsche Grammophon agreement, featuring music by Stravinsky and Debussy, was released at the end of 2016.

In June 2016 the sisters were soloists for the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual summer concert at Schoenbrunn; the performances drew a crowd of 100,000, as well as an additional 1.5 million television viewers, and the recording is available on Sony CD and DVD.

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