Van Zweden Conducts Mahler and Glass

The New York Philharmonic

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Van Zweden Conducts Mahler and Glass

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$45-145

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

22

Sep, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

23

Sep, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Experience Jaap van Zweden’s chemistry with the Philharmonic as our Music Director Designate leads 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

Philip Glass

Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra (New York Premiere)

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Mahler

Symphony No. 5

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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. 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, having just completed a ten-year tenure as Music Director. 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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Katia and Marielle Labèque

Pianos

Katia and Marielle Labèque

Pianos

Marielle and Katia Labeque

Pianos

Katia and Marielle Labèque 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) and have since developed a worldwide performance career.

They are regular guests with prestigious European and American orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Lionel Bringuier, Semyon Bychkov, Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, John Eliot Gardiner, 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 2017–18 season includes performances with the New York Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with Bryce Dessner, a European tour with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, and Easter Festival Salzburg with Dresden Staatskapelle. The duo will also perform Bryce Dessner’s new concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, among others.

Katia and Marielle Labèque have worked with numerous composers including Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen. In May 2015 they presented 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. In addition to the new concerto written for them by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly is also preparing a new work for them, to be ready in 2019.

For their own label, KML recordings, they released Sisters (2014), with a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. The DVD of the documentary The Labèque Way, produced by “El Deseo” (Pedro Almodóvar) and filmed by Félix Cábez, was released in fall 2015. Previous releases include an album of works by Gershwin and Bernstein, and their project Minimalist Dream House, which looks at 50 years of minimalist music. The Labeques’ KML Recordings recently joined Deutsche Grammophon; their most recent record is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Debussy’s Epigraphes Antiques. Their next album, Moondog Minimalist Dream House, is set for spring 2018.

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