Art and LGBTQ Activism: Music with a Social Conscience

The New York Philharmonic

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Music of Conscience

Art and LGBTQ Activism: Music with a Social Conscience

Location

The LGBT Community Center

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Price Range

Free

Date & Times

29

May, 2019

Wednesday, 7:00 PM

Event Info

The New York Philharmonic and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center co-present a free public discussion of LGBTQ issues and art as activism with composer John Corigliano, whose Symphony No. 1, a response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, is being performed by the Orchestra; Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda; and moderator Rich Wandel, The Center’s founding archivist, longtime activist, and former New York Philharmonic Associate Archivist. The discussion will be preceded by a performance.

Free; tickets are required and available.

Co-Presented by The LGBT Community Center and the New York Philharmonic

Artists

Deborah Borda

Moderator

Deborah Borda

Moderator

Deborah Borda

Moderator

Throughout her career, Deborah Borda has extended the artistic, commercial, and technological boundaries of American symphony orchestras. She became President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Philharmonic in September 2017. Prior posts include President and CEO, David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic; General Manager of the San Francisco Symphony; President and Managing Director of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 she became the first arts executive to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence. In 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and named Chair of the Avery Fisher Artist Program.

Deborah Borda became the first woman in recent history to manage a major American symphony orchestra when she was appointed Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1991, and subsequently guided the Orchestra through a period of artistic and fiscal growth. Within her first three months after returning to the New York Philharmonic in 2017, Ms. Borda completed a $50 million launch fund to usher in a new era of fiscal stability and assembled a new leadership team to support her and Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s vision for the Orchestra. The 2018–19 season, van Zweden’s first as Music Director, introduced this vision: engagement with timely social issues, connections with New York City, and a redoubling of the Philharmonic’s commitment to innovation, collaboration, new music, and educational initiatives, such as the Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s success during Deborah Borda’s 17-year tenure was chosen for case studies by Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. During her first decade in Los Angeles, Ms. Borda designed an acclaimed business, education, and curatorial plan credited with restoring the orchestra to robust artistic and financial health. She reinvigorated plans to build and launch Walt Disney Concert Hall, oversaw the addition of a new shell for the Hollywood Bowl, and reimagined and diversified programming at both venues. She also spearheaded the appointment of music director Gustavo Dudamel. Committed to the orchestra’s social imperative, Ms. Borda and Mr. Dudamel invested in groundbreaking educational initiatives, including the founding of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), a flagship program that provides free after-school instruction to children in underserved communities, and the national Take a Stand initiative, which promotes the El Sistema philosophy of social change through music.

A former professional violist, Deborah Borda graduated from Bennington College and continued her studies at London’s Royal College of Music. She received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is in demand internationally as a consultant and lecturer, and her accomplishments in the field of orchestral music have been cited in numerous reviews and articles, both nationally and internationally.

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John Corigliano

Speaker

John Corigliano

Speaker

John Corigliano by J. Henry Fair

Speaker

John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last 40 years. Mr. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering more than 100, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award.

Recent scores include Rhymes for the Irreverent and no comet ever scratched the sky (2017); One Sweet Morning (2011), a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), commissioned for and introduced by Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to The Red Violin, for which he received an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000), the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus (2004); and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music). Other important scores include the String Quartet (1995, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991, Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (1991, Metropolitan Opera commission); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977), commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic. In 2015 an orchestral version of Stomp was commissioned by the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for its new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak and featuring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, and Patti LuPone. The production collected 2016 Grammys for Opera Recording and Engineered Classical album.

John Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US, Europe, Caracas, Australia, China, Russia, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond. His 80th birthday is celebrated in 2018 with performances far and wide.

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Rich Wandel

Moderator

Rich Wandel

Moderator

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