Beethoven and Schubert

The New York Philharmonic

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Beethoven and Schubert

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

7

Nov, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

8

Nov, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

10

Nov, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic plays Beethoven’s sun-infused Fourth Symphony, which Berlioz described as “an angel singing at the gates of Paradise.” Plus two works by Schubert: his youthful Fifth Symphony and a joyous, charming mini-cantata, featuring Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill and soprano Miah Persson, inhabiting the role of a young alpine shepherd yearning for spring and for his sweetheart across the mountains.

Program

Schubert

Symphony No. 5

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Schubert / Orch. Reinecke

The Shepherd on the Rock

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Beethoven

Symphony No. 4

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Artists

Iván Fischer

Conductor

Iván Fischer

Conductor

Ivan Fischer Marco Borggreve

Conductor

Iván Fischer is founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and honorary conductor of Berlin’s Konzerthausorchester and Konzerthaus, where he was music director from 2012 to 2018. In 2018 he became artistic director of the Vicenza Opera Festival. Recently, he has gained a reputation as a composer, with works performed in the United States, The Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, and Austria.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s frequent worldwide tours and series of critically acclaimed, award-winning recordings, released first by Philips Classics and later by Channel Classics, have contributed to Mr. Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary music directors. In Budapest and Berlin he introduced innovative concerts, including cocoa concerts for small children, autism-friendly concerts, midnight music for students, and a variety of outreach activities.

A regular presence on the podium with the world’s leading orchestras, Mr. Fischer has guest conducted the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times and spends two weeks each year with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is a frequent guest of The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and was principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Fischer has conducted the Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House, and Opéra de Paris, and the opera houses of Zurich, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Brussels, Berlin, and Budapest. He has held music director posts with the Kent Opera and the Opéra national de Lyon. Since 2013 he has worked exclusively with the Ivan Fischer Opera Company, which he has directed in staged concerts in Budapest, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, and Bruges, as well as at the Abu Dhabi and Edinburgh Festivals.

Iván Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and patron of the British Kodály Academy. He has received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services in promoting international cultural relations, and France’s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Other honors include Hungary’s Kossuth Prize (2006), Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award (2011), Hungary’s Prima Primissima Prize, Dutch Ovatie Prize, Honorary Membership in London’s Royal Academy of Music (2013), Abu Dhabi Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2015), and Association of Music Critics of Argentina’s award for Best Foreign Conductor (2016).

Mr. Fischer studied piano, violin, cello, and composition in Budapest before continuing his education in Vienna and Salzburg, where he studied conducting under Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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Miah Persson

Soprano

Miah Persson

Soprano

Miah Persson artistbilder Monika Rittershaus

Soprano

Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson has appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Deutsche Staatsoper, Bavarian Staatsoper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Gran Teatro del Liceu, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among many others.

Recent engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Orchestre national de Lille; recitals at the Pierre Boulezsaal, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with Philharmonie Luxembourg; Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at the Gulbenkian Foundation; Tod Machover’s Sunken Garden for Dallas Opera; Haydn’s The Creation at the Verbier Festival; and the role of Countess Capriccio in R. Strauss’s Capriccio at Garsington Opera.

Forthcoming highlights include not only Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock with the New York Philharmonic but also Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and on tour to Spain with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra; the role of the Countess in concert performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; the title role in Mozart’s Zaide for the Munich Radio Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic; Mozart concert arias on tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; and Bruckner’s Te Deum and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Persson also appears in a number of European recital engagements.

Miah Persson will sing Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Kammerorchester Basel; Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo for Opera di Roma; Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar at the New National Theatre, and Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at Gran Teatro del Liceu.

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Anthony McGill

Clarinet

Anthony McGill

Clarinet

Anthony McGill

Clarinet

Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in September 2014, becoming the Philharmonic’s first African American Principal player. Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times) and “exquisite combination of technical refinement and expressive radiance” (The Baltimore Sun), he is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. Mr. McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music. He took part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero.

Anthony McGill’s 2019–20 season includes a premiere by Tyshawn Sorey at 92nd Street Y and a collaboration with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall. He will also perform the Copland Clarinet Concerto at the Kennedy Center’s SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras with the Jacksonville Symphony as well as concertos by Copland, Mozart, and Danielpour with the Richmond, Delaware, Alabama, Reno, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. Additional collaborations include programs with Gloria Chien, Demarre McGill, Michael McHale, Anna Polonsky, Arnaud Sussman, and the Pacifica Quartet.

Anthony McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras around North America, including the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. As a chamber musician, he is a favorite collaborator of the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takacs, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Gloria Chien, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. He has led tours with Musicians from Marlboro and regularly performs for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, and Music@Menlo as well as the Santa Fe, Seattle, and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals.

In January 2015, McGill recorded Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert, released on Dacapo Records. He also recorded two albums released by Cedille Records: one with his brother, Seattle Symphony principal flute Demarre McGill, and pianist Michael McHale, and the other featuring the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Pacifica Quartet.

A dedicated champion of new music, Anthony McGill premiered Richard Danielpour’s From the Mountaintop in 2014, written for him and commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orchestra 2001. He served as the 2015–16 Artist-in-Residence for WQXR and has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 2013 he appeared on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC in stories about the McGill brothers.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Anthony McGill previously served as principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In-demand as a teacher, he serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He also serves as artistic director of the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard, on the Board of Directors for both the League of American Orchestras and the Harmony Program, and on the advisory council for the InterSchool Orchestras of New York.

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