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

Iván Fischer

Conductor

Iván Fischer is the founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and honorary conductor of Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester, after six years serving as music director of the Konzerthaus Berlin (2012–18). In 2018 he became artistic director of the Vicenza Opera Festival. In recent years, he has also gained renown as a composer, with his works being performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, and Austria.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s frequent worldwide tours and acclaimed 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.

Mr. Fischer has appeared as guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times, and he spends two weeks annually with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is a frequent guest of The Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and was principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, 2006–10. He has conducted operas in the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as in Zurich, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Brussels, Berlin, and Budapest. He has held music director posts with both Kent Opera and Opéra National de Lyon. Since 2013, he has worked exclusively with the Iván Fischer Opera Company, with which he has directed a number of staged concerts in Budapest, New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, and Bruges, and at the Abu Dhabi and Edinburgh Festivals.

He is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society, patron of the British Kodály Academy, and recipient of Hungary’s Golden Medal Award, Kossuth Prize, Prima Primissima Prize, Dutch Ovatie Prize, World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, Abu Dhabi Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Association of Music Critics of Argentina’s award for Best Foreign Conductor. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and honorary member of London’s the Royal Academy of Music.

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

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Miah Persson

Soprano

Miah Persson

Soprano

Miah Persson

Soprano

Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson has worked all over the world as recitalist and concert artist, as well as on the operatic stage. She has sung roles in operas ranging from Mozart and Britten to Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out, and has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Miilan’s Teatro alla Scala; Vienna Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Paris’s Théâtre Champs Elysees, Liceu Barcelona, New National Theatre Tokyo, and the Bavarian, Hamburg, and Vienna Staatsoper, among others.

Her concert appearances have included J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at Teatro La Fenice and St. Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms; Brahms’s Requiem with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia and the London Philharmonic; Grieg’s Peer Gynt with the Vienna Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, Teatro alla Scala, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has sung in recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Persson’s 2019–20 season engagements include role debuts as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Tokyo’s New National Theatre; Countess Almaviva at the Berlin Staatsoper; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre national de Lyon, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Houston Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Prague Spring International Festival; the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm; Mozart concert arias on tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester; and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New York Philharmonic.

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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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