Fire in my mouth

The New York Philharmonic

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-120

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

24

Jan, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

25

Jan, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

26

Jan, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden conducts Julia Wolfe’s immersive visual and musical event — featuring lights, chamber choir, video, and projection — that explores a seminal event in New York City, the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 that killed more than 100 young immigrants.

Audience members are invited to explore the New York Philharmonic Archives exhibit Immigrant New York: Celebrating the Workers and Musicians of Our City in the Bruno Walter Gallery on David Geffen Hall’s Grand Promenade. The exhibit will feature materials and documents from the New York Philharmonic Archives, the Forward, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Archives at New York City, and the Kheel Center at Cornell University.

Part of New York Stories: Threads of Our City




Program

Stucky

Elegy from August 4, 1964

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Copland

Clarinet Concerto

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Julia Wolfe

Fire in my mouth (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley; the Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; the hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

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 (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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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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The Crossing
    Donald Nally, artistic director

The Crossing
    Donald Nally, artistic director

The Crossing by Becky Oehlers

The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally that is dedicated to new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir. Many of its more than 70 commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues.

Highly sought-after for collaborative projects, The Crossing’s first such partnership was as the resident choir of the Spoleto Festival in Italy in 2007. Since then, collaborators have included the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Beth Morrison Projects, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Mostly Mozart Festival, National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum, Institute for Advanced Study, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and Northwestern University. The Crossing holds an annual residency at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.

With a commitment to recording its commissions, The Crossing has issued 15 releases, receiving a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2018, its second nomination in as many years. The Crossing, with Donald Nally, was the American Composers Forum’s 2017 Champion of New Music, and received the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America.

Donald Nally is responsible for imagining, programming, commissioning, and conducting at The Crossing. He is also the director of choral organizations at Northwestern University, where he holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music. Mr. Nally has served as chorus master at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and, for many seasons, the Spoleto Festival in Italy. With The Crossing, Donald Nally was the American Composers Forum 2017 Champion of New Music; he received the 2017 Michael Korn Founders Award from Chorus America, and is the only conductor to have had two ensembles receive the Margaret Hillis Award for Excellence in Choral Music. In the 2018–19 season he served as music director for The Mile Long Opera, a David Lang work for 1,000 voices recently performed on the High Line in New York. He is a visiting resident artist at Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

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    Donald Nally, artistic director

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Young People’s Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, director

Young People’s Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, director

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus renowned for its virtuosity and showmanship, and as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded in 1988 by artistic director Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, the program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child, and has established the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music.

Almost 2,000 children, ages 8 to 18, participate annually through YPC’s core after-school program, a School Choruses program in New York City schools, and as part of after-school community choruses in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and at Goddard Riverside Community Center.

YPC performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance and classical to gospel, folk, pop, contemporary, and world music, and has commissioned more than 100 works for young voices from today’s most distinguished composers. The chorus’s commitment to artistic excellence and diversity inspires collaborations with and performances at festivals and cultural institutions worldwide. YPC is frequently seen on national television — including appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, CNN’s New Day, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — and was featured in the Emmy Award–winning feature From the Top at Carnegie Hall on PBS. YPC’s performance at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for Pope Francis’s first trip to America was streamed by more than one billion people worldwide.

YPC has more than a dozen first-place wins in international choral competitions. Among its many honors are a Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, a Chorus America Education Outreach Award, and two Chorus America / ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. In 2011 YPC received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, America’s highest honor for youth programs.

 

Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow and Musical America’s 2018 Educator of the Year, is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director / founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), renowned worldwide for its diversity and artistic excellence. Mr. Núñez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, and is sought after as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and as a master teacher of choirs. He is a leading authority on music’s role in helping to achieve equality and diversity among children in today’s society, and through his Núñez Initiative for Social Change, is working to expand the YPC model to choruses beyond New York City. Mr. Núñez composes and arranges music for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments, and has received an ASCAP Victor Herbert Award. He has also received New York Choral Society’s Choral Excellence Award, a Visionary Award from Bang on a Can, and NYU Steinhardt’s Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award. He holds honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Ithaca College and Gettysburg College.

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    Francisco J. Núñez, director

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Jeff Sugg

Video and Scenic Designer

Jeff Sugg

Video and Scenic Designer

Jeff Sugg

Video and Scenic Designer

Jeff Sugg is a Philadelphia-based designer who has designed for a wide range of productions, from Broadway and regional theater to European concert halls. Select Broadway theater credits include Marc Shaiman’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweat, Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater), Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Bring It On, and 33 Variations. On London’s West End he did projection design for Tina, and his Off Broadway productions have included The Layover, Michael Friedman’s Fortress of Solitude, An Octoroon, Tribes, and Mark Mulcahy’s Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island. Mr. Sugg’s regional credits include work at Steppenwolf, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Arena Stage. His work with music has included Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Anthracite Fields, a new symphonic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Prince’s final appearance on Saturday Night Live. Jeff Sugg is the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Bessie Award, and two Henry Hewes Design Awards.

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Anne Kauffman

Director

Anne Kauffman

Director

Director

Anne Kauffman has directed The Bengsons’s The Lucky Ones (for Ars Nova) and Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop, Under the Radar Festival / The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Z Space, Know Theatre); Mary Jane (NYTW, Yale Repertory Theatre); Marvin’s Room (Roundabout Theatre Company); Sondheim’s Assassins (Encores! Off-Center); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Women’s Project Theater / Ars Nova); A Life (Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations); Marjorie Prime (Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations); Detroit, Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, and Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons); The Nether and Smokefall (MCC Theater); Buzzer (The Public); Belleville (Lucille Lortel nomination, NYTW, Yale Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf); You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination, P73 Productions); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth Theater Company); Somewhere Fun and God’s Ear (New Georges and Vineyard Theater); and Stunning, Slowgirl (LCT3). Ms. Kauffman is the artistic director of Encores! Off-Center, resident director at Roundabout Theatre Company, and artistic associate and founding member of The Civilians. She is also a Sundance Program associate, a Clubbed Thumb associate artist and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, a New Georges associate artist, an executive board member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and trustee of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Her honors include three Obie Awards, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award, two Barrymore Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a 2018 Joe A. Callaway Award.

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Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Mark Grey

Sound Designer

Sound Designer

Mark Grey is an Emmy Award–winning sound designer who first worked with the New York Philharmonic on the World Premiere and resulting recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls in 2002, which went on to win both the Pulitzer Prize for Music and multiple Grammy Awards. He has also worked with The Metropolitan Opera (John Adams’s Doctor Atomic in 2008, Nixon in China in 2011, and The Death of Klinghoffer in 2014; Lehár’s The Merry Widow in 2015; Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle / Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in 2015; and Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin in 2016). He has collaborated intimately with composer John Adams, and several others, for nearly three decades, and designed and toured extensively with Kronos Quartet for nearly 15 years. Mr. Grey’s association with Lyric Opera of Chicago has encompassed many productions since 2007, and he has designed several productions for Park Avenue Armory, including J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, and Peter Sellars, and Circle Map, the Philharmonic’s performance of works by Kaija Saariaho, in 2016. His sound designs have been heard throughout most major concert halls, in HD simulcasts to theaters, and in opera houses worldwide. As a composer, his opera Frankenstein recently premiered at La Monnaie in Brussels.

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Márion Talán

Costume Designer

Márion Talán

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Costume designer Márion Talán has nurtured her work in design by collaborating closely with inspiring artists, directors, and performers in New York City. For more than 14 years she has worked with dance and artistic performances at The Juilliard School. Most recently she has worked with Caleb Teicher, Sonya Tayeh, Pilobolus, Bryan Arias, and Joe Salvatore.

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Special Thanks

Julia Wolfe’s commission is made possible with generous support from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

These performances of Fire in my mouth are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

During these performances, The Crossing is wearing shirts that are generously provided by EILEEN FISHER.

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