Fire in my mouth

The New York Philharmonic

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Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
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.

Part of New York Story: Threads of Our City

Program To Include

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

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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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. Previously principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra beginning in 2004, he is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. He has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall with many orchestras, including the MET Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and New York String Orchestra. He has also recently performed with the Baltimore, New Jersey, San Diego, and Memphis symphony orchestras and Orchestra 2001. As a chamber musician Mr. McGill has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with quartets including the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miró, and Daedalus. He has also appeared with Musicians from Marlboro and at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and University of Chicago Presents. His festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and Santa Fe Chamber Music. He has collaborated with pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang, as well as violinists Gil Shaham and Midori. On January 20, 2009, he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 2013 with his brother Demarre, he appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show, and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry. In demand as a teacher, Anthony McGill serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. In 2016 he was one of five leaders honored with a John Jay Justice Award for being a “true champion of justice.”

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The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor

Chamber Choir

The Crossing
Donald Nally, conductor

Chamber Choir

The Crossing by Becky Oehlers

Chamber Choir

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, conductor

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

Children's Chorus

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

Children's Chorus

Children's Chorus

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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