Insights at the Atrium: New York Stories: Threads of Our City

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New York Stories: Threads of Our City

Insights at the Atrium: "Fire in my mouth: Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire"

Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

Directions
Price Range

Free

Date & Times

15

Jan, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Composer Julia Wolfe, Forward archivist Chana Pollack, and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition founder Ruth Sergel will discuss the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, its impact, and the importance of memorializing it. Ms. Wolfe will discuss her new multimedia work Fire in my mouth, and Ms. Pollack will present archival materials from the Forward's front-lines coverage of the tragedy and its aftermath. Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda moderates.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Affiliate level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by e-mailing AdultEd@nyphil.org.
 

Part of New York Story: Threads of Our City 

Artists

Julia Wolfe

Speaker

Julia Wolfe

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Julia Wolfe by Peter Serling

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Drawing inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe’s music brings a modern sensibility to each while tearing down the walls between them. Her art-balled Steel Hammer, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, was inspired by the legends and music of Appalachia. Its text is culled from more than 200 versions of the John Henry ballad — telling the story of the story. The work, for Trio Mediaeval and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, was recently released on CD in April 2014 and will be presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) 2015 Next Wave Festival directed by Anne Bogart. Ms. Wolfe’s recent body concerto, riSE and fLY, for percussionist Colin Currie and orchestra, features Mr. Currie playing rapid fire rhythms on his body. Ms. Wolfe has a major body of work for strings. In addition to her quartets, Cruel Sister for string orchestra, inspired by a traditional English ballad, received its U.S. Premiere at the Spoleto Festival. A CD of the work, coupled with Fuel, performed by Hamburg’s Ensemble Resonanz, is on the Cantaloupe label. Julia Wolfe’s collaborators include Anna Deavere Smith, Diller Scofidio+Renfro, Bill Morrison, Ridge Theater, Francois Girard, Jim Findlay, Jeff Sugg, and Susan Marshall. Her music has been heard at BAM, Settembre Musica (in Italy), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, NCPA in Beijing, and LG Arts Center Korea, among others. In 2009 Ms. Wolfe joined the New York University–Steinhardt School composition faculty. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s music collective Bang on a Can. Her music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.

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Chana Pollack

Speaker

Chana Pollack

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Ruth Sergel

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Ruth Sergel

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President and CEO Deborah Borda

Moderator

President and CEO 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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