Debussy’s La Mer and Stravinsky

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The Art of Andriessen

Debussy’s La Mer and Stravinsky

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30-119

Date & Times

4

Oct, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

5

Oct, 2018

Friday, 2:00 PM

6

Oct, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The power and beauty of nature come to life in Debussy’s richly evocative seascape — from shimmering light dancing on calm waters to the drama of crashing waves. Also, Leila Josefowicz (“ferociously intense playing” — The Guardian) stars in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. Louis Andriessen promises to engage you in the compelling musical language of his new work.

Program To Include

Louis Andriessen

Agamemnon (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Stravinsky

Violin Concerto

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Stravinsky

Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 version)

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Debussy

La Mer

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the last decade. The 2017–18 season marks a major milestone as he completes his ten-year tenure as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and simultaneously serves as Music Director Designate of the New York Philharmonic, anticipating his inaugural season, in 2018–19, when he becomes the Orchestra’s 26th Music Director. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Highlights of his 2017–18 season include return engagements to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maestro van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras around the globe, including, in addition to those above, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; Boston, London, and Shanghai symphony orchestras; Los Angeles, Vienna, Berlin, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; Orchestre national de France; and Orchestre de Paris. With the Dallas Symphony he launched the annual SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival in 2015, the same year that he and the Hong Kong Philharmonic embarked on a four-year project featuring the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which is being recorded for release on Naxos Records. In the summers of 2017–19, he serves as principal conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and Gstaad Conducting Academy.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrushka, Britten’s War Requiem, and the complete Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He has also completed the cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (on the LPO Live label), and released Mozart piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray (Virgin). His highly praised performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal (the last of which earned Maestro van Zweden the prestigious Edison award for Best Opera Recording in 2012) are available on CD and / or DVD. On the Dallas Symphony’s own record label, he has released symphonies by Tchaikovsky (Nos. 4 and 5), Beethoven (Nos. 5 and 7), Mahler (Nos. 3 and 6), and Dvořák (No. 9, From the New World), as well as the World Premiere recording of Steven Stucky’s concert drama August 4, 1964. His most recent releases on Naxos are his recordings with the Hong Kong Philharmonic of Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. A recording of Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic’s performances of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 was released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; the release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed as the youngest-ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at 18, and began his conducting career 20 years later, in 1995. He remains honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as chief conductor, 2005–13, and conductor emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. He also held the post of chief conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra, 2008–11. Maestro 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 and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation with the objective of supporting families of children with autism. Over the years, the support from Papageno has taken shape through a number of programs in which professional music therapists and musicians receive additional training in using music as a major tool for working with autistic children. Papageno House, a new home for autistic young adults and children, was opened in Laren, the Netherlands, in August 2015, with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance.

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Leila Josefowicz

Violin

Leila Josefowicz

Violin

Leila Josefowicz by Chris Lee

Violin

Leila Josefowicz’s advocacy of contemporary violin music is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she collaborates with leading composers, orchestras, and conductors around the world. Her 2017–18 season highlights include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the Iceland, Boston, Lahti, Finnish Radio symphony orchestras, and Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra. She joins her frequent collaborator pianist John Novacek for recitals in Reykjavik, Leeds, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Halifax (Nova Scotia), and has appeared recently at venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, and Steven Mackey have written concertos especially for Ms. Josefowicz. She joined the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Adams’s Scheherazade.2 (dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra) in 2015, and premiered Luca Francesconi’s concerto Duende — The Dark Notes with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki in 2014, before performing it with Ms. Mälkki and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2015. Recent highlights include engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Helsinki Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota, Tokyo Metropolitan, and St. Louis Symphony orchestras. She appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms in 2017, and performed Adams’s Scheherazade.2 with the London Symphony Orchestra in London, Paris, and Dijon in 2016. Leila Josefowicz can be heard on the  Deutsche Grammophon, Philips / Universal, and Warner Classics labels, and was featured on Touch Press’s iPad app, The Orchestra. Her 2016 recording featuring Scheherazade.2 with the St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson was nominated for a Grammy. She also received a Grammy nomination in 2014 for Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.

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