Debussy’s La Mer and Stravinsky

The New York Philharmonic

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The Art of Andriessen

Debussy's La Mer and Stravinsky

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$31-130

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

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

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

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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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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Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy

Speaker

Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy

Speaker

Speaker

Juliette Kenn de Balinthazy, originally from New Haven, Connecticut, is currently a B.F.A. student in her fourth year at The Juilliard School Drama Division. Upcoming Juilliard roles include Banita in Pranayama, Witch in Into the Woods, and Isabela and Glenys in Queens.Recent Juilliard credits include Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Shizuko in Queens Boulevard, Pope Joan and Win in Top Girls, Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa, Hamlet, Marcellus, Guildenstern, and Lucianus in Hamlet, Miss Fontaine’s Maid and Miss Leighton in Once in a Lifetime, Emily in Blue Window, Mediyah in Pecong, and Thaisa and Philemon in Pericles. Other credits include Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Ruth Condomine in Blithe Spirit, and Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You (all at The Foote School), Escalus in Measure for Measure and the title role in Tartuffe (both at Choate Rosemary Hall).

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Special Thanks

Dutch Consulate The Art of Andriessen is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.


Louis Andriessen is the recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.

These concerts are made possible by generous support from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

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