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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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

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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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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