Mozart and Corigliano
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Music of Conscience

John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-119

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

30

May, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

1

Jun, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Experience John Corigliano’s piercing, personal dedication to loved ones lost and the many impacted by the widespread AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Jaap van Zweden conducts and is joined by David Fray (who has “an instinctive Mozartean affinity” — BBC) for Mozart’s fierce, introspective Piano Concerto No. 24.

Panels from the Nobel Peace Prize–nominated AIDS Memorial Quilt — inscribed with the names of AIDS victims by audience members at the 1992 Philharmonic performances of John Corigliano’s First Symphony — will be on display in the lobby of David Geffen Hall during these performances.

These performances are part of the official celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, under the auspices of the Stonewall 50 Consortium.

Program

Brahms

Tragic Overture

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Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 24

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John Corigliano

Symphony No. 1

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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. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducted the New York Philharmonic in four World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. As part of the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, he led the premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid. Other highlights include a new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Björk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Anders Hilborg, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed 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 (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 an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

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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David Fray

Piano

David Fray

Piano

David Fray

Piano

Pianist David Fray has collaborated with leading orchestras under conductors including Jaap van Zweden as well as Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Sanderling, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. European orchestral appearances have included Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Salzburg Mozarteum, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre national de France. He made his US debut in 2009 with The Cleveland Orchestra, and has since performed with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, and Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and appears regularly at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and other venues worldwide.

This season, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées presents a Bach cycle with Mr. Fray performing the concertos for two, three, and four pianos; sonatas with violinist Renaud Capuçon; and Goldberg Variations. He returns to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and National Arts Centre Orchestra; gives recitals in Amsterdam, Budapest, Dresden, Milan, and Istanbul; and tours South Korea and Russia. He partners again with Renaud Capuçon for recitals throughout Europe. Orchestral collaborations include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Vienna Radio Symphony, and play-directing Porto’s Casa da Música Orchestra. In recent seasons, Mr. Fray toured Asia with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling, made his Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut, and appeared at the Prague Spring Festival. Last summer he was a guest artist at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, teaching a series of master classes and performing a recital.

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Special Thanks

Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for David Fray’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season.

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