Nightcap: Curated by Gabriel Kahane

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap Series

Nightcap: Curated by Gabriel Kahane


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Nov, 2018

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink in the glow of the skyline as you take part in a lively musical exchange and performance while enjoying the intimate Kaplan Penthouse with music curated by Gabriel Kahane. Pair this intimate, cabaret-style nightcap with that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring music by Schubert and Beethoven.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

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Gabriel Kahane


Gabriel Kahane


Gabriel Kahane by Josh Goleman


Over the last decade Gabriel Kahane has quietly established himself as one of the leading exponents of American song, grafting a deep interest in storytelling to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. His major label debut, The Ambassador, a study of Los Angeles through the lens of ten street addresses, was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums.” He has collaborated with an array of artists, including Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, and Chris Thile, the front man of Punch Brothers, for whom he opened 40 concerts in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. As a composer he has been commissioned by  the American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, A Far Cry, The Knights, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he toured in 2013 performing Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States, an hour-long cycle on texts from the WPA American Guide Series. In December 2017 Mr. Kahane returned to the BAM Next Wave Festival with 8980: Book of Travelers, a solo performance written in response to the almost 9,000-mile railway journey through the U.S. he began the morning after the 2016 presidential election. An avid theater artist, he appeared previously at BAM in the staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany. He is also the composer-lyricist of the musical February House, which premiered in 2012 at The Public Theater. Earlier this year he embarked on a solo tour pairing Schumann’s Dichterliebe with his own Craigslistlieder and made his solo debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a newly-orchestrated version of his Orinoco Sketches, originally commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by John Adams at its premiere. A graduate of Brown University and two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Gabriel Kahane lives in Brooklyn.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota




Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a wider audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang. She won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiles some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today.

This season, Ms. Sirota teams up with the New York Philharmonic as its first-ever Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she will host nine contemporary music concerts over two new series: Nightcap, six late-night, cabaret-style concerts curated by composers of today, and Sound ON, three afternoon chamber concerts of contemporary repertoire curated by Ms. Sirota and featuring Musicians from the Philharmonic.

As a soloist, Nadia Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four albums of commissioned music, most recently Tessellatum, Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and microtonal viola da gamba consort, featuring Liam Byrne.

Ms. Sirota is also a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic. Its virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high-profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, Ryan Lott, and Anohni, and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers, including Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

In 2013 Nadia Sirota won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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