Nightcap Curated by John Corigliano
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Music of Conscience

Nightcap: Curated by John Corigliano


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Date & Times


Jun, 2019

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. John Corigliano presents music by composers whose voices were cut short by AIDS. The event follows that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring John Corigliano’s “personal response to the AIDS crisis,” his Symphony No. 1.

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


John Corigliano


John Corigliano


John Corigliano


John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last 40 years. Mr. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering more than 100, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award.

Recent scores include Rhymes for the Irreverent and no comet ever scratched the sky (2017); One Sweet Morning (2011), a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), commissioned for and introduced by Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to The Red Violin, for which he received an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000), the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus (2004); and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music). Other important scores include the String Quartet (1995, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991, Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (1991, Metropolitan Opera commission); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977), commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic. In 2015 an orchestral version of Stomp was commissioned by the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for its new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak and featuring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, and Patti LuPone. The production collected 2016 Grammys for Opera Recording and Engineered Classical album.

John Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US, Europe, Caracas, Australia, China, Russia, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond. His 80th birthday is celebrated in 2018 with performances far and wide.

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Nadia Sirota


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 broader 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.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

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

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota 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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