Nightcap Curated by Conrad Tao

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap Series

Nightcap: Curated by Conrad Tao


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Date & Times


Sep, 2018

Friday, 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 and performed by Conrad Tao. Pair this intimate, cabaret-style nightcap with that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring the World Premiere of Conrad Tao’s “curtain raiser” for Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.

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

Program To Include

To Be Announced


Conrad Tao

Piano / Curator

Conrad Tao

Piano / Curator

Conrad Tao by Brantley Gutierrez

Piano / Curator

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, receiving accolades and awards including being a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts Gold Medal Winner in music, a Gilmore Young Artist, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner. With each year the former prodigy continues to emerge as a mature, thoughtful, and thought-provoking artist, pushing boundaries as a leading performer, composer, curator, and commissioner, championing new music while continuing to present core repertoire in a new light. Mr. Tao’s career as composer has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI. In the 2013–14 season, while serving as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence, he premiered The world is very different now, his orchestral composition commissioned in observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In September 2015 the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia premiered his piano concerto, An Adjustment, with Mr. Tao at the piano. His 2017–18 season includes his Lincoln Center debut with a recital including a work by American composer Jason Eckhardt, a residency with the Utah Symphony performing both Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, The Age of Anxiety, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and debuts with the Atlanta, New Jersey, and Seattle symphony orchestras. Mr. Tao will give a recital and have a new work composed for Paul Huang and Orion Weiss performed at Washington Performing Arts Society, and he opens the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s season with the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work, Over. Additionally, the new multimedia work Ceremony, developed with vocalist Charmaine Lee, will be premiered at Brooklyn’s Roulette. Conrad Tao is Warner Classics recording artist, and his first two albums, Voyages and Pictures, have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, and many others.

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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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