Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Barber

The New York Philharmonic

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Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Barber

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30-119

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

31

Oct, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

1

Nov, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

3

Nov, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

No one reveals the kaleidoscopic brilliance of Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Symphonic Dances like the Philharmonic, whose musical palette here includes an alto saxophone, mysterious tubular bells, and evocations of Russian Orthodox chants. You’ll also hear soaring, lyrical serenity leading to the thrilling climax of Barber’s Violin Concerto spotlighting Concertmaster Frank Huang.

Program To Include

Korngold

Much Ado About Nothing Suite

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Barber

Violin Concerto

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Rachmaninoff

Symphonic Dances

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Artists

Juraj Valčuha

Conductor

Juraj Valčuha

Conductor

Juraj Valcuha

Conductor

Juraj Valčuha was appointed music director of the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, in October 2016, and is also first guest conductor of the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. He was chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Turin, from 2009 to 2016. Mr. Valčuha studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, in St. Petersburg with Ilya Musin, and in Paris. He made his debut with the Orchestre national de France in 2005, and in the following seasons led London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala. His North American debuts have included the Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati, Montreal, National, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. He toured Europe with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, making stops at Vienna’s Musikverein and Berlin Philharmonie, and traveled to Abu Dhabi Classics. In 2015–16 Mr. Valčuha returned to conduct the New York Philharmonic in New York and at the Bravo! Vail festival, as well as to the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, Minnesota Orchestra, and Munich and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. In 2016–17 he made debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, and returned to San Francisco, Montreal, Minnesota, and Orchestre de Paris. On the opera stage, he recently conducted Gounod’s Faust in Florence, Britten’s Peter Grimes in Bologna as well as R. Strauss’s Elektra, Bizet’s Carmen, and Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples.

Juraj Valčuha’s 2017–18 engagements bring him back to the American orchestras in San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Toronto. He joins the Berlin Konzerthaus, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Swedish Radio, and NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestras, as well as the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino and Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. At Naples’s Teatro San Carlo, he will conduct productions of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Verdi’s Don Carlo.

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Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang

Violin

Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang’s first commercial recording — featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman — was released on Naxos in 2003. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as well as leading Grieg’s The Last Spring. In November 2017 he performed Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3, led by Gianandrea Noseda.

Mr. Huang has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D’Angelo International Competition.

In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

Frank Huang was born in Beijing, China. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas, where he began violin lessons with his mother. He commenced study with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston and at 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his bachelor of music degree from CIM in 2002. He subsequently attended The Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West. He served on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Houston, and currently serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

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