Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

The New York Philharmonic

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The Art of Andriessen

Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$31-134

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

10

Oct, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

12

Oct, 2018

Friday, 11:00 AM

13

Oct, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Paganini, wizard of the violin, meets Rachmaninoff, wizard of the piano. The result: the diabolically difficult Rhapsody, performed by piano superstar Garrick Ohlsson and the Philharmonic. Also, Sibelius’s most popular symphony, with dark-hued sonorities and breathtaking brass chorales, plus Louis Andriessen’s TAO, part of The Art of Andriessen, our exploration of the contemporary master.

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Louis Andriessen

TAO

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Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Sibelius

Symphony No. 2

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Artists

David Robertson

Conductor

David Robertson

Conductor

David Robertson

Conductor

David Robertson — conductor, artist, thinker, and American musical visionary — occupies some of the most prominent platforms on the international music scene. A highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera, orchestral music, and new music, Mr. Robertson is celebrated as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer, and a masterful communicator. 

Following a fall 2018 European tour with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Robertson kicks off his valedictory 2019 season as its chief conductor and artistic director. In the 2018–19 season, he returns to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. He continues his collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, and conducts the Toronto, Montreal, Cincinnati, and Dallas symphony orchestras and the Juilliard Orchestra, where he begins his tenure as director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting professor. 

Mr. Robertson recently completed his transformative 13-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he solidified its status as one of the nation’s most enduring and innovative ensembles, established fruitful relationships with a spectrum of artists, and garnered a 2014 Grammy Award for the Nonesuch release of John Adams’s City Noir.

He has served in artistic leadership positions at the Orchestre national de Lyon; as a protégé of Pierre Boulez at the Ensemble Intercontemporain; as principal guest conductor at the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and as a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he has conducted numerous orchestras. He appears regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and other major European orchestras and festivals.

In the spring of 2018, Mr. Robertson built upon his deep relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, conducting the premiere of Phelim McDermott’s celebrated production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Since his 1996 debut in Janáček’s The Makropulos Case, he has conducted a breathtaking range of projects, including The Met premiere of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer (2014), the 2016 revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa, and many favorites. He has frequent projects at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, and the San Francisco and Santa Fe Operas.

David Robertson is the recipient of numerous musical and artistic awards, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. He is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at festivals ranging from Aspen to Tanglewood to Lucerne.

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Synergy Vocals

Vocal Quartet

Synergy Vocals

Vocal Quartet

Synergy Vocals

Vocal Quartet

Synergy Vocals started out as a quartet of female singers who performed Tehillim with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson for Steve Reich’s 60th birthday concert in London. Twenty years later the group comprises an elite pool of singers able to deliver a broad repertoire in a variety of styles. The group specialises in close-microphone singing and is often associated with the music of Reich, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Steven Mackey, and Luciano Berio. Synergy has given concerts with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, and has collaborated with dance companies including London’s Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and Rosas. The group’s world premieres include Reich’s Three Tales and Daniel Variations, Steven Mackey’s Dreamhouse, Louis Andriessen’s video opera La Commedia, David Lang’s writing on water, and James MacMillan’s Since it was the day of Preparation …, as well as the U.K. premiere of Nono’s monumental Prometeo on London’s South Bank. Synergy Vocals is featured on a variety of film sound tracks, including Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Severance, Triangle, and Jane Eyre, and television signature tunes including the Home Fires series for ITV (UK). Commercial recordings include the 2011 Grammy-winning Dreamhouse by Mackey, MacMillan’s Since it was the day of Preparation … (with Hebrides Ensemble), Andriessen’s De Staat (with London Sinfonietta), Reich’s Three Tales (with Steve Reich & Musicians), Andriessen’s La Commedia (with AskoǀSchönberg), Kompendium’s Beneath the Waves, These New Puritans’ Field of Reeds, Rob Reed’s Sanctuary, and Steven Wilson’s Grace for Drowning. The group’s most recent release is Berio’s Sinfonia with BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Josep Pons (Harmonia Mundi), winner of the recent BBC CD Awards (vocal category).

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Tomoko Mukaiyama

Piano / Voice / Koto

Tomoko Mukaiyama

Piano / Voice / Koto

Piano / Voice / Koto

Tomoko Mukaiyama is a Dutch-Japanese pianist, performer, and visual artist based in Amsterdam. She has been engaged by prestigious orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, including the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the London Sinfonietta, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Ms. Mukaiyama pushes the boundaries of the classical music world, with a fascination for off-beat contemporary art projects and playing with the conventions associated with her instrument, her profession, and its performance. She uses her experience as a concert pianist to give a new dimension to the concert space. As a multimodal artist she develops performing-arts projects and art installations that combine music with modern dance, fashion, and visual art. She has collaborated with film directors, designers, architects, dancers, and photographers such as Marina Abramović, Merzbow, Jiří Kylián, and Michael Gordon. Ms. Mukaiyama often uses autobiographical elements in her work, and through several media she converts and sublimates into universal themes, communicating with her audience on an intimate level. She moves between performing in prestigious venues for large audiences and creating intimate musical experiences for just one visitor. In 2016 she created her largest multidisciplinary performance to date — La Mode, a critical exploration of the sociology, history, and rituals of the contemporary world of fashion through music, dance, body, space, and garment. La Mode opened Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater, the new opera house designed by Toyo Ito. Ms. Mukaiyama’s GAKA, a new theater work with Un Yamada, was premiered in spring 2018, and she is currently preparing NohNohNoh with Club Guy & Roni, to be presented in 2019. Tomoko Mukaiyama received the VSCD Dance Prize, in 2014, and the Japanese Dance Forum Prize, in 2017.

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Garrick Ohlsson

Piano

Garrick Ohlsson

Piano

Garrick Ohlsson by Dario Acosta

Piano

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson —  long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin and noted for his masterly performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and the Romantic repertoire — has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century. This season he performs concertos by composers ranging from Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Barber, and Busoni in cities including St. Louis, Washington (D.C.), Cincinnati, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Prague, Stockholm, Strasbourg, and Wrocław (Poland). He appears twice during the season with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, first playing two Prokofiev concertos in a weekend in which all five are programmed, and returning later in the season with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1. He gives recitals in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and in Seattle, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets, and this fall tours with the Takács Quartet. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco–based FOG Trio. Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion, and Virgin Classics labels. A native of White Plains, New York, Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at age eight at the Westchester Conservatory of Music, and entered The Juilliard School at thirteen. He has been awarded first prizes in the Busoni and Montreal Piano Competitions; the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1970); the Avery Fisher Prize (1994); the University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1998); and the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (2014).

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