The Blue Danube

The New York Philharmonic

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The Blue Danube

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-120

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

15

Nov, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

16

Nov, 2018

Friday, 8:00 PM

17

Nov, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic unwraps a concert of Viennese musical treats … beloved waltzes and polkas including the perennial favorites On the Beautiful Blue Danube and Thunder and Lightning. Frank Peter Zimmermann joins the Orchestra to reveal a 20th-century masterpiece, Martinů’s bravura Violin Concerto.

Program To Include

Dvořák

Carnival Overture

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Martinů

Violin Concerto No. 1

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J. Strauss II

The Gypsy Baron Overture

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Jos. Strauss

The Dragonfly

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J. Strauss II

Hail to Hungary!

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J. Strauss II

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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J. Strauss II

At the Hunt

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J. Strauss II

In Krapfen’s Woods

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J. Strauss II

Thunder and Lightning

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Artists

Manfred Honeck

Conductor

Manfred Honeck

Conductor

Manfred Honeck Felix Broede

Conductor

Manfred Honeck has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since the 2008–09 season. He and the orchestra are consistently recognized for their performances and are celebrated both in Pittsburgh and abroad, performing regularly at major music capitals and festivals, among them the BBC Proms, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Grafenegg Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Vienna’s Musikverein. This successful collaboration has been extensively documented by Reference Recordings: their recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance, and they earned Grammy nominations for recordings of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and the Symphonic Suite from Janáček’s opera Jenůfa, conceptualized by Mr. Honeck himself, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a violist in the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra have given his conducting a distinctive stamp. He began his conducting career as assistant to Claudio Abbado and was subsequently engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award. Following early posts as one of three main conductors of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and as principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was appointed music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. For several years, he also served as principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2007 to 2011, Manfred Honeck was music director of Stuttgart Staatsoper. His operatic guest appearances include Dresden Semperoper, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, and the Salzburg Festival.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Vienna Philharmonic. In the United States he has conducted the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia, and Boston Symphony orchestras. He has been artistic director of the International Concerts Wolfegg in Germany for more than 20 years.

Manfred Honeck received honorary doctorates from several North American universities, and he was awarded the honorary title of professor by the Austrian Federal President.

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Frank Peter Zimmermann

Violin

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Violin

Frank Peter Zimmermann

Violin

Frank Peter Zimmermann, widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation, performs with the world’s major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic (with which he made his debut in 1985 conducted by Daniel Barenboim), the Vienna Philharmonic (debut in 1983, with Lorin Maazel, in Salzburg), Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of London’s orchestras, and all the preeminent American orchestras. He is also a regular guest at the music festivals of cities including Salzburg, Edinburgh, and Lucerne. Over the years, Mr. Zimmermann has built an impressive discography for the EMI Classics, Sony Classical, BIS, Ondine, Hänssler, Decca, Teldec, and ECM labels. He has recorded virtually all the major concerto repertoire, ranging from J.S. Bach to Ligeti, Brett Dean to Matthias Pintscher, as well as Ysaÿe’s six solo sonatas, Paganini’s 24 Caprices, and the complete Violin Sonatas of J.S. Bach and Mozart. He served as the New York Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence in the 2011–12 season. Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter Zimmermann started learning to play the violin with his mother when he was five years old. He went on to study with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff, and Herman Krebbers. Mr. Zimmermann plays the 1711 Antonius Stradivari violin “Lady Inchiquin,” which is kindly provided by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, “Kunst im Landesbesitz.”

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