Trifonov, Beethoven, and The Rite of Spring

The New York Philharmonic

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Trifonov, Beethoven, and The Rite of Spring

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Duration

2 hours, includes intermission

Date & Times

21

Sep, 2018

Friday, 8:00 PM

22

Sep, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

25

Sep, 2018

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden conducts a program featuring Daniil Trifonov (“a brilliant, uncommonly poetic soloist” — The New York Times) in Beethoven’s majestic and powerful Emperor Concerto. Then The Rite of Spring roars to life with visceral rhythms and the raw energy of ancient Russian rituals as spring crackles through the frozen Russian earth. And you’ll witness the World Premiere of an adventurous new work by “arresting” (The New Yorker) and “moving” (The New York Times) composer Ashley Fure.

Program

Ashley Fure

Filament (New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

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Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; the hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Daniil Trifonov by Dario Acosta

Piano

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has been named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2019–20 season. His activities reflect his many talents: champion of the concerto repertoire, with performances of works by Scriabin and Mozart in New York and on tour; solo artist, with a recital at Alice Tully Hall; and collaborator in chamber music and composer, with a performance with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet of his Piano Quintet at 92nd Street Y, the work’s New York Premiere.

Mr. Trifonov was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year of 2019 and Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2016. In 2018 he won his first Grammy Award: Best Instrumental Solo Album for Transcendental, a double album of works by Liszt and his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon (DG) artist.

Mr. Trifonov launched the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season and Jaap van Zweden’s tenure as Music Director with Ravel’s Concerto in G for the Opening Gala Concert, and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto in the opening subscription program. He revisits the Ravel on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, and during a residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, where he appears with the Vienna Philharmonic and gives the Austrian premiere of his own Piano Concerto. He also performs the Emperor with the London, National, and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, as well as The Cleveland Orchestra, with which he embarks on a tour of Asia.

During a season-long residency with the Berlin Philharmonic, Daniil Trifonov plays Scriabin’s concerto with Andris Nelsons. Other highlights include returns to Carnegie Hall with longtime collaborator Valery Gergiev and the MET Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. On his upcoming DG release, Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, he performs the Second and Fourth Piano Concertos with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, his partners on 2015’s Rachmaninov: Variations.

In recital this season, Mr. Trifonov plays concertos by Beethoven, Schumann, and Prokofiev at Carnegie and in Berlin, where his Berlin Philharmonic residency features multiple solo and chamber performances. These include accounts of his own Piano Quintet, of which he also gives the Cincinnati Premiere with the Ariel Quartet. In Berlin, and at 92nd Street Y, he plays duo recitals with his frequent partner, baritone Matthias Goerne.

The Philharmonic’s relationship with Daniil Trifonov began with his critically acclaimed Philharmonic debut in 2012 at the age of 21. In November 2015 he was the featured soloist in Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival and subsequently joined the Philharmonic Board of Directors.

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Rebekah Heller

Bassoon

Rebekah Heller

Bassoon

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Bassoon

Rebekah Heller is a bassoon soloist, collaborative artist, educator, and advocate for new music. As artistic director and bassoonist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ms. Heller has premiered hundreds of new works. Her two solo albums, 100 names and METAFAGOTE, exclusively feature World Premiere recordings of pieces written for and with her by a diverse group of contemporary composers.

Ms. Heller has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic. In the fall of 2018 she makes her debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing the music of longtime collaborator Ashley Fure. This season sees her continuing to collaborate with a wide array of composers, including Du Yun, Courtney Bryan, and George Lewis, on the stages of MetLiveArts, Miller Theatre, National Sawdust, ISSUE Project Room, and beyond.

Committed to fostering conversations around new ways music can be experienced and shared, Ms. Heller has been a featured panelist at the New York Public Library, Miller Theatre, and the Abrons Arts Center. She has led workshops and given lectures and master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Brown University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, The University of Texas at Austin, and most recently at the Banff Centre’s ICE-led summer program, Ensemble Evolution. As an overseer of ICEcommons, a free, crowdsourced index of newly composed music, Ms. Heller spearheads ICE’s mission of promoting underrepresented voices in contemporary music and diversifying the canon.

Before joining ICE in 2008, Rebekah Heller served as the principal bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has served as a member of the New World Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and The University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Manhattan.

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Nate Wooley

Trumpet

Nate Wooley

Trumpet

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Trumpet

Nate Wooley grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began his professional music career at age 13 performing in big bands with his father, and studied jazz and classical trumpet at the University of Oregon and University of Denver. He settled in New York in 2001, and maintains an active schedule in jazz and experimental music in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Wooley works in contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music as an interpreter, improviser, and composer. While a large part of his work has consisted of solo improvisation and composition, he has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Yoshi Wada, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, and others.

Mr. Wooley has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer at SWR Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musica Polonica Nova, Jazztopad Festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, A L’ARME! Festival, music unlimited, and international jazz festivals. He has been an artist-in-residence at London’s Cafe OTO and Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of a Grants to Artists award in Music / Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

He is the founder of the For / With Festival, which commissions and premieres works created through collaboration between composer and performer, all with an emphasis on radical timbral techniques and improvisation within composition.

Nate Wooley is the editor of Sound American, an online journal intended to demystify contemporary experimental music with the intention of expanding and perpetuating a base audience for the radical and avant-garde. He is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) and teaches at The New School for Social Research.

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Brandon Lopez

Bass

Brandon Lopez

Bass

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Bass

Brandon Lopez is a composer and contrabassist working in the field of far left musics, with a primary focus on improvisation. He has performed across North America and Europe with improvisers and musical thinkers, in squats and decorated concert halls alike. He is the 2018 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room and a 2018 Roulette Van Lier Fellow. His third solo album, Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis, can be found on the Astral Spirits label.

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Constellation Chor
Marisa Michelson, director

Moving Voices

Constellation Chor
Marisa Michelson, director

Moving Voices

Moving Voices

Constellation Chor is an improvising vocal performance ensemble comprising composers, singers, dancers, and actors, founded by music theater and choral composer Marisa Michelson. In residence at the historic Judson Memorial Church, the Chor engages at the intersection of voice, movement, healing, meditation, storytelling, inner development, Oliveros’ Deep Listening, and music theater. Researching the interaction of mind / body / spirit practices with virtuosic singing, the Chor also explores performer as truth-seeker / shaman, and performance as an invitation to enter into an intimate relationship with the moment and each other.

Founded in 2016, Constellation Chor performs interdisciplinary pieces composed by Ms. Michelson and collaborates with other composers, choreographers, directors, and mindfulness practitioners. Projects have included Ms. Michelson’s Desire | Divinity Project (with director Ethan Heard and choreographer Emma Jaster), developed with Heartbeat Opera and supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and improvised site-specific pieces with Crowded Outlet, Alchemical Theatre, and Harpa Opera Center in Reykjavik. Current projects include a film installation of Ms. Michelson’s Sappho Fragments with filmmaker Paul Lieber; a collaboration with Butoh master Diego Piñon, produced by Shakina Nayfack; and an upcoming residency at Vermont’s Art Monastery.

Constellation Chor’s internationally and vocally diverse array of talent hails from Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, and the U.S., and has been seen on stages from New York to Dubai, from BAM to Broadway. Chor members include Marisa Michelson, Chad Goodridge, Jen Anaya, Tamrin Goldberg, Shawn Shafner, Kalli Siamidou, Luisa Muhr, and Sarah Beth Pfeifer. Satellite and orbiting members include Nikko Benson, Nicole Coffaro, Sepideh Moafi, Marina Pires, Heathcliff Saunders, Raphael Sacks, Sara Serpa, Nickolas Vaughan, and Kinga Cserjesi.

The word “chor” in the group’s title derives from the Latin “cor” (heart, soul, mind) and the Greek “khoros” (to dance in a circle). It is also used to evoke the core, chorus, and choreography.

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Marisa Michelson, director

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César Alvarez

Movement and Visual Direction

César Alvarez

Movement and Visual Direction

Movement and Visual Direction

César Alvarez is a New York–based composer, lyricist, playwright, and performance maker. He has written four full-length musicals; released four albums with his band, The Lisps; and composed scores for contemporary dance, plays, and film. His musical FUTURITY received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and four other Lortel nominations. Mr. Alvarez has received two Drama Desk Nominations and a Jonathan Larson Award; is a 2018–20 Princeton Arts Fellow; and participated in the Ucross Foundation Residency Program and Sundance Playwrights Retreat. He co-directed Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects in its New York Premiere at the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival. Recent composition credits include FUTURITY (Soho Rep and Ars Nova, A.R.T, Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA); The Elementary Spacetime Show (FringeArts / UArts, NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience); Washeteria (Soho Rep); and The Foundry Theater’s Good Person of Szechwan (La MaMa, The Public Theater). Projects in development include The Universe is a Small Hat, a multi-player participatory musical (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, The Civilians’ R&D Group), and Noise (commissioned by The Public Theater and NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School). César Alvarez is the founding artistic director of Polyphone, a festival of new musicals at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and received his MFA from Bard College.

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Lilleth Glimcher

Movement and Visual Direction

Lilleth Glimcher

Movement and Visual Direction

Movement and Visual Direction

Lilleth Glimcher (she / they) is an artist creating experiential performance, sculpture, installation, film / video, choreography, and music. They are the founder and artistic director of YOU ARE HERE, centering QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) voices at the intersection of transdisciplinary arts, healing, and community-building. Her directing and performance work has been presented at Abrons Art Center, American Academy in Rome, Pace Gallery, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, The Capri Marfa, Westbeth Artists’ Housing, the PEOPLE festival in Berlin, daadgalerie in Berlin, The Flea Theater (where they served as resident director, 2014–17), Future of Storytelling, and myriad locations for site-specific works. Glimcher has served as associate and assistant director for Ashley Fure, Ivo van Hove, Niegel Smith, 600 Highwaymen, André Gregory, Lila Neugebauer, Robert Whitman, César Alvarez, Shira Milikowsky, Lily Whitsitt, Woodshed Collective, and others across disciplines. She graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in clinical research psychology and a secondary field in dramatic arts.

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Brandon Clifford

Matter Design

Brandon Clifford

Matter Design

Matter Design

Designer and researcher Brandon Clifford is a founding partner and director at Matter Design and assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his master of architecture from Princeton University and his bachelor of science in architecture from Georgia Tech. Dedicated to re-imagining the role of the architect in the digital era, Brandon Clifford has received the American Academy in Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture, the SOM Prize in Architecture, Design, and Urban Design, and the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. His most recent authored work, The Cannibal’s Cookbook, demonstrates his dedication to bringing ancient knowledge into contemporary practice with theatrical captivation. His work at Matter Design is focused on advancing architectural research through spectacle and mysticism. This work ranges from an award-winning play structure for kids to megalithic sculptures that come to life to perform tasks.

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Wes McGee

Matter Design

Wes McGee

Matter Design

Matter Design

Wes McGee is an assistant professor in architecture and the director of the Fabrication and Robotics Lab at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a principal at Matter Design. His work revolves around the interrogation of the means and methods of material production in the digital era, through research focused on developing new connections between design, engineering, materials, and manufacturing processes as they relate to the built environment. At Matter Design he explores these techniques across a range of scales and materials, with the goal of interrogating new design and fabrication workflows. Mr. McGee has been recognized with awards such as the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers and the ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence, and his work has been published widely in books, periodicals, and peer-reviewed journals.

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Johanna Lobdell

Matter Design

Johanna Lobdell

Matter Design

Matter Design

Johanna Lobdell is a graphic designer and collaborating partner with Matter Design. Her work brings access to the design research being done at Matter Design through publications, exhibitions, murals, and environmental experiences. Ms. Lobdell’s work operates at the intersection of art and design, focusing on color, patterns, and graphics in relation to 3-D form. Her primary objective is to create environments that communicate through attraction. Johanna Lobdell received her education in graphic design and fine arts from Parsons School of Design and Lesley University.

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Special Thanks

Ashley Fure's commission is made possible with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Daniil Trifonov's appearances during the New York Philharmonic's 2018–19 season.

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