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Jaap van Zweden Conducts Brahms First Symphony

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

Off-Sale

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

21

Mar, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

23

Mar, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

26

Mar, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden leads Brahms’s First Symphony, a bold masterpiece in which he triumphs with a voice all his own. Artist-in-Residence Matthias Goerne sings John Adams’s setting of Whitman’s poignant verses recalling his comforting those dying during the Civil War. And you’ll feel at home with Ives’s Central Park in the Dark, evoking street cars, marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, and more.

Program

Ives

Central Park in the Dark

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John Adams

The Wound-Dresser

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Brahms

Symphony No. 1

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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. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. In addition to symphonic cornerstones, he conducts the Orchestra in the World Premieres of works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Joel Thompson, and Joan Tower; a US Premiere by Nico Muhly; and New York Premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar.

Highlights from recent Philharmonic seasons include the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, including Tania León’s Stride, which was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music; the new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Barber, Beethoven, Bruckner, Philip Glass, Mozart, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Nina C. Young, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

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 an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne

Baritone

Matthias Goerne was The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic for the 2018–19 season. In this role, he appeared with the Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden in Schubert and Strauss songs, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and John Adams’s The Wound-Dresser, and performed chamber music with Philharmonic musicians and pianist Daniil Trifonov. One of the world’s most versatile and internationally sought-after vocalists, he is a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls and has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and pianists. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig and, later, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Mr. Goerne has appeared on the world’s major opera stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Opéra national de Paris, Vienna Staatsoper, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His Wagner roles have included Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Amfortas (Parsifal), Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde), and Wotan (The Ring). Other notable roles include Orest (Richard Strauss’s Elektra) and Jochanaan (Strauss’s Salome) and the title roles in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Berg’s Wozzeck.

His artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA Award, a Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award 2017, and a Diapason d’or arte. After his legendary recordings with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alfred Brendel for Universal Music, he recorded The Goerne / Schubert Edition, a series of select Schubert songs with eminent pianists, released on 12 CDs for Harmonia Mundi. He has received rave reviews for his latest recordings of Brahms songs with Christoph Eschenbach, Schumann songs with Markus Hinterhäuser, Mahler songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Wagner arias with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his New York Philharmonic residency, Matthias Goerne’s 2018–19 season highlights included concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony Orchestras, and with orchestras in Europe and Japan. He appeared as Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde at Opéra national de Paris, and as Amfortas in Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper. Song recitals with Daniil Trifonov and Leif Ove Andsnes took him to Berlin’s Philharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, and other major European venues.

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