Jaap Van Zweden Conducts Shostakovich

The New York Philharmonic

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Jaap Van Zweden Conducts Shostakovich

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$30-113

Duration

2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

29

Nov, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM

30

Nov, 2018

Friday, 11:00 AM

4

Dec, 2018

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony, born under the sign of war. Its unremitting march rhythms, alongside music of indomitable hope and triumph, guarantee a gripping experience. Simone Lamsma performs Britten’s Violin Concerto — you’ll experience pyrotechnics along with melodies of haunting beauty and poignancy.

Program To Include

Britten

Violin Concerto

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Shostakovich

Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the last decade. The 2017–18 season marks a major milestone as he completes his ten-year tenure as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and simultaneously serves as Music Director Designate of the New York Philharmonic, anticipating his inaugural season, in 2018–19, when he becomes the Orchestra’s 26th Music Director. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Highlights of his 2017–18 season include return engagements to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maestro van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many leading orchestras around the globe, including, in addition to those above, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; Boston, London, and Shanghai symphony orchestras; Los Angeles, Vienna, Berlin, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; Orchestre national de France; and Orchestre de Paris. With the Dallas Symphony he launched the annual SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival in 2015, the same year that he and the Hong Kong Philharmonic embarked on a four-year project featuring the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, which is being recorded for release on Naxos Records. In the summers of 2017–19, he serves as principal conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and Gstaad Conducting Academy.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrushka, Britten’s War Requiem, and the complete Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He has also completed the cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (on the LPO Live label), and released Mozart piano concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray (Virgin). His highly praised performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal (the last of which earned Maestro van Zweden the prestigious Edison award for Best Opera Recording in 2012) are available on CD and / or DVD. On the Dallas Symphony’s own record label, he has released symphonies by Tchaikovsky (Nos. 4 and 5), Beethoven (Nos. 5 and 7), Mahler (Nos. 3 and 6), and Dvořák (No. 9, From the New World), as well as the World Premiere recording of Steven Stucky’s concert drama August 4, 1964. His most recent releases on Naxos are his recordings with the Hong Kong Philharmonic of Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. A recording of Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic’s performances of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 was released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; the release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed as the youngest-ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at 19, and began his conducting career nearly 20 years later, in 1996. He remains honorary chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as chief conductor, 2005–13. He also held the post of chief conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra, 2008–11. Maestro van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as music director of the Dallas Symphony and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation with the objective of supporting families of children with autism. Over the years, the support from Papageno has taken shape through a number of programs in which professional music therapists and musicians receive additional training in using music as a major tool for working with autistic children. Papageno House, a new home for autistic young adults and children, was opened in Laren, the Netherlands, in August 2015, with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance.

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Simone Lamsma

Violin

Simone Lamsma

Violin

Simone Lamsma by Otto van den Toorn

Violin

With an extensive repertoire of more than 60 violin concertos, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI; Royal Stockholm, Netherlands Radio, Rotterdam, BBC, Seoul, and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras; and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, National, Antwerp, Frankfurt Radio, RTVE, and Sao Paulo symphony orchestras.

In the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons she makes debuts with the New York and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Detroit, Houston, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Sydney, and MDR Leipzig Radio symphony orchestras, and returns to the Warsaw, Netherlands Radio, and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, as well as the RTE National, Bournemouth, Oregon, Cincinnati, and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras.

Ms. Lamsma gave the World Premiere of Matijs de Roo’s Violin Concerto at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw and the French Premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre national de Lyon. A dedicated chamber musician, her recent recital appearances include highly anticipated debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2017 with pianist Robert Kulek. Highlights of her recent festival appearances include her return to the Blossom Festival with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2015, and her debuts during the Enescu Festival with Les Siècles under François-Xavier Roth, Bravo! Vail with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.

Ms. Lamsma received acclaim for her most recent recording, released in 2017 on the Challenge Classics label, featuring Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Sofia Gubaidulina’s In Tempus praesens with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, led by James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw.

Simone Lamsma plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.

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