Yo-Yo Ma and Tchaikovsky

The New York Philharmonic

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Yo-Yo Ma and Tchaikovsky

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$66-160

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

6

Mar, 2019

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

7

Mar, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

8

Mar, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

9

Mar, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and pipa virtuoso Wu Man (“the world’s greatest pipa player” — The Wall Street Journal) join the Philharmonic for Zhao Lin’s colorful concerto, A Happy Excursion. The concert concludes with the melancholy sonic landscape of Tchaikovsky’s powerfully haunting Pathétique, which will linger long in your memory. Long Yu conducts.

Program

Musorgsky / Orch. Rimsky-Korsakov

Prelude to Khovanshchina

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Zhao Lin

A Happy Excursion, Concerto for Pipa and Cello (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Beijing Music Festival and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra)

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Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Artists

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Chinese conductor Long Yu is music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He is also principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Yu is the founder of the Beijing Music Festival and was its artistic director from 1998 to 2018. He is co-director of the MISA festival in Shanghai and founding president of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, created through a partnership among the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the New York Philharmonic. 

Mr. Yu has conducted a highly acclaimed list of orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, including the New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestre de Paris; Hamburg Staatsoper; Philharmonia Orchestra; and the Chicago, Montreal, National, Cincinnati, Bamberg, Berlin Radio, MDR Leipzig Radio, NDR Hamburg, Sydney, BBC, and Melbourne symphony orchestras. As music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Yu has embarked on European and Egyptian tours with the orchestra, performing at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Conservatoire de Luxembourg, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and Cairo Opera House. He continues to collaborate frequently with many of the world’s most celebrated soloists, such as Alison Balsom, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, and Yuja Wang.

In June 2018 Mr. Yu signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. As part of the label’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2018–19, he conducted a launch concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City.

Long Yu is a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of the 2002 Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. In 2005 the Italian government honored him with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore. He was awarded France’s highest honor of merit by joining la Légion d’Honneur in 2014. The following year, Mr. Yu was awarded the title “National Literature and Art Worker of Excellence ” by the Chinese government, the Global Citizen Award from the Atlantic Council, and the Samuel Simons Sanford Award from the Yale School of Music. Most recently, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Long Yu is currently vice president of the Chinese Musicians Association and a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma by Jason Bell

Cello

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

With partners from around the world and across disciplines, he creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society. Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions.

This year, Mr. Ma begins a new journey, setting out to perform J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.

Yo-Yo Ma was born to Chinese parents living in Paris in 1955. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and three years later moved with his family to New York City, where he continued his cello studies with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in anthropology in 1976. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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Wu Man

Pipa

Wu Man

Pipa

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Pipa

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man is a soloist, educator, and composer who gives her lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. She has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. These projects have resulted in the pipa finding a place in new solo and quartet works, concertos, opera, chamber, electronic, and jazz music, as well as in theater productions, film, dance, and collaborations with visual artists. She is a frequent collaborator with the Kronos Quartet, is an original member of the Silkroad Ensemble, and has appeared in more than 40 recordings throughout her career.

Highlights of her 2018–19 season include the US Premiere of Zhao Lin’s A Happy Excursion, Concerto for Pipa and Cello, with Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic; two US Premieres by Chinese composers with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; a European tour as a master musician in the Aga Khan Music Initiative (a group of performers who create music inspired by their cultural heritage of the Middle East, South and Central Asia, West Africa, and China); and performances in China with the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, which blends traditional Chinese music and shadow puppetry. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Silkroad Ensemble this year, she performs with the group in Australia, Asia, and the US.

Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa. She was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, but the best measure of her achievement is that her instrument, which dates back 2,000 years, is no longer an exotic curiosity.

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Special Thanks

Performances in the Thursday C Subscription Series are supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.

The commission and performance of A Happy Excursion, Concerto for Pipa and Cello is made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

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