Adams, Prokofiev, and Olga Neuwirth
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hotspots festival

CANCELLED: Adams, Prokofiev, and Olga Neuwirth

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-99

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

28

May, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

30

May, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

2

Jun, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Explore City Noir, John Adams’s urban landscape depicted in sound, led by the composer. Suffused with sexy saxophone, trombone, and trumpet riffs, experience the film noir of 1940s and '50s LA. Prokofiev’s fairytale opera suite has it all — a witch, princesses, and … citrus fruit! And through Project 19 composer Olga Neuwirth’s premiere, our hotspots festival begins, spotlighting vibrant Berlin.

Part of hotspots festival, which shines a light on three hotspots of classical music innovation: Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York.

Project 19 is a multi-season New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

Program

Prokofiev

The Love for Three Oranges Suite

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Olga Neuwirth

Keyframes for a Hippogriff — Musical Calligrams, for Countertenor, Children's Choir, and Orchestra (World Premiere—New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and BBC Proms)

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John Adams

City Noir

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Artists

John Adams

Conductor

John Adams

Conductor

John Adams

Conductor

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes.

Among Mr. Adams’s works are several of the most performed contemporary classical pieces today: Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, Chamber Symphony, Doctor Atomic Symphony, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and his Violin Concerto. His stage works, in collaboration with director Peter Sellars, include Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, Doctor Atomic, A Flowering Tree, and the Passion oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary. His most recent opera, Girls of the Golden West, set during the 1850s California Gold Rush, was premiered by San Francisco Opera in 2017.

Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? — written for pianist Yuja Wang, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Gustavo Dudamel — was premiered in 2019 and continues to tour this season, with performances in Edinburgh, London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, St. Louis, and Seattle. Mr. Adams’s latest orchestral work, I Still Dance, written for Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, was premiered in San Francisco in September 2019 and tours to Amsterdam, New York, and London in March 2020.

In 2019 Mr. Adams received Holland’s prestigious Erasmus Prize, “for contributions to European culture,” the only American composer ever chosen for this award. He has received honorary doctorates from Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, and Cambridge universities and The Juilliard School. Since 2009 he has held the position of creative chair with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A provocative writer, he is author of the acclaimed autobiography Hallelujah Junction and is a contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

As a conductor of his own works and a wide variety of repertoire, John Adams has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the London, Vienna, Seattle, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Toronto symphony orchestras.

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Andrew Watts

Countertenor

Andrew Watts

Countertenor

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Countertenor

Countertenor Andrew Watts was born in Middlesex, United Kingdom, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has appeared with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Welsh National Opera, BBC Proms, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as well as throughout Europe, including Milan, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Madrid, Salzburg, and Aix-en-Provence. He has appeared as Arsamenes in Handel’s Xerxes, the title role in Handel’s Orlando, Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina, Nero and Nutrice in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orestes in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, and Prince Go-Go in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. He has premiered the roles of the Snake Priestess in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, Cherubino in Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce, White Rabbit and March Hare in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, and Mystery Man in Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway.

Recent roles include Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress for Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre, Queequeq in Judith Weir’s The Outcast for Wien Modern, Skorpionmensch in Jörg Widmann’s Babylon for Berlin Staatsoper, Orestes in La Belle Hélène for Hamburg Staatsoper, and Edgar in Aribert Reimann’s Lear for Opéra de Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Concert appearances include the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall; Neuwirth’s Hommage à Klaus Nomi for Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Intercontemporain; and recitals at 's-Hertogenbosch and London’s Wigmore Hall marking the release of his CD, A Countertenor Songbook (NMC Recordings). Future performances include Head of KGB in the world premiere of Anthony Bolton’s The Life and Death of Litvinenko for Grange Park Opera; returns to Moscow, English National Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and Bavarian Staatsoper; and concerts in Paris, Stockholm, and Berlin.

 

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a Grammy Award–winning collective of young voices led by visionary founder and artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker. The chorus has appeared with world-class orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has performed or recorded with major artists such as Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, and The National and has been featured in major motion pictures, commercials, and live events, including a work by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II World Tour. The chorus has commissioned more than 120 original works by composers including Caroline Shaw, Toshi Reagon, Bishi, Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly. This season its original production Silent Voices: Lovestate premieres Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater. The chorus has released two albums through New Amsterdam Records: Silent Voices (2018) and Black Mountain Songs (2017). Founded in 1992, the chorus currently serves more than 700 students in its core after-school and public-school outreach programs. Its professional faculty teaches a wide range of repertoire and styles using founding artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker’s proven Cross-Choral Training method. Classes take place at its Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations throughout Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Under her visionary leadership, the chorus has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert. Most notably, she prepared the chorus for its 2002 debut with the New York Philharmonic, led by Lorin Maazel, in John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording of which won three Grammy Awards in 2005. She is the creator of the Chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a proven holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

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Timothy McAllister

Saxophone

Timothy McAllister

Saxophone

Timothy McAllister

Saxophone

Classical saxophonist Timothy McAllister is an active soloist and member of the Grammy-winning PRISM Quartet. A champion of contemporary music, he has appeared in more than 400 recordings and performed more than 200 premieres of new works by eminent and emerging composers worldwide. He has appeared with more than 40 of the world’s most prominent orchestras and ensembles in more than 20 countries.

Timothy McAllister premiered John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, led by the composer, at the Sydney Opera House. His recording of both John Adams’s City Noir and the Saxophone Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson won a 2015 Grammy Award. His recent recordings of City Noir (with the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel) and Kenneth Fuchs’s Saxophone Concerto, Rush (with JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra) both appeared on 2019 Grammy-nominated albums; the latter won Best Classical Compendium. Recent performances include the Chinese premiere of Mr. Adams’s Saxophone Concerto (with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Edo de Waart) and the Belgian premiere of Guillaume Connesson’s A Kind of Trane (with the Brussels Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève), recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

In addition to his New York Philharmonic debut, in the 2020–21 season Mr. McAllister performs with the Seattle Symphony, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and the Buffalo Philharmonic and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. In January 2021 he will premiere a new concerto by John Corigliano with the San Francisco Symphony.

Timothy McAllister is professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan, and he appears at summer festivals and courses worldwide. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Donald Sinta.

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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.

hotspots is made possible by generous support from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

These performances Olga Neuwirth’s commission are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang.

Generous support is also provided by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

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