Adams, Prokofiev, and Olga Neuwirth

The New York Philharmonic

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Adams, Prokofiev, and Olga Neuwirth

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$27-86

Duration

1 hour & 35 minutes

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.

Program To Include

Prokofiev

The Love for Three Oranges Suite

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Olga Neuwirth

New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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John Adams

City Noir

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Artists

John Adams

Composer

John Adams

Composer

John Adams

Composer

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.

Mr. Adams’s most recent opera, Girls of the Golden West, set during the 1850s California Gold Rush, was premiered by the San Francisco Opera in 2017. His new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, is being premiered in March 2019 with Yuja Wang as soloist.  

Winner of the 1993 Grawemeyer Award for his Violin Concerto and the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for On the Transmigration of Souls, co-commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Adams 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, Mr. 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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Kate Lindsey

Mezzo-Soprano

Kate Lindsey

Mezzo-Soprano

Kate Lindsey

Mezzo-Soprano

In the 2018–19 season mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey appears in Gounod’s Sapho with Washington Concert Opera, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with The Cleveland Orchestra, and in Paris, singing Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the Orchestre national de France, Ariande auf Naxos at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and in Paris Opéra-Comique’s revival in the title role of Miranda (After Henry Purcell). She also returns to the Glyndebourne Festival as Prince Charming in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Featuring the program from her album Thousands of Miles (Alpha Records, 2017), Ms. Lindsey and pianist Baptiste Trotignon tour the United States and perform in Germany and France.

Ms. Lindsey has appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Bavarian Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Netherlands Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and at the Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, and Salzburg festivals. An accomplished concert singer, She sang the premiere of a commission by John Harbison with the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by James Levine. She has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Met Chamber Orchestra (in Carnegie Hall), Cercle de l’Harmonie, and Balthasar-Neuman Ensemble in Europe, and at the Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, and Edinburgh festivals.

Ms. Lindsey starred in The Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of its new production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. She was also featured in its broadcasts of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and The Magic Flute (which was subsequently released on DVD).

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kate Lindsey holds a bachelor of music degree with distinction from Indiana University and is a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. 

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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

Acclaimed saxophonist Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier wind soloists, a member of the renowned PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with more than 40 recordings and 200 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide. Mr. McAllister has appeared with more than 40 of the world’s most prominent orchestras and ensembles in more than 20 countries, and he has the distinction of being only the second saxophone soloist to appear in the 120-year history of the BBC Proms concerts in London. He is featured on two Grammy Award–winning recordings of the music of John Adams and Gavin Bryars on Nonesuch and ECM, respectively; he can also be heard on the AUR, Albany, Berlin Philharmonic Recordings, Centaur, Deutsche Grammophon, Equilibrium, Innova, Naxos, New Focus, New Dynamic, Parma, Soundset, Stradivarius, Summit, and XAS/Naxos labels. His recordings of Kenneth Fuchs’s Rush with the London Symphony Orchestra and Adams’s City Noir with the Berlin Philharmonic both appear on 2019 Grammy-nominated albums. Timothy McAllister’s recent performances include the China Premiere of Adams’s Saxophone Concerto (written expressly for McAllister) with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Belgian premiere of Guillaume Connesson’s A Kind of Trane with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Stéphane Denève. A revered teacher of his instrument, Mr. McAllister is professor of saxophone at the University of Michigan–School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. 

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