Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin
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Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$38-168

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

5

Mar, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

7

Mar, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

10

Mar, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Louis Langrée conducts French masterpieces. Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, with shimmering sounds from the sinuous flute introduction to the final languorous chords. Nocturnes’s vivid images of clouds, festivals, and seductive siren songs. Met Opera star Isabel Leonard (Marnie) sings Ravel’s exotic song cycle Shéhérazade. Plus, Scriabin’s sensuous tone poem that ends in ecstasy.

Program

Debussy

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

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Debussy

Nocturnes

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Ravel

Shéhérazade

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Scriabin

Le Poème de l’extase

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Artists

Louis Langrée

Conductor

Louis Langrée

Conductor

Louis Langrée

Conductor

Louis Langrée has been music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 2013 and of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival since 2003. His collaborative approach to musicmaking and bold artistic vision have captivated the imagination and curiosity of critics and audiences alike.

Langrée has catalyzed the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s artistic rise and expanded its repertoire beyond the Classical period, from Lully to Magnus Lindberg. Since his debut in 1998 he has conducted more than 165 Mostly Mozart events across the Lincoln Center campus; more than 50 Metropolitan Opera performances; and has taught Juilliard School masterclasses. In the fall of 2020 he and the CSO will return to Lincoln Center’s Great Performers with the New York premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 6.

Two of Langrée’s CSO recordings were Grammy nominated: Transatlantic, featuring works by Varèse, Gershwin, and Stravinsky, and Concertos for Orchestra, with world premieres by Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich, and Zhou Tian. His Pelléas et Mélisande trilogy contrasted the settings of Maeterlinck’s play by Fauré, Debussy, and Schoenberg; his Beethoven revolution cycle pairs the nine symphonies with world premieres and 20th-century masterworks. CSO initiatives launched during his tenure include One City/One Symphony and the MusicNOW collaboration with Bryce Dessner.

Langrée’s interests range from early music to the music of today. He has conducted premieres by Julia Adolphe, Daníel Bjarnason, Anna Clyne, Jennifer Higdon, David Lang, Nico Muhly, André Previn, and Caroline Shaw, among numerous others. He leads period-instrument ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburg Baroque, and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.

He has guest conducted the Berliner Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Budapest Festival, Czech Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony orchestras, as well as the Orchestre national de France, Orchestre de Paris, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, Montreal Symphony, and National Symphony in Washington, DC. In addition to The Met, Langrée conducts at the world’s leading opera houses, including the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Bavarian Staatsoper, and the Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Edinburgh International, and Hong Kong Arts festivals.

Louis Langrée is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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Isabel Leonard

Mezzo-Soprano

Isabel Leonard

Mezzo-Soprano

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Mezzo-Soprano

Richard Tucker Award–winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard has performed the music of composers from Vivaldi to Mozart to Nico Muhly on the stages of the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, Salzburg Festival, Bavarian Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Aix-en-Provence Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. She has appeared as Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmélites, Costanza in Vivaldi’s Griselda, the title roles in Offenbach’s La Périchole and Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Sesto in both Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Handel’s Giulio Cesare. She has performed with conductors including Marin Alsop, Harry Bicket, James Conlon, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Edward Gardner, Valery Gergiev, Michele Mariotti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, and Franz Welser-Möst, appearing with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, among others. Ms. Leonard is in demand as a recitalist and is on Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees. She has appeared on multiple Grammy Award–winning recordings, most recently Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges on Decca (2016) and Thomas Adès’s The Tempest at The Metropolitan Opera on Deutsche Grammophon (2014). Her television and film appearances include Sesame Street and as host for The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmissions.

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Women’s Chorus from The Juilliard School
Pierre Vallet, chorus master

Chorus

Women’s Chorus from The Juilliard School
Pierre Vallet, chorus master

Chorus

Chorus

The Women’s Chorus from The Juilliard School features current students and alumni of The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, the Marcus Institute offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. Offering degrees ranging from bachelor’s and master’s of music to an advanced artist diploma in opera studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City. Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire.

Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Leontyne Price, Renée Fleming, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, Simon Estes, and Shirley Verrett. Recent alumni include Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Paul Appleby, Erin Morley, Sasha Cooke, and Julia Bullock.

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Special Thanks

Louis Langrée’s debut with the New York Philharmonic is made possible by the Kurt Masur Fund for the Philharmonic, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic’s Music Director Emeritus, the late Kurt Masur.

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

Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin performances are supported by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

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