Jaap van Zweden Conducts Copland and Nico Muhly
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hotspots festival

CANCELLED: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Copland and Nico Muhly


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Jun, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Jun, 2020

Friday, 2:00 PM


Jun, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Jun, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The American spirit of Copland’s Third Symphony is undeniable — vital, optimistic, and big-hearted. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, its sonic spectrum spans from grand lyrical passages to evocations of endless horizons, exclaimed in the finale’s heroic Fanfare for the Common Man. Our hotspots festival continues with a focus on Iceland’s lively Reykjavík through Nico Muhly’s In Certain Circles, with pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque as soloists.

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


Nico Muhly

In Certain Circles (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)



Third Symphony


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

Learn more about Jaap van Zweden

Katia and Marielle Labèque


Katia and Marielle Labèque


Katia and Marielle Labèque


Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age, and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music), and have since developed a stunning career with performances worldwide.

Last season included performances with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden; appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Bryce Dessner’s new piece El Chan, and Easter Festival Salzburg with Dresden Staatskapelle; a European tour with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov; and performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic. The duo’s new projects will be the focus of three days in April 2019 at the Philharmonie de Paris. The sisters then return to the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, the latter of which will include a special program for families, and a recital in St. Louis.

The Labèques have had the privilege of working with numerous composers. In May 2015 they presented the World Premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Last spring the duo premiered Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The sisters have appeared with Baroque music ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardiner, Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini (with which they share the stage again in 2019), Musica Antica with Reinhard Goebel, Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon, and il Pomo d’oro with Maxim Emelyanichev, and they have toured with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Simon Rattle.

Learn more about Katia and Marielle Labèque

Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Katia and Marielle Labèque's appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–20 season.

hotspots 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.

These performances of Concerto for Two Pianos are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.


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