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hotspots festival

CANCELLED: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Copland and Nico Muhly

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

Off-Sale

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

4

Jun, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

5

Jun, 2020

Friday, 2:00 PM

6

Jun, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

9

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.

Program

Nico Muhly

In Certain Circles (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Orchestre de Paris, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic)

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Copland

Third Symphony

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

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. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. In addition to symphonic cornerstones, he conducts the Orchestra in the World Premieres of works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Joel Thompson, and Joan Tower; a US Premiere by Nico Muhly; and New York Premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar.

Highlights from recent Philharmonic seasons include the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, including Tania León’s Stride, which was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music; the new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Barber, Beethoven, Bruckner, Philip Glass, Mozart, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Nina C. Young, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

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 an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Katia and Marielle Labèque

Pianos

Katia and Marielle Labèque

Pianos

Katia and Marielle Labèque

Pianos

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. 

The Labèques are regular guests with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Vienna Philharmonic, in addition to the New York Philharmonic. They have performed under the direction of Marin Alsop, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Gimeno, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Pietari Inkinen, Louis Langrée, Zubin Mehta, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Matthias Pintscher, Georges Prêtre, Simon Rattle, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jaap van Zweden. Their label KML Recordings joined Deutsche Grammophon in 2016. 

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, led by Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. They premiered Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 2018, and in 2019 the duo premiered Thom Yorke’s Don’t Fear the Light with Yorke as special guest. They premiere Nico Muhly’s new concerto, In Certain Circles, with the Orchestre de Paris with Maxim Emelyanychev in 2021 and reprise the work with New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden at Carnegie Hall in 2022. 
 

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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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