Nightcap: Curated by Olga Neuwirth

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap: Curated by Olga Neuwirth


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Price Range



1 hour
no intermission

Date & Times


May, 2020

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. Berlin-based composer Olga Neuwirth curates a program featuring new music from Berlin, where the bohemian and underground thrive.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by
Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

This event complements that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring a World Premiere by Olga Neuwirth, commissioned by the Philharmonic as part of Project 19, presented during the hotspots festival.


Olga Neuwirth


Olga Neuwirth


Olga Neuwirth


Born in Graz, Austria, Olga Neuwirth attended the Vienna Academy of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and studied painting and film at San Francisco Art College. Her composition teachers included Adriana Hölszky, Tristan Murail, and Luigi Nono. She sprang to international prominence in 1991, at age 22, when two of her mini operas with texts by Nobel Prize–winner Elfriede Jelinek were performed at the Vienna Festwochen.

Highlights of her presentations worldwide include two Salzburg Festival portrait concerts (1998); her multimedia opera Baa-Lambs Fest (1993 / 1998) after Leonora Carrington; Clinamen / Nodus for Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra (2000); serving as Lucerne Festival composer-in-residence (2002 / 2016); the World Premiere of her music-theatre work Lost Highway (2003), after David Lynch (English National Opera, 2008; South Bank Show Award); and the operas The Outcast — Homage to Herman Melville and American Lulu, based on Berg’s Lulu (2010 / 11).

Olga Neuwirth’s works have explored a range of forms and genres: operas, radio plays, sound installations, art works, photography, and film music. She often fuses live-musicians, electronics, and video into audio-visual experiences. Her numerous prizes include being the first woman to receive the Grand Austrian State Prize in the music category (2010).

Her immersive electronics / space / ensemble work Le Encantadas (2014) has received multiple performances throughout Europe. Masaot / Clocks without Hands, for the Vienna Philharmonic under and Daniel Harding, was premiered in 2015, and reprised by co-commissioner Carnegie Hall, conducted by Valery Gergiev; The Cleveland Orchestra, under Franz Welser Möst, performs it in autumn 2019.

The BBC Proms programmed Aello-ballet mecanomorphe in 2018 for Claire Chase and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Neuwirth’s Orlando, a new opera after Virginia Woolf, will be premiered at Vienna Staatsoper in December 2019 — she is the first woman commissioned in the house’s 150-year history.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota




Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. Ms. Sirota will also appear as soloist with the New World and Singapore symphony orchestras; premiere works by Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, and Ellen Reid; and embark upon two new residencies — as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre, and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). She is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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