NY Phil Plays On: 9/11 Memorial Concert — A German Requiem
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NY Phil Plays On: 9/11 Memorial Concert — A German Requiem

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Date & Times

25

May, 2020

Monday, 5:30 PM

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On Memorial Day, the Philharmonic and Lincoln Center at Home co-present a rebroadcast of the Philharmonic’s first performance after 9/11: Brahms’s A German Requiem, led by then Music Director Kurt Masur on September 20, 2001, in a concert dedicated to the memory of the victims. (Read the program notes.) The broadcast begins with remarks by The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, the Dean of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which has hosted the Philharmonic’s Annual Free Memorial Day Concert since 1992. Be part of the real-time audience experience on Facebook or YouTube on Monday, May 25 at 5:30 PM EDT, or catch it on-demand afterward.

Program

Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem

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Artists

Kurt Masur

Conductor

Kurt Masur

Conductor

Kurt Masur

Conductor

1991–2002, Music Director Emeritus

b. Brieg, Silesia, July 17, 1927
d. Greenwich, Connecticut, December 19, 2015

Kurt Masur is one of the most widely admired and respected musicians of his generation, not only as a distinguished conductor, but also as a humanist. A frequent guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras, Masur holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received numerous honorary degrees from American colleges and conservatories, and has been a professor at the Leipzig Academy of Music since 1975. Musical America named Masur Musician of the Year for 1993, and in 1996 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor for Music from the National Arts Club. The following year, he was awarded the titles of Commander of the Legion of Honor from the Government of France and New York City Cultural Ambassador from the City of New York. In 1998, Masur celebrated 50 years as a professional conductor.

Before becoming the New York Philharmonic's Music Director in 1991, Masur served as Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, a position of profound historic importance previously held by Mendelssohn, Nikisch, Furtwängler, and Walter. Upon his retirement as Music Director in 2002, the Philharmonic named him Conductor Laureate.

Masur's close and intense collaboration with the New York Philharmonic has been marked by a consistently high quality of playing and artistic spirit. Masur's recordings with the Philharmonic include a Liszt/Kodály album and the four Brahms symphonies. Successful new initiatives introduced under his direction have included the Rush Hour Concerts, Philharmonic Celebrations, Children's Promenades, and Philharmonic Forums. Masur has also been an outspoken advocate for, and demonstrated a major personal commitment to, music education in the New York community.

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Heidi Grant Murphy

Soprano

Heidi Grant Murphy

Soprano

Soprano

Heidi Grant Murphy, a native of Bellingham, Washington, began vocal studies at Western Washington and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her graduate studies were interrupted when she was named a winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and engaged to participate in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Today, she has established a reputation for her radiant musicianship and impeccable vocal technique and also for her warm personality and generosity of spirit.

Ms. Murphy has appeared with many of the world’s finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, working with esteemed conductors. The 2009–10 season marked the 20th anniversary of her Metropolitan Opera debut. She has sung repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Orff’s Carmina burana to works by Mahler, Boulanger, and Copland. She has appeared with leading orchestras and at distinguished festivals including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and the Atlanta Symphony.

With the New York Philharmonic, Heidi Grant Murphy has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Augusta Read Thomas’s Gathering Paradise (New World), both with Lorin Maazel, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (which was nominated for a Grammy Award). Her other recordings include Lullabies & Nightsongs, based on the children’s book illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Koch International); Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina with baritone Nathaniel Webster and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Naxos); Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony (Delos); and an XM Satellite Radio compilation of Sondheim classics. For Koch records Ms. Murphy recorded Sueños de Amor, a disc of Latin love songs; The Gifts of ChristmasTimes Like ThisDreamscape: Lullabies from around the world; and John Tavener’s To a Child Dancing in the Wind paired with Harrison Birtwistle’s Sappho Fragments. Other releases include Clearings in the Sky, Twilight and Innocence, and Bach cantatas (Arabesque); Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and Mozart’s Idomeneo and The Marriage of Figaro (Deutsche Grammophon); Vincent Youmans’s Through the Years (PS Classics); and Hansel and Gretel with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Murphy has been a featured guest on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and BBC Radio 3.

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Thomas Hampson

Baritone

Thomas Hampson

Baritone

Thomas Hampson

Baritone

Baritone Thomas Hampson hails from Spokane, Washington. He combined the role of The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence with that of The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic in the 2009–10 season. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes Grammy Award winners, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. In 2010 he received a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he holds the title of Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Mr. Hampson was made honorary professor at the faculty of philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna Staatsoper and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences. Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Hampson has won worldwide recognition for thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs as well as recordings that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. Through the Hampsong Foundation, which he founded in 2003, he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.

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New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Founded in 1979 by Joseph Flummerfelt, the New York Choral Artists has since then been a regular part of the New York Philharmonic season. Its many collaborations with the Orchestra include a memorial performance of Brahms’s A German Requiem, conducted by Kurt Masur, immediately following the events of 9/11. In more recent years, appearances have included Britten’s War Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 led by Lorin Maazel. Highlights of Philharmonic collaborations under the direction of Alan Gilbert include Bach’s B-minor Mass, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre, and in January 2015, the Verdi Requiem. Noteworthy among its Philharmonic recordings are the Grammy-nominated release of Mahler Symphony No. 3 conducted by Bernstein, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with Masur, and John Adams’s Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with Maazel. In 2014 the New York Choral Artists also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Jacqueline Pierce is the group’s manager.

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