Open Rehearsal

The New York Philharmonic

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Open Rehearsal


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2019

Thursday, 9:45 AM

Event Info

All Open Rehearsals are “working” rehearsals and therefore the program may not be played in its entirety. Additionally, we cannot guarantee the appearance of any soloist at an Open Rehearsal.

Program To Include

Jennifer Higdon

blue cathedral



Piano Concerto No. 1



Symphony No. 3



La Valse


Stéphane Denève


Stéphane Denève


Stephane Deneve


Stéphane Denève is music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, music director designate (2019–20) of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He has previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the NHK, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vienna symphony orchestras. In the 2018–19 season he is leading the Brussels Philharmonic on a major US tour.

Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, Mr. Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in programs such as those of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Colburn School, and Music Academy of the West.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and Opéra national de Paris.

As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’Année, has been shortlisted as Gramophone’s Artist of the Year, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include discs of Prokofiev suites and the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic, as well as recordings with Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, all for Deutsche Grammophon.

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Emanuel Ax


Emanuel Ax


Emanuel Ax by Lisa Marie Mazzucco


Pianist Emanuel Ax has a long association with the New York Philharmonic, including being named an Honorary Member of the Society, and serving as the 2012–13 season Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence. Born in modern day Lvov, Poland, he moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. Mr. Ax made his New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series, and in 1974 won the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. In 1975 he won the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, followed four years later by the Avery Fisher Prize.

In partnership with Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma, Mr. Ax began the current season with concerts in Vienna, Paris, and London in support of their recent release of Brahms’s Piano Trios for Sony Classical. In the US he returns to the orchestras in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Washington, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Portland, and concludes the season with a recital at Carnegie Hall. In Europe he can be heard in Munich, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, London, and on tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Italy.

Mr. Ax has been a Sony Classical exclusive recording artist since 1987. He has received Grammy Awards for two volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas, and made a series of Grammy-winning recordings of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano with Yo-Yo Ma. In the 2004–05 season, Mr. Ax contributed to an International Emmy Award–winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In 2013 his recording Variations received the Echo Klassik Award for Solo Recording of the Year (19th-century music / piano).

Emanuel Ax is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary doctorates of music from Skidmore College, Yale University, and Columbia University.

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