Mozart, Haydn, and Nina C. Young

The New York Philharmonic

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Project 19

Mozart, Haydn, and Nina C. Young

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$28-109

Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

5

Feb, 2020

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

6

Feb, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

8

Feb, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

11

Feb, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Mozart’s solemn “Great” Mass — a worthy heir to Bach’s B-minor Mass and forebear of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis — inspires with high-wire singing and the transcendent Et incarnatus est. The Philharmonic’s own Carter Brey reveals the intensity and incandescence of Haydn’s First Cello Concerto. Nina C. Young’s commissioned work kicks off Project 19.

Project 19 is a multiyear New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

Program To Include

Nina C. Young

New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Haydn

Cello Concerto in C major

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Mozart

Mass in C minor, Great

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. In the 2019–20 season he and the Philharmonic celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers in Project 19, illuminate three hotbeds of music innovation — Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York — in the hotspots festival, and explore Mahler’s New York. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised 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 from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

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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Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur. He has since appeared as soloist almost every season, and was featured during The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, when he gave two performances of the cycle of all six of Bach’s cello suites. Most recently, he was the soloist in performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto on the Orchestra’s CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.

Mr. Brey has appeared as soloist with virtually all the major orchestras in the United States, and performed under the batons of prominent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, and Christoph von Dohnányi. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets,The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy) and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. His violoncello is a rare J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

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Miah Persson

Soprano

Miah Persson

Soprano

Miah Persson artistbilder Monika Rittershaus

Soprano

Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson has appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Deutsche Staatsoper, Bavarian Staatsoper, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien, Gran Teatro del Liceu, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among many others.

Recent engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Orchestre national de Lille; recitals at the Pierre Boulezsaal, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with Philharmonie Luxembourg; Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at the Gulbenkian Foundation; Tod Machover’s Sunken Garden for Dallas Opera; Haydn’s The Creation at the Verbier Festival; and the role of Countess Capriccio in R. Strauss’s Capriccio at Garsington Opera.

Forthcoming highlights include not only Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock with the New York Philharmonic but also Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and on tour to Spain with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra; the role of the Countess in concert performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; the title role in Mozart’s Zaide for the Munich Radio Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic; Mozart concert arias on tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; and Bruckner’s Te Deum and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Persson also appears in a number of European recital engagements.

Miah Persson will sing Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Kammerorchester Basel; Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo for Opera di Roma; Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar at the New National Theatre, and Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at Gran Teatro del Liceu.

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Amanda Majeski

Soprano

Amanda Majeski

Soprano

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Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. With a diverse repertoire, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. He is also an avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music. In 2010 he co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC).

Mr. Phan once again launched the season in Chicago, curating CAIC’s seventh annual Collaborative Arts Festival. Other 2018–19 season highlights include two role debuts — Eumolpus in Stravinsky’s Perséphone, with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony; and the title role in Handel’s Jephtha, with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman — and makes his Israel debut in the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, with Marin Alsop and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to three programs with the San Francisco Symphony, he returns to major American orchestras including the Chicago, Dallas, and St. Louis symphony orchestras.

Mr. Phan’s most recent solo album, Illuminations, was released on Avie Records in April 2018. His previous solo album, Gods and Monsters, was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album. His other previous solo albums — A Painted Tale, Still Fall the Rain, and Winter Words — made many “Best of” lists, including those of The New York TimesThe New YorkerChicago Tribune, and Boston Globe. Mr. Phan’s discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera with Philharmonia Baroque, an album of J.S. Bach’s secular cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, Bach’s St. John Passion with Apollo’s Fire, and the World Premiere recordings of two orchestral song cycles: Evan Chambers’s The Old Burying Ground and Carter’s A Sunbeam’s Architecture.

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Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams enjoys a vibrant career on both opera and concert stages, his vocal versatility allowing him to present repertoire ranging from classics by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, and Weber to works of Romantic and neoclassical masters such as Berlioz, Britten, RichardStrauss, Stravinsky, and Wagner. He has appeared on major stages with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors of our day, including The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Salzburg Mozarteum with Ivor Bolton, San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Richard Egarr, Hong Kong Philharmonic under Edo de Waart, and the London Symphony Orchestra with Colin Davis.

Recent highlights include Christoph Loy’s new production of Weber’s Euryanthe at Theater an der Wien conducted by Constantin Trinks, Barbora Horáková Joly’s new production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Theater Basel led by Erik Nielsen, and a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin at La Monnaie directed by Olivier Py under the baton of Alain Altinoglu. In concert, he has joined Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for Brahms’s A German Requiem, Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Haydn’s The Seasons, and Lorenzo Viotti and the Gulbenkian Orchestra for semi-staged performances of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Boasting an extensive discography, Andrew Foster-Williams’s commercially available releases include Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with the San Francisco Symphony (led by Tilson Thomas), Haydn’s The Seasons with the London Symphony Orchestra (C. Davis) and with the Gabrieli Consort & Players (Paul McCreesh), and Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera (Egarr). Performances captured for DVD include a Gramophone Award–winning production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Glyndebourne Festival Opera (William Christie) and Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (Antonio Fogliani).

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Concert Chorale of New York

Chorus

Concert Chorale of New York

Chorus

Chorus

The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of Handel’s L’Allegro and Theodora, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other credits include the Brooklyn Academy of Music productions of Philip Glass’s Civil Wars, John Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed Gilbert & Sullivan at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase; a Haydn, Bach, and Beethoven series; and Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert led by Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at the Mostly Mozart Festival, including in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony (the latter with Gianandrea Noseda and with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation with Louis Langrée. For the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the last also televised on Live From Lincoln Center). Last season, CCNY performed all of Bernstein’s choral works, including Chichester Psalms, paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bernstein’s MASS, in addition to Mozart’s Requiem, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. The ensemble’s discography includes Lederer & Davis’s Kismet and Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI).

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