Mozart, Haydn, and Nina C. Young
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Project 19

Mozart, Haydn, and Nina C. Young

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35-133

Duration

2 hours & 15 minutes 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 multi-season New York Philharmonic initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

Program

Nina C. Young

Tread softly (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

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, and has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, including the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in seven World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. He presides over Project 19, marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers; hotspots festival, spotlighting Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York as new-music centers; and Mahler’s New York, examining the composer / conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director. During the 2020 European tour, he and the Orchestra will open the Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s history. Other highlights include a new production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and the low-cost Phil the Hall. He also guest conducts the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is of the World Premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, continuing the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos, and his performance of Parsifal earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012.

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 a 60 Minutes profile on CBS in 2018.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. Today, the Foundation focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism by providing in-home music therapy; developing funding opportunities for autism programs; operating the Papageno House, where young adults with autism live, work, and participate in the community; and creating a research center in the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism. Most recently, the Foundation 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

Soprano

Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson has worked all over the world as recitalist and concert artist, as well as on the operatic stage. She has sung roles in operas ranging from Mozart and Britten to Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out, and has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Miilan’s Teatro alla Scala; Vienna Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Paris’s Théâtre Champs Elysees, Liceu Barcelona, New National Theatre Tokyo, and the Bavarian, Hamburg, and Vienna Staatsoper, among others.

Her concert appearances have included J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at Teatro La Fenice and St. Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms; Brahms’s Requiem with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia and the London Philharmonic; Grieg’s Peer Gynt with the Vienna Symphony; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, Teatro alla Scala, and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. She has sung in recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Persson’s 2019–20 season engagements include role debuts as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Tokyo’s New National Theatre; Countess Almaviva at the Berlin Staatsoper; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with the Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre national de Lyon, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Houston Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Prague Spring International Festival; the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm; Mozart concert arias on tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester; and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New York Philharmonic.

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Susanna Phillips

Soprano

Susanna Phillips

Soprano

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Soprano

Soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. In the 2019–20 season, she returns to The Met as the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, makes her role debut as Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, and reprises the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She returns to Opera Theatre of St. Louis for her role debut as Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. In concert, Ms. Phillips sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony at its opening night gala concert led by Michael Tilson Thomas, Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Jane Glover, and John Adams’s El Niño with the Houston Symphony led by David Robertson.

Recent operatic highlights include performances at The Met as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Clémence in The Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin. Internationally, she made her debut at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and at the Zurich Opera House and Opera Frankfurt as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

Ms. Phillips’s concert engagements have included the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as well as the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also appeared in the title role of Handel’s Agrippina and as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the Boston Baroque.

Susanna Phillips is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. More than 400 people traveled from her hometown for her Metropolitan Opera debut in La bohème, in 2008. She returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.

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Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

Nicholas Phan

Tenor

A Connecticut native raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, tenor Nicholas Phan came to national attention when named one of NPR’s Favorite New Artists of 2011. His solo disc Gods and Monsters was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album, 2017, and his other CDs — Illuminations, A Painted Tale, Still Fall the Rain, and Winter Words — have appeared on many best-of lists, including those of The New York Times, The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, and The Boston Globe. Mr. Phan’s growing discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pergolesi’s 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 the Bach Collegium Japan, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (in which he sings both the Evangelist and the tenor arias) with Apollo’s Fire, and the world premiere recordings of two orchestral song cycles: The Old Burying Ground by Evan Chambers and Elliott Carter’s A Sunbeam’s Architecture. With a diverse repertoire that ranges from Monteverdi to Carter and beyond, Nicholas Phan 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, an organization devoted to promoting this underserved corner of the classical music repertoire.

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Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Andrew Foster-Williams

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams performs on both the opera and concert stages, in repertoire ranging from works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, and Weber to those by Berlioz, Britten, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, and Wagner. He has appeared on major stages with celebrated orchestras and conductors, including The Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Salzburg Mozarteum with Ivor Bolton, San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Richard Egarr, Hong Kong Philharmonic with Edo de Waart, Gulbenkian Orchestra with Lorenzo Viotti, and London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski.

Highlights of his 2019–20 season include Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Oslo Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with the Munich Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Foster-Williams’s commercial releases include La Damnation de Faust with Les Talens Lyriques (led by Christoph Rousset), Haydn’s The Seasons with the London Symphony Orchestra (Colin Davis) and with Gabrieli Consort & Players (Paul McCreesh), Weber’s Euryanthe with ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Constantin Trinks), and Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera (Richard Egarr). Performances captured for DVD include a Gramophone Award–winning production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with Glyndebourne Festival Opera (Wiliam Christie) and Rossini’s William Tell (Antonio Fogliani).

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Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director

Chorus

Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Concert Chorale of New York (CCNY) is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival, in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, and in Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase and in Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. CCNY has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra of New York, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performing repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Bernstein and collaborating with Louis Langrée, Gianandrea Noseda, and Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. For the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the latter 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 and Mozart’s Requiem at Mostly Mozart. The ensemble’s discography includes Kismet and 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). This season’s upcoming New York Philharmonic collaborations include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and John Adams’s Harmonium. The artistic administrator for the Chorale is Jacqueline Pierce.

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2015 he was named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now while continuing his role as principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of The Collegiate Chorale; highlights of his tenure include conducting rarely-performed operas in concert, including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, and Boito’s Mefistofele. He conducted the New York Premieres of Philip Glass’s Toltec Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana at Carnegie Hall, and trained choruses for the Boston Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival, American Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras, and the Verbier and Salzburg Festivals. He has prepared choruses with conductors including Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, Robert Shaw, and Leonard Slatkin. He is professor of music and director of performance studies at Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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James Bagwell, director

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Special Thanks

Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang.

Generous support is also provided by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 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.

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