Renee Fleming Sings Bjork
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Project 19

Renée Fleming, Ellen Reid, and Bruckner

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

2 hours & 15 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

20

Feb, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

21

Feb, 2020

Friday, 8:00 PM

22

Feb, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Renée Fleming, “America’s Diva,” performs songs by singer / songwriter Björk. Jaap van Zweden also leads Bruckner’s epic Fourth Symphony, with its stately pace, noble horn calls, and blazing climaxes — a grand night for the Philharmonic’s stellar brass section! Ellen Reid’s commissioned work continues 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

Ellen Reid

When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Anders Hillborg

Dark Harbor XXXV and Dark Harbor XI, from The Strand Settings

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Björk / Orch. H. Ek

Virus and All Is Full of Love

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Bruckner

Symphony No. 4

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

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. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducted the New York Philharmonic in four World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. As part of the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, he led the premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid. Other highlights include a new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Björk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Anders Hilborg, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed 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 (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 an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

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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Renée Fleming

Soprano (Hillborg, Björk)

Renée Fleming

Soprano (Hillborg, Björk)

Renée Fleming

Soprano (Hillborg, Björk)

Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time. Winner of four Grammy Awards and recipient of the US National Medal of Arts from President Obama, she has sung for momentous occasions ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In 2014 Ms. Fleming sang for a vast new audience as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Ms. Fleming’s current schedule includes concerts in Boston, Vienna, Paris, and Beijing. In December she brought her acclaimed portrayal of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza to Chicago, after appearances in London and Los Angeles. Last summer, she sang the world premieres of André Previn’s Penelope and Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light at Tanglewood. In April she appeared opposite Ben Whishaw in Anne Carson’s Norma Jean Baker of Troy to open The Shed at New York’s Hudson Yards. Ms. Fleming earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the 2018 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her new album, Lieder: Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler, was released by Decca in June 2019. She was heard on the soundtracks of the 2018 Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and she provided Julianne Moore’s singing voice for the film Bel Canto.

As artistic advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Renée Fleming spearheads a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health focused on music, health, and neuroscience. Her honors include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

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Eliza Bagg

Soprano (Reid)

Eliza Bagg

Soprano (Reid)

Eliza Bagg

Soprano (Reid)

Eliza Bagg is a Los Angeles–based experimental musician. Along with creating her own work, she has collaborated with prominent composers on projects ranging from Meredith Monk’s opera Atlas with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (directed by Yuval Sharon) to chamber motets by John Zorn. Other highlights include Michael Gordon’s opera Acquanetta (directed by Daniel Fish), new works by David Lang and Bryce Dessner with Roomful of Teeth, and collaborations with electronic artists Ben Frost and Julianna Barwick on the Liquid Music Series.

Ms. Bagg writes, produces, and performs a solo future-pop performance project as Lisel, whose 2019 debut album (on Luminelle Records) received critical acclaim from publications including Pitchfork, Billboard, and The Fader. She is noted for her use of extended techniques and her unique vocal sound, the basis for her music’s ethereal, otherworldly landscape.

Eliza Bagg sings regularly as a member of Roomful of Teeth and ModernMedieval trio. She has performed as a soloist on the new-music series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

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Martha Cluver

Soprano (Reid)

Martha Cluver

Soprano (Reid)

Martha Cluver

Soprano (Reid)

Soprano Martha Cluver is a soloist and chamber musician focusing on early and new music. An original member of the Grammy Award–winning vocal band Roomful of Teeth and ModernMedieval Voices, she has performed and recorded many works by Steve Reich, including the world premiere chamber version of The Desert Music. Other notable solo performances have included works by John Zorn, George Benjamin, Alice Shields, Caleb Burhans, Kaija Saariaho, and Berio. Operatic appearances have included Feldman’s Neither, Nunes’s La Douce, and Vivier’s Kopernikus. Ms. Cluver has worked with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Eduardo Leandro, Brad Lubman, David Alan Miller, Ludovic Morlot, Alan Pierson, Christopher Rountree, and Peter Rundel. She has performed with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dogs of Desire, Ensemble REMIX, Prague Modern, NEXUS Percussion, So Percussion, TENET, ACME, Fifth House Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound. Martha Cluver earned a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music. 

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Estelí Gomez

Soprano (Reid)

Estelí Gomez

Soprano (Reid)

Estelí Gomez

Soprano (Reid)

Soprano Estelí Gomez can be heard on the Seattle Symphony’s 2017 recording of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, on the first track of Silkroad Ensemble’s Grammy-winning 2016 album Sing Me Home, and on Roomful of Teeth’s 2014 Grammy-winning self-titled debut album featuring Caroline Shaw’s Partita, the work for which the composer was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Ms. Gomez’s 2019–20 season highlights include Vivier’s Kopernikus directed by Peter Sellars in New Zealand, Australia, and Spain; recordings of Nico Muhly’s How Little You Are as soprano soloist with Conspirare; solo appearances with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, Kingsbury Ensemble, Yarn / Wire, and A Far Cry; teaching at Lawrence Conservatory and the Oregon Bach Festival; and concerts at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Guggenheim, as well as throughout Europe with Roomful of Teeth. Originally from Watsonville, California, Estelí Gomez attended Yale and McGill, studying with Sanford Sylvan. She is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists who donate a percentage of their concert fees; she currently contributes to RAICES and the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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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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