Renee Fleming Sings Bjork

The New York Philharmonic

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Project 19

Renée Fleming Sings Björk

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35-133

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

Program To Include

Ellen Reid

New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Björk / Orch. H. Ek

Virus, Joga, All Is Full of Love, and Undo

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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, 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; the 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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Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming

Soprano

Renee Fleming

Soprano

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013 President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts. A four-time Grammy Award winner, she has sung for momentous occasions, ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace. In 2014 she became the first classical artist ever to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl.

Ms. Fleming earned a 2018 Tony Award nomination for her appearance in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel on Broadway. Heard on the soundtracks of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Shape of Water, she also provided the singing voice of Julianne Moore in the film Bel Canto. Ms. Fleming’s 2018–19 tour schedule includes concerts in Boston, Chicago, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Paris. This June she will make her London theater debut in The Light in the Piazza at Royal Festival Hall.

As artistic advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ms. Fleming spearheads a collaboration with the NIH focused on the science connecting music, wellness, and the brain. She has given 18 presentations with scientists and practitioners across the country on this subject over the past year.

In September Decca released her latest album, Renée Fleming: Broadway. She has recorded everything from complete operas and song recitals to indie rock and jazz, and her album Signatures was selected by the Library of Congress for the National Recording Registry as an “aural treasure worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony.”

Renée Fleming is the first-ever creative consultant at Lyric Opera of Chicago and a member of the boards of Carnegie Hall and Sing for Hope. Her awards 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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Special Thanks

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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