Saint-Saëns and Dvořák

The New York Philharmonic

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Saint-Saëns and Dvořák


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Nov, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Nov, 2019

Friday, 11:00 AM


Nov, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Alisa Weilerstein solos in Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, an exploration of the sonorous voice of the instrument, at turns lyrical, delicate, and dramatic. Hear the New York Philharmonic in Dvořák’s Sixth, a delightful combination of folk tunes from the composer’s beloved Bohemia (including a whirling furiant) and echoes of the grand symphonic tradition he inherited from Beethoven and Brahms.

Part of the Thursday B, Friday C, and Saturday D Curated Series

Program To Include


Symphony No. 2



Cello Concerto No. 1



Symphony No. 6


Jakub Hrůša


Jakub Hrůša


Jakub Hrusa


Born in the Czech Republic, Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. A frequent guest with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, he enjoys close relationships with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra della Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season he will make debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony.

Mr. Hrůša has collaborated with leading soloists, including Behzod Abduraimov, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Lisa Batiashvili, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Isabelle Faust, Bernarda Fink, Julia Fischer, Vilde Frang, Sol Gabetta, Christian Gerhaher, Kirill Gerstein, Karen Gomyo, Augustin Hadelich, Hilary Hahn, Alina Ibragimova, Janine Jansen, Karita Mattila, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Lang Lang, Igor Levit, Jan Lisiecki, Albrecht Mayer, Johannes Moser, Viktoria Mullova, Anne Sofie Mutter, Kristine Opolais, Stephanie d’Oustrac. Olga Peretyatko, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Josef Špaček, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Simon Trpčeski, Mitsuko Uchida, Klaus Florian Vogt, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Nikolaj Znaider.

A regular guest with Glyndebourne Festival and music director of Glyndebourne On Tour for three years, he has conducted Barber’s Vanessa, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Turn of the Screw, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La bohème. He has led productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Carmen), Vienna Staatsoper (Janáček’s The Makropulos Case), Opéra national de Paris (Dvořák’s Rusalka and Lehár’s The Merry Widow), and Frankfurt Opera (Puccini’s Il trittico).

Recent recordings include Smetana’s Má vlast with the Bamberg Symphony (Tudor), and Bartók’s and Kodály’s Concertos for Orchestra with RSB Berlin (Pentatone). He has also recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, and Suk’s Asrael Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Octavia Records); violin concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch with Nicola Benedetti and the Czech Philharmonic (Universal); and nine discs of Czech repertoire with PKF-Prague Philharmonia, where he was music director from 2009 to 2015 (Pentatone and Supraphon).

Jakub Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his teachers included Jiří Bělohlávek. He is president of the International Martinů Circle and The Dvořák Society, and in 2015 was the inaugural recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize.

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Alisa Weilerstein


Alisa Weilerstein


Alisa Weilerstein


In the 2018–19 season, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship winner, releases Transfigured Night on Pentatone, on which she is joined by Norway’s Trondheim Soloists for Haydn’s First and Second Cello Concertos and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Two Scandinavian performances of the album’s repertoire with the same ensemble opened the season. In the spring she returns to Verklärte Nacht but in a chamber music version, when she tours Europe and the US with pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and percussionist Colin Currie. Also in the season she performs Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with five different orchestras; tours the US playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov, and plays the Schumann Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Bloch’s Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque in cities ranging from San Diego to Vienna. Finally, she gives two performances of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto, Un despertar, with the composer leading both the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She performs Bach’s complete cello suites in Beverly Hills, Paris, Berkeley, for Boston’s Celebrity Series, and at Hamburg’s Elbiphilharmonie.

Ms. Weilerstein’s career milestones include an emotionally-tumultuous account of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Daniel Barenboim in Oxford, and a performance at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama. A champion of new music, she has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Pintscher, and premiered works by Pascal Dusapin, Lera Auerbach, and Joseph Hallman. Ms. Weilerstein, whose honors include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal Prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a celebrity advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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