Saturday Matinee: Haydn's Miracle Symphony
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Saturday Matinee: Haydn's Miracle Symphony


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Jan, 2020

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

It’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Jeffrey Kahane leads the Philharmonic in one of Haydn’s grandest symphonies and Respighi’s Botticelli Triptych, which translates into music the Renaissance painter’s colorful canvases, including “The Birth of Venus.” The concert opens with Kahane joining the New York Philharmonic String Quartet in a Brahms masterpiece, and closes with a lively Q & A.



Piano Quintet



Trittico botticelliano



Symphony No. 96, Miracle


Jeffrey Kahane

Conductor / Piano

Jeffrey Kahane

Conductor / Piano

Jeffrey Kahane

Conductor / Piano

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane has established a reputation as a versatile artist with a diverse repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Osvaldo Golijov, and John Adams.

Mr. Kahane appears as soloist and conductor with major ensembles, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and is also a popular artist at all of the major US summer festivals, including Aspen, Blossom, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, and Ravinia.

In May 2017 Jeffrey Kahane completed his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He previously served as music director of the Colorado Symphony (2005–10) and of the Santa Rosa Symphony (for 10 seasons, where he is now conductor laureate). In August 2016 he was appointed music director of the Sarasota Music Festival. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras, and received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He has recorded for the SONY, EMI, Telarc, RCA, Nonesuch, Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Records, Decca / Argo, and Haenssler labels

Mr. Kahane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, and has since given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers, including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Since making his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988, he has appeared as a guest conductor at the major US orchestras. His recent and upcoming engagements include play / conduct appearances with the New York Philharmonic; Houston, Colorado, San Diego, San Antonio, and Phoenix symphony orchestras; and the Indianapolis, Vancouver, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras. He performs concertos with the Toronto, Cincinnati, New Jersey, New World, Oregon, and Utah symphony orchestras and appears at the Aspen, Britt, Oregon Bach, and Tippet Rise festivals, as well as with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

A Los Angeles native, Jeffrey Kahane is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition, a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, and the recipient of a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He teaches at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

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New York Philharmonic String Quartet

New York Philharmonic String Quartet

New York Philharmonic String Quartet

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four Principal musicians from the Orchestra: Concertmaster Frank Huang (The Charles E. Culpeper Chair); Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples (The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair); Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps (The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair); and Principal Cello Carter Brey (The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair). The group was formed in January 2017, during the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, and made its debut as the solo ensemble in John Adams’s Absolute Jest in New York in March 2017, reprising the work on the Orchestra’s 2017 European tour. The quartet has since appeared throughout the United States, in a tour of South Korea, and at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. In the 2019–20 season, the ensemble returns to Miami and debuts at the University of California, Santa Barbara with pianist Yefim Bronfman; University Musical Society of the University of Michigan with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott; Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado; McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California; The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Portland Ovations in Portland, Maine. All four members are multiple prize winners, have appeared as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras around the world, and have appeared frequently in the Philharmonic’s chamber music series at David Geffen Hall and Merkin Hall.

Frank Huang has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet.

Sheryl Staples has performed chamber music for U.S. Ambassadors in London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, and Hong Kong. She toured Mexico, Brazil, and Chile in 2013, and she has appeared at summer festivals including La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Boston Chamber Music Society, Salt Bay Chamberfest, and the chamber music festivals of Santa Fe, Mainly Mozart, Seattle, Aspen, Sarasota, Martha’s Vineyard, Strings Music Festival, and Brightstar. She appears on three Stereophile CDs with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Cynthia Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-viola group with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincenc.

Carter Brey 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.

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