Saturday Matinee: Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer

The New York Philharmonic

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Mahler's New York

Saturday Matinee: Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-79

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

18

Apr, 2020

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

In Songs of a Wayfarer you’ll hear Mahler’s affecting blend of joy and despair, as a young man mourns the loss of his beloved in four songs, performed by English baritone Roderick Williams. Never has heartbreak sounded more haunting. Our Principal Brass Quintet opens the concerts with engaging selections including Bernstein’s Dance Suite.

Part of Mahler’s New York, two weeks celebrating the great composer and former New York Philharmonic Music Director.

Program To Include

Bernstein

Dance Suite

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Arnold

Brass Quintet No. 1

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Joseph Horovitz

Music Hall Suite

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David Hertzberg

New work (New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Mahler

Songs of a Wayfarer

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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; 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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Roderick Williams

Baritone

Roderick Williams

Baritone

Roddy Williams

Baritone

Baritone Roderick Williams performs a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform, and is in demand as a recitalist worldwide. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has sung in World Premieres of operas by David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton, and Alexander Knaifel. His recent and upcoming engagements include the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Garsington, the title role in Britten’s Billy Budd with Opera North, Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and productions with Dallas Opera and English National Opera.

Mr. Williams sings regularly with all the major UK orchestras, including the BBC orchestras, all as well as the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and Bach Collegium Japan, among others. His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms (including the Last Night in 2014), Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Aldeburgh, and Melbourne.

Roderick Williams has an extensive discography. Also a composer, his works have been premiered at London’s Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room, and live on national radio. In December 2016 he won the prize for best choral composition at the British Composer Awards.

In 2015 he began a three-year odyssey of the Schubert song cycles, culminating in performances at Wigmore Hall in the 2017–18 season; he is now in the process of recording them for the Chandos label.

Mr. Williams was artistic director of Leeds Lieder in April 2016, and won the RPS Singer of the Year award in May 2016. He was awarded an OBE in June 2017.

Learn more about Roderick Williams

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Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

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Special Thanks

Major support for Mahler’s New York is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

Mahler's New York 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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