Sound ON: Leading Voices
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Project 19

Sound ON: Leading Voices

Location

The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

10

Feb, 2020

Monday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Hear from Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner, about February’s concert here.

Sound and stimulation are set to “on” at this new-music series at The Appel Room, overlooking Central Park. The series continues with Philharmonic musicians joining vocalists in World Premieres by Joan La Barbara, Nicole Lizée, and Paola Prestini — commissioned by the Philharmonic as part of Project 19 — alongside works by Crumb and Berio in a concert hosted and curated by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

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

Nicole Lizée

Tears / Pillow (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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George Crumb

Night of the Four Moons

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Joan La Barbara

Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Paola Prestini

Thrush Song (on Rachel Carson before Silent Spring) (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Berio

Folk Songs

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Artists

Jeffrey Milarsky

Conductor

Jeffrey Milarsky

Conductor

Jeffrey Milarsky

Conductor

Making his sixth appearance as part of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series, American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is acclaimed worldwide for his impeccable musicianship, exhilarating presence, and innovative programming. His repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to Xenakis. In recent seasons he has worked with ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, Bergen Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Tanglewood Festival orchestras. Mr. Milarsky has a long history of premiering, recording, and performing works by American composers, which was reflected in his recently receiving the prestigious Ditson Conductor’s Award, established in 1945 and the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to the performance of American music (past honorees include Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski, and Alan Gilbert). A dedicated teacher, Jeffrey Milarsky is a senior lecturer in music at Columbia University, where he is the music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra. In addition to conducting the Juilliard Orchestra, he is the music director of AXIOM, The Juilliard School’s critically acclaimed contemporary-music ensemble, and serves on the conducting faculty.

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Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator

Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator

Nadia Sirota

Host / Curator

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Kelley O'Connor

Mezzo-Soprano

Kelley O'Connor

Mezzo-Soprano

Kelley O'Connor

Mezzo-Soprano

Grammy Award–winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has emerged as one of the most compelling performers of her generation. During the 2017–18 season, her symphonic calendar includes performances of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah, with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic and with Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada leading the Tonkunstler Orchestra; and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Krzysztof Urbański and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She returns to the Kennedy Center for John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, marking her first collaboration with Gianandrea Noseda, and sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Jun Märkl and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. O’Connor gives the World Premiere of a song cycle by Bryce Dessner at Carnegie Hall with Robert Spano leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; later in the season she joins Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony for the World Premiere of a new work written for her by Michael Kurth.

Her recent highlights include Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Louis Langrée and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berio’s Folk Songs with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano and the Minnesota Orchestra, and David Zinman leading the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Lucy Dhegrae

Soprano

Lucy Dhegrae

Soprano

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Joan La Barbara

Vocalist

Joan La Barbara

Vocalist

Joan La Barbara

Vocalist

Joan La Barbara — composer, performer, sound artist, and actor — is renowned for her unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, influencing generations of composers and singers. Awards include the Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award (2016); Premio Internazionale Demetrio Stratos; DAAD-Berlin and Civitella Ranieri Artist-in-Residencies; Guggenheim Fellowship; seven National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and The American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction for her significant contributions to contemporary American music. Her numerous commissions include composing for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, orchestra, interactive technology, and soundscores for dance, video, and film, including for voice and electronics for Sesame Street, broadcast worldwide since 1977. Her multilayered textural compositions were presented at Brisbane Biennial, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Warsaw Autumn, MaerzMusik Berlin, and Lincoln Center, among others. She was artistic director of the multiyear Carnegie Hall series When Morty Met John, and co-founder of the performing composers collective Ne(x)tworks.

Ms. La Barbara’s film work includes appearing as actor in artist Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament and Aleksandar Kostic’s award-winning Parallel Dreams; with Jóhann Jóhannsson, she co-composed cues for Arrival (2016), incorporating her original music from Erin. Recordings include ShamanSong, Sound Paintings, Voice is the Original Instrument, Tapesongs, 73 Poems, and The Early Immersive Music of Joan La Barbara. For her sound painting in solitude this fear is lived, inspired by Agnes Martin’s minimalist drawings, she seated the American Composers Orchestra around and among the audience in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.

Joan La Barbara is a member of the Music Composition Artist Faculty at New York University and the College of Performing Arts Faculty at Mannes / The New School. Composer and publisher member of ASCAP, and member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, she is composing a new opera, Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth, with a libretto by Monique Truong inspired by the lives and work of Virginia Woolf and Joseph Cornell. 

 

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Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

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Special Thanks

Nadia Sirota is The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner.

Part of the GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON series

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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