Tchaikovsky and Sibelius

The New York Philharmonic

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Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Bryce Dessner


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Nov, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Nov, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM


Nov, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic performs Sibelius’s romantic First, with a musical palette evoking the atmosphere of his native Finland and enthralling listeners with its grand sweep and intensity. Bryce Dessner — of the Grammy Award–winning band The National — plays electric guitar in the New York Premiere of his own Wires, a riveting fusion of rhythm and sound.

Program To Include


Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy


Bryce Dessner

Wires (New York Premiere)



Symphony No. 1


Santtu-Matias Rouvali


Santtu-Matias Rouvali


Santtu-Matias Rouvali


In the 2018–19 season Santtu-Matias Rouvali continues his positions as chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as his longstanding post as chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, close to his home in Finland.

Mr. Rouvali has regular relationships with several orchestras across Europe, including the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. In addition to making his Munich Philharmonic deut this season, he returns to North America for concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Following his Nordic tour with Hélène Grimaud last season, the Gothenburg Symphony is back on the road in February 2019 for a tour stopping in major centers in Germany and Austria with pianist Alice Sara Ott and percussionist Martin Grubinger, who premieres a new percussion concerto by Daníel Bjarnason. Mr. Rouvali looks forward to other ambitious touring projects with his orchestras in the future, including appearances in North America and Japan. 

In addition to the extensive tour, Mr. Rouvali’s season in Gothenburg opened with Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony and Víkingur Ólafsson performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, and throughout the season he collaborates with violinists Janine Jansen, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Baiba Skride.

As another cornerstone to his tenure in Gothenburg, he is adding his mark to the orchestra’s impressive recording legacy. In partnership with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Baiba Skride, a recording featuring Bernstein, Korngold, and Rozsa violin concertos was released in autumn 2018. This continues his collaboration with Ms. Skride, which previously included concerts by Nielsen and Sibelius with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in summer 2015.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali has been artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013. Highlights of the tenure include a Sibelius symphony cycle in the autumn of 2015, and the orchestra’s first tour to Japan, in the spring of 2017, where they were accompanied by an exhibition of original Moomin drawings by Tove Jansson to mark the opening of the new museum at the Tampere Hall. Mr. Rouvali opens the 2018–19 season with a Beethoven program featuring pianist Javier Perianes.

Alongside his busy symphonic conducting career, as chief conductor in Tampere, he has conducted Verdi’s La forza del destino and, in the spring of 2018, the World Premiere of Olli Kortekangas’s My Brother’s Keeper (Veljeni vartija) with Tampere Opera.

Learn more about Santtu-Matias Rouvali

Bryce Dessner

Electric guitar

Bryce Dessner

Electric guitar

Bryce Dessner

Electric guitar

Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalog of works commissioned by leading ensembles. Known to many as a guitarist with The National, he is also active as a curator. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal compositions have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, eighth blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet, and many others. 

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. In the late 1990s he formed the quartet Clogs, and in 2001 co-founded the Grammy-nominated indie rock band The National. He founded MusicNow, the Cincinnati-based music festival, in 2006. In 2015 he was tapped to curate Mountain and Waves, a celebration of his music at the Barbican in London, and created the first iteration of Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival in Cork (Ireland). Other notable projects include Quilting, a 17-minute score co-commissioned with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, and The Most Incredible Thing, a ballet co-created with Justin Peck and Marcel Dzama, premiered by New York City Ballet.

Mr. Dessner, who resides in Paris, has been increasingly active composing for major European ensembles and soloists. His piece Wires was commissioned for the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher, and he’s written solo works for violinists Pekka Kuusisto and Jennifer Koh, and a concerto for pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque which toured Europe in 2018–19. 

A Baryshnikov scholarship facilitated his recent commission for YMusic, and in March 2019 Roomful of Teeth and Brad Wells present a new piece by Mr. Dessner integrating the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Future projects include a stage work with Enda Walsh and a concerto for Pekka Kusisto.

Learn more about Bryce Dessner


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