Fall Gala with Itzhak Perlman
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CANCELLED: Fall Gala with Itzhak Perlman


David Geffen Hall

Price Range


Date & Times


Sep, 2020

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Music Director Jaap van Zweden kicks off the season with superstar Itzhak Perlman, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, in Bruch’s rich Violin Concerto, the perfect showcase for the man who has delighted and amazed generations of music lovers. Let that musical high carry you over to Beethoven’s Seventh — exuberant and energetic — called by Wagner “the apotheosis of the dance itself.”

Program To Include


Violin Concerto No. 1



Symphony No. 7


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


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; 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.

Learn more about Jaap van Zweden

Itzhak Perlman


Itzhak Perlman


Itzhak Perlman


The reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.

Having performed with every major orchestra and at concert halls around the globe, Mr. Perlman was granted a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2015. His other honors include a Kennedy Center Honor (2003), a National Medal of Arts (by President Clinton, 2000), and a Medal of Liberty (by President Reagan, 1986). Mr. Perlman has been honored with 16 Grammy Awards, 4 Emmy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Genesis Prize.

In the 2019–20 season, Mr. Perlman embarks on a debut tour of An Evening with Itzhak Perlman, a new program that captures his career highlights through narrative and multimedia elements intertwined with performance. The tour goes to Penn State, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, McCallum Theatre Palm Desert, Mesa Arts Center, Artis-Naples, and the State Theatre New Jersey. Mr. Perlman makes orchestral appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Zubin Mehta’s final concerts as music director, and performs with the Baltimore, Atlanta, Oregon, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Throughout the season, he plays recitals across North America with his longtime collaborator, Rohan De Silva.

In June 2019, MasterClass — the premier online education company that enables access to the world’s most brilliant minds, including Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Jodie Foster, and Serena Williams — premiered its first-ever classical-music class taught by Mr. Perlman. Available exclusively at masterclass.com/ip, his class offers an intimate and inspirational approach to the world of violin, covering fundamental techniques, practice strategies, and ways to build a richer sound.

Itzhak Perlman’s recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts. In 2008, Mr. Perlman was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts.

Learn more about Itzhak Perlman


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