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

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$85-280

Date & Times

16

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

Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1

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Beethoven

Symphony No. 7

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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. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducted the New York Philharmonic in four World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. As part of the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, he led the premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid. Other highlights include a new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Björk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Anders Hilborg, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

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 an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Itzhak Perlman

Violin

Itzhak Perlman

Violin

Itzhak Perlman

Violin

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.

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