Hilary Hahn and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony
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Hilary Hahn and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$51-152

Duration

1 hour & 44 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

27

May, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

28

May, 2021

Friday, 8:00 PM

29

May, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Hilary Hahn (whose playing is “impetuous and authoritative, brilliant and beautiful” — The New York Times) joins Jaap van Zweden for Dvořák’s Violin Concerto, a rich tapestry of Bohemian folk tunes. The Maestro also leads Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, a colorful canvas of nature — birds and brooks and breezes. Here, the softer side of Beethoven, often a thundering revolutionary, is on delightful display.

Program To Include

Michael Ippolito

Nocturne

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Dvořák

Violin Concerto

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Beethoven

Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

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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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Hilary Hahn

Violin

Hilary Hahn

Violin

Hilary Hahn

Violin

Three-time Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is a fan favorite thanks to her barrier-breaking attitude toward classical music and her commitment to sharing her experiences with a global community. After a year-long sabbatical over the 2019–20 concert season, she returns to performing in September 2020.

An avid blogger, Ms. Hahn hosts on her website a variety of original writing, has published articles in mainstream media, and has created a mini-video-masterclass series around 6 Partitas. She pioneered two new projects aimed at dispelling traditional barriers in classical performance. Through #100daysofpractice, her Instagram-based practice initiative, she aspires to transform the typically grueling and isolating practice process into a community-oriented, social celebration of artistic development. Her Bring Your Own Baby concerts create opportunities for parents to share their enjoyment of music with their children in a nurturing, welcoming environment.

She is a prolific recording artist, whose 19 albums on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony have all opened in the top ten of the Billboard charts. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, written for and recorded by Ms. Hahn, won the Pulitzer Prize. Ms. Hahn was featured in the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to The Village and has collaborated on two records by the alt-rock band ....And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, on the album Grand Forks by Tom Brosseau, and on tour with folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. In 2012 Ms. Hahn launched Silfra, a free-improv project with experimental prepared-pianist Hauschka, following an intensive period of development.

The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Hilary Hahn holds honorary doctorates from Middlebury College and Ball State University, where there are three scholarships in her name.

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