Susanna Malkki, Branford Marsalis, and Adams
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Susanna Mälkki, Branford Marsalis, and Adams

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-101

Duration

One hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

12

Nov, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

13

Nov, 2020

Friday, 11:00 AM

14

Nov, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM

17

Nov, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Susanna Mälkki leads Sibelius’s Fifth. A silvery ribbon of 16 swans inspired the finale’s horn theme, and, after exultant washes of sound, six stunning chords splendidly crown this late-Romantic symphony. Jazz royalty and Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis solos in John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto, in which “jazz influences lie only slightly below the surface,” according to the composer.

Program To Include

Sibelius

The Oceanides

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John Adams

Saxophone Concerto

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Sibelius

Symphony No. 5

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Artists

Susanna Mälkki

Conductor

Susanna Mälkki

Conductor

Susanna Mälkki

Conductor

Conductor Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by the world’s leading symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles, and opera houses because of her versatility and broad repertoire. In the 2019–20 season she returns to the New York, London, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; Boston, Chicago, and London symphony orchestras; Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and Orchestre national de Lyon; she makes debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. Recent engagements include the Vienna Symphony and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (as a Wiener Konzerthaus Portrait artist), hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.

The 2019–20 season is Ms. Mälkki’s fourth as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; highlights include premieres by leading national composers Kaija Saariaho and Lotta Wennäkoski, and a new work by Felipe Lara (co-commissioned with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), a tour to Belgium, and the continuation of Bartók Trilogy recordings for BIS Records. In her third season as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she pays tribute to the late Oliver Knussen, programming his Violin Concerto and co-curating (with Leila Josefowicz) a New Music Group concert centered on his chamber music; she also conducts Holst’s The Planets, Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Suite, and a new composition by Saariaho. Ms. Mälkki previously served as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (2013–17) and music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (2006–13).

A renowned opera conductor, this season Ms. Mälkki makes her Aix en Provence Festival debut, conducting the world premiere of Saariaho’s Innocence, and returns to the Opéra national de Paris. She was the first woman ever to conduct at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, and has appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, Finnish National Opera, and Hamburg Staatsoper.

Susanna Mälkki studied at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. Her conducting studies followed a successful career as a cellist. Her honors include election as a fellow of London’s Royal Academy of Music (2010), membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland (2011), and being made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur (2016). In 2017 she was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year and was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.

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Branford Marsalis

Saxophone

Branford Marsalis

Saxophone

Branford Marsalis

Saxophone

After four decades in the international spotlight, the achievements of saxophonist Branford Marsalis continue to grow. From his initial recognition as a young jazz lion, he has expanded his vision as an instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and educator, crossing stylistic boundaries while maintaining an unwavering creative integrity. In the process, he has become an avatar of contemporary artistic excellence.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet, formed in 1986, remains Mr. Marsalis’s primary means of expression. In its virtually uninterrupted three-plus decades of existence, the Quartet has established a rare breadth of stylistic range and a continuity of personnel.

Mr. Marsalis has not confined his music to the Quartet context — classical inhabits a growing portion of his musical universe. In the 2020–21 season he appears with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia, Belgian National, and NHK Symphony orchestras, and he embarks on a North American tour with Orpheus. He appears regularly with leading orchestras around the world including the Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit symphony orchestras and the Bavarian Staatsoper, Frankfurt Museums, Düsseldorf Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Australian Chamber orchestras, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Adams, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem, and Vaughan Williams.

He also shares his knowledge as an educator, forming extended teaching relationships at Michigan State, San Francisco State, and North Carolina Central universities, and conducting workshops at sites throughout the world.

Branford Marsalis’s numerous awards include three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) a citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, rather than marks of success, these honors are only waystations along one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music.

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