Mozart, Chick Corea, and Joan Tower
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Project 19

CANCELLED: Mozart, Chick Corea, and Joan Tower


David Geffen Hall

Price Range


Date & Times


Sep, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Sep, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Jazz master Chick Corea, our Artist-in-Residence and a 22-time Grammy winner, brings his jazz touch to the cadenzas in Mozart’s dramatic 24th Piano Concerto. Jaap van Zweden conducts Musorgsky’s musical “gallery crawl,” culminating in the tumultuous pealing of bells of “The Great Gate of Kiev.” The World Premiere of Joan Tower’s new work marks the beginning of the second season of Project 19.

Program To Include

Joan Tower

New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)



Piano Concerto No. 24


Musorgsky / Orch. Stokowski

Pictures at an Exhibition


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

Chick Corea


Chick Corea


Chick Corea


Keyboardist, composer, and bandleader Chick Corea has been named The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2020–21 season. His activities reflect his many talents. As pianist, he performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 — with his own improvised, jazz-inflected cadenzas — led by Jaap van Zweden. As composer, his Trombone Concerto will be premiered with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi as soloist, also conducted by Maestro van Zweden; this marks the first time a Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence has been commissioned by the Orchestra. He will participate in Philharmonic education activities and perform Chick and Friends, a collaborative concert featuring guest artists and Philharmonic musicians.

Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. He is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history — with 63 nods and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children’s songs to chamber and symphonic works, Mr. Corea has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre-shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

Born in 1941 in Massachusetts, Mr. Corea remains a tireless creative spirit, continually reinventing himself through his art. Yet he has never been more productive than in the 21st century, whether playing acoustic piano or electric keyboards, leading multiple bands, performing solo, or collaborating with a who’s who of music. He has been named Artist of the Year in the DownBeat Readers Poll five times in the last ten years. As The New York Times said, he is “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.”

Mr. Corea’s classic albums as a leader or co-leader include Now He Sings, Now He Sobs; Return to Forever; Crystal Silence; and My Spanish Heart. His new Spanish Heart Band revisits that last, a legendary album celebrating his lifelong love of Latin music with an eight-piece ensemble featuring musicians from the great Paco de Lucia’s band. The ensemble’s new studio album, Antidote, was released to universal acclaim on Concord Records in 2019. His latest album, Trilogy 2, reconvenes his trio with McBride and Blade for a thrilling set of Corea classics, brilliant standards, and new takes on tunes from Joe Henderson, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Stevie Wonder.

Learn more about Chick Corea

Special Thanks
Chick Corea is The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence

Lead support for Project 19 is provided by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust and Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Mr. Oscar L. Tang.

Generous support is also provided by Sheree A. and Gerald L. Friedman; The Hauser Foundation; The Gerald L. Lennard Foundation; Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa; Kimberly V. Strauss, The Strauss Foundation; the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; and an anonymous donor.

Project 19 is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.


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