Nightcap: Curated by Chick Corea

The New York Philharmonic

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Nightcap: Curated by Chick Corea


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Date & Times


Jun, 2021

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. Composer / pianist Chick Corea — our Artist-in-Residence — will curate a program to follow a performance of his Trombone Concerto, a Philharmonic co-commission, being premiered that week.


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.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators, including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. She also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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