Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mozart and Caroline Shaw
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Roomful of Teeth Takeover

CANCELLED: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mozart and Caroline Shaw


David Geffen Hall

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Date & Times


Feb, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Feb, 2021

Friday, 2:00 PM


Feb, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Feb, 2021

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. From the stately Adagio to intimate moments expressed by the mellow sound of clarinets (an instrument the composer loved!), it shows his mastery of the form. Plus a World Premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, part of Project 19, which features Roomful of Teeth (“a kind of lab experiment for the human voice” — The New Yorker).

Program To Include


Pulcinella Suite


Caroline Shaw

New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)



Symphony No. 39


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. 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.

Learn more about Jaap van Zweden

Roomful of Teeth

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth

Vocal Ensemble

Roomful of Teeth is a multi-Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble devoted to the boundless expressive capacity of the human voice. Founder and artistic director Brad Wells has handpicked a group of the most versatile classically trained singers from around the United States, whose voices cover a five-octave range, from ground-shaking lows to dog-whistle highs. Through rigorous study with masters of vocal traditions the world over, Roomful of Teeth continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges not only new music but an entirely new type of repertoire.

Founded in 2009, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts. While in residence, the members work intensively with master singers and teacher-experts in a wide range of vocal styles, from katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) to Korean p’ansori, Georgian folk music, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani classical singing, Persian classical singing, and even death metal screaming.

Through this process, Roomful of Teeth has worked with a strikingly wide range of composers to create a significant and continuously growing repertoire. Recent commissions have included works by William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, Terry Riley, Julia Wolfe, and many others. The group has a special relationship with composer Caroline Shaw, who is one of Teeth’s eight founding members and whose Partita for 8 Voices won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Roomful of Teeth maintains an active touring schedule throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Recent appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, King’s Place in London, the Barbican, and many others. The members of the group reside around the United States, from San Francisco to San Antonio to New York.

Learn more about Roomful of Teeth

Special Thanks
Performances in the Thursday C Subscription Series are supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.

Caroline Shaw’s commission is made possible with generous support from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

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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