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An American Triptych: Mazzoli, Davis, and Adams

Oct 20 - Oct 23


Three of America’s leading composers. Missy Mazzoli creates a solar system of sound, and John Adams pulls out the stops in his virtuosic orchestral showcase. Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill is the soloist in Anthony Davis’s autobiographical depiction of a tense encounter with the police. Dalia Stasevska — the rising star who conducted the 2018 Nobel Prize Ceremony — leads the program.

An American Triptych: Mazzoli, Davis, and Adams


7:30 PM





7:30 PM





8:00 PM





8:00 PM





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Alice Tully Hall


1 Hour 15 Minutes
No Intermission


Missy Mazzoli

Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

Anthony Davis

You Have the Right To Remain Silent

John Adams

Chamber Symphony


  • Dalia Stasevska


    Dalia Stasevska’s charismatic and dynamic musicianship have established her as a conductor of exceptional versatility. Chief conductor of Lahti Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2021–22 season and artistic director to the International Sibelius Festival, she also holds the post of principal guest conductor to the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She made her BBC Proms debut in 2019 and conducted the Last Night of the Proms in 2020. In 2021 she conducts the First Night of the BBC Proms, and together with BBC Symphony opens the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival.

    Highlights of her 2021–22 season include debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the Baltimore, Seattle, and Sydney symphony orchestras, as well as the opening of Tongyeong Festival with soloist Truls Mørk. She returns to the Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Finnish National Opera, where she conducts a double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix humane and Weill songs with Karita Mattila as soloist. Recent engagements have included Orchestre national de France, Swedish Radio Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Seoul Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

    A passionate opera conductor, Ms. Stasevska returned to Norske Opera to conduct Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She has conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Kungliga Opera Stockholm, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg, and Tchikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opéra de Toulon. Other productions include Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with Finnish National Opera and Sebastian Fagerlund’s Höstsonaten, featuring Anne-Sofie von Otter, at the 2018 Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm.

    Dalia Stasevska originally studied as a violinist and composer at the Tampere Conservatoire, and violin, viola, and conducting at the Sibelius Academy. Her conducting teachers include Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. In December 2018 she had the honor of conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm. She was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award in 2020.

    Learn more about Dalia Stasevska
  • Anthony McGill


    Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in September 2014, becoming the Philharmonic’s first African American Principal player. He is the recipient of the 2020 Avery Fisher Prize, one of classical music’s most significant awards, given to musicians who represent the highest level of musical excellence.

    Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (The New York Times) and “exquisite combination of technical refinement and expressive radiance” (The Baltimore Sun), he is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. McGill also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities and for addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music. He took part in the inauguration of President Barack Obama, premiering a piece written for the occasion by John Williams alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero.

    Anthony McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras around North America, including the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. As a chamber musician, McGill is a collaborator of the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takács, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Gloria Chien, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and regularly performs for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, and Music@Menlo, as well as the Santa Fe, Seattle, and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals.

    McGill has recorded Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert, released on Dacapo Records. He has also recorded three albums released by Cedille Records: one with his brother, Seattle Symphony principal flute Demarre McGill, and pianist Michael McHale; another featuring the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Pacifica Quartet; and Winged Creatures, recorded with Demarre McGill and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras led by Allen Tinkham. McGill collaborated with Gloria Chien on his first album, which featured music from France, Russia, and America.

    A dedicated champion of new music, Anthony McGill premiered Richard Danielpour’s From the Mountaintop in 2014, written for him and commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orchestra 2001. In 2021 he joined the Pacifica Quartet to perform the world premiere of James Lee III: Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet. He served as the 2015–16 Artist-in-Residence at WQXR and has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC in stories about the McGill brothers. In 2020 his #TakeTwoKnees campaign protesting the death of George Floyd and historic racial injustice went viral.

    A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Anthony McGill previously served as principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In demand as a teacher, he serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, and he is artistic director of the Music Advancement Program at Juilliard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Harmony Program and on the advisory council of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York.

    Learn more about Anthony McGill
  • Earl Howard


    Earl Howard is a composer, performer, and improviser on saxophones and electronics, presenting his compositions in the United States and Europe for more than 40 years at numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, The Kitchen, Donaueschingen Festival, Ars Electronica, Merkin Hall, and Whitney Museum of American Art. His method of creating orchestrated sounds with electronics and processing live improvisation creates unique, densely layered textures. In 2011 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to compose Superstring for a large ensemble — featuring performers including Wu Wei, Miya Masaoka, Ernst Reijzeger, and Mark Dresser — which was premiered at Roulette. He has received three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships as well as Harvard’s Fromm Foundation Commission in 1998.

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Special Thanks

Dalia Stasevska's debut with the New York Philharmonic is made possible by the Kurt Masur Fund for the Philharmonic, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic’s Music Director Emeritus, the late Kurt Masur.


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