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Brahms and the Schumanns

Oct 14 - Oct 16


A Romantic night at the Phil. After playing Clara Schumann’s solo Romance, Alessio Bax turns to the Piano Concerto by Clara’s husband, Robert — a piece that traverses a landscape at times melancholic, passionate, and delicate. The concert concludes with a Brahms serenade; Clara, his muse and confidante, compared listening to its Adagio to gazing “at each filament of a wondrous flower.

(The originally announced conductor and soloist have been changed. Music Director Jaap van Zweden is unable to appear because of a family medical emergency; instead Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct in his New York Philharmonic debut. Alessio Bax is replacing Leif Ove Andsnes.)

Brahms and the Schumanns


7:30 PM





8:00 PM





8:00 PM





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Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall


1 Hour 15 Minutes
No Intermission


C. Schumann

Romance in A minor, for solo piano

R. Schumann

Piano Concerto



Serenade No. 2



  • Giancarlo Guerrero


    Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time Grammy Award–winning conductor, now in his thirteenth season as music director of the Nashville Symphony and fifth as music director of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. He also serves as principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. Through commissions, recordings, and premieres, he champions works by American composers in the United States and around the world. He has presented 11 world premieres and made 15 recordings of American music with the Nashville Symphony, including works by Michael Daugherty, Aaron Jay Kernis, Terry Riley, and the 2021 Grammy-winning release of Rouse’s Symphony No. 5. Deutsche Grammophon released Bomsori: Violin on Stage — the Billboard chart–topping album he recorded with Bomsori Kim and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic — in June 2021. He is a frequent guest with North American orchestras, including The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras and the Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and Toronto symphony orchestras. He will make his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2022.

    Mr. Guerrero previously served as principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, music director of the Eugene Symphony, and associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to his posts in Wrocław and Lisbon, he maintains relationships with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, and Adelaide symphony orchestras in Australia.

    Born in Nicaragua, Giancarlo Guerrero immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He studied percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas and earned his master’s degree in conducting at Northwestern. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Mr. Guerrero is particularly engaged in conducting training orchestras and has worked with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, National Youth Orchestra (NYO2), and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides an intensive music education to promising young students from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

    Learn more about Giancarlo Guerrero
  • Alessio Bax


    Alessio Bax, who catapulted to prominence with first prize wins at the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, performs regularly on five continents. A recitalist and chamber musician, he is also a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 150 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg philharmonic orchestras and Boston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Sydney, City of Birmingham, and Japan’s NHK symphony orchestras. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

    Learn more about Alessio Bax

Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Alessio Bax’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2021–22 season.

The October 14 performance is supported by Edna Mae and Leroy Fadem, loyal subscribers since 1977.


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