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Calendar

From Silence to Celebration

Location

Alice Tully Hall

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Price Range

Off-Sale

Duration

1 Hour 30 Minutes
No Intermission

Date & Times

17

Sep, 2021

Friday, 8:00 PM

18

Sep, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

19

Sep, 2021

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic returns after a year like none other. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Anna Clyne’s fragile elegy, inspired by texts recited by poet Mahogany L. Browne, who also declaims her own poem. The concert also includes Copland’s Hopperesque cityscape; a moving blend of modernism and romanticism by George Walker, the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize; and Beethoven’s glorious Fourth Piano Concerto with Daniil Trifonov as soloist.

Program

Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Within Her Arms,” a Passage from Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change

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Anna Clyne

Within Her Arms

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Copland

Quiet City

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Walker

Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra

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Mahogany L. Browne

A Country of Water (World Premiere)

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Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

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 2021–22 season, Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic perform at Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the accelerated renovation of David Geffen Hall — scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 — and in three concerts presented by Carnegie Hall. In addition to symphonic cornerstones, he conducts the Orchestra in the World Premieres of works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Joel Thompson, and Joan Tower; a US Premiere by Nico Muhly; and New York Premieres of works by Hannah Kendall and Nina Shekhar.

Highlights from recent Philharmonic seasons include the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, including Tania León’s Stride, which was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music; the new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Barber, Beethoven, Bruckner, Philip Glass, Mozart, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Nina C. Young, 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.

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Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov — Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year and former New York Philharmonic Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence — has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world. With Transcendental, the Liszt collection that marked his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, he won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018.  
 
This season Mr. Trifonov released Silver Age, a Russian album recorded with the Mariinsky Orchestra. He recently undertook season-long residencies at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein, and London Symphony Orchestra, and Berlin Philharmonic in addition to the New York Philharmonic. He regularly appears with ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is also a regular solo recitalist at venues including Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Celebrity Series (Boston), Barbican and Royal Festival Halls (London), Théâtre des Champs Élysées (Paris), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Berlin Philharmonie, Zurich Tonhalle, Musikverein (Vienna), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Seoul Arts Center, and Recital Centre (Melbourne). 
 
Daniil Trifonov’s honors include First Prize in Tel Aviv’s Rubinstein Competition, First Prize and Grand Prix in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition, Italy’s Franco Abbiati Prize for Best Instrumental Soloist, and Gramophone’s Artist of the Year. Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, he attended Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music before pursuing piano and composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

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Ryan Roberts

English Horn

Ryan Roberts

English Horn

Ryan Roberts

English Horn

Ryan Roberts joined the New York Philharmonic as English horn / oboe in September 2019. He has performed with many of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. A passionate teacher, Ryan serves on the oboe faculty at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and has been a guest lecturer at The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As an oboist, Ryan Roberts received first prize at the International Double Reed Society 2018 Norma Hooks Young Artist Competition and the National Society of Arts and Letters 2018 Woodwind Competition.

Before joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Roberts spent one season as a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Roberts recently premiered Michael Torke’s South, Concerto for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra, with the Albany Symphony, and recorded the work for release on Albany Records. An avid chamber musician, he performs at the Marlboro Music Festival during the summer under artistic directors Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss, and has collaborated in recitals with the Gamut Bach Ensemble, the Pacifica Quartet, and pianist Emanuel Ax.

As a Kovner Fellow graduate of The Juilliard School, Ryan Roberts studied with Elaine Douvas and appeared frequently as principal oboe of the Juilliard Orchestra, where he was recognized by The New York Times for his “exquisite” performance as the English horn soloist in Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, in 2017. Mr. Roberts has been a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and spent three summers as the oboe fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2016 he was featured as a recital soloist aboard the Crystal Symphony cruise line, touring Portugal, Spain, France, and England.

Ryan Roberts is also an accomplished pianist, having made his concerto debut at age 11. When he isn’t busy making reeds, Ryan can be found practicing piano, surfing, or running with his retired racing whippet, Malley.

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Christopher Martin

Trumpet

Christopher Martin

Trumpet

Christopher Martin

Trumpet

Christopher Martin is one of the leading classical trumpet voices on the world stage. He joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Trumpet, The Paula Levin Chair, in September 2016. He served as principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for 11 seasons, and enjoyed a distinctive career of more than 20 years in some of America’s finest orchestras, including as principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and associate principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in October 2016, performing Ligeti’s The Mysteries of the Macabre, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Praised as “brilliant, impeccable” by The New York Times and as a musician of “effortless understated virtuosity” by The Chicago Tribune, Christopher Martin has appeared as soloist multiple times nationally and internationally with the CSO and music director Riccardo Muti. Highlights of Mr. Martin’s solo appearances include the 2012 World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s concerto Heimdall’s Trumpet; Panufnik’s Concerto in modo antico, with Mr. Muti; a program of 20th-century French concertos by André Jolivet and Henri Tomasi; and more than a dozen performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Other solo engagements have included Mr. Martin with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival, Atlanta and Alabama Symphony Orchestras, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. Christopher Martin’s discography includes a solo performance in John Williams’s score to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012) and two recordings of a concerto Mr. Martin co-commissioned: John Mackey’s Antique Violences.

Dedicated to music education, Mr. Martin is a professor of trumpet at The Juilliard School and has given master classes and seminars around the world. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and coached the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for 11 years. In 2010 he co-founded the National Brass Symposium with his brother Michael Martin, a trumpeter in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 he received the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation from the American Bandmasters Association for outstanding contributions to the wind band genre.

Christopher Martin is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He and his wife, Margaret — an organist and pianist — have two young children who both prefer the piano over the trumpet.

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Mahogany L. Browne

Poet / Speaker

Mahogany L. Browne

Poet / Speaker

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Poet / Speaker

Mahogany L. Browne is the executive director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative designed to support the groundwork of criminal justice leaders and community members; this position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, and educator. She has received fellowships from the Agnes Gund Foundation, AIR Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research Forum, and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. 

Ms. Browne’s recent works include Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic. She is the founder of the diverse literary campaign Woke Baby Book Fair, and is excited for the release of I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love (Haymarket Books), her latest poetry collection responding to the impact of mass incarceration on women and children.

Mahogany Browne is one of 19 women from whom the New York Philharmonic and the Academy of American Poets commissioned new poems as part of Project 19, celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, and she recited her own poetry as part of NY Phil Bandwagon in May 2021. A Brooklyn resident, Ms. Browne is the first-ever poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center.

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Special Thanks
Major support for From Silence to Celebration is provided by Mrs. Veronica Atkins.

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