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The Joy: David Geffen Hall Opening Gala

Oct 28

Experience Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in the new David Geffen Hall as the NY Phil performs the composer’s monumental Ninth Symphony. Amplifying the work’s iconic themes of unity and hope, fanfares awaken and illuminate every corner of the new hall, and a World Premiere by Angélica Negrón celebrates the powerful ritual of gathering around music and art. Together we will connect the past with the present in an evening that looks to the future.

Enhance your experience by attending the entire Gala evening, including a celebratory reception and seated dinner. The October 26 and October 28 Galas are fundraising events for the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Nathan Urbach at (212) 875-5688 or

Tickets for this event will go on sale Tuesday, September 27, at 10 AM.

The Joy: David Geffen Hall Opening Gala


7:00 PM





Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 30 Minutes
No Intermission


Angélica Negrón

You Are the Prelude (Text by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado; World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)


Symphony No. 9



  • 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 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.

    Learn more about Jaap van Zweden
  • Joélle Harvey


    Soprano Joélle Harvey received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music (CCM). A native of Bolivar, New York, she began her career training at Glimmerglass Opera (now The Glimmerglass Festival) and the Merola Opera Program. Harvey’s 2022–23 season features appearances with a host of internationally acclaimed organizations. She joins the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Jaap van Zweden in The Joy, one of the two Gala concerts celebrating the opening of the new David Geffen Hall. She makes debuts with the Bamberg Symphony (in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Alma Mahler songs, conducted by Jakub Hrůša), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Handel’s Solomon with Robin Ticciati), and Minnesota Orchestra (Haydn’s The Creation with Paul McCreesh). She also returns to The Cleveland Orchestra (Schubert’s Mass in E-flat in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Orff’s Carmina burana), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s Symphony No 2, Resurrection), and The Metropolitan Opera (Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute). Notable chamber performances include a recital with baritone John Moore and pianist Allen Perriello for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and appearances with the Chamber Music Societies of Lincoln Center and in Palm Beach. Her other debuts this season include Jacksonville Symphony, in Brahms’s A German Requiem, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, in an all-Handel program conducted by Bernard Labadie at Carnegie Hall. During the summer of 2023 she will return to the Glyndebourne Festival as Handel’s Semele in a new production directed by Adele Thomas.

    Learn more about Joélle Harvey
  • Kelley O’Connor


    Kelley O’Connor is internationally acclaimed equally in the pillars of the classical music canon — from Beethoven and Mahler to Brahms and Ravel — as she is in works by modern masters, from John Adams and Bruce Dessner to Peter Lieberson and Joby Talbot. Her 2022–23 season includes performances with Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, Jun Märkl and the Taiwan Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra, and Xian Zhang with both the San Francisco Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. Sought after by many of the most heralded composers of our day, O’Connor has given the world premieres of Talbot’s A Sheen of Dew on Flowers with the Britten Sinfonia, Dessner’s Voy a Dormir with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary, written for her, which has been performed under the batons of the composer, Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, Gianandrea Noseda, Simon Rattle, and David Robertson. She is the eminent living interpreter of Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, having performed the cycle with Stéphane Denève and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano and the Minnesota Orchestra, and David Zinman and the Berlin Philharmonic, among others. Kelley O’Connor’s discography includes Mahler’s Third Symphony with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Lieberson’s Neruda Songs and Golijov’s Ainadamar with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra.

    Learn more about Kelley O’Connor
  • Issachah Savage


    Dramatic tenor Issachah Savage’s 2022–23 season includes returns to The Metropolitan Opera for Mozart’s Idomeneo (as High Priest) and his debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Git Here (Curtis Toler), part of the world premiere tetralogy Proximity. He makes debuts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, with Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder (with Fabio Luisi), San Francisco Symphony (Xian Zhang), Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Thierry Fischer), and National Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda), and returns to the New York Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Last season Savage returned to Los Angeles Opera as Wagner’s Tannhäuser. He sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Luisi), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Gustavo Gimeno), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), and Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Riccardo Muti), and Cathedral Choral Society for Smyth’s March of the Women. He joined Yannick Nézet-Seguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic as Froh in concert performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Rotterdam, Paris, Dortmund, and Baden-Baden. Recent performances include Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos (Bacchus) at Toulouse’s Théâtre du Capitole; Wagner’s Die Walküre (Siegmund) with Opéra National de Bordeaux and Paul Daniel as well as with Canadian Opera Company and Johannes Debus; his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, with Riccardo Muti, in concert performances of Verdi’s Aida (Messenger); and the Verdi Requiem with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Winner of the Seattle International Wagner Competition, Issachah Savage earned the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize, and a special honor by Speight Jenkins. He received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Morgan State University and a master’s in opera voice performance from Catholic University of America.

    Learn more about Issachah Savage
  • Davóne Tines


    American bass-baritone Davóne Tines is a path-breaking artist whose work is redefining what it means to be a classical singer in the 21st century. As a Black, gay, classically trained performer at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics, he is engaged in work that blends opera, art song, contemporary classical music, spirituals, gospel, and songs of protest, as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance that connects to all of humanity. During the 2021–22 season, Tines was appointed Detroit Opera’s first ever artist-in-residence — a role that culminates in performances of the title role in Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X in the spring of 2022 — and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale’s first-ever creative partner. His ongoing projects include Recital No. 1: MASS, a program exploring the Ordinary of the Mass through Western European, African American, and 21st-century traditions, and Concerto No. 1: SERMON — a program he conceived for voice and orchestra that weaves arias by John Adams, Anthony Davis, Igee Dieudonné, and Mr. Tines himself with texts by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Jessica Care Moore; it was premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by music director Yannick Nézet Séguin. Tines was recently named Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year. He is a winner of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, which recognizes extraordinary classical musicians of color, and the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award from Lincoln Center. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, where he also serves as guest lecturer.

  • New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director


    The New York Philharmonic has established the New York Philharmonic Chorus to mark the opening of the new David Geffen Hall in the 2022–23 season. The ensemble — comprising New York–based, freelance professional vocalists — appears in four of the Orchestra’s programs over the season, each time prepared by Malcom J. Merriweather. The New York Philharmonic Chorus makes its debut in October on the two David Geffen Hall Opening Galas: The Journey, a star-studded evening, and The Joy, performing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the World Premiere of Angélica Negrón’s You Are the Prelude, which the NY Phil commissioned for the occasion. Later in the season the Chorus appears in Adolphus Hailstork’s Done Made My Vow, A Ceremony, in March, and in the New York Premiere of John Luther Adams’s Become Desert, a work co-commissioned by the Orchestra, in June. Malcolm J. Merriweather, a Grammy–nominated conductor and baritone, is preparing the New York Philharmonic Chorus for all of its appearances in the Orchestra’s 2022–23 season. He is music director of New York City’s The Dessoff Choirs, an associate professor at Brooklyn College, and on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. He has conducted ensembles in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Madison Square Garden in New York, as well as at Westminster Abbey in London and the Vatican, before Pope Francis. Merriweather's repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to the world premiere recording of Margaret Bonds’s The Ballad of the Brown King (AVIE Records). As a baritone, Merriweather, who studied with Rita Shane, has appeared as soloist throughout the United States and premiered dozens of contemporary solo works. He was a fellowship recipient at Tanglewood and earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Syracuse University.

    Learn more about New York Philharmonic Chorus
        Malcolm J. Merriweather, Director

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