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Etienne Charles – San Juan Hill: A New York Story

Oct 08

The anticipated reopening of David Geffen Hall kicks off with a pair of concerts featuring Etienne Charles’s new work, San Juan Hill: A New York Story — performed by Etienne Charles & Creole Soul and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. This immersive multimedia work transports the audience via music, visuals, and original first-person accounts of the history of the San Juan Hill neighborhood and the Indigenous and immigrant communities that populated the land on which Lincoln Center resides.

Tickets are available on a Choose-What-You-Pay basis, starting at $5 per ticket.

In addition, a limited number of free tickets will be available the day of the performances at the Welcome Center at David Geffen Hall.

Co-presented by Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic
Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Etienne Charles – San Juan Hill: A New York Story
 
DATE / TIME

Sat

2:00 PM

8

Oct

2022

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Sat

8:00 PM

8

Oct

2022

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Location

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Duration

1 Hour 15 Minutes
No Intermission

NO LATE SEATING

Program To Include

Etienne Charles

San Juan Hill: A New York Story (World Premiere–Lincoln Center Commission)

Artists

  • 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.

    Learn more about Jaap van Zweden
  • Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

    Ensemble

    Etienne Charles is a performer, composer, and storyteller who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them. Highlighting marginalized communities and engaging with them has been his mission, evident in projects such as Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1, San Jose Suite, Creole Soul, and Folklore. His concerts engage, enlighten, educate, and enrich audiences with energized multidisciplinary performance using composition, thematic improvisation, dance, short films, and spoken word to create a holistic experience. A firm believer in music and performance as a tool for provoking thought and dialogue, Charles addresses themes that speak to the status quo while drawing parallels to history. With his latest project, San Juan Hill: A New York Story — commissioned by Lincoln Center for the New York Philharmonic to perform at the opening of the new David Geffen Hall — he goes a step further by exploring the storied New York neighborhood to bring the culture of San Juan Hill to the mainstage. His lush trumpet sound, varied compositional textures, and pulsating percussive grooves enable him to invoke a trance, soothing and exciting listeners while referencing sometimes controversial subjects in his music. To research his compositions, Charles travels to the regions on which he is focused, meeting with musicians and cultural leaders then observing and participating in rituals to be fully immersed in the cultures that he is studying. As an Afro-descendant, his work is actively connecting the diaspora and drawing lines to the regions at the roots of migrations.


Special Thanks

These concerts are part of the Wu Tsai Series Inaugural Season.

Commissioning of San Juan Hill: A New York Story is underwritten by Cecily M. Carson, Carson Family Charitable Trust.

Photo by Hollis King

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