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The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto

May 23 - May 28


Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Mozart’s timeless Requiem, a work of great poignance and emotional depth. Also on the program is Sofia Gubaidulina’s eerie Viola Concerto featuring soloist Antoine Tamestit. The composer famously said, “The peculiar mysteriousness and veiled quality of the viola’s timbre has always been something of an acoustic enigma to me, and an object of rapture.”



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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

Program To Include

Sofia Gubaidulina

Viola Concerto





Ave Verum Corpus



  • 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, and becomes Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic in 2024. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other distinguished ensembles.

    In 2023–24, Jaap van Zweden’s New York Philharmonic farewell season will celebrate his connection with the Orchestra’s musicians as he leads performances in which six Principal players appear as concerto soloists. He also revisits the oeuvres of composers he has championed at the Philharmonic, ranging from Steve Reich and Joel Thompson to Mozart, conducting the Requiem, and Mahler, leading the Symphony No. 2, Resurrection. By the conclusion of his Philharmonic tenure, which has included the reopening of the transformed David Geffen Hall, he will have led the Orchestra in World, US, and New York Premieres of 31 works. Among them are pieces commissioned through Project 19 — which marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment with new works by 19 women composers, among them Tania León’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Stride. During the 2021–22 season, when David Geffen Hall was closed for renovation, he conducted the Orchestra at other New York City venues — including his first-ever Philharmonic appearances at Carnegie Hall — and in the residency at the Usedom Music Festival, where the New York Philharmonic was the first American orchestra to perform abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic inaugurated the new David Geffen Hall in October 2022 with HOME, a monthlong housewarming for the Orchestra and its audiences. Other 2022–23 season highlights include SPIRIT, a musical expression of the trials and triumphs of the human spirit featuring performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and EARTH, a response to the climate crisis that includes Julia Wolfe’s unEarth and John Luther Adams’s Become Desert. Over the course of David Geffen Hall’s inaugural season, he is conducting repertoire ranging from Beethoven and Bruckner to premieres by Marcos Balter, Etienne Charles, Caroline Shaw, and Carlos Simon, in addition to the works by Wolfe and Adams.

    Jaap van Zweden’s New York Philharmonic recordings include the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state (2020), and Wolfe’s Grammy-nominated Fire in my mouth (2019), both released on the Decca Gold label. He conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic in first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, released 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, at age 19, was appointed the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. In April 2023, van Zweden receives the Concertgebouw Prize, for exceptional contributions to that organization’s artistic profile. He remains Conductor Emeritus of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13); he also served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18). Under his leadership, the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year in 2019. He 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.

    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, more recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

    Learn more about Jaap van Zweden
  • Antoine Tamestit


    Violist Antoine Tamestit is internationally recognized as a leading soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, beloved for his unsurpassed technique and the much-vaunted beauty of his richly colored tone. His broad repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present day, with his strong commitment to contemporary music is reflected in premieres of numerous works. Among the most important works Tamestit has premiered are Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto, Thierry Escaich’s La Nuit des chants, Bruno Mantovani’s Concerto for Two Violas with Tabea Zimmermann, and Olga Neuwirth’s Remnants of Songs and Weariness Heals Wounds.

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  • Amanda Forsythe


    Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of Baroque and Classical repertoire, Amanda Forsythe is a regular soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, and Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). She has performed with The Philadelphia, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and St. Louis Symphony orchestras, as well as the Academy of Ancient Music, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

    Learn more about Amanda Forsythe
  • Cecelia Hall


    Mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall sings leading roles as a member of Oper Frankfurt’s prestigious ensemble and appears regularly as a guest artist on many of the world’s finest stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, and Munich’s Bavarian Staatsoper. A noted recitalist, Hall has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her concert highlights have included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Harry Bicket, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem with Louis Langrée at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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  • Nicholas Phan


    American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. With a diverse repertoire that spans nearly 500 years of music, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. An avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music, in 2010 Phan co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), an organization devoted to promoting this underserved repertoire.

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  • Michael Sumuel


    American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel returns to The Metropolitan Opera in the 2023–24 season as performing Reginald in Anthony Davis’s X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X. He also sings Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Houston Grand Opera, Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Les Violons du Roy, the Mozart Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with Music of the Baroque and Jane Glover, the Fauré Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Seattle Symphony. In the 2022–23 season, Sumuel made his Met principal debut, singing Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Other debuts included Elviro in Handel’s Serse with Detroit Opera, and Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera. Sumuel’s concert appearances have included the Mozart Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and James Conlon, Bach cantatas with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society  and with Pacific Chorale, and a European tour performing in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

    Learn more about Michael Sumuel
  • Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director


    Since its founding in 1964 by conductor Richard Westenburg, the mission of Musica Sacra has been to create definitive, professional, choral performances of the highest caliber, and profound statements, made simply and elegantly. It does so through concerts, recordings, the commissioning and performing of new choral works, and collaborating with other top-tier performing arts organizations.

    Learn more about Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, director

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