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Season Highlights Courtesy of New York Classical Review

Posted August 28, 2014

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is an all too real phenomenon, but New York Classical Review is here to help.

"The problem is acute once September, and the official performing season, begins ... New York Classical Review’s preview is a subjective, informed try at directing you to what we feel are the most promising, important and memorable events throughout the season."

Among New York Classical Review's picks:

"The New York Philharmonic’s season kicks off with guests Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming and Josh Groban and “La Dolce Vita: Music of Italian Cinema,” another installment in their The Art of the Score series (Sep. 16 – 17). The meat of their season begins a week later, with the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, with Kari Kriikku, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (Sep. 23-30). The Phil also plays the premiere of Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouses’s Thunderstruck, paired with Artist-in-Residence Lisa Biatishvili playing the Brahms Violin Concerto (Oct. 9-14). Alan Gilbert and the orchestra conclude their dynamic Nielsen Project with two sets of concerts, Symphonies 5 & 6 and the Maskarade Overture (Oct. 1 – 3), and the Clarinet Concerto, played by Anthony McGill, on a program that includes Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and selections from Swan Lake (Jan. 8 – 13). Gilbert leads Verdi’s Requiem (Jan. 15 – 17), Debussy’s Jeux and music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ravel and Strauss (Mar. 19 – 24), the world premiere of John Adams’ Scheherazade.2 with violinist Leila Josefowicz (Mar. 26 – 28), and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and a U.S. premiere by Thierry Escaich (Apr. 8 – 11). The season concludes in typically grand fashion with a staged performance of Honegger’s Joan or Arc at the Stake, featuring actress Marion Cotillard and soprano Erin Morley (Jun. 10 – 13).

Notable guest conductors and soloists with the Philharmonic include Salonen and pianist Jeremy Denk playing Beethoven and Stravinsky (Oct. 16 – 18), Lang Lang playing two Mozart piano concertos (Oct. 21), Yefim Bronfman playing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 (Oct. 23 – 25, 28), Jaap Van Zweden conducting and Hilary Hahn playing Korngold’s Violin Concerto (Nov. 26 – 29), Christoph von Dohnányi and cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing Dvorak (Dec. 4 – 9), David Robertson and pianist Emanuel Ax (Jan. 28 – 31), a program to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (Feb. 19 – 21), Thomas Adès leading the U.S. premiere of his Totentanz with mezzo Christianne Stotijn and baritone Simon Keenlyside (Mar. 12 – 14), and Susanna Mälkki and pianist Jonathan Biss performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 (May 21 – 23).

Merkin Concert Hall is the place to hear the New York Philharmonic chamber ensembles (Oct. 19, Nov. 23 & Jan. 18...)

The New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! new music series has three concerts this year. John Adams hosts the opener, that features music from Daniel Bjarnson, Missy Mazzoli, Timo Andres and Ingram Marshall (Nov. 17), Lisa Batiashvili plays at the second concert (Feb. 9)—both at SubCulture—while Alan Gilbert and Courtney Lewis share the conducting duties in numerous premieres at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Mar. 7).