For almost three years the New York Philharmonic — a veteran of orchestral tours, having performed in 435 cities in 63 countries around the world — has been homebound, unable to travel overseas. Finally, the Orchestra is preparing to take to the skies again, and for a debut, no less, bringing the city count up to 436!
The New York Philharmonic will make its debut at the Usedom Music Festival, on an island in the Baltic Sea, in a residency presided over by Music Director Jaap van Zweden from May 20 to 24, 2022.
Jaap van Zweden conducts three orchestral performances, with repertoire that ranges from cornerstones by Beethoven and Bartók to European debuts by Joan Tower and Nina Shekhar. The soloists joining them are pianist Jan Lisiecki, for Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, May 20; Anne-Sophie Mutter, in the Violin Concerto her late husband, André Previn, composed for her, May 21; and baritone (and the inaugural Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence) Thomas Hampson, singing selections from Mahler’s Des knaben Wunderhorn, May 22. There will also be one open rehearsal, on May 21.
The residency features a two-pronged collaboration between the New Yorkers and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic: a side-by side performance of Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony on the May 20 concert, on which the NY Phil will be joined by members of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, and two chamber music concerts, May 23 and 24, in which players from both orchestras will perform works by Barber, Brahms, and Mozart.
The New York Philharmonic, representing our city, our country, to new audiences. It’s about time!