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Special Free Concert: Very Young Composers from Fukushima, Japan

Very Young Composers of Japan NY Philharmonic

We warmly invite you to a remarkable free concert next week featuring young composers wrestling not only with melody, form, and instrumentation but also how music can express grief and recovery.

On Tuesday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m., nine 10–14-year-olds visiting us from Fukushima, Japan — site of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 — will conclude their week of exchange with young New York composers with a concert of their new works, played by Philharmonic musicians and Teaching Artists. Both Japanese and American students composed their works on the universal theme of Rebirth, referencing the melody known in Japan as "chuocho" (butterfly) and in the United States as "Lightly Row."

The concert is at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Above: Very Young Composers from Japan with pianist Makoto Ozone, Very Young Composers founder Jon Deak, and former Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein (Photo: Chris Lee)

David Geffen Donates $100 Million To Lead Transformation of Philharmonic's Concert Home, To Be Renamed David Geffen Hall

Avery Fisher Hall NY Philharmonic

In the word of New York Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, "Wow."

The New York Philharmonic is thrilled that music and media executive David Geffen has given $100 million to lead the transformation of the Philharmonic's concert home, which will become David Geffen Hall as of the Opening Night of our 2015–16 season on September 24, 2015.

Schafer added: "This remarkable gift will help pave the way for the Philharmonic to realize its vision in creating a revitalized hall suited to the excellence of this Orchestra. The gift also unlocks so many possibilities in the future. We are really excited by this inspired gift."

Matthew VanBesien, President of the New York Philharmonic, said: "We applaud David Geffen for making possible the creation of a dynamic new home for the New York Philharmonic here at Lincoln Center, something so paramount in helping us achieve our vision of an Orchestra for the 21st Century. We look forward to working together with Lincoln Center to create a revitalized hall that will allow us to imagine new possibilities, reflecting the way in which our art form and audiences are evolving, and that will inspire the great legacy of musicians and artists who will grace its stage."

"It was a quick yes for me," Geffen told The New York Times. "I’m a kid from Brooklyn — it’s a big deal. I watched them build this building."

(Photo: Julie Skarratt)

And the Awards Go to...

Inon Barnatan Julia Bullock NY Philharmonic

No, we’re not talking about the Oscars, but our local award celebrating the performing arts. 

Two of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Awards (named for a former Lincoln Center Chairman) have been given to musicians who are scheduled to appear with the Philharmonic in the coming months: Inon Barnatan, the Philharmonic nominee, who will perform Ravel March 19–24, and Julia Bullock, Juilliard’s nominee, who will join us in July for the 50th anniversary of the Concerts in the Parks

Each recipient not only receives an enormous compliment, but a grant to support career advancement and/or future study. For information about attending the ceremony, on March 2, visit LincolnCenter.org/SegalAwards.

WATCH: Rare Glimpse of Sibelius at Home, Part of 150th-Anniversary Exhibit Opening Today

In celebration of Sibelius’s 150th birthday anniversary, the New York Philharmonic performs Sibelius’s The Oceanides and Violin Concerto, Feb. 26–28, and presents Sibelius at Home: Images from the Aho Family Films in the Bruno Walter Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center

The exhibit, which opens today, includes stills and commentary from a documentary film capturing Sibelius at home in 1927 and 1945, along with archival material from the New York Philharmonic Archives tracing the Orchestra’s relationship with Sibelius and his music.

The film (above) is a rare glimpse of Sibelius and his family in their summer home on Lake Tuusula, in Southern Finland. Shot by Sibelius’s neighbors Heikki Aho and Björn Soldan, sons of author/journalist Juhani Aho and founders of the documentary film studio Aho & Soldan, the film exhibits an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the notoriously camera-shy composer.

Sibelius’s wife, Aino, and daughters also appear in the film, posing readily for the cameramen they knew so well. The daughters Margareta and Heidi pick apples in the garden and play the piano, and Margareta plays the violin. Jean reads the paper and plays and composes at the piano, cigar always at hand.

Sibelius at Home: Images from the Aho Family Films is in the Bruno Walter Gallery on Avery Fisher Hall’s Grand Promenade and is open to ticket-holders through March 31.

Music: 

Sibelius, arr. Jussi Jalas: Symphony No. 3, Finale

Sibelius: Impromptu, Op. 5 for string orchestra

Sibelius: Romance in F, Op. 78 for violin and piano

Helsinki Theater Orchestra

Eero Bister, violin

Meet Lisa Batiashvili Feb. 3 at Insights at the Atrium

lisa batiashvili ny philharmonic

“The New York Philharmonic has become my favorite musical family,” The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Lisa Batiashvili said in a Playbill profile this past fall.

The feeling is, of course, mutual. Discover why on Tuesday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. at our next free Insights at the Atrium event, “An Evening with Lisa Batiashvili.”

Ahead of her performances of Barber's Violin Concerto — “This is the quintessential American violin concerto, so I wanted to play it here, with this great American Orchestra,” she said — Lisa will reflect on her collaboration with the Philharmonic, the repertoire she’s bringing to New York, and her musical upbringing.

Insights at the Atrium events are at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center Announce New Opera Initiative

The Importance of Being Earnest NY Philharmonic


Exciting news! The New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced a new, multi-year initiative to present fully-staged productions of significant modern operas not yet seen in New York.

First up: the U.S. stage premiere of George Benjamin's Written on Skin, at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, August 11, 13, and 15, 2015, at the David H. Koch Theater. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. "This new collaboration will allow the realization of creative ideals that have been important to me since coming to the Philharmonic — the sky’s the limit in terms of the productions of bold, modern operas that can come out of it," Gilbert said. (Last June a concert of Benjamin's music was part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.)

The second presentation is the U.S. stage premiere of the Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest (above), based on Oscar Wilde’s comedy. It will be presented June 2 and 4, 2016, jointly as part of the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL and Lincoln Center’s 50th season of Great Performers at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This production, which was premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, is directed by Ramin Gray and will be conducted by Ilan Volkov, leading New York Philharmonic musicians. 

A third production, slated for 2017, will be announced at a later date.

The collaboration arose from "a positive equivalent of a perfect storm," Jane Moss, Lincoln Center's artistic director, told The New York Times

She said that a confluence of events had led her to seek a teaming with the Philharmonic: her admiration of its pathbreaking semi-staged performances of Ligeti's opera Le Grand Macabre and Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen; her desire to bring Written on Skin to New York; and her search for top-flight orchestras.

Alan Gilbert, the Philharmonic’s music director, said that he considered the partnership a way to make good on a founding goal of Lincoln Center. “This is really true to that original vision, to be able to work together and to use the energy and the possibilities of all the different constituents and the people who are working all on the same campus,” he said.


Access to tickets for Written on Skin and The Importance of Being Earnest are guaranteed by purchasing a Producers Circle package from Lincoln Center. Email producerscircle@lincolncenter.org or call (212) 875-5466 for information. Single tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

Lincoln Center Kitchen Opens in Avery Fisher Hall Lobby

Lincoln Center Kitchen Avery Fisher Hall NY Philharmonic

A new restaurant has opened in the lobby of our home, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center Kitchen is a seasonal American eatery headed by Chef Ed Brown and Executive Chef Daniel Anconetani.

According to Gothamite:

The duo are executing classic salads, roasted meats and Brown's noted finesse with seafood, all soundtracked by the music of the NY Philharmonic, which performs upstairs in the same space. On evenings when the orchestra plays, the music will be piped into the restaurant's dining room.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch is served on Fridays and Saturdays if there is a matinee show. The phone number is (212) 874-7000.

Photo: Lincoln Center Kitchen

NOTE! Use Jaffe Drive During Columbus Ave. Repaving

Lincoln Center Construction NY Philharmonic 

Lincoln Center recently alerted us to some work the City will be doing that could affect your visit to Avery Fisher Hall.

Bottom line: Please don't drop people off, or be dropped off by your taxi or car, on Columbus Avenue in front of Lincoln Center. Instead, use Jaffe Drive, the new drive that branches right off of Columbus just south of Broadway and 65th Street. It's safe, dry, and accessible. In fact, we urge you to use it after the work is done!

The image below shows Jaffe Drive branching from Columbus and pointing directly at Avery Fisher Hall.

Jaffe Drive Lincoln Center

Here's the full information Lincoln Center distributed:

The City has advised of upcoming construction activity in connection with its 3rd Water Tunnel Project that will affect traffic conditions adjacent to Lincoln Center.

Beginning Monday, April 7th, City contractors will remobilize on Columbus Avenue to repave the street now that they are materially complete with construction in this area. They will proceed in phases over 6–8 weeks, beginning with the area between 63rd and 64th Street. There will be periods when this work will limit curb-side drop off areas in front of Lincoln Center on Columbus Avenue.

City contractors are also expanding their operations on 62nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. This work will reduce the street width to accommodate one-way traffic only. Beginning Monday, April 14th, 62nd Street will operate west-bound only between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. This is anticipated to last until the fall. There will be no material impact to our garage and concourse entrances and exits. Northbound traffic on Amsterdam Avenue will access the garage at 63rd Street. All vehicles exiting the 62nd Street ramps will be directed westbound.

In connection with the circulation change at 62nd Street, DOT is also modifying the one-way direction of 60th Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue to eastbound only for the same period.

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