New York, meet Jaap. (Pronounced “Yahp.”)
Jaap becomes Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018, and last night we proudly announced the highly anticipated details of his inaugural season.
The season is anchored by three pillars, all led by Jaap:
• Music of Conscience will explore how composers have responded to the social issues of their time through Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony (in opposition to Stalin), Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony (in opposition to Napoleon), John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 (his “personal response to the AIDS crisis”), and the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state (based on Beethoven’s Fidelio, about unjust political imprisonment).
• New York Stories: Threads of Our City will feature musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York. The centerpiece will be the World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, based on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them young, female immigrants.
• The Art of Andriessen will spotlight the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, winner of the Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music. The Orchestra will perform the World Premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Agamemnon, as well as TAO.
We introduce two new-music series, both hosted by Creative Partner Nadia Sirota — Nightcap at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse and Sound ON at The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center — and additional World Premieres by Ashley Fure and Conrad Tao, conducted by Jaap.
We also open our doors to our fellow New Yorkers with Phil the Hall, special $5 concerts for the city’s community and service professionals.
• Jaap leading works by composers ranging from Mozart, Brahms, Bruckner, and Stravinsky to Ives, John Adams, and Stucky
• The debuts of conductors Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Emmanuelle Haïm, and Tugan Sokhiev
• Movie scores performed live to the complete films (There Will Be Blood, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Red Violin, Home Alone, and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II)
• Baritone Matthias Goerne as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, plus violinist Leila Josefowicz, vocalist Patti LuPone, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Daniil Trifonov, and pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Maurizio Pollini
For even more, check out Season Highlights plus Philharmonic musicians’ picks and guest artist greetings.
Play us out, Jaap: “This season is a celebration of groundbreaking music, both new and classic, and I look forward to connecting to our vital public and to honoring our traditions while establishing new traditions for the future. To be back in New York is thrilling; to be part of the heartbeat of New York City is exhilarating.”
(Photo: Chris Lee)