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Magazine Names Aaltje van Zweden One of 80 Strong Women for Her Autism Advocacy

Aaltje van Zweden (at left in photo), the wife of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, is a stoere vrouw, Dutch for strong woman, according to Margriet, one of the oldest and most famous magazines in The Netherlands.

For its 80th anniversary, Margriet has chosen 80 women to be celebrated for making large and small dreams come true. That certainly describes Aaltje’s work with the Papageno Foundation, which she and Jaap founded to help autistic young people engage with and be part of the community at large.

The kick-off event is today at the Amsterdam Museum, with Aaltje as one of the keynote speakers. She will discuss her work with the Papageno Foundation and her book, Om wie je bent (Who You Are), about her experience with her son Benjamin, who is autistic.

Congratulations, Aaltje!

Watch Music Director Jaap van Zweden on 60 Minutes

Last night more than 11 million Americans got to “Meet Jaap,” according to the average viewership of 60 Minutes. The most viewed news program on television featured our new Maestro Jaap van Zweden in a long and touching segment that followed him from his youth to his new position here in New York, hosted by Lesley Stahl.

In case you missed it, watch it above!

PHOTOS: Launch of Music Director Jaap van Zweden

New York, Meet Jaap — Opening Gala of the New York Philharmonic’s 177th season — inaugurated the Orchestra’s 26th Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, with a groundbreaking World Premiere by Ashley Fure, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with soloist Daniil Trifonov, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The Gala also included a red carpet walked by the likes of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin and Patricia Clarkson, a festive cocktail reception, and a celebratory dinner. Relive the momentous evening.

Empire State Building To Glow Red for Launch of Jaap van Zweden’s Inaugural Season

 

We’ll paint the town red.

Whether or not you join us Thursday night for New York, Meet Jaap, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic red, this time shining all the brighter in celebration of Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s inaugural season.

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)

Philharmonic Musicians Welcome Jaap

Jaap is in the building! Hear what some of the musicians of the New York Philharmonic have to say about our new Music Director on the cusp of his inaugural season.

Want to experience Jaap live and in person? Attend his official launch at the Opening Gala Concert this Thursday, attend the Free Open Rehearsal on September 27, or catch one of his many programs with the Orchestra this season.

New York, meet Jaap!

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic To Tour Asia in March 2018

 

Today we announced details of our ten-day Asia tour next month, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. His first international tour with the Orchestra will feature eight concerts in five cities: Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei.

“Touring is a wonderful vehicle not only to share our music-making with audiences around the world but also to deepen our musi­cal relationship,” Jaap says. “It gives us a rare oppor­tunity to grow and bond.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery: “We can de­velop a better understanding of what Jaap is showing us in the moment on­stage. The only way to do that is by spending time together. The rapport we build on this tour can set us up to be re­ally on the top of our game when he be­comes Music Director this September.”

The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang (performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3) and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto). Jaap will also conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (which New York audiences will get to hear in his opening concerts as Music Director in September), Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture.

Live on Facebook: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) and John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves

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If you can’t make it to David Geffen Hall this evening to see Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden conduct Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) — featuring Heidi Melton (soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor), and John Relyea (bass) — and John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves, watch it live on Facebook! It starts at 7:25 PM EST.

Directed by Habib Azar, the broadcast will later be available for on-demand viewing on this page, YouTube, and Facebook. It’s the Philharmonic’s fifth live concert broadcast on Facebook.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: 176th Season Opening Gala Concert

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic were the honorees of 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, the 106 All-Stars performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in a concert broadcast on Facebook Live, hosted by Alec Baldwin. The Gala also included a star-studded red carpet, buzzing cocktail reception, and glamorous dinner.

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