Opening Gala Concert welcoming Jaap van Zweden

The New York Philharmonic

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Opening Gala Concert: New York, Meet Jaap

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$59-275

Duration

2 hours

Date & Times

20

Sep, 2018

Thursday, 7:00 PM

Event Info

This concert is a Special Event and the Opening Gala of the 2018–19 season.

Join us for the New York Philharmonic’s 2018 Opening Gala Concert, welcoming Jaap van Zweden in his inaugural concert as Music Director. Daniil Trifonov solos in Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto in G. The Rite of Spring roars to life with visceral rhythms and the raw energy of ancient Russian rituals. And you’ll witness the World Premiere of an adventurous new work by “arresting” (The New Yorker) and “moving” (The New York Times) composer Ashley Fure, written for this momentous occasion.

Enhance your experience by attending the Opening Gala evening, including a pre-concert champagne reception and a post-concert seated dinner with the artists. To register, please contact specialevents@nyphil.org.
 

Program

Ashley Fure

Filament (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)

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Ravel

Piano Concerto in G major

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Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra — where he is Conductor Laureate, having just completed a ten-year tenure as Music Director. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Daniil Trifonov

Piano

Daniil Trifonov by Dario Acosta

Piano

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov — Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year — is a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, collaborator in chamber music and song, and composer. In 2018 he won his first Grammy Award: Best Instrumental Solo Album for Transcendental, a double album of works by Liszt and his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon (DG) artist.

Mr. Trifonov launches the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season and the tenure of Music Director Jaap van Zweden with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major for the Opening Gala Concert, and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto for the opening subscription program. He revisits the Ravel on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, and during a residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, where he also gives the Austrian Premiere of his own Piano Concerto. The Emperor is also the vehicle for collaborations with the London Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, and The Cleveland Orchestra, with which he embarks on a tour of Asia.

During a season-long residency with the Berlin Philharmonic, Mr. Trifonov plays Scriabin’s Piano Concerto under Andris Nelsons. Other highlights include a return to Carnegie Hall for Schumann’s Piano Concerto with longtime collaborator Valery Gergiev and the MET Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. On his upcoming DG release, Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, he performs the Second and Fourth Piano Concertos with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, his partners on 2015’s Rachmaninov: Variations.

In recital this season, Mr. Trifonov plays Beethoven, Schumann, and Prokofiev at Carnegie and in Berlin, where his Berlin Philharmonic residency features multiple solo and chamber performances. These include accounts of his own Piano Quintet, of which he also gives the Cincinnati Premiere with the Ariel Quartet. In Berlin and at 92nd Street Y, he plays duo recitals with his frequent partner, baritone Matthias Goerne.

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Rebekah Heller

Bassoon

Rebekah Heller

Bassoon

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Bassoon

Rebekah Heller is a bassoon soloist, collaborative artist, educator, and advocate for new music. As artistic director and bassoonist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ms. Heller has premiered hundreds of new works. Her two solo albums, 100 names and METAFAGOTE, exclusively feature World Premiere recordings of pieces written for and with her by a diverse group of contemporary composers.

Ms. Heller has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Nagoya Philharmonic. In the fall of 2018 she makes her debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing the music of longtime collaborator Ashley Fure. This season sees her continuing to collaborate with a wide array of composers, including Du Yun, Courtney Bryan, and George Lewis, on the stages of MetLiveArts, Miller Theatre, National Sawdust, ISSUE Project Room, and beyond.

Committed to fostering conversations around new ways music can be experienced and shared, Ms. Heller has been a featured panelist at the New York Public Library, Miller Theatre, and the Abrons Arts Center. She has led workshops and given lectures and master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Brown University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, The University of Texas at Austin, and most recently at the Banff Centre’s ICE-led summer program, Ensemble Evolution. As an overseer of ICEcommons, a free, crowdsourced index of newly composed music, Ms. Heller spearheads ICE’s mission of promoting underrepresented voices in contemporary music and diversifying the canon.

Before joining ICE in 2008, Rebekah Heller served as the principal bassoonist of the Jacksonville Symphony, and has served as a member of the New World Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and The University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Manhattan.

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Nate Wooley

Trumpet

Nate Wooley

Trumpet

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Trumpet

Nate Wooley grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began his professional music career at age 13 performing in big bands with his father, and studied jazz and classical trumpet at the University of Oregon and University of Denver. He settled in New York in 2001, and maintains an active schedule in jazz and experimental music in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Wooley works in contemporary classical, jazz, noise, and electronic music as an interpreter, improviser, and composer. While a large part of his work has consisted of solo improvisation and composition, he has collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Annea Lockwood, Yoshi Wada, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, and others.

Mr. Wooley has performed as a soloist or commissioned composer at SWR Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musica Polonica Nova, Jazztopad Festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, A L’ARME! Festival, music unlimited, and international jazz festivals. He has been an artist-in-residence at London’s Cafe OTO and Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room. He was a 2016 recipient of a Grants to Artists award in Music / Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

He is the founder of the For / With Festival, which commissions and premieres works created through collaboration between composer and performer, all with an emphasis on radical timbral techniques and improvisation within composition.

Nate Wooley is the editor of Sound American, an online journal intended to demystify contemporary experimental music with the intention of expanding and perpetuating a base audience for the radical and avant-garde. He is currently the curator of the Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) and teaches at The New School for Social Research.

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Brandon Lopez

Bass

Brandon Lopez

Bass

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Bass

Brandon Lopez is a composer and contrabassist working in the field of far left musics, with a primary focus on improvisation. He has performed across North America and Europe with improvisers and musical thinkers, in squats and decorated concert halls alike. He is the 2018 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room and a 2018 Roulette Van Lier Fellow. His third solo album, Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis, can be found on the Astral Spirits label.

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Constellation Chor
Marisa Michelson, director

Moving Voices

Constellation Chor
Marisa Michelson, director

Moving Voices

Moving Voices

Constellation Chor is an improvising vocal performance ensemble comprising composers, singers, dancers, and actors, founded by music theater and choral composer Marisa Michelson. In residence at the historic Judson Memorial Church, the Chor engages at the intersection of voice, movement, healing, meditation, storytelling, inner development, Oliveros’ Deep Listening, and music theater. Researching the interaction of mind / body / spirit practices with virtuosic singing, the Chor also explores performer as truth-seeker / shaman, and performance as an invitation to enter into an intimate relationship with the moment and each other.

Founded in 2016, Constellation Chor performs interdisciplinary pieces composed by Ms. Michelson and collaborates with other composers, choreographers, directors, and mindfulness practitioners. Projects have included Ms. Michelson’s Desire | Divinity Project (with director Ethan Heard and choreographer Emma Jaster), developed with Heartbeat Opera and supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and improvised site-specific pieces with Crowded Outlet, Alchemical Theatre, and Harpa Opera Center in Reykjavik. Current projects include a film installation of Ms. Michelson’s Sappho Fragments with filmmaker Paul Lieber; a collaboration with Butoh master Diego Piñon, produced by Shakina Nayfack; and an upcoming residency at Vermont’s Art Monastery.

Constellation Chor’s internationally and vocally diverse array of talent hails from Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, and the U.S., and has been seen on stages from New York to Dubai, from BAM to Broadway. Chor members include Marisa Michelson, Chad Goodridge, Jen Anaya, Tamrin Goldberg, Shawn Shafner, Kalli Siamidou, Luisa Muhr, and Sarah Beth Pfeifer. Satellite and orbiting members include Nikko Benson, Nicole Coffaro, Sepideh Moafi, Marina Pires, Heathcliff Saunders, Raphael Sacks, Sara Serpa, Nickolas Vaughan, and Kinga Cserjesi.

The word “chor” in the group’s title derives from the Latin “cor” (heart, soul, mind) and the Greek “khoros” (to dance in a circle). It is also used to evoke the core, chorus, and choreography.

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Marisa Michelson, director

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César Alvarez

Movement and Visual Direction

César Alvarez

Movement and Visual Direction

Movement and Visual Direction

César Alvarez is a New York–based composer, lyricist, playwright, and performance maker. He has written four full-length musicals; released four albums with his band, The Lisps; and composed scores for contemporary dance, plays, and film. His musical FUTURITY received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and four other Lortel nominations. Mr. Alvarez has received two Drama Desk Nominations and a Jonathan Larson Award; is a 2018–20 Princeton Arts Fellow; and participated in the Ucross Foundation Residency Program and Sundance Playwrights Retreat. He co-directed Ashley Fure’s The Force of Things: An Opera for Objects in its New York Premiere at the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival. Recent composition credits include FUTURITY (Soho Rep and Ars Nova, A.R.T, Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA); The Elementary Spacetime Show (FringeArts / UArts, NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon (Soho Rep, Theatre for a New Audience); Washeteria (Soho Rep); and The Foundry Theater’s Good Person of Szechwan (La MaMa, The Public Theater). Projects in development include The Universe is a Small Hat, a multi-player participatory musical (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, The Civilians’ R&D Group), and Noise (commissioned by The Public Theater and NYU / Playwrights Horizons Theater School). César Alvarez is the founding artistic director of Polyphone, a festival of new musicals at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and received his MFA from Bard College.

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Lilleth Glimcher

Movement and Visual Direction

Lilleth Glimcher

Movement and Visual Direction

Movement and Visual Direction

Lilleth Glimcher (she / they) is an artist creating experiential performance, sculpture, installation, film / video, choreography, and music. They are the founder and artistic director of YOU ARE HERE, centering QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) voices at the intersection of transdisciplinary arts, healing, and community-building. Her directing and performance work has been presented at Abrons Art Center, American Academy in Rome, Pace Gallery, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, The Capri Marfa, Westbeth Artists’ Housing, the PEOPLE festival in Berlin, daadgalerie in Berlin, The Flea Theater (where they served as resident director, 2014–17), Future of Storytelling, and myriad locations for site-specific works. Glimcher has served as associate and assistant director for Ashley Fure, Ivo van Hove, Niegel Smith, 600 Highwaymen, André Gregory, Lila Neugebauer, Robert Whitman, César Alvarez, Shira Milikowsky, Lily Whitsitt, Woodshed Collective, and others across disciplines. She graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in clinical research psychology and a secondary field in dramatic arts.

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Brandon Clifford

Matter Design

Brandon Clifford

Matter Design

Matter Design

Designer and researcher Brandon Clifford is a founding partner and director at Matter Design and assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his master of architecture from Princeton University and his bachelor of science in architecture from Georgia Tech. Dedicated to re-imagining the role of the architect in the digital era, Brandon Clifford has received the American Academy in Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture, the SOM Prize in Architecture, Design, and Urban Design, and the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. His most recent authored work, The Cannibal’s Cookbook, demonstrates his dedication to bringing ancient knowledge into contemporary practice with theatrical captivation. His work at Matter Design is focused on advancing architectural research through spectacle and mysticism. This work ranges from an award-winning play structure for kids to megalithic sculptures that come to life to perform tasks.

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Wes McGee

Matter Design

Wes McGee

Matter Design

Matter Design

Wes McGee is an assistant professor in architecture and the director of the Fabrication and Robotics Lab at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a principal at Matter Design. His work revolves around the interrogation of the means and methods of material production in the digital era, through research focused on developing new connections between design, engineering, materials, and manufacturing processes as they relate to the built environment. At Matter Design he explores these techniques across a range of scales and materials, with the goal of interrogating new design and fabrication workflows. Mr. McGee has been recognized with awards such as the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers and the ACADIA Innovative Research Award of Excellence, and his work has been published widely in books, periodicals, and peer-reviewed journals.

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Johanna Lobdell

Matter Design

Johanna Lobdell

Matter Design

Matter Design

Johanna Lobdell is a graphic designer and collaborating partner with Matter Design. Her work brings access to the design research being done at Matter Design through publications, exhibitions, murals, and environmental experiences. Ms. Lobdell’s work operates at the intersection of art and design, focusing on color, patterns, and graphics in relation to 3-D form. Her primary objective is to create environments that communicate through attraction. Johanna Lobdell received her education in graphic design and fine arts from Parsons School of Design and Lesley University.

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Marika Kent

Lighting Design

Marika Kent

Lighting Design

Lighting Design

Lighting designer Marika Kent is a New York City–based designer of new and classic plays, musical theater, opera, dance, experimental theater, puppetry, and site-specific performance. Her recent and upcoming credits include Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and Britten’s Albert Herring at Manhattan School of Music; 21st Century Sound Stories for Qubit Opera Collective; The Elementary Spacetime Show at Playwrights Horizons Theater School; Peter and the Starcatcher at Cape Fear Regional Theater; Skinnamarink and NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME. NOW IS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE for Little Lord; Everything Starts From A Dot as part of La MaMa Puppet Festival; Ajijaak on Turtle Island for IBEX Puppetry; She, Ori, and Variations on a Box for Ariel Rivka Dance; and Abigail’s Party and The Thickness of Skin at The Barrow Group.

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Tolulope Aremu

Costume Design

Tolulope Aremu

Costume Design

Costume Design

Born in London, raised in Atlanta, and now living in Brooklyn, Tolulope Aremu (Tolu) is a first-generation Nigerian-British immigrant who just completed her BFA in fashion design at Pratt Institute. She is the youngest daughter of Kola and Nike Aremu and the sister of Tobi Aremu. Ms. Aremu believes that clothes are made for people, not genders. Because of her background in basketball, she is devoted to reinventing sportswear for all women. She draws from her Nigerian culture in all of her work. She believes in having “life and enjoying it in abundance until it overflows.” Through her work with CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund winner Chromat, she has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Paper Magazine, and many more. She also has designed and created the Chromat x Black Panther look for New York Fashion Week.

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