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Alan Gilbert’s Farewell Concerts

Alan Gilbert Season Finale: A Concert for Unity

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$56-150

Duration

1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours 30 mins

Date & Times

8

Jun, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

9

Jun, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

10

Jun, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Please note that the concerts on June 8 and 9 will be 2 hours 30 minutes long and have a late seating break and intermission. The concert on June 10 will be 1 hour 30 minutes long and have a late seating break, but no intermission.



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Celebrating the Power of Music to Unite Across Borders

Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic joined by musicians invited from orchestras around the world — Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States — in a program celebrating the power of music to build bridges and unite people across borders.

Part of Alan Gilbert's Farewell Concerts

Program

Mahler

Symphony No. 7

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Kinan Azmeh

Ibn Arabi Postlude (June 8)

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Edward Perez / Traditional

The Latina 6/8 Suite (June 8)

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor (and violin on June 8)

Alan Gilbert

Conductor (and violin on June 8)

Alan Gilbert

Conductor (and violin on June 8)

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cello (June 8)

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello (June 8)

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello (June 8)

The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than 100 albums, including 18 Grammy award winners.

Mr. Ma serves as the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended The Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He recently joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. Mr. Ma has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), and in 2011 was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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Wynton Marsalis

Trumpet (June 9)

Wynton Marsalis

Trumpet (June 9)

Wynton Marsalis by Clay Patrick McBride

Trumpet (June 9)

Wynton Marsalis is music director and trumpet of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans in 1961, he began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums, which have garnered him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win classical and jazz Grammys in the same year, a feat he repeated in 1984.

Mr. Marsalis’s compositions include Sweet Release; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements; Jump Start and Jazz; Citi Movement/Griot New York; At the Octoroon Balls; In This House, On This Morning; and Big Train. In 1997 he won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. That same year he premiered the monumental work All Rise, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir. Mr. Marsalis’s second symphony, Blues Symphony, was premiered in 2009 by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2010. That same year, Mr. Marsalis premiered Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3), a co-commission by the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Barbican Centre. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performed the piece with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin and the New York Philharmonic in New York City in 2010, the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles in 2011, and the London Symphony Orchestra in London in 2012.

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of universities and colleges throughout the U.S. He conducts educational programs for students of all ages and hosts the popular Jazz for Young People concerts produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. He led the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall (which opened in October 2004), the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz. In 2009 Mr. Marsalis was awarded France’s Legion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the French government.

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Anthony McGill

Clarinet (June 8)

Anthony McGill

Clarinet (June 8)

Anthony McGill

Clarinet (June 8)

Anthony McGill joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Clarinet, The Edna and W. Van Alan Clark Chair, in September 2014. Previously principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra beginning in 2004, he is recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. He has appeared as soloist at Carnegie Hall with many orchestras including the MET Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and New York String Orchestra. He has also recently performed with the Baltimore, New Jersey, San Diego, and Memphis symphony orchestras and Orchestra 2001. As a chamber musician Mr. McGill has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with quartets including the Guarneri, Tokyo, Brentano, Pacifica, Shanghai, Miró, and Daedalus. He has also appeared with Musicians from Marlboro and at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and University of Chicago Presents. His festival appearances have included Tanglewood, Marlboro, Mainly Mozart, Music@Menlo, and Santa Fe Chamber Music. He has collaborated with pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang, as well as violinists Gil Shaham and Midori. On January 20, 2009, he performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gabriela Montero at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has appeared on Performance Today, MPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In 2013 with his brother Demarre, he appeared on NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show, and on MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry. In demand as a teacher, Anthony McGill serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan School of Music, and has given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. In 2016 he was one of five leaders honored with a John Jay Justice Award for being a “true champion of justice.”

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Cristina Pato

Galician bagpipes and piano (June 8)

Cristina Pato

Galician bagpipes and piano (June 8)

Galician bagpipes and piano (June 8)

Galician bagpipes master, classical pianist, and educator Cristina Pato enjoys an active professional career devoted to cultural exchange and creating new paths for her unusual instrument. Ms. Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and serves as educational advisor for Silkroad. An active recording artist and performer since she was 12, Ms. Pato has released and produced six solo Galician bagpipes recordings and two as a pianist. She has also collaborated as a guest artist on more than 40 recordings. Ms. Pato holds a doctorate of musical arts in collaborative piano from Rutgers University; degrees in piano, music theory, and chamber music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu; and a master’s in computer music from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Ms. Pato has served as artist-in-residence for a number of American universities, including Harvard and University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the founder of a multidisciplinary festival in Galicia and writes a bimonthly column for the Spanish newspaper El Correo Gallego.

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Johnny Gandelsman

Violin (June 8)

Johnny Gandelsman

Violin (June 8)

Violin (June 8)

Violinist Johnny Gandelsman has worked with a wide range of artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, David Byrne, Bela Fleck, Kayhan Kalhor, Suzanne Vega, James Levine, Mark Morris, Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, Nigel Kennedy, and Martin Hayes. Highlights of the past season include winning a Grammy Award for Best World Music album as a member and producer of Silk Road Ensemble’s latest album, Sing Me Home; premiering Edward Perez’s Cinco Danzas for solo violin in Minnesota; and performing Philip Glass’s Madrigal Opera in Brooklyn. Mr. Gandelsman’s upcoming season includes Lou Harrison’s centennial celebration in Boston, the release of J.S. Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas on In a Circle Records, and U.S. tours with the Silk Road Ensemble and Brooklyn Rider.

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Cynthia Phelps

Viola (June 8)

Cynthia Phelps

Viola (June 8)

Cynthia Phelps New York Philharmonic

Viola (June 8)

Cynthia Phelps is the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Viola, The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair. Highlights of her solo appearances with the Orchestra have included the New York Premiere–Philharmonic Co-Commission of Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release, in 2016; performances on the 2006 Tour of Italy, sponsored by Generali; Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in 2010 and 2014; and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths, which the Orchestra commissioned for her and Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young and which they premiered in 1999 and reprised both on tour and in New York, most recently in 2011. Other solo engagements have included the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Ms. Phelps is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She has given recitals in the major music capitals of Europe and the U.S. She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-viola group with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincenc.

Ms. Phelps is a first-prize winner of both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition, and is a recipient of the Pro Musicis International award. Under the auspices of this philanthropic organization, she has appeared as soloist in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Rome, and Paris, as well as in prisons, hospitals, and drug rehabilitation centers worldwide. Her recording Air, for flute, viola, and harp on Arabesque, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her television and radio credits include Live From Lincoln Center on PBS; St. Paul Sunday Morning on NPR; Radio France; Italy’s RAI; and WGBH in Boston. Ms. Phelps has served on the faculties at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. She is married to cellist Ronald Thomas.

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Carter Brey

Cello (June 8)

Carter Brey

Cello (June 8)

Carter Brey

Cello (June 8)

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur. He has since appeared as soloist almost every season, and was featured during The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, when he gave two performances of the cycle of all six of Bach’s cello suites. Most recently, he was the soloist in performances of Schumann’s Cello Concerto on the Orchestra’s CALIFORNIA 2016 tour, led by then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.

Mr. Brey has appeared as soloist with virtually all the major orchestras in the United States, and performed under the batons of prominent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, and Christoph von Dohnányi. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets as well as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy), and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O’Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. His violoncello is a rare J.B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

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Edward Perez

Bass (June 8)

Edward Perez

Bass (June 8)

Bass (June 8)

Bassist and composer Edward Perez lives in the cultural crossroads of Jackson Heights, Queens. His writing ranges from works for solo instrumentalists to arrangements for salsa band, string orchestra, and jazz big band. His works have been performed by artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Cristina Pato, Silk Road Ensemble, Latin jazz pioneer Ignacio Berroa, and Peruvian vocalist Jorge Pardo. Mr. Perez began his career as a jazz bassist and quickly branched out to Latin jazz, Afro-Peruvian music, and other styles from South America and around the world. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Harvard College, and Queens College, he has shared the stage with Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Konitz, Lionel Loueke, Eva Ayllón, Julio “Chocolate” Algendones, Silk Road Ensemble, Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Joe Burgstaller of the Canadian Brass, and Helio Alves. Mr. Perez tours extensively and also maintains a local presence teaching and co-leading the Terraza Big Band, the 18-piece house band of his neighborhood’s preeminent cultural venue. .

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Shane Shanahan

Percussion (June 8)

Shane Shanahan

Percussion (June 8)

Percussion (June 8)

Percussionist / composer / arranger Shane Shanahan has combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, and Western art music to create his own unique, highly sought-after style. Since 2000 he has been touring the globe with Yo-Yo Ma as an original member of the Grammy Award–winning Silk Road Ensemble. He has performed and / or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Deep Purple, Jordi Savall, Sonny Fortune, and Glen Velez, among others. A strong believer in the transformative power of education, Mr. Shanahan frequently presents workshops and clinics at leading universities and conservatories, including Princeton, Cornell, and the Eastman School of Music, as well as with refugee children in Lebanon and reservation schools in Montana. He is the lead teaching artist for the Silkroad’s arts-integrated education initiative, Silk Road Connect. This year Mr. Shanahan served as a Blodgett Distinguished Artist at Harvard University. He is active in the New York yoga, dance, theater, and Broadway communities.

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Christopher S. Lamb

Percussion (June 8)

Christopher S. Lamb

Percussion (June 8)

Percussion (June 8)

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Daniel Druckman

Percussion (June 8)

Daniel Druckman

Percussion (June 8)

Daniel Druckman

Percussion (June 8)

Percussionist Daniel Druckman is active as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist, concertizing throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composer’s Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons concerts, the San Francisco Symphony’s "New and Unusual Music Series," and in recital in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo. He has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1991, where he serves as Associate Principal Percussionist, and has made numerous guest appearances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the American Brass Quintet, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orpheus, Steve Reich and Musicians, and the Philip Glass Ensemble. Mr. Druckman has also participated in chamber music festivals at Santa Fe, Ravinia, Saratoga, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Tanglewood, and Aspen.

An integral part of New York’s new music community, both as soloist and as a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and Speculum Musicae, Mr. Druckman has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Oliver Knussen, Poul Ruders, Joseph Schwantner, Ralph Shapey, and Charles Wuorinen, among many others. Recent appearances include collaborations with Alan Feinberg at Dartmouth College, with Fred Sherry at BargeMusic, with Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall, and solo concerts at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Recent solo recordings include Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani on Bridge Records and Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water on Koch International. Mr. Druckman is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, where he serves as chairman of the percussion department and director of the percussion ensemble.

Daniel Druckman was born and raised in New York City. The son of composer Jacob Druckman, he had invaluable exposure to music and musicians at an early age. He attended The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Morris A. Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship and the Saul Goodman Scholarship, receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music in 1980. Additional studies were undertaken at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he was awarded the Henry Cabot Award for outstanding instrumentalist.

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Special Thanks

These concerts are presented by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Ms. Joyce B. Cowin.

The Facebook Live broadcast is supported by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.

League of American Orchestras

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