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Ode to Joy: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$65-165

Duration

1 hour & 15 minutes without intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

3

May, 2017

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

4

May, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

5

May, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM

6

May, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

9

May, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

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Alan Gilbert conducts Beethoven’s grand Ninth Symphony, with its iconic finale, “Ode to Joy.” This symphonic celebration of universal brotherhood transports us from anguish to joy, conflict to harmony. It’s perfectly paired with Schoenberg’s powerful A Survivor from Warsaw, as both works explore, in Alan Gilbert’s words, “the triumph of faith and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.”

Program

Schoenberg

A Survivor from Warsaw

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Beethoven

Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

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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Gabriel Ebert

Narrator

Gabriel Ebert

Narrator

Narrator

Gabriel Ebert is a Tony and Obie Award–winning actor. A native of Colorado, he is a graduate of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. He has appeared at Lincoln Center Theater, starring in Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles (for which he received the Obie Award for Best Actor) and most recently Dave Malloy’s Preludes at LCT3. Mr. Ebert’s Broadway credits include Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical (2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter with the Kneehigh Theatre Company, Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Therese Raquin, and John Logan’s Red. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Peer Gynt at Classic Stage Company, The Heart of Robin Hood, Suicide Incorporated, Prometheus Bound, and a site-specific production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. He is currently starring in Martin Sherman’s new play Gently Down the Stream with Harvey Fierstein. As a vocalist, Mr. Ebert has performed at Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Last spring he appeared as part of a benefit performance for The Juilliard School alongside fellow alumnus Alan Gilbert.

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Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling

Soprano

Camilla Tilling by Anna Hult

Soprano

Soprano Camilla Tilling’s early debut at New York City Opera launched her two-decades-long career that has since seen performances on the world’s major opera, concert, and recital stages while simultaneously building an impressive discography.

A highly regarded concert performer, Camilla Tilling is a regular guest with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Recent concert highlights include J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, Schumann’s Faustszenen with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Thomas Hengelbrock, Brahms’s A German Requiem with both the New York Philharmonic under Christoph von Dohnányi and with the Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Dutilleux’s Correspondances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Jordan, and Berg’s Seven Early Songs with Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti, and the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth.

Current season opera highlights include a house debut at Royal Swedish Opera as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, while in concert she performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Haitink and also with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, A German Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert.

Ms. Tilling’s many recordings include three recital discs with Paul Rivinius on the BIS label: the most recent, I Skogen (July 2015), is a celebration of Nordic composers. She appears on Haydn’s The Creation with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Haitink, and Handel’s The Resurrection with Le Concert d’Astree and Emmanuelle Haim, and she performs the role of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo on DVD from Teatro alla Scala conducted by Daniel Harding.

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Daniela Mack

Mezzo-Soprano

Daniela Mack

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano

This season mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack makes her debuts with the New York Philharmonic, in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 led by Alan Gilbert; at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; at The Metropolitan Opera, as the Kitchen Boy in Mary Zimmerman’s new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka; and at Florida Grand Opera as the title role in Bizet’s Carmen. Ms. Mack also returns to Arizona Opera as Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Santa Fe Opera as Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina. Recently, she was seen at San Francisco Opera as Rosina in The Barber of Seville and created the role of Jacqueline Kennedy in the World Premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK at Fort Worth Opera. She also made her Arizona Opera debut in the title role of Carmen and was seen in recital with tenor Alek Shrader at the Tucson Desert Song Festival. In concert Ms. Mack made debuts with three orchestras under Charles Dutoit: Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Boston Symphony Orchestra in L’Heure espagnole, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat. She also made her MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra debut in Rossini’s Giovanna d’Arco under James Gaffigan and performed Vivaldi’s Judith triumphans with Boston Baroque. Daniela Mack is an alumna of the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera, where she has appeared as Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, and Lucienne in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt for her house debut. She performed the title role of La Cenerentola as a member of the Merola Opera Program and made her West Coast recital debut on San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. Ms. Mack was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

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Joseph Kaiser

Tenor

Joseph Kaiser

Tenor

Joseph Kaiser New York Philharmonic

Tenor

Tenor Joseph Kaiser enjoys success in opera, oratorio, and concert appearances throughout North America and Europe. With his versatility and strength as an actor, he has worked with leading stage directors including Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, David McVicar, Peter Sellars, and Stephen Wadsworth.

He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston, Montreal, Berlin Radio, and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras. Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Fidelio with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Le Cercle de l’Harmonie on a European tour; Mozart’s Requiem with Ivor Bolton and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Simon Rattle and The Philadelphia Orchestra; Berlioz’s Requiem, both with Marek Janowski and the combined forces of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and with Donald Runnicles both with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic; Berlioz’s Te Deum with Charles Dutoit and the NHK Symphony Orchestra; and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestra and Chorus of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

Past opera appearances have included Britten’s Peter Grimes at Theater an der Wien; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Richard Strauss’s Capriccio at the Opéra National de Paris; Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Martinů’s Juliette at the Opernhaus Zürich; Eugene Onegin and Handel’s Theodora at the Salzburg Festival; and many appearances at The Metropolitan Opera including in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, The Magic Flute, Salome, Handel’s Rodelinda, and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens by Paul Sirochman

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Eric Owens launched the 2016–17 season with his role debut as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sings a trio of operas at The Metropolitan Opera: the house’s premiere of Kaijo Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka under Mark Elder, and a revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo conducted by James Levine. Other highlights include recitals with Susanna Phillips at Carnegie Hall and Lawrence Brownlee at Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center gala, and, for the third time, he joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute to present an interactive recital for incarcerated youth with Riccardo Muti and Joyce DiDonato. He rounds out his season singing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or at Santa Fe Opera.

Mr. Owens collaborates regularly with Muti, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Andrew Davis, Osmo Vänskä, and Donald Runnicles. In addition to performing with leading opera companies in Europe and North America, he has appeared with orchestras including the New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Bavarian Radio, Atlanta, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras; and the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras. Mr. Owens is featured on several recordings including excerpts from Richard Strauss operas (Telarc) and John Adams’s A Flowering Tree (Nonesuch Records) and Doctor Atomic (Sony).

A Philadelphia native, Eric Owens began studying piano at age six, and at eleven began formal oboe training under Lloyd Shorter of the Delaware Symphony and Louis Rosenblatt of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied voice while an undergraduate atTempleUniversity and as a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently studies withArmen Boyajian. He serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Astral Artistic Services.

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Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Chorus

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. It has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors for the past 83 years, and the choir has sung more than 400 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone. The ensemble’s 2016–17 season includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert; Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and Britten’s War Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Recent seasons have included performances of Bernstein’s Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert at Carnegie Hall.

Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students for careers in teaching, sacred music, and performance.

Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is also director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He is also artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. Mr. Miller’s 2016–17 season with the Westminster Choir includes a concert tour of the southern U.S., several national radio broadcasts, the ensemble’s annual residency at Spoleto Festival USA, and performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Mr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise. Joe Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.

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