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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$34-121

Duration

2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times

9

Nov, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM

11

Nov, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

14

Nov, 2017

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Leonard Slatkin leads the Philharmonic in the finale of our Bernstein festival. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons is the speaker in the powerful Kaddish Symphony, evoking the Jewish prayer of mourning and encompassing paeans to God, a confrontation between man and God, and a plea for peace. Strauss’s witty vignettes plunge us into the delightful flights of fancy of the bumbling knight-errant Don Quixote.

Program

R. Strauss

Don Quixote

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Bernstein

Symphony No. 3, Kaddish

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Artists

Leonard Slatkin

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

Conductor

In 2017–18, conductor Leonard Slatkin celebrates his tenth and final season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and his first in the new role of honorary music director of the Orchestre national de Lyon (ONL). He also welcomes the publication of his second book, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, and serves as jury chairman of the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. His guest conducting schedule includes engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the New York Philharmonic.

Recent highlights include a three-week tour of Asia with the DSO; tours of the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; a winter Mozart Festival in Detroit; and engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, and Naples’s Orchestraof the Teatro di San Carlo. He also served as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Mr. Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered 7 Grammy Awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos releases include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninoff, Alla Borzova, Cindy McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, Mr. Slatkin has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonic cycles with the DSO (available as digital downloads).

 A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Mr. Slatkin holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras’ Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his debut book, Conducting Business.

Leonard Slatkin has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras in the world. He has served as music director in New Orleans; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; London (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra); and Lyon, France. He has also served as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.

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Cynthia Phelps

Viola

Cynthia Phelps

Viola

Cynthia Phelps New York Philharmonic

Viola

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

Carter Brey

Cello

Carter Brey

Cello

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,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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Jeremy Irons

Speaker

Jeremy Irons

Speaker

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Speaker

Jeremy Irons won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bülow in 1990’s Reversal of Fortune. He is also a Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, and Screen Actors Guild award winner. His film highlights include The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), The Mission (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Damage (1992), M. Butterfly (1993), and Lolita (1997). He is the voice of the evil lion Scar in Disney’s The Lion King (1994) and starred opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). More recent work includes the award-winning independent feature Margin Call (2011) with Kevin Spacey; Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Correspondence (2016); Jeremy Thomas’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley; Stephen Hopkins’s Race (2016), based on the true story of Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics; Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016); and Matthew Brown’s The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). Additionally, he was the featured actor and executive producer of TRASHED, Candida Brady’s award-winning documentary on the environment. Mr. Irons will next be seen in Justice League, reprising his role as Alfred Pennyworth, and in Red Sparrow, co-starring Jennifer Lawrence.

He was awarded both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the television miniseries Elizabeth I, alongside Helen Mirren (2005). He went on to play Pope Alexander in the Showtime historical series The Borgias (2011) and Henry IV in the BBC Two series The Hollow Crown opposite Tom Hiddleston.

Mr. Irons received a Tony for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s play The Real Thing (1983), and appeared on the London stage in the National Theatre’s Never So Good (2008) and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Gods Weep (2010). In 2016 he portrayed James Tyron in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night as part of the Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary; this production will transfer to London’s West End in January 2018.

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Tamara Wilson

Soprano

Tamara Wilson

Soprano

Tamara Wilson (photo: Stacey Dershem)

Soprano

American soprano Tamara Wilson is quickly gaining international recognition for her interpretations of Verdi, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Wagner. She makes her New York Philharmonic debut in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, Kaddish, with Leonard Slatkin, and is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award. Ms. Wilson begins the 2017–18 season as Verdi’s Aida in Francesca Zambello’s production at Washington National Opera. She returns to Houston Grand Opera for her role debut as Chrysothemis in Richard Strauss’s Elektra, and makes her Paris debut as Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. She returns for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the BBC Proms, and makes her Italian debut with Riccardo Chailly at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in the Verdi Requiem. Ms. Wilson made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Aida and her London debut in Calixto Bieto’s new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino at English National Opera, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. She inaugurated Kyoto’s new opera house as Rosalinde in R. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, led by Seiji Ozawa, and was heard at Oper Frankfurt as the Empress in R. Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Sebastian Weigle. She recently made her Bavarian Staatsoper and Zurich Opera House debuts as Elisabetta di Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo conducted by Fabio Luisi, and made her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. She performed in two different presentations of Act III of Die Walküre: as Brünnhilde with Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Royal Albert Hall, and as Sieglinde in her debut at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director

Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, Director

The Concert Chorale of New York is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival in concert versions of Handel’s L’Allegro and Theodora, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. Other credits include the Brooklyn Academy of Music productions of Philip Glass’s Civil Wars, John Adams’s Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed in Gilbert & Sullivan productions at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase; a Haydn, Bach, and Beethoven series; and Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. The chorale has also appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Judy Collins. It participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum, and a concert version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel with Leonard Slatkin at Carnegie Hall.

The ensemble makes regular appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, having performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony (the latter with Gianandrea Noseda as well as previously with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Haydn’s Creation with Louis Langrée. As part of the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl, Richard Strauss’s Daphne, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton, also televised on Live From Lincoln Center.

Upcoming performances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The ensemble’s discography includes Lederer & Davis’s Kismet and Wasserman’s Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI).

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2015 he was named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now while continuing his role as principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of The Collegiate Chorale; highlights of his tenure with the ensemble include conducting rarely performed operas-in-concert, including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, and Boito’s Mefistofele. He also conducted the New York Premieres of Philip Glass’s Toltec Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, both at Carnegie Hall. He has trained choruses for the Boston Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival, American Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras. He has prepared choruses with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, and Robert Shaw. He is professor of music and director of performance studies at Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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James Bagwell, Director

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus, named WQXR’s 2016–17 artist-in-residence, is a collective of young singers and vocal ensembles reimagining choral music performance through artistic innovation, collaboration, and a versatile range and repertoire. The Chorus’s multilevel training program draws students from across the five boroughs and combines intensive voice and musicianship study with exceptional performance experiences.

The Chorus has appeared with orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, London and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, and Mariinsky Orchestra, and with conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Chorus has performed with major recording artists including Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Elton John, Grizzly Bear, and John Legend.

The Chorus, which received a 2005 Grammy Award for the New York Philharmonic’s recording of John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, recently released its first solo recording, Black Mountain Songs, through New Amsterdam Records. Brooklyn Youth Chorus has garnered a strong reputation as an arts producer.

Current productions include Silent Voices, which premiered at the BAM Opera House in May 2017; Aging Magician, which received its Off-Broadway premiere in March 2017; and Black Mountain Songs, which tours to Asheville, North Carolina, in September 2017.

Founded in 1992 by artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, Brooklyn Youth Chorus serves more than 600 students in its core after-school and public school outreach programs. Classes take place at its Cobble Hill headquarters and neighborhood locations in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dianne Berkun Menaker is the founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which, under her leadership, has become one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the country and has stretched the artistic boundaries for the youth chorus. Ms. Berkun Menaker has prepared choruses for performances with acclaimed conductors including Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, James Levine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Robert Spano. She prepared the chorus for its 2002 New York Philharmonic debut in John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, the recording of which won a 2005 Grammy Award. Dianne Berkun Menaker is the creator of the chorus’s Cross-Choral Training program, a holistic and experiential approach to developing singers in a group setting encompassing both voice and musicianship pedagogy.

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