Insights at the Atrium: Mastering Sound and Story in The Red Violin

The New York Philharmonic

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Insights at the Atrium: "Mastering Sound and Story in The Red Violin"

Location

David Rubenstein Atrium

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Free

Date & Times

15

Oct, 2018

Monday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Join us on a journey through centuries and across continents as we go behind-the-scenes of The Red Violin. Hear from John Corigliano, the composer of the Academy Award–winning score; violinist Joshua Bell, the soundtrack’s original soloist; producer Niv Fichman, who discusses the ambitious international scope of the film, with all of its challenges and rewards; and Peter Gelb, who served as president of Sony Classical when it released the soundtrack. New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda moderates..

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Subscribers, Friends at the Fellow level and above, and Patrons may secure guaranteed admission by e-mailing AdultEd@nyphil.org.
 

Artists

Joshua Bell

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Joshua Bell

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Joshua Bell

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With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of today’s most celebrated violinists. Since 2011 he has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958.

Mr. Bell’s interests range from repertoire hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. Committed to expanding music’s cultural impact, he has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, and Josh Groban. In the spring of 2019 he joins cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk for an American tour.

He maintains an avid interest in film music and commemorates the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin by performing it live to film with the New York Philharmonic and at festivals.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Joshua Bell has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards. Sony Classical’s 2018 release with Mr. Bell and the Academy features Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Violin Concerto.

In 2007 a Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post story on Mr. Bell performing incognito in a Washington, D.C., metro station sparked an international conversation regarding art and context. It also inspired Kathy Stinson’s 2013 children’s book The Man with the Violin and an animated film. He premiered The Man with the Violin concert at the Kennedy Center in 2017; it will be presented by the Seattle Symphony in March 2019.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell began violin at age four, and at twelve began studies with Josef Gingold. At 14 he made his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and his Carnegie Hall debut at 17 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He received the Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” and an “Indiana Living Legend.”

He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.

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John Corigliano

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John Corigliano

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John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual, and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last 40 years. Mr. Corigliano’s scores, now numbering more than 100, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, and an Academy Award.

Recent scores include Rhymes for the Irreverent and no comet ever scratched the sky (2017); One Sweet Morning (2011), a four-movement song cycle premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Stephanie Blythe; Conjurer (2008), commissioned for and introduced by Evelyn Glennie; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin (2005), developed from the themes of the score to The Red Violin, for which he received an Oscar in 1999; Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (2000), the recording of which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition in 2008; Symphony No. 3, Circus Maximus (2004); and Symphony No. 2 (2001 Pulitzer Prize in Music). Other important scores include the String Quartet (1995, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition); Symphony No. 1 (1991, Grawemeyer Award); the opera The Ghosts of Versailles (1991, Metropolitan Opera commission); and the Clarinet Concerto (1977), commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic. In 2015 an orchestral version of Stomp was commissioned by the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2015 Los Angeles Opera received wide acclaim for its new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak and featuring Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, and Patti LuPone. The production collected 2016 Grammys for Opera Recording and Engineered Classical album.

John Corigliano’s music is performed widely on North American and international stages. In recent years his music has been featured in performances throughout the US, Europe, Caracas, Australia, China, Russia, Tokyo, Krakow, Toronto, Bosnia, and beyond. His 80th birthday is celebrated in 2018 with performances far and wide.

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Niv Fichman

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Niv Fichman

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Niv Fichman is one of the founding partners of Rhombus Media in Toronto, Canada’s preeminent feature film production company. The company’s 38-year history has yielded a rich compilation of feature films, documentaries, performing art films, and series television. The company’s projects have garnered: an Oscar, seven Emmys, numerous Genies and Geminis, Golden Pragues, a Golden Rose of Montreux, and a Prix Italia.

Niv Fichman has produced films by renowned directors including François Girard, Olivier Assayas, Guy Maddin, Don McKellar, Peter Mettler, Peter Wellington, Kevin McMahon, Marc Evans, and Paul Gross. His most recent projects include Patricia Rozema’s Into the Frost (starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood), Pedro Morelli’s Zoom (starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alison Pill), Paul Gross’s Hyena Road (starring Rossif Sutherland), and Stephen Dunn’s first feature, Closet Monster, which won Best Canadian Feature at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. He is also known for such films as Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy (2013 starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini); Hobo with a Shotgun (2011, starring Rutger Hauer), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival’s Park City at Midnight; director Fernando Meirelles’s adaptation of Nobel laureate José Saramago’s Blindness (2008, written by Don McKellar and starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, and Gael Garcia Bernal), which opened the 2008 Cannes Film Festival; and Paul Gross’s World War I romantic epic Passchendaele (2008), the top-grossing Canadian film of 2008 and winner of the Best Picture Genie. The year 2017 marked the premiere of Michael: Everyday, the second season of the acclaimed TV series by Don McKellar, starring Bob Martin and Matt Watts. Mr. Fichman’s latest feature film is The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017).

Other select feature films produced by Niv Fichman include The Red Violin, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Last Night, The Saddest Music in the World, Snowcake, and Silk. His television projects include Slings & Arrows, Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach, and September Songs.

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Peter Gelb

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Peter Gelb

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Since becoming the 16th general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, Peter Gelb has launched a number of initiatives to revitalize opera and to connect it to a wider audience. Under his leadership the Met has recruited many of the world’s greatest theater, film, and opera directors, increased the number of new productions, and launched The Met: Live in HD, the award-winning series of live performance transmissions to movie theaters, now seen in more than 70 countries. Other Met initiatives under Gelb include a commissioning program for new operas, free outdoor transmissions and recitals, a rush tickets program, a 24-hour Met radio channel on SiriusXM, and the online subscription streaming service Met Opera on Demand.

Gelb began his career at 17 as an office boy for the impresario Sol Hurok. He became an assistant manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was Vladimir Horowitz’s manager during the pianist’s career revival in the 1980s. Gelb served as President of CAMI Video until 1992 and was President of the Sony Classical record label before coming to the Met. His honors include multiple Emmy, Grammy, and Peabody Awards, the Sanford Prize from the Yale School of Music, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.

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President and CEO Deborah Borda

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President and CEO Deborah Borda

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Deborah Borda

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Throughout her career, Deborah Borda has extended the artistic, commercial, and technological boundaries of American symphony orchestras. She became President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Philharmonic in September 2017. Prior posts include President and CEO, David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic; General Manager of the San Francisco Symphony; President and Managing Director of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 she became the first arts executive to join Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence.

Deborah Borda became the first woman in recent history to manage a major American symphony orchestra when she was appointed Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1991, and subsequently guided the Orchestra through a period of artistic and fiscal growth. Within her first few months after returning to the New York Philharmonic in 2017, Ms. Borda assembled a new leadership team to support her and Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s vision for the Orchestra. A $50 million launch fund to usher in a new era of fiscal stability was completed in November 2017. In February 2018 Ms. Borda and Maestro van Zweden revealed the programs and projects of his inaugural season in 2018–19, reflecting their plans to reconceive the Orchestra’s engagement with timely social issues, connect with New York City, and redouble the Philharmonic’s commitment to innovation, collaboration, and new music.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s success during Deborah Borda’s 17-year tenure was chosen for case studies by Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. During her first decade in Los Angeles, Ms. Borda designed an acclaimed business, education, and curatorial plan credited with restoring the orchestra to robust artistic and financial health. She reinvigorated plans to build and launch Walt Disney Concert Hall, oversaw the addition of a new shell for the Hollywood Bowl, and reimagined and diversified programming at both venues. She also spearheaded the appointment of music director Gustavo Dudamel. Committed to the orchestra’s social imperative, Ms. Borda and Mr. Dudamel invested in groundbreaking educational initiatives, including the founding of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), which provides free after-school instruction to children in underserved communities, and the national Take a Stand initiative, which promotes the El Sistema philosophy of social change through music.

A graduate of Bennington College and the Royal College of Music and a former professional violist, Deborah Borda is in demand internationally as a consultant and lecturer. She received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was also named Chair of the Avery Fisher Artist Program. Her accomplishments in the field of orchestral music have been cited in numerous reviews and articles, both nationally and internationally.

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