In 2018–19 you met Jaap. In 2019–20 you’ll travel with Jaap — to the future, the past, and around the world.
Jaap’s second season as Music Director — which we proudly announced last night — is anchored by three special initiatives:
• Project 19, marking the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (granting women the right to vote) with commissions by 19 women composers
• hotspots festival, spotlighting three global hotbeds of classical music innovation: Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York
• Mahler’s New York, examining Mahler’s time in New York as composer and as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director — before the Philharmonic opens the Royal Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival as the first American orchestra in the festival’s 100-year history during the 2020 European tour
Before these special projects begin, Jaap will conduct the Orchestra in the US Stage Premiere of Bengt Gomér’s bold production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Nina Stemme, Johannes Martin Kränzle, and Katarina Karnéus.
The Orchestra will unveil seven World Premieres — Philip Glass, Tania León, Nico Muhly, Ellen Reid, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Nina C. Young — and The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner Nadia Sirota will continue as host of two new-music series: Kravis Nightcap at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON at The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center.
• Pianist Daniil Trifonov as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, plus Renée Fleming singing Björk, Fall Gala with Lang Lang, pianists Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, violinist Janine Jansen, and Concertmaster Frank Huang
• Jaap conducting the second season of Phil the Hall, his first Young People’s Concert, and masterworks by Mozart, Bruckner, Shostakovich, and John Adams
• The debut of conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the return of conductors Susanna Mälkki, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Franz Welser-Möst
• Movie scores performed live to the complete films (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Psycho, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Singin’ in the Rain, and Mary Poppins)
For even more, check out Season Highlights and The New York Times critics’ picks.
In the words of President and CEO Deborah Borda: “The 2019–20 season continues the New York Philharmonic’s commitment to exploring the music of our time and our place in the artistic ‘ecosystem’ of New York — indeed, the world. We set our offerings in context — how they relate to today’s cultural zeitgeist as well as to the past.”
(Photo: Chris Lee)