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PHOTOS: Launch of Music Director Jaap van Zweden

New York, Meet Jaap — Opening Gala of the New York Philharmonic’s 177th season — inaugurated the Orchestra’s 26th Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, with a groundbreaking World Premiere by Ashley Fure, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with soloist Daniil Trifonov, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The Gala also included a red carpet walked by the likes of Alec and Hilaria Baldwin and Patricia Clarkson, a festive cocktail reception, and a celebratory dinner. Relive the momentous evening.

Empire State Building To Glow Red for Launch of Jaap van Zweden’s Inaugural Season

 

We’ll paint the town red.

Whether or not you join us Thursday night for New York, Meet Jaap, look up: for yet another year, the Empire State Building will glow Philharmonic red, this time shining all the brighter in celebration of Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s inaugural season.

(The Empire State Building image® is a registered trademark of ESRT Empire State Building, L.L.C. and is used with permission.)

Philharmonic Musicians Welcome Jaap

Jaap is in the building! Hear what some of the musicians of the New York Philharmonic have to say about our new Music Director on the cusp of his inaugural season.

Want to experience Jaap live and in person? Attend his official launch at the Opening Gala Concert this Thursday, attend the Free Open Rehearsal on September 27, or catch one of his many programs with the Orchestra this season.

New York, meet Jaap!

Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic To Tour Asia in March 2018

 

Today we announced details of our ten-day Asia tour next month, led by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden. His first international tour with the Orchestra will feature eight concerts in five cities: Beijing, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Taipei.

“Touring is a wonderful vehicle not only to share our music-making with audiences around the world but also to deepen our musi­cal relationship,” Jaap says. “It gives us a rare oppor­tunity to grow and bond.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery: “We can de­velop a better understanding of what Jaap is showing us in the moment on­stage. The only way to do that is by spending time together. The rapport we build on this tour can set us up to be re­ally on the top of our game when he be­comes Music Director this September.”

The soloists on the tour are Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang (performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3) and Japanese-American violinist Ryu Goto (performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto). Jaap will also conduct Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (which New York audiences will get to hear in his opening concerts as Music Director in September), Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, and J. Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture.

Live on Facebook: Jaap van Zweden Conducts Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) and John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves

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If you can’t make it to David Geffen Hall this evening to see Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden conduct Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) — featuring Heidi Melton (soprano), Simon O’Neill (tenor), and John Relyea (bass) — and John Luther Adams’s Dark Waves, watch it live on Facebook! It starts at 7:25 PM EST.

Directed by Habib Azar, the broadcast will later be available for on-demand viewing on this page, YouTube, and Facebook. It’s the Philharmonic’s fifth live concert broadcast on Facebook.

(Photo: Chris Lee)

PHOTOS: 176th Season Opening Gala Concert

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic were the honorees of 106 All-Stars: Opening Gala Concert of New York’s Orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, the 106 All-Stars performed Mahler’s Fifth Symphony in a concert broadcast on Facebook Live, hosted by Alec Baldwin. The Gala also included a star-studded red carpet, buzzing cocktail reception, and glamorous dinner.

Jaap van Zweden Conducts: A Glimpse of the Future

Philharmonic audiences got a glimpse of the future when Jaap van Zweden (who will become Music Director in the 2018–19 season, after serving as Music Director Designate 2017–18), led the New York Premiere–Philharmonic Co-Commission of 28-year-old Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release, with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps as soloist, plus Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin.

The crowd and the critics went wild. Here are some highlights:

“Mr. van Zweden drew sensitive, confident and colorful playing from the Philharmonic. ... he drew out the shifting strands of the music with striking clarity and a clear sense of direction. … He balanced poignancy and gravity in his rich-textured account of [Julia Adolphe’s Unearth, Release].” — The New York Times

“His rapport with the players is already keenly palpable and, in the Tchaikovsky warhorse on the program’s second half, positively electrifying. … an epic journey, precision engineered to underscore the vitality of Tchaikovsky’s vision.” — Musical America

“A superb technician with crystalline intentions, van Zweden seemed most at home laying down a covering barrage of brass or catapulting into a big crescendo. But the New York premiere of Julia Adolphe’s viola concerto Unearth, Release also proved that he’s no slouch with a glimmering pianissimo or a complex new score. … In Wagner’s Lohengrin overture, he coaxed the strings to unspool the endless melody as in a single, ten-minute exhalation.” — Vulture

“An intelligent but emotional, sonically rich performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony” — New York Classical Review

“Both musicians and audience seemed galvanized by his presence throughout all three pieces.” — Bachtrack

Louis Andriessen Receives Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic

The audience at last night’s concert witnessed an exciting announcement from the stage: Louis Andriessen has been awarded The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic, one of the world's largest new-music prizes, which recognizes a composer for extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music. President Matthew VanBesien presented the award (see above). He is the third recipient, after Henri Dutilleux and Per Nørgård.

The Dutch composer and influential teacher — whose influences and subjects span visual art, medieval poetic visions, shipbuilding, atomic theory, mortality, music and politics, and time and velocity — receives $200,000 plus a commission to write a work for the Philharmonic, which the Orchestra will premiere in the 2018–19 season, led by Jaap van Zweden, who will then be in his first season as Philharmonic Music Director.

“It is an immense honor to receive The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, and I send my deep and solemn feelings of gratitude,” Mr. Andriessen said. “My father, the composer Hendrik Andriessen, used to say: ‘We are not important; the music is important, and we have the duty to write as well as we can.’ It is in this spirit that I will write for the New York Philharmonic.”

 
 

 

(Photo: Chris Lee)

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