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The Mozart Requiem and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Viola Concerto

May 23 - May 28
CYO

Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts Mozart’s timeless Requiem, a work of great poignance and emotional depth. Also on the program is Sofia Gubaidulina’s eerie Viola Concerto featuring soloist Antoine Tamestit. The composer famously said, “The peculiar mysteriousness and veiled quality of the viola’s timbre has always been something of an acoustic enigma to me, and an object of rapture.”

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Location

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

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Duration

1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

Program to Include

Sofia Gubaidulina

Viola Concerto

Mozart

Requiem

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Mozart

Ave Verum Corpus

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden Conductor

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He has also served as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2012, and became Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic in 2024. He will become Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in September 2026, after serving as its Music Director Designate in the 2025–26 season. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other distinguished ensembles.

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Antoine Tamestit Viola

Violist Antoine Tamestit is internationally recognized as a leading soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, beloved for his unsurpassed technique and the much-vaunted beauty of his richly colored tone. His broad repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the present day, with his strong commitment to contemporary music is reflected in premieres of numerous works. Among the most important works Tamestit has premiered are Jörg Widmann’s Viola Concerto, Thierry Escaich’s La Nuit des chants, Bruno Mantovani’s Concerto for Two Violas with Tabea Zimmermann, and Olga Neuwirth’s Remnants of Songs and Weariness Heals Wounds.

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Amanda Forsythe Soprano

Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of Baroque and Classical repertoire, Amanda Forsythe is a regular soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, and Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF). She has performed with The Philadelphia, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and St. Louis Symphony orchestras, as well as the Academy of Ancient Music, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

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Cecelia Hall Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Cecelia Hall sings leading roles as a member of Oper Frankfurt’s prestigious ensemble and appears regularly as a guest artist on many of the world’s finest stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, and Munich’s Bavarian Staatsoper. A noted recitalist, Hall has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her concert highlights have included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Harry Bicket, and Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Requiem with Louis Langrée at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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Nicholas Phan Tenor

American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. With a diverse repertoire that spans nearly 500 years of music, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. An avid recitalist and a passionate advocate for art song and vocal chamber music, in 2010 Phan co-founded Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), an organization devoted to promoting this underserved repertoire.

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Michael Sumuel Bass-Baritone

American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel returns to The Metropolitan Opera in the 2023–24 season as performing Reginald in Anthony Davis’s X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X. He also sings Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Houston Grand Opera, Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Les Violons du Roy, the Mozart Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with Music of the Baroque and Jane Glover, the Fauré Requiem with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Seattle Symphony. In the 2022–23 season, Sumuel made his Met principal debut, singing Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Other debuts included Elviro in Handel’s Serse with Detroit Opera, and Figaro in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Pittsburgh Opera. Sumuel’s concert appearances have included the Mozart Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and James Conlon, Bach cantatas with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society  and with Pacific Chorale, and a European tour performing in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight

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Musica Sacra, Kent Tritle, director Chorus

Since its founding in 1964 by conductor Richard Westenburg, the mission of Musica Sacra has been to create definitive, professional, choral performances of the highest caliber, and profound statements, made simply and elegantly. It does so through concerts, recordings, the commissioning and performing of new choral works, and collaborating with other top-tier performing arts organizations.

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SPECIAL THANKS

The NY Phil dedicates these concerts in memory of Harold Mitchell AC, a Board Member since 2012.