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  1. Announcing Our 2019–20 Season

    Posted February 6, 2019

    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.

    Other highlights: 
    • 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.”

  2. In true musical fashion, New York Stories: Threads of Our City built to a powerful crescendo and finale this past weekend that still echoes in our ears, minds, and hearts. The World Premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, with its searingly vivid multimedia evocation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, perfectly capped our exploration of New York’s roots as a city of immigrants.

    It all kicked off on January 14 at the Tenement Museum, with Philharmonic musicians performing chamber music in a special guided tour. In addition, Philharmonic musicians who immigrated to the US shared their stories on the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story website. Here is cellist Qiang Tu’s story, and a video of him telling it:

    The following evening, there was a free Insights at the Atrium event, Fire in my mouth: Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. President and CEO Deborah Borda moderated a discussion among Wolfe, Forward archivist Chana Pollack, and Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition founder Ruth Sergel. Ms. Pollack presented archival materials from the Forward’s front-lines coverage of the tragedy and its aftermath. 

    On the Grand Promenade of David Geffen Hall was an exhibit with items from the Philharmonic Archives, the Forward, the Museum of the City of New York, the National Archives at New York City, Remember the Triangle Fire coalition, The Metropolitan Opera, the NYC Department of Records, and the Kheel Center at Cornell University. Check it out if you’re coming to a concert — it will be up through February 28.

    On Sunday, at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner Nadia Sirota hosted / curated Sound ON: “Threads,” a new-music concert featuring Philharmonic musicians performing chamber music by composers influenced by their time in America. On the program was the World Premiere of Syrian-born Kinan Azmeh’s Café Dumas, which was written “to bring the musicians of the Philharmonic closer to [his home] both conceptually and culturally.” 

    Thanks to all who attended and performed in New York Stories: Threads of Our City. This exploration will be echoed in the final Young People’s Concert of the season, “Coming to New York — Immigrant Voices,”on May 11, 2019. It will feature music by composers reflecting on the immigrant experience, including Bartók, Huang Ruo, Roberto Sierra, Kareem Roustom, and Gabriela Lena Frank, as well as works by students in the Very Young Composers program. Join us!

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