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  1. Announcing Our 2017–18 Season!

    Posted February 8, 2017

    This just in! We’ve released details about our 2017–18 season, celebrating what makes the Philharmonic great while looking to the future as we welcome Jaap van Zweden as Music Director Designate before he becomes Music Director in 2018–19.

    Jaap van Zweden will lead New York Premieres by John Luther Adams and Philip Glass, plus Mahler, Wagner, Stravinsky, and Brahms. He also conducts the Orchestra on the ASIA / WINTER 2018 tour and during its second residency with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan. Hear Jaap talk about next season and more here.

    The Philharmonic will salute former Music Director Leonard Bernstein — the first to hand Jaap a baton — in his 100th birthday year with Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival, led by Leonard Slatkin as well as Alan Gilbert in his first appearance after concluding his tenure as Music Director. The Orchestra will play Bernstein’s complete symphonies plus music tied to him. And Leonard Slatkin leads a Young People’s Concert, the beloved series Bernstein made famous (video here).

    The season’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence is pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who plays Rachmaninoff, Britten, and Debussy — plus a recital (video here).

    Esa-Pekka Salonen’s final season as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence features the New York Concert Premiere of his Helix, led by Susanna Mälkki, and Salonen conducting a World Premiere by Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with Benjamin Grosvenor. He also curates a project for the 2018 NY PHIL BIENNIAL and advises on CONTACT!, which returns for its ninth season. The Orchestra will also present the World Premiere of a new work by Bent Sørensen, made possible with the support of the Kravis Prize for New Music, led by Christoph von Dohnányi (video here).

    And in a concert hall not far, far away ... the Philharmonic will present the World Premiere of the Star Wars — Film Concert Series, featuring screenings of the complete films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens with Oscar-winning composer’s John Williams’s scores performed live to the films, conducted by David Newman. THE ART OF THE SCORE will feature the New York Premiere screening of Amadeus — Live, led by Richard Kaufman and with Alec Baldwin as Artistic Advisor.

    And Alan Gilbert returns to lead the Philharmonic’s 175th birthday concert, with Philharmonic Principal musicians in the spotlight.

  2. 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