Alan Gilbert To Conduct NY Premiere of Requiem at Carnegie Hall, 5/5
Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Requiem with baritone Jacques Imbrailo, the Westminster Symphonic Choir directed by Joe Miller, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker.
The concert, Monday, May 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., will open the Spring For Music festival at Carnegie Hall, for which North American orchestras are invited to present one-night-only performances of unusual programming.
The concert will be broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM and wqxr.orgat 7:30 p.m., hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest and David Garland. WQXR will make it available for on-demand listening for one year following the stream on wqxr.org.
"That underlies all the programs we play, but it is perhaps most perfectly manifest in Chris Rouse's Requiem. In this astounding work Chris has captured something fundamental about humanity, creating something both cataclysmic and cathartic. It is an honor to join our sister orchestras in this week-long celebration of what symphonic music can bring to all of our lives."
"I feel attuned to Berlioz and his music," Mr. Rouse said. "It speaks to me almost as though I had composed it myself. I love the combination of the wild revolutionary with the much more traditional classicist - he's not just the 'crazy man.' I love his harmony, his rhythm, his orchestration - and his melodic sense is unlike anyone else's."
Of his Requiem, Mr. Rouse said: "It is the best thing that I can lay claim to. It's the work by which I would want to stand or fall."
Music Director Alan Gilbert began his New York Philharmonic tenure in September 2009, the first native New Yorker in the post. He and the Philharmonic have introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence; CONTACT!, the new-music series; and, beginning in the spring of 2014, the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. "He is building a legacy that matters and is helping to change the template for what an American orchestra can be," The New York Times praised.
In addition to inaugurating the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, in the 2013-14 season Alan Gilbert conducts Mozart's three final symphonies; the U.S. Premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's Frieze coupled with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer's centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film was screened; and a staged production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson. He continues The Nielsen Project - the multi-year initiative to perform and record the Danish composer's symphonies and concertos, the first release of which was named by The New York Times as among the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 - and presides over the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour. Last season's highlights included Bach's B-minor Mass; Ives's Fourth Symphony; the EUROPE / SPRING 2013 tour; and the season-concluding A Dancer's Dream, a multidisciplinary reimagining of Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka, created by Giants Are Small and starring New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns.
Mr. Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies and holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at The Juilliard School. Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, he regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic in 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award. Renée Fleming's recent Decca recording Poèmes, on which he conducted, received a 2013 Grammy Award. His recordings have received top honors from the Chicago Tribune and Gramophone magazine. In May 2010 Mr. Gilbert received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and in December 2011, Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his "exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers and to contemporary music."
South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo won the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Audience Prize and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. In 2010 Mr. Imbrailo made his Glyndebourne Festival debut in the title role of Britten's Billy Budd in Michael Grandage's new production conducted by Mark Elder. Other recent operatic engagements include Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (at Essen Opera); Tarquinius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (in Florence and in Houston); Aeneas in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (Opera di Roma); Count Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, and Opéra de Lille); the leading baritone role in Judith Weir's new commission for the Royal Opera House, Miss Fortune (which was premiered at the Bregenz Festspiele); Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Welsh National Opera); Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale (Royal Opera House); Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan Tutte (Opera Colorado, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Opera North); Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème (Royal Opera House); and Billy Budd (de Nederlandse Opera). His concert performances have included Orff's Carmina burana with the New York Philharmonic led by Rafael Fru?hbeck de Burgos (in June 2012, marking his debut with the Orchestra), Christ in Elgar's The Apostles with the Hallé and Mark Elder at the BBC Proms, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, Handel's Messiah, Brahms's Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, and Duruflé's Requiem. He has given solo Lieder recitals at Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, and Amsterdam's Het Concertgebouw, and performed in concert at the Verbier Festival, Royal Albert Hall, and Southbank Centre. Highlights in the 2013-14 season include the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Scottish Opera); Billy Budd in New York; and Valentin in Gounod's Faust in Baden-Baden.