Alan Gilbert to Conduct Mozart's Three Final Symphonies, 11/29-30
Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in a program of Mozart's three final symphonies - Nos. 39, 40, and 41, Jupiter - Friday, November 29, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. Classical 105.9 FM WQXR in New York will broadcast the November 30 concert live at 8:00 p.m. as part of a month-long festival on the music and life of Mozart.
"Playing Mozart's last three symphonies together in a program is a very intense and powerful way of experiencing this music," Alan Gilbert said. "His music is uniquely challenging to the performer - it has to be stylish and shaped, but ultimately human - but there's nothing more fun or gratifying. The story of Mozart is everybody's story, and it's an important one."
Many questions remain about these three symphonies. Scholars believe they were intended to be a trilogy and published together, but as they weren't published during the composer's lifetime, it is difficult to know. While mystery surrounds their creation, some consider these three works the pinnacle of Mozart's genius.
Alan Gilbert will lead Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 39 and 41, Jupiter, on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. The program also includes Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, featuring tenor Paul Appleby and Principal Horn Philip Myers, as part of the Philharmonic's celebration of Britten's centennial.
A Saturday Matinee Concert November 30 at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Alan Gilbert, will feature Mozart's Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, and Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds and Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon with pianist Jeffrey Kahane and Philharmonic principal players: Principal Flute Robert Langevin, Principal Oboe Liang Wang, Principal Clarinet Stephen Williamson, Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair, and Principal Horn Philip Myers. Each of the concerts on this season's Saturday Matinee series includes chamber music by French composers.
- Pre-Concert Talks
Author and lecturer Fred Plotkin will introduce the program November 26. Musicologist and professor Elizabeth Seitz will introduce the concerts November 29-30. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple talks, students, and groups. They take place one hour before each performance in the Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: nyphil.org/preconcert or (212) 875-5656.
- National and International Radio Broadcast
The program will be broadcast a later date* on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network.
The 52-week series, hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Brothers Fund, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
- Live Broadcast on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR
Classical 105.9 FM WQXR will broadcast the program live on Saturday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. as part of "Month of Mozart," a month-long festival on the music and life of Mozart.
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-Josee 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.
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; four world premieres; an all-Britten program celebrating the composer's centennial; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey as the film is 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. Rene?e Fleming's recent Decca recording Poe?mes, 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."
American tenor Paul Appleby is a recent graduate of The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the recipient of a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts. He has appeared with The Metropolitan Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Wolf Trap Opera, as well as concert engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. His 2013-14 season operatic engagements include debuts with Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Washington National Opera, and returns to The Met and Oper Frankfurt. His concert performances include Maverick Concerts, Carnegie Hall's "Britten Discovery Day," a recital at Pace University, and a joint recital with baritone Joshua Hopkins presented by the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Appleby has also been recognized with the 2012 Top Prize by the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the 2012 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant, and George London Foundation Award, and he was a National Winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A recipient of an artist diploma in opera studies at The Juilliard School, he received a master's degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Music from the University of Notre Dame. Paul Appleby most recently appeared with the Philharmonic in his debut, performing Mozart's Mass in C minor, Great, conducted by Alan Gilbert, at Avery Fisher Hall in June 2012 and during the Orchestra's Bravo! Vail residency in July 2012.
Philip Myers, The Ruth F. and Alan J. Broder Chair, joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Horn in January 1980. He has appeared as a Philharmonic soloist on numerous occasions, including in Schumann's Konzertstu?ck for Four Horns, with Lorin Maazel in February 2007 and Kurt Masur in May 2001 as well as on tour; Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings led by Andre? Previn in October 2001; and Mozart's Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon in March 2010, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet, which performs an annual Holiday Brass Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, and appears often internationally in conjunction with the Orchestra's tours. Mr. Myers began his orchestral career in 1971 with a three-year term as principal horn of the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was third horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1974 until 1977. As principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra for a season and a half, he made his solo debut with that ensemble in 1979, performing Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1 with Neville Marriner conducting. A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Philip Myers holds two degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He plays Engelbert Schmid French horns. He made his Philharmonic solo debut in January 1980 performing the premiere of William Schuman's Three Colloquies, led by Zubin Mehta; he most recently appeared with the Orchestra as soloist in October 2012 in Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3, conducted by Rafael Fru?hbeck de Burgos.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane appears as soloist with ensembles including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras. Currently in his 17th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he also served as music director of the Colorado Symphony and Santa Rosa Symphony, where he is now conductor laureate. He has been recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras, and received ASCAP adventurous programming awards for his work in Los Angeles and Denver. During the 2013-14 season, he and his newly formed trio (with violinist Joseph Swensen and New York Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey) will appear at festivals and venues across the country. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory, Jeffrey Kahane won first prize at the Rubinstein Competition (1983), was a Van Cliburn Competition finalist (1981), received an Avery Fisher Career Grant (1983), and won the first Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award (1987).
Robert Langevin joined the New York Philharmonic in the 2000-01 season as Principal Flute, The Lila Acheson Wallace Chair, and made his solo debut with the Orchestra that season. He previously served as the Jackman Pfouts Principal Flute Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony and as associate principal of the L'Orchestre symphonique de Montre?al for 13 years, playing on more than 30 recordings. As a member of Musica Camerata Montreal and l'Ensemble de la Socie?te? de Musique Contemporaine du Que?bec, he assisted in the premieres of many works. He has performed as soloist with Quebec's most distinguished ensembles and has recorded many recitals and chamber music programs for the CBC. Mr. Langevin's honors include first prizes in flute and chamber music from the Montreal Conservatory of Music; the Prix d'Europe; and second prize at the Budapest International Competition. He served as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University and on the faculty of the University of Montreal; he is currently on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Orford International Summer Festival.