New York Philharmonic Returns to Bravo! Vail for 12th Annual Summer Residency, Now thru 7/25
The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado for the Orchestra's 12th- annual summer residency there, performing six concerts today, July 18-25, 2014. Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct three programs, July 18-20, featuring works by composers for whom he has advocated during his tenure, ranging from Nielsen to The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in- Residence Christopher Rouse. The other Philharmonic concerts will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey (July 23 and 25) and Ted Sperling (July 24), and will feature works by Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Loesser, among others. During this summer's residency, the Orchestra will perform with artists sharing close ties to the Philharmonic as well as a musician performing with the Philharmonic for the first time: violinist Midori; pianists Yefim Bronfman, the Philharmonic's Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2013-14 season, and Joyce Yang; Philharmonic Principal Oboe Liang Wang and Associate Principal Clarinet Mark Nuccio; and vocalists Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, and Santino Fontana, the last of whom is marking his New York Philharmonic debut. The New York Philharmonic has performed at Bravo! Vail each summer since 2003.
Music Director Alan Gilbert will launch the Philharmonic's 2014 residency with an opening night concert on Friday, July 18, featuring Nielsen's Helios Overture; Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, with Midori as soloist; selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt; and Liszt's Les Pre?ludes. On Saturday, July 19, he will lead an all-Beethoven program: Fidelio Overture and Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5, Emperor, featuring Yefim Bronfman as soloist. Alan Gilbert will also conduct the program on Sunday, July 20, featuring R. Strauss's Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks; Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto, with Liang Wang as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy.
Bramwell Tovey will return for his 11th summer with the New York Philharmonic at Vail to conduct two programs. The first, Wednesday, July 23, will feature Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man; Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" from Strike Up the Band; Copland's Clarinet Concerto, with Mark Nuccio as soloist; and Grofe?'s Grand Canyon Suite. He will also conduct the residency's final program, on Friday, July 25, featuring Shostakovich's Festive Overture; Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Joyce Yang as soloist; Musorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain; Rachmaninoff's arrangement of his own Vocalise; and Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, and Marche slave.
Ted Sperling will conduct Broadway Night with the Philharmonic: The Music of Frank Loesser, Thursday, July 24. The program will feature vocalists Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, and Santino Fontana performing songs from Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Most Happy Fella, Where's Charley?, and Hans Christian Andersen.
Bravo! Vail was founded by John Giovando and violinist Ida Kavafian. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott became artistic director in 2011, and James W. Palermo is now the president of the festival. All of the New York Philharmonic's concerts will be performed in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and will start at 6:00 p.m.
About the Artists
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-Jose?e 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 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. 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."
Grammy and Juno Award-winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey is music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music. Under his leadership VSO has toured extensively; completed symphonic cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, and Brahms; and established an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music. In 2018, its centenary year, he will become the VSO's music director emeritus. During the current season Mr. Tovey's guest appearances include the New York, Los Angeles, BBC, and Royal philharmonic orchestras; Boston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras; and The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he will make his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and in 2015 he will lead Korngold's Die Tote Stadt for Calgary Opera. In 2003 he won the Juno for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. He has been commissioned to compose works for ensembles including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a VSO recording with UBC Opera and the original cast will be issued by Naxos in 2014). Earlier this season, his Trumpet Concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Alison Balsom as soloist; she will join The Philadelphia Orchestra for the work in December 2014. Mr. Tovey has appeared as pianist with many major orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, Royal Scottish symphony orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he will perform and conduct Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras and the Royal Philharmonic. Bramwell Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2001 where he founded the WSO's New Music Festival, and from 2002 to 2006 he was music director of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music. Mr. Tovey made his New York Philharmonic debut leading a Young People's Concert in 2000; before his appearances at Bravo! Vail this summer, Bramwell Tovey leads the New York Philharmonic's Summertime Classics programs in July 2014.
Ted Sperling's recent collaborations with the New York Philharmonic include Broadway Night with the Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013; An Enchanted Evening with Paulo Szot, the 2013 Spring Gala; and Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, the 2012 Spring Gala. He conducted Brian Stokes Mitchell in the original Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Mr. Sperling was recently appointed the artistic director of the Collegiate Chorale; he has led the chorale in performances of The Firebrand of Florence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Mikado, and Song of Norway, all at Carnegie Hall. This season he will also be performing with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Westchester, Phoenix, and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a regular guest at 92nd Street Y's Lyrics and Lyricists series, Mr. Sperling is hosting a program about Fanny Brice this spring. He has frequently worked with Victoria Clark, Deborah Voigt, Audra McDonald, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot, and Kelli O'Hara. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Drood, Les Mise?rables, and Sunday in the Park with George. Ted Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley. His Off-Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times. Mr. Sperling's directing credits include the World Premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. For the Public Theater, he directed gala performances of The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short, and Eric Idle, and Cabaret with Anne Hathaway, Harvey Feierstein, Linda Lavin, Rau?l Esparza, and Eddie Redmayne. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins. He is creative director of the 24 Hour Musicals and a consultant to the Public Theater. Ted Sperling most recently led the Orchestra in A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell in December 2013.
Violinist Midori made her debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1982 at age 11. In 1992 she founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York that brings music education programs to thousands of underserved children each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing (based in Japan) and Partners in Performance (in the U.S.), also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program in the U.S. Midori plays up to 100 concerts a year, dividing her time between recital, chamber music, and concerto performances worldwide, and in recent years she has devoted a great deal of energy and resources to commissioning and performing new music. She has an extensive catalog of recordings. In the 2013-14 season she is featured on two new recordings: Hindemith's Violin Concerto, a collaboration with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, which won a Grammy in January 2014, and music by Shostakovich, Jana?c?ek, and Bloch with pianist O?zgu?r Aydin, which is nominated for an International Classical Music Award. Other season highlights include her first performances in Iceland, India, and Africa; the U.K. and New York Premieres of DoReMi (the latter with the New York Philharmonic during the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL), a violin concerto written for her by Hungarian composer Peter Eo?tvo?s; engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S., and Asia; four recital tours with Mr. Aydin; community engagement programs in four different countries and five different communities within the U.S.; and her continuation as chair of the strings department at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Midori's most recent appearance with the Philharmonic was in 2010 at Carnegie Hall, performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto conducted by Alan Gilbert.
As the 2013-14 Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, Yefim Bronfman plays concertos by composers ranging from Tchaikovsky to Magnus Lindberg; appears in chamber concerts including premieres as part of CONTACT!, the new- music series; travels on the ASIA / WINTER 2014; and concludes the season with The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival. Other season highlights include a tour with Pinchas Zukerman to Ottawa, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Berkeley, and Vancouver; performing Beethoven with conductor Zubin Mehta at the Berlin Philharmonic's new spring residency in Baden-Baden; and returns to the orchestras of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston, as well as Paris, Munich, Berlin, and Amsterdam. He tours Australia with Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as part of its worldwide centenary celebrations. Mr. Bronfman was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for his recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Piano Concerto, with Mr. Salonen conducting, having received a Grammy in 1997 for his recording of the three Barto?k piano concertos with Mr. Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His performance of Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the 2011 Lucerne Festival is now available on DVD. His most recent CD release is Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, on the Dacapo label, which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Born in Tashkent, in the Soviet Union, in 1958, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. There he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. He later studied in the United States, at The Juilliard School, Marlboro, and The Curtis Institute of Music, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin. He became an American citizen in July 1989. Yefim Bronfman last appeared with the Philharmonic on the ASIA / WINTER 2014 tour performing Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, led by Alan Gilbert.
Liang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as Principal Oboe, The Alice Tully Chair. Previously, he was principal oboe of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, as well as associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony. Born in Qing Dao, China, he comes from a musical family: his mother was an amateur singer and his uncle was a professional oboist with whom Mr. Wang began oboe studies at the age of seven. In 1993 Liang Wang enrolled at the Beijing Central Conservatory, and two years later became a full-scholarship student at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. He received his bachelor's degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams. While at Curtis, Mr. Wang was a fellowship recipient at both the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with for Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboe John de Lancie, and the Music Academy of the West, where he was a Career Grant recipient. He was a prizewinner at the 2003 Fernard Gillet International Oboe Competition and the 2002 Tilden Prize Competition. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber and the Angel Fire Music Festivals. He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and in Santa Fe, and has given master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory, was on the oboe faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, and is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Liang Wang made his Philharmonic solo debut performing Richard Strauss's Oboe Concerto, led by Xian Zhang, in Hong Kong on the Asia 2008 tour. He most recently appeared as soloist in the New York Premiere of Christopher Rouse's Oboe Concerto, led by Alan Gilbert, in November 2013 in New York.