The New York Philharmonic Announces 2014–15 Season- JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE, CONTACT! and More!
The New York Philharmonic's 2014-15 season broadens and deepens the partnerships and initiatives that have transformed the institution under Music Director Alan Gilbert, while introducing new ideas and innovative collaborations that continue to enhance the Orchestra's role in the cultural landscape throughout New York City and the world.
The Philharmonic continues its dedication to programs that demonstrate the range of what a symphony orchestra can be: it will present the New York Premiere of a staged production of Honegger's Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard; perform World, U.S., and New York Premieres and commissions by some of today's most significant living composers including Christopher Rouse, John Adams, Peter Eo?tvo?s, Thierry Escaich, and Unsuk Chin; explore iconic film music as part of the second season of THE ART OF THE SCORE: Film Week at the Philharmonic; and present CONTACT!, the new-music series, at venues beyond the Lincoln Center campus, including on the EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour.
The season also celebrates musical partnerships by developing long-term collaborations and welcoming new creative partners to the Philharmonic family. Violinist Lisa Batiashvili, a longtime Philharmonic friend, becomes The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence and will perform on programs that also feature music by The Marie-Jose?e Kravis Composer-in- Residence Christopher Rouse, whose term has been extended for a third season; pianist Inon Barnatan makes his debut and joins the Philharmonic family as the newly established Artist-in- Association, a position created to develop new relationships with promising soloists.
The Philharmonic will deepen its global relationships with the launch of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency: featuring the first of its annual residencies in Shanghai and the inaugural class of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, it will further the Philharmonic's role as a resource at home and abroad. The Philharmonic showcases its innovation on the road again this season by bringing CONTACT! and one of its staged productions - an adaptation of Giants Are Small's 2013 staging of Stravinsky's Petrushka - on tour for the first time.
"We have built a family around the New York Philharmonic, connecting with the artistic world's most exciting personalities and institutions. The Combined imagination and talent of this incredible group creates innumerable musical possibilities, and it's so gratifying to see these relationships with the Orchestra bloom," said Music Director Alan Gilbert. "At the core is that, over our five years together, the Philharmonic musicians and I have developed a fundamental mutual trust that lets us take risks: this is what makes always-fresh music-making possible. Our concerts are made even more vibrant because of the musicians' positive and generous musical spirit, not to mention their unbelievably high level of playing."
"It has been wonderful working with Alan and the New York Philharmonic's leadership team to expand the Orchestra's potential not only as one of the world's leading orchestras, but as a cultural resource for our community and beyond," said Executive Director Matthew VanBesien. "In the 2014-15 season, Alan and the brilliant Philharmonic musicians will perform an astounding range of music, from canonical masterpieces to premieres by today's leading composers, and our education programs will continue to inform as well as inspire a new generation of music lovers. None of this would be possible without the generous support of an unusually dedicated and visionary family of donors. All of our activities are in pursuit of our constant quest to reimagine what an orchestra should be today and into the future."
"We are about to present another year of stunning programs and innovative projects," said Chairman Gary W. Parr. "We are grateful to everyone who has helped make this season possible for the greater Philharmonic family: the remarkable musicians of the Orchestra and the talented people whose tireless work makes this incredible artistry available to global audiences. The Board of Directors and I would like to thank our generous supporters: without them, we wouldn't be able to bring Alan and the Philharmonic's visionary ideas to the public."