Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents New York City Ballet: Music at the Ballet with Andrew Litton, 4/23
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents New York City Ballet's Music Director Andrew Litton, a longtime conductor of symphony orchestras around the world who recently added ballet orchestra maestro to his achievements with his appointment at NYCB. Litton will share his unique perspective on the similarities and differences between these two experiences, and will illuminate the intricacies of NYCB's vast musical repertory prior to the Company's upcoming Here/Now Festival, featuring 43 ballets created for NYCB since 1988, which will take place from April 25 through May 21 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
Other participants will include Moderator Ted Wiprud, the Vice President of Education at the New York Philharmonic, NYCB Orchestra Co-Concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen, NYCB Solo Pianist Susan Walters, and dancers of the New York City Ballet.
Tickets & Venue
$40, $35 Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process. $10 Student Rush Tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows (for students under 25 with valid ID).
Box Office (212) 423-3575, (M-F, 1-5pm) or online at worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
This Works & Process program is made possible by Stephen Kroll Reidy.
Andrew Litton, Music Director of the New York City Ballet holds several additional posts. He is Artistic Director of Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest, Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony, Conductor Laureate of Britain's Bournemouth Symphony and Music Director Laureate of Norway's Bergen Philharmonic, where he recently concluded a 12-year tenure as music director. Litton led the Dallas Symphony as Music Director from 1994 to 2006. Each season, he guest conducts leading orchestras and opera companies around the globe and adds to his discography of almost 130 recordings, which have garnered America's Grammy Award, France's Diapason d'Or and other honors.
Litton concluded his tenure in Bergen in grand style in 2015, leading a gala celebration of the Orchestra's 250th Anniversary. Under his leadership, the Bergen Philharmonic gained international recognition through touring, including debuts at London's BBC Proms and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, as well as appearances at Vienna's Musikverein, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and Carnegie Hall in New York. His work in Bergen brought many tributes, including a knighthood in the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit.
Litton began his NYCB appointment in 2015 conducting performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and subsequently opened the Company's 2016 Winter Season with a special performance of ballets he selected. In June he conducted the company on tour at the Chatelet in Paris. Litton's work in ballet began while he was still a Juilliard student, performing as on-stage pianist for Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, and Cynthia Gregory.