Pablo Heras-Casado To Return To New York Philharmonic To Conduct Bartok's DANCE SUITE
Pablo Heras-Casado will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Bartók's Dance Suite; Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Concertmaster Frank Huang as soloist; and Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 7, Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.; Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The New York Times wrote of Pablo Heras-Casado's April 2014 Philharmonic debut, in a program of works by Bartók, Britten, and Shostakovich: "Mr. Heras-Casado drew authoritative and exciting performances from the orchestra." San Francisco Classical Voice wrote of his April 2016 performance of Bartók's Dance Suite with the San Francisco Symphony: "A kinetic presence on the podium, he carved out the tricky, entrancing contours of this five-movement piece with clarity, brightness, and unflagging charm."
Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster in September 2015. He made his Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as well as leading Grieg's The Last Spring. He reprised the Vivaldi and Piazzolla later that month, leading a chamber orchestra of Philharmonic musicians from the violin at the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island as part of the free Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. In its review of Mr. Huang's solo debut, Oberon's Grove praised his "excellent rapport with his colleagues, all of whom seemed to be having a grand time of it. ... Mr. Huang's virtuosity captivated the audience. ... simply astonishing."
"I haven't played the Bruch Violin Concerto since I was a little kid," says Concertmaster Frank Huang. "I'm very excited to come back and revisit that as a more mature artist."
Insights at the Atrium - "An Evening with Concertmaster Frank Huang"
In advance of his performance as soloist in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang talks about his path to the Orchestra and his first season in New York.
New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang, speaker
Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 62nd Street)
Pablo Heras-Casado is principal conductor of New York's Orchestra of St. Luke's and principal guest conductor of Madrid's Teatro Real, and he regularly directs the leading orchestras and ensembles of Europe and North America. In the 2016-17 season he returns to the New York, Los Angeles, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; San Francisco and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras; and London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Salzburg's Mozartwoche. He continues his touring and recording partnership with the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble for Monteverdi's Selva morale e spirituale, as well as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra for works by Mendelssohn, including the Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust. Opera projects include Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Berlin Staatsoper, Bizet's Carmenwith Orchestre de Paris at Festival d'Aix en Provence, and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman at Teatro Real. In recent seasons Mr. Heras-Casado has conducted the London, Boston, Chicago, and Vienna symphony orchestras; Berlin, Vienna, Rotterdam, and Israel philharmonic orchestras; Leipzig Gewandhaus, Zurich's Tonhalle, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, and Mariinsky orchestras; and Staatskapelle Berlin. He has also appeared regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble intercontemporain at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and Salzburger Festspiele, as well as at the Lucerne Festival, where he co-directed the Academy under Pierre Boulez. In June 2014 Mr. Heras-Casado joined Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción, supporting the eradication of poverty and injustice in the world with an annual gala concert. He records for harmonia mundi and Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv Produktion, receiving prizes including three ECHO Klassik awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, two Diapason d'Or, and a Latin Grammy. Recent harmonia mundi releases include Mendelssohn's Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4, and Schumann's Violin, Piano, and Cello Concertos with Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, respectively. For Deutsche Grammophon he has recorded El Maestro Farinelli; works by Jacob, Hieronymus, and Michael Praetorius; and a DVD of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. He also appears on Sony's release of Verdi's baritone arias with Plácido Domingo, and recently directed Shostakovich's Cello Concertos with Alisa Weilerstein and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Musical America's 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado holds the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation and the Ambassador Award of the Regional Government of Andalusia. In February 2012 he was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, his hometown, of which he is also an honorary ambassador. He is an honorary citizen of the Province of Granada. Mr. Heras-Casado made his New York Philharmonic debut in April 2014 leading works by Britten, Bartók, and Shostakovich. He also led Orchestra of St. Luke's in two programs co-presented by the Philharmonic as part of the 2014 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.
Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR's Performance Today, ABC's Good Morning America, and CNN's American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino's Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang's first commercial recording - featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman - was released on Naxos in 2003. He has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D'Angelo International Competition. In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro's tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and now serves on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, also a New York Philharmonic Global Academy partner, and the University of Houston. Mr. Huang made his New York Philharmonic solo debut leading and performing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, as well as leading Grieg's The Last Spring in June 2016. He reprised the Vivaldi and Piazzolla later that month, leading a chamber orchestra of Philharmonic musicians from the violin at the Free Indoor Concert in Staten Island as part of the free Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.
In 1923, as the city of Budapest prepared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation from the towns of Pest, Buda, and Óbuda, commissions of new orchestral works for the occasion went out to Hungary's leading composers. One of them was BélaBartók (1881-1945), whose Dance Suite, premiered in November 1923, would become one of the greatest public successes of his career, both at home and abroad: in 1924 as many as 50 performances of the Dance Suite are said to have taken place in Germany alone. The fifteen-minute, five-movement work reflects Bartók's interest in folk music, and uses melodies inspired by Arabian, Romanian, and Hungarian traditions. The New York Philharmonic first performed the piece in December 1947, led by Dimitri Mitropoulos, and most recently performed it in October 2005, led by Gianandrea Noseda.
A child prodigy, Max Bruch (1838-1920) began his three-movement Violin Concerto No. 1 in 1857, at age 19. In 1866, just under a decade later, he completed his now best-known work and conducted its World Premiere at the Music Institute of Koblenz on the Rhine with violinist Otto von Königslöw. Bruch, however, was not yet satisfied with his G-minor concerto: he sought advice from the celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim, and revised it extensively before publication in 1868. Joachim called Bruch's "the richest, the most seductive" of the four major German violin concertos. Carl Bergmann led the New York Philharmonic's first performance of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in February 1872, with Pablo Sarasate as soloist; it was last performed by the Orchestra in January 2013, with Christoph Eschenbach conducting and Pinchas Zukerman as soloist.
Inspired by Brahms's Third Symphony, Antonín Dvo?ák (1841-1904) endeavored to produce a work of the same stature in hisSymphony No. 7 - an impulse magnified by his identity as a Czech artist. Deeply involved in the Czech cultural revival, the composer wanted not only to enrich his country's symphonic repertoire, but also to break through to the international public. A commission from the London Symphonic Society brought him that exposure, and the first performance of the resulting work - this symphony - took place in London in 1885, conducted by the composer. The work had its first real triumph four years later in Berlin, led by Hans von Bülow. The New York Philharmonic performed the symphony's U.S. Premiere on January 9, 1886, with Theodore Thomas on the podium; the Orchestra most recently performed it in December 2014, conducted by Krzysztof Urba?ski.
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INSIGHTS AT THE ATRIUM: "AN EVENING WITH CONCERTMASTER Frank Huang"Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang, speaker
Moderator tba In advance of his performance as soloist in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang talks about his path to the Orchestra and his first season in New York. David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Rehearsal - 9:45 a.m.
Friday, October 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Frank Huang, violin BARTÓK Dance Suite
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
DVO?ÁK Symphony No. 7