New York Philharmonic To Return To BRAVO! Vail, 7/21-28
The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado, celebrating its 30th season, for the Orchestra's 15th annual summer residency, July 21-28, 2017. The residency will include six orchestral concerts that honor the Philharmonic's legacy on the occasion of its 175th anniversary season and the conclusion of Alan Gilbert's tenure as Music Director. In his final appearances at Bravo! Vail as Philharmonic Music Director, Alan Gilbert will conduct four programs (July 22 and 26-28), including a World Premiere by Julia Adolphe; Bramwell Tovey will conduct an all-American program (July 21); and the Philharmonic's Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos will conduct and lead from the violin (July 23) in his Bravo! Vail debut. The newly formed New York Philharmonic String Quartet will also make its Bravo! Vail debut in the festival's Chamber Music Series (July 25). The other soloists include pianists Anne-Marie McDermott (Bravo! Vail artistic director) and Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan; soprano Susanna Phillips (Philharmonic debut); mezzo-sopranos J'Nai Bridges (Philharmonic and Bravo! Vail debut) and Jennifer Johnson Cano; tenor Joseph Kaiser; and bass Morris Robinson. The New York Philharmonic has performed at Bravo! Vail each summer since 2003.
Saturday, July 22: Alan Gilbert will lead a concert featuring Brahms's Violin Concerto, with Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos as soloist, and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. The Philharmonic's 1866 performance of the first four movements of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, led by Carl Bergmann, was the first of seven U.S. Premieres of Berlioz works the Orchestra would ultimately present. Alan Gilbert introduced the position of Artist-in-Residence in his first season as Music Director; it has brought seven musicians for intensive, year-long relationships with the Philharmonic.
Wednesday, July 26: Alan Gilbert will lead a concert celebrating the Orchestra's legacy of championing the music of every era, with the World Premiere of a new work by Julia Adolphe - commissioned by Bravo! Vail as part of the Festival's New Works Project, which will feature five World Premieres during the 2017 season - as well as two other works premiered by the Philharmonic: Gershwin's Concerto in F, with Anne-Marie McDermott as soloist, and Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 9, From the New World. The premiere continues the relationship established between Julia Adolphe and the Orchestra in June 2014, when the Philharmonic selected Ms. Adolphe's Dark Sand, Sifting Light as one of three works by emerging composers premiered by Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra in the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL. In November 2016 the Philharmonic gave the New York Premiere-Philharmonic Co-Commission of Julia Adolphe's Unearth, Release (Concerto for Viola and Orchestra) with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps as soloist and led by Jaap van Zweden, the Philharmonic's next Music Director. Walter Damrosch commissioned Brooklynite Gershwin's Concerto in F for the New York Symphony (one of the forebears of today's New York Philharmonic), which gave the work's World Premiere in 1925, led by Damrosch, with Gershwin as piano soloist. The Philharmonic gave the World Premiere of Dvo?ák's New World Symphony in 1893. The performance of the New World Symphony concludes The New World Initiative, the Philharmonic's season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvo?ák's New World Symphony and its theme of home through performances, community outreach, and education projects.
Thursday, July 27: Alan Gilbert will conduct the Symphony No. 7 by Mahler, Philharmonic Music Director from 1909 until his death in 1911. Mahler's acolytes Bruno Walter and Willem Mengelberg both served as Philharmonic Music Director, and Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein championed his works. During the course of his tenure, Alan Gilbert has led the Orchestra in Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9.
Friday, July 28: Alan Gilbert will conduct two iconic works by Beethoven: the Piano Concerto No. 2, with Inon Barnatan as soloist in his final appearances as the Philharmonic's Artist-in-Association, and Symphony No. 9, with soprano Susanna Phillips in her Philharmonic debut, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Joseph Kaiser, bass Morris Robinson, and the Colorado Symphony Chorus directed by Duain Wolfe. The Philharmonic gave the U.S. Premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1846, for which it commissioned the first English translation of "Ode to Joy."
Friday, July 21: Bramwell Tovey will return for his 14th summer with the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail to conduct the residency's opening program, celebrating the Orchestra's role as an advocate of American music: Schuman's orchestration of Ives's Variations on America; Gershwin's Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett; selected songs by Gershwin; Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; and Gershwin's An American in Paris. The Philharmonic premiered Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story in 1961, led by Lukas Foss; Bernstein was composing the score for West Side Story when, in November 1956, he was appointed Joint Principal Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (he became Music Director in September 1958). The Philharmonic also premiered the orchestrated version of Ives's Variations on America in 1963, led by André Kostelanetz, and gave the New York Premiere of Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra in 1943, led by Fritz Reiner.
Sunday, July 23: Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence Leonidas Kavakos will lead and perform J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto in D minor (reconstructed), BWV 1052, and conduct Schumann's Symphony No. 2 and Weber's Oberon Overture. Introduced by Alan Gilbert in his inaugural season as Music Director, the position of Artist-in-Residence reflects his belief in collaboration with like-minded musicians and his desire to create a platform to showcase many aspects of a performer's musical personality. The New York Philharmonic performed Weber's Oberon Overture on its inaugural concert, on December 7, 1842.
Tuesday, July 25: the New York Philharmonic String Quartet makes its Bravo! Vail debut performing Mendelssohn's String Quartet in F minor; Beethoven's String Quartet No. 4; and Dvo?ák's String Quartet in F major, American. This performance follows the ensemble's debut, in March 2017 New York Philharmonic subscription concerts, followed by appearances on a Young People's Concert and on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour.
Bravo! Vail was founded by John Giovando and violinist Ida Kavafian in 1987. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott became artistic director in 2011, and Jennifer Teisinger assumed the role of executive director in January 2016. New York Philharmonic concerts will be performed in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and will start at 6:00 p.m. The chamber music concert featuring the New York Philharmonic String Quartet will be held at the Donovan Pavilion and will also start at 6:00 p.m.
As Music Director of the New York Philharmonic since 2009, Alan Gilbert has introduced the positions of The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, and Artist-in-Association; CONTACT!, the new-music series; the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, an exploration of today's music; and the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, partnerships with cultural institutions to offer training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. The Financial Times called him "the imaginative maestro-impresario in residence."
Alan Gilbert concludes his final season as Music Director with four programs that reflect themes, works, and musicians that hold particular meaning for him, including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony alongside Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, Wagner's complete Das Rheingold in concert, and an exploration of how music can effect positive change in the world. Other highlights include three World Premieres, Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre, and Manhattan, performed live to film. He also leads the Orchestra on the EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour and in performance residencies in Shanghai and Santa Barbara. Past highlights include acclaimed stagings of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, Janá?ek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson (2015 Emmy nomination), and Honegger's Joan of Arc at the Stake starring Marion Cotillard; 28 World Premieres; a tribute to Boulez and Stucky during the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL; The Nielsen Project; the Verdi Requiem and Bach's B-minor Mass; the score from 2001: A Space Odyssey, performed live to film; Mahler's Resurrection Symphony on the tenth anniversary of 9/11; performing violin in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time; and ten tours around the world.
Conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and former principal guest conductor of Hamburg's NDR Symphony Orchestra, Alan Gilbert regularly conducts leading orchestras around the world. This season he returns to the foremost European orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Philharmonic, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He will record Beethoven's complete piano concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Inon Barnatan, and conduct Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Milan's Teatro alla Scala, his first time leading a staged opera there. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut conducting John Adams's Doctor Atomic in 2008, the DVD of which received a Grammy Award, and he conducted Messiaen's Des Canyons aux étoiles on a recent album recorded live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Gilbert is Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where he holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies. His honors include Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music (2010) and Westminster Choir College (2016), Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award (2011), election to The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2014), a Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy (2015), Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2015), and New York University's Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City (2016).
Grammy and Juno Award-winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in 2000. Under his leadership the VSO has toured to China, South Korea, the United States, and across Canada. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall in downtown Vancouver that opened in 2011. His tenure has included complete symphonic cycles of works by Beethoven, Mahler, and Brahms, as well as the establishment of an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music. In 2018, the VSO's centenary year, he will become the orchestra's music director emeritus. In the 2016-17 season Mr. Tovey returns as guest conductor to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra (directing its 2016-17 New Year's celebrations), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto's Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto. Also a composer, Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for Requiem for a Charred Skull, his work for chorus and brass, and he has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, the last of which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011. A recording of the work by the VSO with the University of British Columbia Opera and the original cast was made for Naxos and is scheduled for release this season. In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Alison Balsom as soloist, who performed the work again with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2014. Bramwell Tovey has appeared as piano soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Scottish Orchestra, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Toronto symphony orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted 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 Orchestra. Bramwell Tovey made his New York Philharmonic debut in October 2000 leading a Young People's Concert; he most recently appeared with the Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2016 leading works by Massenet and Falla.
In the 2016-17 season American mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges makes her debuts at San Francisco Opera and Bavarian State Opera as Bersi in Giordano's Andrea Chénier, at Los Angeles Opera as Nefertiti in Philip Glass's Akhnaten, and at Vancouver Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. She also makes featured appearances with the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall, with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural week in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. Ms. Bridges's recent performances include Carmen in the World Premiere of Jimmy López's Bel Canto with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera, and the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia with Wolf Trap Opera. She has also had concert engagements with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela led by Gustavo Dudamel, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in her first performances of Ravel's Shéhérazade. In 2015 J'Nai Bridges represented the United States at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Additionally, she was a recipient of a 2016 Richard Tucker Career grant, and first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition and the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition. She previously completed a three-year residency with the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago and was a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival. She earned her master's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. These performances mark her New York Philharmonic and Bravo! Vail debut.
The New York Philharmonic has named violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2016-17 season. His residency features three solo appearances in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, his Philharmonic conducting debut, a recital with pianist Yuja Wang (presented in association with Lincoln Center's Great Performers), and a Young People's Concert. Also in the season he appears with The Philadelphia Orchestra; plays and conducts the Houston Symphony; embarks on a recital tour with Ms. Wang in both Europe and the U.S.; and undertakes a European tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and a tour to Switzerland with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Mr. Kavakos had already won three major competitions by age 21: the Sibelius (1985), the Paganini (1988), and the Naumburg (1988). This success led to his making the first recording in history of the original Sibelius Violin Concerto (1903-04), which won the 1991 Gramophone Concerto of the Year Award. He has since appeared regularly as soloist with the Vienna, Berlin, New York, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; London, Boston, and Chicago symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Philadelphia Orchestras. As a conductor Mr. Kavakos has worked with the Atlanta, Boston, London, and Vienna symphony orchestras; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and Budapest Festival Orchestra. This season he makes conducting debuts with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Mr. Kavakos's first release on the label, of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Enrico Pace (2013), earned him an ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year award. Later recordings include Brahms's Violin Concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly; Brahms's violin sonatas with Yuja Wang; and, his most recent recording, Virtuoso (released in April 2016). His earlier discography includes recordings for BIS, ECM, and Sony Classical. Mr. Kavakos was named Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014. Leonidas Kavakos plays the "Abergavenny" Stradivarius violin of 1724. He made his New York Philharmonic debut playing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy as part of a July 2002 Concerts in the Parks performance, led by Bramwell Tovey; he will have most recently appeared with the Philharmonic in Brahms's Violin Concerto, led by Alan Gilbert, in May 2017.
The New York Philharmonic String Quartet comprises four Principal musicians from the Orchestra: Concertmaster Frank Huang (The Charles E. Culpeper Chair); Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples (The Elizabeth G. Beinecke Chair); Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps (The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair); and Principal Cello Carter Brey (The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair). The group was formed in January 2017, during the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary season; the New York Philharmonic String Quartet will make its debut as the solo ensemble in John Adams's Absolute Jest in New York in March 2017, and will reprise the work on the Orchestra's EUROPE / SPRING 2017 tour. All four members are multiple prize winners, have appeared as concerto soloists with the Philharmonic and orchestras around the world, and have appeared frequently in the Philharmonic's chamber music series at David Geffen Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Frank Huang 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. Sheryl Staples has performed chamber music for U.S. Ambassadors in London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, and Hong Kong. She toured Mexico, Brazil, and Chile in 2013, and she has appeared at summer festivals including La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest, Boston Chamber Music Society, Salt Bay Chamberfest, and the chamber music festivals of Santa Fe, Mainly Mozart, Seattle, Aspen, Sarasota, Martha's Vineyard, Strings Music Festival, and Brightstar. She appears on three Stereophile CDs with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Cynthia Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Chamber Players, and the Santa Fe, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bridgehampton festivals. She has appeared with the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, American, Brentano, and Prague Quartets, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She is also a founding member of the chamber group Les Amies, a flute-harp-viola group with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincenc. Carter Brey has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets as well as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy), and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He and pianist Christopher O'Riley recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records.
For more than 25 years Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals, and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to performing, she also serves as artistic director of the Bravo! Vail and Ocean Reef music festivals, as well as curator for chamber music for the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Ms. McDermott's repertoire spans from Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Scriabin, to works by today's most influential composers. In the 2015-16 season she appeared with the Dallas, Nashville, and Pacific symphony orchestras, and premiered a new concerto by Poul Ruders with the Vancouver Symphony - a piece she will record alongside Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Charles Wuorinen's last solo piano sonata, which she has recorded, was written for her and premiered at New York's Town Hall. This season Ms. McDermott will be participating in the New Century Chamber Orchestra's all-Gershwin Silver Jubilee Celebration, in addition to embarking on a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos at Santa Fe Pro Musica. Ms. McDermott has recorded the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas, Bach's English Suites and Partitas, solo works by Chopin, Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart piano concertos with the Calder Quartet. Most recently she recorded five Haydn piano sonatas and two Haydn concertos with Denmark's Odense Philharmonic, with two Wuorinen-penned cadenzas. In addition to having performed and toured with leading orchestras - including the New York Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; and Dallas, Seattle, National, Houston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Atlanta symphony orchestras - Ms. McDermott has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. She is a longtime member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and tours as a member of OPUS ONE, a chamber group with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Peter Wiley. Together they have commissioned more than 15 new works. She also tours annually with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and performs as part of a trio with her sisters Maureen and Kerry, a Philharmonic violinist. Anne-Marie McDermott made her New York Philharmonic subscription debut in March 1997 performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, Jeunehomme, conducted by Christian Thielemann. Most recently, she performed Charles Wuorinen's Flying to Kahani as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.
Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is the New York Philharmonic's first Artist-in-Association, a three-season appointment that includes appearances as soloist in concerts both in New York and in residency, as well as annual chamber music appearances. Awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, Mr. Barnatan has performed extensively with many of the world's foremost orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the San Francisco, Jerusalem, and Shanghai symphony orchestras. He has worked with such conductors as Roberto Abbado, James Gaffigan, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, Edo de Waart, and Pinchas Zukerman. Passionate about contemporary music, last season the pianist premiered new pieces composed for him by Mattias Pintscher and Sebastian Currier. In his second season as the New York Philharmonic's Artist-in-Association in 2015-16, he performed concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, including as part of the Philharmonic's residency partnership with the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, and appeared on the annual New Year's Eve concert. In May he joined Alan Gilbert (on the violin) and Philharmonic principal musicians for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other highlights include his Disney Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, and a U.S. tour with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas featuring dates at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Barnatan's discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of Schubert's solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which was included on The New York Times's "Best of 2012" list. His Chopin and Rachmaninoff duo sonatas album, recorded with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, is scheduled for release on Decca Classics. Inon Barnatan made his New York Philharmonic subscription debut in March 2015 performing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, led by Alan Gilbert. He most recently appeared with the Orchestra in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, led by Manfred Honeck, in February 2017.
The 2016-17 season will see Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips return to The Metropolitan Opera for a ninth consecutive season starring as Clémence in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin conducted by Susanna Mälkki, as well as a return of her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème. In March 2017 Ms. Phillips will make her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. She also appears as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman. Her 2016-17 orchestra engagements include a return to the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of American songs, Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C Minor with Music of the Baroque, Britten's War Requiem with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, and Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Phillips will also perform recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Celebrity Series of Boston, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, National Museum for Women in the Arts, and a program with Eric Owens at the Washington Performing Arts. Highlights of Ms. Phillips's previous seasons include numerous Metropolitan Opera appearances as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in R. Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute. Additional highlights include Donna Anna in Frankfurt, Arminda in Mozart's La Finta Giradiniera at Santa Fe Opera, Countess in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro with Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the title role in Handel's Agrippina with Boston Baroque. A native of Huntsville, Ms. Phillips returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances. These performances will mark Susanna Phillips's New York Philharmonic debut.
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano received a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and a 2014 George London Award. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and made her Met debut in the 2009-10 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she made recital debuts with her husband, pianist Christopher Cano, at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Cano has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras; the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Utah symphony orchestras; and Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others, working with conductors such as James Levine, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Andrew Davis. This season, Ms. Cano appears as Emilia in Verdi's Otello at The Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, and Orfeo with Des Moines Opera. Her orchestral engagements include the Verdi Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and Enrique Granados's Dante and Brahms's Alto Rhapsody with the Monterey Symphony. Ms. Cano makes her recital debut at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Brahms's Two Songs, appears at Houston Da Camera Society with pianist Thomas Sauer and cellist Colin Carr, and performs with Christopher Cano at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and for Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Her summer festival appearances have included title roles in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at Saratoga Opera and Bizet's Carmen at the Savannah Voice Festival, and a recital at Boston's Outside the Box Festival. In 2014 Jennifer Johnson Cano released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival. Jennifer Johnson Cano made her New York Philharmonic debut in November 2010 performing in Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by Alan Gilbert; most recently she appeared with the Orchestra at Bravo! Vail in July 2016, performing in Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat (complete ballet), led by Bramwell Tovey.
Morris Robinson, a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his debut at The Metropolitan Opera in 2002 in Beethoven's Fidelio. He has since appeared there as Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Verdi's Il Trovatore, and in productions of Verdi's Aida and Nabucco, Wagner's Tannhäuser, Berlioz's Les Troyens, and R. Strauss's Salome. He has also appeared at the San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and in Europe at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include Osmin in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto, Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Grand Inquisitor in Verdi's Don Carlos, Timur in Puccini's Turandot, and Fasolt in Wagner's Das Rheingold. Also a prolific concert singer, Mr. Robinson recently made his debut at the BBC Proms in a televised performance of the Verdi Requiem. He has also appeared in concert in Carnegie Hall, and with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Met Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Boston, Montreal, and São Paulo symphony orchestras, and at the Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, Verbier, and Aspen festivals. In recital he has been presented by Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This season, Mr. Robinson makes his debut at Milan's Teatro alla Scala in the title role of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute and Aida, and Los Angeles Opera in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Upcoming engagements include his debut with the New York Philharmonic and returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals. Mr. Robinson's first album, Going Home, was released by Decca. Morris Robinson will have made his New York Philharmonic debut as Fasolt in a complete concert version of Wagner's Das Rheingold, led by Alan Gilbert in June 2017.
Joseph Kaiser enjoys success in opera, oratorio, and concert appearances throughout North America and Europe. With his versatility and strength as an actor, he has worked with leading stage directors including Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, David McVicar, Peter Sellars, and Stephen Wadsworth. He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston, Montreal, Berlin Radio, and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras. Concert highlights include Beethoven's Fidelio with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Le Cercle de l'Harmonie on a European tour, Mozart's Requiem with Ivor Bolton and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with Simon Rattle and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlioz's Requiem under Marek Janowski with The Combined forces of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as well as with Donald Runnicles both with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, Berlioz's Te Deum with Charles Dutoit and the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Bruckner's Te Deum with Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestra and Chorus of Milan's Teatro alla Scala. Past opera appearances include Britten's Peter Grimes at Theater an der Wien; Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and R. Strauss's Capriccio at the Opéra National de Paris; Mozart's The Magic Flute and R. Strauss's Salome at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Martin?'s Juliette at the Opernhaus Zürich; Eugene Onegin and Handel's Theodora at the Salzburg Festival; and a wide array of titles at The Metropolitan Opera including Roméo et Juliette, The Magic Flute, Salome, Rodelinda, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Joseph Kaiser will have made his New York Philharmonic debut performing in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, led by Alan Gilbert in May 2017.
The 2016-17 Colorado Symphony concert season marks the 33rd year of the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe at the request of Gaetano Delogu, then the music director of the Symphony, the chorus has grown over the past three decades into a nationally respected ensemble of 180 volunteers joining the Colorado Symphony for numerous live performances and radio and television broadcasts to repeat critical acclaim. The chorus has performed at noted music festivals in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Colorado Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, where it has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For more than two decades, the chorus has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival with conductors including Lawrence Foster, James Levine, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and David Zinman. Among the recordings the Colorado Symphony Chorus has made is a Naxos release of Roy Harris's Symphony No. 4. The chorus is also featured on a recent Hyperion release of Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem and Stephen Hough's Missa Mirabilis. In 2009, in celebration of the chorus's 25th anniversary, Duain Wolfe conducted the chorus on a three-country, two-week concert tour of Europe, presenting the Verdi Requiem in Budapest, Vienna, Litomysl, and Prague. In 2016 the chorus returned to Europe for concerts in Paris, Strasbourg, and Munich. From Evergreen to Lochbuie, and Boulder to Castle Rock, singers travel each week to rehearsals and performances in Denver totaling about 80 a year. The Colorado Symphony Chorus previously performed Mozart's Mass in C minor with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert as part of July 2012's Bravo! Vail residency. Recently awarded two Grammys for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Recording, Duain Wolfe is the founding director and conductor of the Colorado Symphony Chorus and music director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and has been the head of each for 33 and 23 seasons, respectively. Mr. Wolfe has received an honorary doctor of musical arts from the University of Denver, the Bonfils Stanton Award in the Arts and Humanities, the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor's Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, and the Michael Korn Award for the Development of the Professional Choral Art. Mr. Wolfe is also founder-director of the Colorado Children's Chorale, from which he retired in 1999 after 25 years. Duain Wolfe has also directed and prepared choruses for the Ravinia, Bravo! Vail, Berkshire, Aspen, and Grand Teton music festivals.
About the New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. This season's projects will connect the Philharmonic with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours and residencies; digital recording series; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; and as a resource through its wide range of education programs and the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives. In the 2016-17 season the New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th anniversary and Alan Gilbert's farewell season as Music Director. The Orchestra has commissioned and / or premiered works by leading composers from every era since its founding in 1842 - including Dvo?ák's New World Symphony, John Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning On the Transmigration of Souls, dedicated to the victims of 9/11, and Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2. A resource for its community and the world, the Philharmonic complements its annual free citywide Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, with Philharmonic Free Fridays and wide-ranging education programs, including the famed Young People's Concerts and the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, collaborations with partners worldwide offering training of pre-professional musicians, often alongside performance residencies. The Global Academy was created following the launch of the flagship collaboration with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, forming the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. Additional Global Academy partners include Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Renowned around the globe, the Philharmonic has appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries. The oldest American symphony orchestra and one of the oldest in the world, the New York Philharmonic has made more than 2,000 recordings since 1917 and today shares live performances through downloads and online. Music Director Alan Gilbert began his tenure in September 2009, succeeding 20th-century musical giants including Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, and Gustav Mahler.
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings world-renowned musicians to picturesque venues throughout the Vail Valley for nearly seven weeks, drawing music lovers from around the world. The only festival in North America to host four of the world's finest orchestras in a single season, Bravo! Vail celebrates its 30th season from June 22 through August 4, 2017, under the direction of artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott and executive director Jennifer Teisinger. The 2017 season features residencies with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic - plus the return of London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields. In addition, internationally acclaimed chamber artists and soloists perform a wide array of unique and carefully curated chamber music programs.