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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$5

Date & Times

4

Apr, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

5

Apr, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

6

Apr, 2019

Saturday, 2:00 PM

6

Apr, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic welcome an array of New Yorkers to these special performances, bringing together the noble doers, dreamers, and everyday heroes of our great and diverse city. We extend a warm invitation to all those on whom we depend — first responders, volunteers, and other service professionals. Enjoy the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth and “Ode to Joy,” Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Copland’s Hoe-Down, music by Bernstein and Very Young Composers, and more. Miss America, Nia Franklin, hosts.

There is a limit of six tickets per household per date; additional orders exceeding the limit will be canceled and refunded.

Program To Include

Beethoven

Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5

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Very Young Composer Paloma Dineli Chesky

Rising (World Premiere)

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Stucky

Elegy from August 4, 1964

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Bernstein

Overture to Candide

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Copland

The Promise of Living, from The Tender Land

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Copland

Hoe-Down, from Rodeo

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Very Young Composer Mack Scocca-Ho

Ociantrose (World Premiere)

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Wagner

Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre

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Beethoven

"An die Freude," from Symphony No. 9

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Jaap van Zweden

Conductor

Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. In the 2019–20 season he and the Philharmonic celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers in Project 19, illuminate three hotbeds of music innovation — Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York — in the hotspots festival, and explore Mahler’s New York. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Nia Franklin

Host

Nia Franklin

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Host

Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and lived in the state through graduate school. She earned an undergraduate degree in music composition from East Carolina University, and a master’s in music composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Shortly after, Ms. Franklin was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at New York’s Lincoln Center Education and moved to New York City.

During Ms. Franklin’s freshman year in college, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she became his stem cell donor. This led her to the Miss America Organization. She had to find a way to pay for school, so she entered the competition, but the experience ended up becoming more than just about winning the scholarship money — the experience also offered important lessons about mentorship, leadership, and sisterhood.

Ms. Franklin was crowned Miss Five Boroughs at the age of 24, went on to win Miss New York 2018, and was awarded the job of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018.

She has been a teacher and music mentor, and has composed more than 100 works, including one she began performing at age five. For the Miss America 2019 competition, Ms. Franklin sang Quando m’en vo’ from Puccini’s La Boheme.

Throughout her year as Miss America, Nia Franklin is working on her social impact initiative ADVOCATING FOR THE ARTS. She speaks with students, school administrators, and teachers about the importance of arts education and why it is so vital to a well-rounded education.

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Paloma Dineli Chesky

Vocalist (Dineli Chesky)

Paloma Dineli Chesky

Vocalist (Dineli Chesky)

Vocalist (Dineli Chesky)

Eleven-year-old American-Brazilian composer and singer Paloma Dineli Chesky has participated in the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program since the age of nine. In April 2018 Philharmonic musicians, with Ms. Dineli Chesky as vocalist, performed her composition Peace in All Worlds, written through the Philharmonic’s Musical Postcards initiative, in which students from different countries share stories and musical ideas. Paloma Dineli Chesky began studying piano at the age of five at Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School, and currently attends the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City.

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Westminster Symphonic Choir,
    Joe Miller, director 

Chorus

Westminster Symphonic Choir,
    Joe Miller, director 

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Chorus

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. It has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors over the past 85 years, and the choir has sung more than 500 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.

In addition to performances with the New York Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem (conducted by Manfred Honeck), the ensemble’s 2018–19 season includes Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Bernard Labadie; and an evening of opera choruses with the Westminster Festival Orchestra conducted by Joe Miller.

Recent seasons have included Bernstein’s MASS with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, also recorded and released on the Deutsche Grammophon label; Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students for careers in teaching, sacred music, and performance.

Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles — the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir — and is director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Miller is also artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir.

His 2018–19 season with the Westminster Choir includes concert tours in China, Texas, and Oklahoma; performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton; an annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA; and the release of a new recording titled Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise.

Dr. Miller is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton. 

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    Joe Miller, director 

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