Music Director Designate JAAP VAN ZWEDEN TO OPEN 176th SEASON / OPENING WEEK: MAHLER’s Fifth Symphony and N.Y. Premiere of PHILIP GLASS’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Katia and Marielle Labèque
JAAP VAN ZWEDEN Also To Conduct Act I of WAGNER’s Die Walküre with N.Y. Premiere of JOHN LUTHER ADAMS’s Dark Waves, STRAVINSKY’s The Rite of Spring, ASIA / WINTER 2018 Tour and Residency with University Musical Society of the University of Michigan
BERNSTEIN’S PHILHARMONIC: A CENTENNIAL FESTIVAL Featuring His COMPLETE SYMPHONIES Conducted by ALAN GILBERT and LEONARD SLATKIN; Young People’s Concert; Plus New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway
Pianist LEIF OVE ANDSNES: The Mary and James G. Wallach ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: Final Season as The Marie-Josée Kravis COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
2018 NY PHIL BIENNIAL: Third Citywide Exploration of Today’s Music, May–June 2018
CONTACT!, the New-Music Series, Returns to NATIONAL SAWDUST
WORLD PREMIERE–NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC COMMISSIONS by Kravis Emerging Composer ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR and BENT SØRENSEN
World Premiere of STAR WARS — FILM CONCERT SERIES To Feature Iconic Scores Performed Live to Film John Williams’s Complete Scores Conducted by David Newman
THE ART OF THE SCORE: N.Y. Premiere of AMADEUS — LIVE / Alec Baldwin To Serve as Artistic Advisor
New York Philharmonic’s 175th Birthday Led by ALAN GILBERT with Philharmonic Musicians as Soloists
Returns by SUSANNA MÄLKKI, GIANANDREA NOSEDA, STÉPHANE DENÈVE, MANFRED HONECK, ANTONIO PAPPANO, CHARLES DUTOIT, SEMYON BYCHKOV, and More
EDWARD GARDNER To Make Debut
Soloists To Include AUDRA MCDONALD in Spring Gala, YUJA WANG, and EMANUEL AX, BERTRAND CHAMAYOU and ROOMFUL OF TEETH in Debuts, Ackman Prize Recipient BENJAMIN GROSVENOR in Subscription Debut
The New York Philharmonic welcomes Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden in 2017–18, a season that celebrates the Philharmonic’s greatest strengths and essential commitments while looking to the future as an innovative, global ensemble, spotlighting its musicians and partners, dedication to new music, wide-ranging repertoire, education programs, and accessibility.
Offering a glimpse of his upcoming tenure as Music Director, Jaap van Zweden will conduct three weeks of diverse programs, featuring works by both canonic and contemporary composers with whom he has a history: Mahler, Philip Glass, John Luther Adams, Wagner, Stravinsky, and Brahms. He also begins appearing with the Orchestra outside New York, during its second residency with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan and on the ASIA / WINTER 2018 tour. A new recording agreement with Universal Music Group’s U.S. Classical Division and the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden will bring performances to a broader audience throughout his tenure.
While anticipating its new era with Jaap van Zweden, the Philharmonic also honors the partnerships, artists, and programs that have created the legacy of excellence and innovation for which it is known. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes appears as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence and Esa-Pekka Salonen serves in his third and final season as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence. In his first appearances after concluding his tenure as Music Director, Alan Gilbert conducts concerts honoring the Philharmonic’s family and history. These include two programs in Bernstein’s Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival and a program celebrating the New York Philharmonic’s 175th birthday, spotlighting the unique contributions of the Orchestra’s own musicians through solo appearances by Philharmonic Principals.
The Philharmonic bolsters its enduring commitment to new music with the return of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, the citywide exploration of today’s music, and CONTACT!, the new-music series, and by commissioning and premiering new works. The Orchestra will maintain its tradition of performing wide-ranging repertoire, from movie scores performed live to film (Star Wars — Film Concert Series and Amadeus — Live) to Philharmonic premieres past and present, as well as classical masterworks including Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Richard Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica.
The Philharmonic continues to reach out to more people through free and low-cost access to performances. These include both longstanding traditions — such as the annual free Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer — and newer initiatives, including Philharmonic Free Fridays for young people. The 2017–18 season also furthers the Philharmonic’s role as a global ambassador through its relationships with educational institutions. Under the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, the Philharmonic enters the fourth year of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and continues its partnership with the Music Academy of the West. Maintaining its century-old tradition of touring, the Orchestra will embark on the ASIA / WINTER 2018 tour, led by Jaap van Zweden.
“I am so looking forward to returning to the New York Philharmonic as Music Director Designate next season, which will be just the beginning of our exciting partnership,” said Jaap van Zweden. “I cannot wait to develop a very personal relationship with the Philharmonic musicians and audiences. I have chosen repertoire that represents a range of my interests — but there is so much more to come!”
“The 2017–18 season will mark a truly exciting moment at the New York Philharmonic,” said President Matthew VanBesien. “The Orchestra will welcome Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden — who will conduct a variety of repertoire both in New York and around the world, offering a taste of the Philharmonic’s next era of inspired programs and music-making — and celebrate its 175th birthday with a program that spotlights the Philharmonic’s remarkable musicians and storied legacy. And the institution will reaffirm its core commitments: to serving the community by increasing access to the Philharmonic, and to presenting brilliant performances of the greatest works, ranging from pillars of the repertoire to music by today’s most interesting composers.”
“I am thrilled by the plans for the 2017–18 season, which opens the next chapter of the New York Philharmonic’s story,” said Chairman Oscar S. Schafer. “The astounding talent of the New York Philharmonic musicians, who can play absolutely anything with passion as well as perfection, inspires us as we continue to build on our solid foundation for an even more vibrant future, which begins with the new era under Jaap van Zweden.”