New York Philharmonic returns for a third International Associate Residency

International Associate Residency at the Barbican
Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April 2017 

  • The performances will be Alan Gilbert’s final UK concerts as the Philharmonic’s Music Director
  • The New York Philharmonic’s residency forms part of the Barbican’s celebrations of John Adams’ 70th birthday, with performances of his popular works Harmonielehre, Absolute Jest and The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
  • Musicians from the orchestra will perform in the Philharmonic’s signature Very Young People’s Concert on 1 April at Milton Court, preceded by a ‘musical playground’ in the foyer spaces
  • European premiere of a new cello concerto (a Barbican co-commission) by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, to be performed by Yo-Yo Ma on 2 April
  • A series of public and private masterclasses on 1 April led by musicians from the New York Philharmonic, with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Workshops and mentoring for young people involved in the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning team’s pilot programme Young Songwriters Collective
Following residencies in 2012 and 2015, the New York Philharmonic is welcomed back to the Barbican stage for a third International Associate Residency from 31 March-2 April 2017. Alan Gilbert steps down this year after eight seasons as the orchestra’s Music Director, and the Barbican concerts offer the final opportunity for UK audiences to hear him at its helm. The Residency consists of three evening programmes, combining celebrated works in the orchestral canon, such as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, with contemporary masterpieces by John Adams, and the European premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto. In addition, a Very Young People’s Concert at Milton Court will offer children aged 3 to 6 the opportunity to engage imaginatively with classical music, while masterclasses throughout the residency provide an occasion for both musicians from the Guildhall School and young people involved in the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning team’s pilot scheme Young Songwriters Collective to benefit from world class mentoring.

The Philharmonic has been celebrating its 175th anniversary this season, with a series of programmes related to its long and influential history. The first concert of the Barbican residency, on 31 March, reflects the orchestra’s exceptional treatment of two very different examples of orchestral writing: the concert opens with Bartók’s vigorous Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, defined by its meticulous orchestration for divided cohorts of string players. The orchestra continues with a performance of the joyous Fourth Symphony by Mahler, himself a former Music Director of the Philharmonic. German soprano Christina Landshamer joins the orchestra in the final movement to perform the song around which the entire symphony is built.

On 1 April, musicians from the Philharmonic will present one of the orchestra’s signature educational projects, a Very Young People’s Concert for children aged 3 to 6, marking the first time a VYPC has been taken on an international tour. The concert, on the theme of Allegro and Adagio, sees illustrations of Philippe the Penguin take to the stage with a chamber ensemble who will perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and excerpts from The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. The concert will be preceded by an opportunity for hands-on music-making and games in the Milton Court foyers with some of the orchestra’s musicians. The concert is hosted by Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young, who as a child attended Young People’s Concerts, from which the VYPC series has evolved, when it was led by former Philharmonic Music Director Leonard Bernstein.

On the evening of 1 April, the orchestra presents a programme combining orchestral and chamber works, beginning with excerpts from Beethoven’s String Quartets no 14 and 16. The Philharmonic’s residency forms part of the Centre’s wider celebrations of John Adams’ 70th birthday, and this second concert includes a performance of Adams’ concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest, which uses fragments from the preceding Beethoven Quartets as its compositional basis. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet makes its European debut as the solo ensemble. The concert closes with Berlioz’s programmatic work Symphonie fantastique, famously described by Leonard Bernstein as the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature.

The final concert of the residency on 2 April continues the focus on John Adams, a composer with whom the orchestra has enjoyed an ongoing relationship since their New York Premiere of his Grand Pianola Music in 1983. This concert sees performances of Adams’ Harmonielehre, which fuses Romantic expressiveness with Minimalist idioms, and The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra , from his opera Nixon in China. This final concert also presents the European premiere of a new cello concerto by Esa-Pekka Salonen, a Barbican co-commission with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Salonen is midway through a three-year tenure as the Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence, a position which Alan Gilbert introduced in 2009, reflecting his commitment to championing contemporary music. Salonen wrote the Concerto for his long-time friend Yo-Yo Ma , who is the soloist for this premiere.

Throughout the day on 1 April, there will be a series of public and private workshops for wind, brass and percussion students from the Guildhall School, led by musicians from the orchestra. Across the weekend the Philharmonic will also be supporting the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning team’s pilot programme Young Songwriters Collective, providing mentoring, masterclasses and workshops for 10 young people aged 14 – 18 from East London. Jon Deak, Artistic Director of the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program will lead the group in developing their skills in classical composing. They will work with instrumentalists exploring the sounds of different instruments and learning how best to record and score them. For the pilot each young person will write their own work which will then be performed at the Walthamstow Garden Party, taking place at Lloyd Park on 15-16 July 2017.


Listings:

New York Philharmonic/Mahler 4
Barbican International Associate Residency
31 March 2017 / 19:30 / Hall
Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Mahler Symphony No 4

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert conductor
Christina Landshamer soprano

New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert
Philharmonic Playground: “Allegro and Adagio
Barbican International Associate Residency
1 April 2017 / 14:30 / Milton Court Concert Hall
Ponchielli arr Roitstein Selection from Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda
Sullivan Excerpts from Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado

Tchaikovsky arr Tokke Selections from Swan Lake

Hosted by Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young
Featuring musicians of the New York Philharmonic

Public Masterclasses led by musicians from the New York Philharmonic
1 April 2017 / various locations in Guildhall School
10:00 – 13:00:
Horn – Principal Horn Philip Myers
Percussion – Associate Principal Percussion Daniel Druckman

14:00 – 17:00:
Flute – Principal Flute Robert Langevin
Bass Trombone – George Curran

New York Philharmonic/Symphonie Fantastique
Barbican International Associate Residency
1 April 2017 / 19:30 / Hall
Beethoven Excerpts from String Quartet No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 131; String Quartet No 16 in F major, Op 135
John Adams Absolute Jest
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Alan Gilbert conductor
New York Philharmonic String Quartet

New York Philharmonic/Yo-Yo Ma
Barbican International Associate Residency
2 April 2017 / 19:30 / Hall
John Adams The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen Cello Concerto (European premiere; Barbican co-commission)
John Adams Harmonielehre

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert conductor
Yo-Yo Ma cello


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For any further information, images or to arrange interviews, please contact the Barbican’s music media relations team:

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e – rachel.coombes@barbican.org.uk

Jean Tang, Media Relations Assistant
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e – jean.tang@barbican.org.uk