The completely new York Philharmonic’s Fresh Start: A Season Spent at Home

When Mr. van Zweden was appointed, some critics worried of which, since his reputation was based largely on performances of the standard repertory, he might give completely new music short shrift. His first season is actually carefully calibrated to suggest of which should not have to be an either/or proposition.

Mr. van Zweden will conduct plenty of old favorites, including Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, in addition to works by Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler in addition to Shostakovich. yet he will also lead a few world premieres: Louis Andriessen’s “Agamemnon,” part of a focus on of which Dutch composer; Julia Wolfe’s “Fire in My Mouth,” a multimedia choral work about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; David Lang’s opera “prisoner of the state,” a take on Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in addition to the centerpiece of a season-ending festival of “music of conscience”; in addition to pieces by Ashley Fure, who will write a completely new work for opening night on Sept. 20, in addition to Conrad Tao.

“A lot of people thought I was the guy who likes Bruckner, Brahms, Beethoven — in addition to of which’s absolutely true,” Mr. van Zweden said. yet he emphasized of which he had been an advocate for completely new music as chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra coming from 2005 to 2013. “of which’s fine if people did not recognize of which,” he added. “yet I’m very happy of which I can bring some completely new works to the completely new York Philharmonic in addition to to its audiences.”


Next season Mr. van Zweden will conduct plenty of old favorites, yet he will also lead a few world premieres.

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The Philharmonic still faces challenges. Its musicians’ contract expired in September, in addition to negotiations for a completely new agreement are underway. The question of just what to do about its widely unloved hall remains unresolved. Ms. Borda wants renovations of which can be achieved in phases, so the orchestra is actually not left homeless for long stretches while of which battles an industrywide decline in subscriptions.

The baritone Matthias Goerne, a frequent collaborator with Mr. van Zweden, will be the Philharmonic’s artist in residence next season, in addition to several conductors will make their subscription debuts, including two women. Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, who recently became the music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, will conduct Sibelius, Ravel in addition to Dvorak. Emmanuelle Haïm, an early music specialist, will lead the orchestra in Handel in addition to Rameau, in addition to Matthias Pintscher will conduct the completely new York premiere of his “mar’eh.” Returning conductors include Ivan Fischer, Manfred Honeck, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Jakub Hrusa in addition to Zubin Mehta, the Philharmonic’s music director coming from 1978 to 1991.

The orchestra is actually ending several completely new-music initiatives commenced by Mr. van Zweden’s predecessor, Alan Gilbert: Contact!, the contemporary-chamber-music series of which took players to smaller spaces downtown in addition to in Brooklyn; the NY Phil Biennial, modeled on art-world examples like the Venice Biennale; in addition to, at least for the time being, the composer-in-residence position. The idea, Ms. Borda said, is actually to integrate completely new-music offerings more completely into the main season in addition to reflect larger programming themes.

To host its two completely new contemporary series, the Philharmonic has tapped Nadia Sirota, a violist in addition to the host of the “Meet the Composer” podcast. One series, Nightcap, will feature 10:30 p.m. cabaret-style concerts by guest musicians in addition to ensembles at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center programmed by contemporary composers, including Mr. Tao, Mr. Andriessen, Gabriel Kahane in addition to John Adams. The some other, Sound On, includes three afternoon concerts at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“Any discussion of serious music, of serious art, has truly slipped to the side of social discourse,” Ms. Borda said. “How do we start to bring of which back to the center?”

Correction: February 13, 2018

An earlier design of This kind of article misstated the extent of a planned completely new York Philharmonic tour next season. of which was to have been a domestic tour, not an international one.

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