Christoph von Dohnányi will lead the New York Philharmonic in seven concerts in January that will feature works by Dvorák, Schumann, Jörg Widmann, and both Brahms piano concertos, with pianists Yefim Bronfman and Radu Lupu as soloists.
The first concerts, Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, January 14-15, at 8:00 p.m., will comprise Widmann's Con brio, Concert Overture for Orchestra, Schumann's Symphony No. 4, and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist.
Mr. Dohnányi will conduct the Orchestra in the Rush Hour Concert on Wednesday, January 19, at 6:45 p.m., with a program comprising Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Radu Lupu at the keyboard. The concert on Thursday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m., will feature Widmann's Con brio, Concert Overture for Orchestra, Schumann's Symphony No. 4, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.
Mr. Dohnányi will conclude his visit with the Philharmonic on Friday and Saturday, January 21-22, at 8:00 p.m., conducting Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mr. Lupu, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.
Single tickets for these performances start at $32. Tickets for Open Rehearsals are $18.
Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts are available for multiple concerts, students, and groups (visit nyphil.org/preconcert for more information). All other tickets may be purchased online at nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m. A limited number of $12.50 tickets for select concerts may be available through the Internet for students within 10 days of the performance, or in person the day of. Valid identification is required. To determine ticket availability, call the Philharmonic's Customer Relations Department at (212) 875-5656. [Ticket prices subject to change.] For press tickets, call Lanore Carr in the New York Philharmonic Communications Department at (212) 875-5714, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and university professor Paul Moravec will introduce the program on January 13-15 and 20 one hour before each performance inthe Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Composer Victoria Bond will introduce the program on January 21-22. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple concerts, students, and groups. Attendance is limited to 90
people. Information: nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656
On the Music: The New York Philharmonic Podcast
Mark Travis, a producer for the WFMT Radio Network since 1999 and the producer of the 52-week-per-year nationally syndicated radio series, The New York Philharmonic This Week, is the producer of the two podcasts related to Mr. Dohnányi's programs. These award-winning previews of upcoming programs - through musical selections as well as interviews with guest artists, conductors, and Orchestra musicians - are available at nyphil.org/podcast or from iTunes.
National Radio Broadcast
The program from January 13-15 will be broadcast the week of January 24, 2011,*on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated nationally to more than 300 stations by the WFMT Radio Network. The 52-week series, hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Christoph von Dohnányi became honorary conductor for life of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the start of the 2008-09 season. He was appointed principal guest conductor in 1994, and from 1997 he held the position of its principal conductor. In his final season there, he and the orchestra performed at London's Southbank Centre, in venues around the United Kingdom, and in concerts in Vienna, Germany, and the United States. From September 2004 to July 2010 Mr. Dohnányi held the position of chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra. Born in Berlin, Christoph von Dohnányi studied law in Munich, and after two years he joined the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München to study composition, piano, and conducting. Upon graduating he was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize for Conducting by the City of Munich and continued to study with his grandfather, the composer Ernst von Dohnányi, at Florida State University. In 1953 he was hired by Sir Georg Solti as repetiteur and conductor at Oper Frankfurt. At the age of 27 he moved to Lübeck where he became Germany's youngest general music director, before becoming chief conductor
at first in Kassel and then of the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne. From 1968 he served as general music director in Frankfurt and, from 1972, as director of the Oper Frankfurt. From 1977 to 1984 he was intendant and chief conductor of the Hamburg Staatsoper.
In December 1981 Mr. Dohnányi first conducted The Cleveland Orchestra, and was music director designate from 1982 to 1984. He served its sixth music director from September 1984 to August 2002, subsequently becoming the first music director laureate. During his tenure, he and The Cleveland Orchestra toured extensively around the U.S., Asia, and Europe, performing concerts for the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh Festival, and were in residence at Carnegie Hall for a number of years. In 1998 they performed in China for the first time in the orchestra's history. His many recordings with The Cleveland Orchestra include the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann, as well as Wagner's Die Walküre and Das Rheingold. Mr. Dohnányi last appeared with the New York Philharmonic in December 2009.
Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman has received critical acclaim worldwide for his solo recitals orchestral engagements, and expanding catalogue of recordings, especially for his performances of modern Russian repertory. Highlights of his 2010-11 U.S. season include performances of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestras of Houston, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the orchestras of Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. He will also perform with Europe's most celebrated orchestras, including Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, and Berlin Staatskapelle.
In the 2009-10 season Mr. Bronfman's recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Piano Concerto - a work that had been premiered and co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic - with the composer conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of the best recordings of 2009 by The Washington Post. Mr. Bronfman's commitment to chamber music has led to collaborations with the Emerson and Guarneri Quartsts, among others, and artists including the late Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, and Pinchas Zukerman. His wide-ranging discography includes Bartók's three piano concertos with Mr. Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which won a Grammy in 1997. Recent releases include Beethoven concertos with violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Truls Mørk, and the Tonhalle Orchestra; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and Perspectives, a recital disc complementing Mr. Bronfman's 2007-08 Carnegie Hall -Perspectives? series.