|The new David Geffen Hall opens its doors on Friday, October 7 with a month-long festival HOME, led by the New York Philharmonic and Music Director, Jaap van Zweden
|“After more than 20 years, we are finally able to welcome our communities to our new home – a totally reimagined David Geffen Hall. Thanks to our partners at Lincoln Center and our committed Board and dedicated donors, and a visionary and resourceful team of architects and designers, this month we are celebrating the dynamic, new concert hall constructed during the pandemic. The moment is even more meaningful after all we have experienced these past few years, which has reinforced the importance of the idea of home. ‘Home’ does not just refer to a building, as wonderful as this one is. Home is our expanding family, and the NY Phil musicians look forward to reuniting with old friends and welcoming new ones who never before entered the building.”
|Deborah Borda – President and CEO, New York Philharmonic
|◆ Diverse Array of Concerts Activates New Performance Spaces Including
WU TSAI THEATER and KENNETH C. GRIFFIN SIDEWALK STUDIO
|◆ World Premieres by
ETIENNE CHARLES, MARCOS BALTER and ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN
◆ US Premiere by CAROLINE SHAW
All Conducted by Music Director JAAP VAN ZWEDEN
|◆ Monthlong Festival Opens and Closes with
Lincoln Center Collaborations:
Two Opening Galas
FREE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
|Throughout the month, the NY Phil and Lincoln Center activate the reimagined spaces throughout the building with performances by a diverse array of guest artists. “HOME” begins and closes with low-cost and free events; Philharmonic subscription concerts juxtapose World Premieres with cornerstones of the repertoire; two contrasting Opening Galas, co-presented by Lincoln Center and the Philharmonic, mark the occasion; and new NY Phil presentations are introduced.
|Lincoln Center – David Geffen Hall
|The First Notes in the Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall’s 2,200-seat performance venue, will be heard on October 7 in a free Thank You Concert for the hall’s construction workers, followed by two public performances on 8 October of the World Premiere of Etienne Charles’s San Juan Hill: A New York Story, a Lincoln Center commission for the NY Phil, for which tickets have been sold on a choose-what-you-pay basis.
|The official inauguration and launch of the New York Philharmonic’s 2022 – 2023 season takes place on October 12. Jaap van Zweden conducts the World Premiere of Marcos Balter’s Oyá, a NY Phil Commission featuring lighting and electronics, which has been created to harness the hall’s new capabilities. The program also features the reprise of Tania León’s Stride, a NY Phil Co-Commission as part of Project 19 that was premiered in 2020 and went on to receive the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music, plus works by John Adams and Respighi. The programme will be repeated on October 13, 15 and 18.
|The following week (October 20, 22 and 23) Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Phil and vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth in the US Premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Microfictions, Vol. 3, also commissioned through the NY Phil’s Project 19, as well as works by Price and Debussy.
|Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic – testing the new acoustics
photo: Chris Lee
|The historic first Opening Night Gala concert (October 26) conducted by Jaap van Zweden, along with guest conductor Rob Mathes, brings some of Broadway’s biggest stars to the stage. With Lin-Manuel Miranda performing a suite from Hamilton, and vocalists Renée Fleming, Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bernadette Peters, and Vanessa Williams also joining the NY Phil, the evening is a fitting celebration of the successful completion of a 20-year journey.
|In the second Gala concert (October 28) van Zweden conducts the World Premiere of You Are the Prelude, a Philharmonic-commissioned work by Angélica Negrón with a text by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado. The Gala concert concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, tenor Issachah Savage, bass Davóne Tines and the New York Philharmonic Chorus, directed by Malcolm J. Merriweather.
|The Open House Weekend (October 29–30) presents a wide range of artists, ensembles, and interdisciplinary performers drawn from New York City’s cultural community performing in spaces throughout the new David Geffen Hall. Performers include the Juilliard Orchestra, BombaYo, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Mahogany L. Browne, Nona Hendryx, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Juilliard415, Juana Luna, DJ Rekha, thingNY, and Imani Uzuri.
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