“The bass-baritone Eric Owens and the composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will be featured presences at the New York Philharmonic next season, as artist and composer in residence, the orchestra said on Wednesday in announcing its 2015-16 programs,” writes Brian Wise on Wednesday (1/21) at the website of New York classical radio station WQXR. “The orchestra says its partnership with the Shanghai Symphony and Conservatory will expand in 2015-16, with the first New York visits by student musicians from China…. Select Philharmonic players will travel to Shanghai to teach at three points during the year…. [Owens’s] plans include an evening-length tribute to great African-American singers and composers … and a holiday program featuring [Albert] Hague’s You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” For Esa-Pekka Salonen’s composer residency, a three-year appointment, “The orchestra will perform several of his pieces including a commission for its NY Phil Biennial festival in June 2016.” Also planned are premieres by Franck Krawczyk, Marc Neikrug, Per Nørgård, William Bolcom and Tan Dun; a Rachmaninoff festival; a weeklong Messiaen festival that will include the Turangalîla-symphonie with pianist Yuja Wang; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with baritone Thomas Hampson; and music from On the Waterfront and The Godfather performed live as those films are screened.
Posted January 22, 2015
Pictured: Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic. Photo by Chris Lee