New York Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season: premieres, “music of conscience” festival, $5 tickets for city workers

Posted on: February 14, 2018

As the New York Philharmonic “prepares to welcome the Dutch maestro Jaap van Zweden as its 26th music director, the orchestra is focusing on its hometown” during the 2018-19 season, writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (2/14) New York Times. “In one new initiative, called ‘Phil the Hall,’ teachers, city workers and others will be invited to buy $5 tickets to short introductory concerts in April…. Two new series outside Geffen Hall [Nightcap and Sound On, both hosted by Nadia Sirota] will explore new music, drawing on the city’s contemporary scene…. Mr. van Zweden will … lead five world premieres: Louis Andriessen’s ‘Agamemnon,’ … 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’ and the centerpiece of a season-ending festival of ‘music of conscience’; and pieces by Ashley Fure … and Conrad Tao…. The orchestra is ending several new-music initiatives … Contact!, … the NY Phil Biennial … and, at least for the time being, the composer-in-residence position. The idea, Ms. Borda said, is to integrate new-music offerings more completely into the main season and reflect larger programming themes.”

Posted February 14, 2018