Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Gabriela Montero, Piano
Fellows of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy
FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat (abridged)
GABRIELA MONTERO Piano Concerto No. 1, “Latin”
STRAVINSKY Pétrouchka (1947 version)
LUCHO BERMUDEZ / GABRIELA ORTIZ Colombia Tierra Querida (orch. Rubén Darío Gómez Prada) / Antrópolis
Improvisation on “Happy Birthday”
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.
With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, and Ernst & Young LLP.
Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
At a Glance
This evening’s program presents two wildly colorful ballets commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for his Ballet Russes, as well as a 2016 piano concerto by Gabriela Montero that features dazzling effects and rhythms. Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat and Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka share a sardonic wit, a saturation in the folk music of their respective cultures, and a riot of virtuosic solos, especially in the woodwind section. The Three-Cornered Hat brought the ancient flamenco tradition into the modern world, invoking dances like the seguidilla and the fandango with innovative rhythmic and harmonic elements. Pétrouchka is famous for the bitonal “Pétrouchka chord” and the slashing syncopations that came to full fruition in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring two years later. Subtitled “Burlesque in Four Scenes,” Pétrouchka’s nose-thumbing sense of mischief remains its most endearing characteristic. Gabriela Montero’s exciting “Latin” Piano Concerto, like Falla’s ballet, includes a fandango and other fiery dances that retain their authentic flavor even as they undergo contemporary transformations.
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Carlos Miguel Prieto (Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year) is known for his charismatic conducting and dynamic, expressive interpretations that have led to major engagements and popular acclaim throughout North and South America, Europe, and beyond. In recent seasons, he has appeared with leading orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beijing Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Following a summer leading Carnegie Hall’s NYO2, Mr. Prieto begins the 2019–2020 season with his Utah Symphony debut in a program that celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day. He returns to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in September, followed by appearances with the New World Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and Juilliard Orchestra. In the spring of 2020, Mr. Prieto returns to the Jacksonville Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales on a tour of Spain. This season marks Mr. Prieto’s 14th as music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2006, he has been part of the cultural revitalization of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In February 2018, he led the orchestra in its Carnegie Hall debut with a program that celebrated the 80th birthday of composer Philip Glass.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, Mr. Prieto is an influential cultural leader and the leading Mexican conductor of his generation. Since 2007, he has been the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México. In 2008, he was appointed music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. Mr. Prieto is renowned for championing and commissioning new Latin American music and has conducted more than 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers.
A passionate proponent of music education, Mr. Prieto served as principal conductor of The Orchestra of the Americas from its inception until 2011, when he was appointed music director. In early 2010, he conducted the ensemble alongside Valery Gergiev on the 40th anniversary of the World Economic Forum at Carnegie Hall. In April 2018, Mr. Prieto was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music by Loyola University New Orleans.
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique compositional gifts have garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following on the world stage. A recipient of the prestigious 2018 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award, her recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony (Edward Gardner), New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo (Aziz Shokhakimov), Belgian National Orchestra (Hugh Wolff), and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Carlos Miguel Prieto).
Ms. Montero recently made debut and return performances at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Edinburgh Festival, respectively, performing her own “Latin” Piano Concerto with The Orchestra of the Americas. Additional highlights include a repeat tour with the Scottish Ensemble—this time featuring her latest composition, Babel—and her long-awaited return to Warsaw for the International Music Festival “Chopin and His Europe,” marking 22 years since her win at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Ms. Montero has also appeared recently with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Shelley and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo; and Jaime Martín and the Orquestra de Cadaqués for concerts in Madrid and Barcelona.
Ms. Montero was named an Honorary Consul by Amnesty International in 2015. She is also the recipient of the Rockefeller Award, International Beethoven Award, and Latin Grammy Award, as well as two ECHO Klassik Awards. A committed human rights advocate, Ms. Montero has been recognized by the Human Rights Foundation for her work in Venezuela. She participated in the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London’s Southbank Centre; spoke and performed at the World Economic Forum; and performed John Williams’s Air and Simple Gifts with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Anthony McGill at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.