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Carnegie Hall Presents

New York Philharmonic

Thursday, January 6, 2022 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Susanna Mälkki by Chris Lee, Branford Marsalis by Palma Kolansky
The New York Philharmonic returns to Carnegie Hall with Adolphus Hailstork’s rousing portrait of a bustling port city, a virtuoso concerto, and a symphony by a Finnish icon. John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto—with Branford Marsalis—has its share of jazz influences, while also highlighting the soloist’s agility and the instrument’s sweetly lyrical voice. Sibelius often looked to the natural splendor of his homeland, expressing this most beautifully in the famous “swan hymn” in his Fifth Symphony’s last movement, a breathtaking depiction of 16 swans in full flight.

Part of: International Festival of Orchestras II and Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR

Performers

New York Philharmonic
Susanna Mälkki, Conductor
Branford Marsalis, Saxophone

Program

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK An American Port of Call

JOHN ADAMS Saxophone Concerto

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

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New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers each season through live concerts in New York and around the world, as well as broadcasts, recordings, and education ...

The New York Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers each season through live concerts in New York and around the world, as well as broadcasts, recordings, and education programs. In the 2021–2022 season, the Philharmonic presents concerts at two Lincoln Center venues—Alice Tully Hall and the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall—during the renovation of David Geffen Hall, scheduled to reopen in fall 2022. The orchestra gives world, US, and New York premieres of 10 commissions, including seven led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden; examines The Schumann Connection, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; joins The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence Anthony Roth Costanzo in Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within, which explores questions of identity; and collaborates with New York City community partners.

The Philharmonic has commissioned and/or premiered important works, from Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony to Tania León’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Stride. The orchestra has released more than 2,000 recordings since 1917, streams performances on NYPhil+, and shares its extensive history online through the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives.

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Jaap van Zweden became music director in 2018–2019, succeeding titans who include Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, and Gustav Mahler.

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Susanna Mälkki

Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by the highest-level symphony orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Currently in her sixth season as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic ...

Susanna Mälkki is sought-after by the highest-level symphony orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Currently in her sixth season as chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, she continues to fascinate audiences with her insightful interpretations, extending the repertory with a fresh and impressively broad approach to programming. She is also principal guest conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Ms. Mälkki appears regularly with top orchestras across Europe and North America that include the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; Chicago, Boston, London, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; Munich Philharmonic; Vienna Symphony; and Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as the New York Philharmonic, with which she makes her Carnegie Hall debut this evening. Equally in demand at major opera houses, her past notable appearances include engagements at the Opéra national de Paris, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera, where she returns in 2022 for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Other future operatic engagements include Berg’s Wozzeck, also at the Opéra national de Paris, and Puccini’s Il trittico, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and Beethoven’s Fidelio.

Recognized for her significant contribution to the art form, Ms. Mälkki was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland—one of Finland’s highest honors—in 2011. She was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 2014, and in January 2016 she was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur in France. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a member of the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm. In October 2016, she was named Musical America’s 2017 Conductor of the Year, and in November 2017 she was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize.

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Branford Marsalis

New Orleans–born Branford Marsalis is an award-winning saxophonist, bandleader, featured classical soloist, and film and Broadway composer. In the process, he has become a ...

New Orleans–born Branford Marsalis is an award-winning saxophonist, bandleader, featured classical soloist, and film and Broadway composer. In the process, he has become a multi–award-winning artist who has received three Grammy Awards and a citation by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, and is seen as an avatar of contemporary artistic excellence.

A frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Mr. Marsalis has become increasingly sought-after by acclaimed orchestras around the world, performing works by composers such as Copland, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem, Vaughan Williams, Villa-Lobos, and John Adams. Formed in 1986, the Branford Marsalis Quartet remains his primary means of expression. In its virtually uninterrupted three-plus decades of existence, the quartet has established a rare breadth of stylistic range, as demonstrated on its latest release, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. Mr. Marsalis’s legendary guest performances with the Grateful Dead and collaborations with Sting have also established him as a fan favorite in the pop arena.

Mr. Marsalis’s screen credits as a composer include original music for Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey; and the critically acclaimed Netflix film adaptation of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman and produced by Denzel Washington. The original music that Mr. Marsalis composed and produced for the History Channel documentary Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre recently received a
2021 Emmy nomination as Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score). His work on Broadway has garnered a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for the acclaimed revival of Fences. His previous Broadway efforts include music for the revivals of Children of a Lesser God and A Raisin in the Sun, as well as The Mountaintop, which starred Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.

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