In 2018, the orchestra traveled to Asia with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, performing a new Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Ted Hearne alongside works by Sibelius and Gershwin. The tour kicked off with the orchestra’s annual concert at Carnegie Hall, continuing with stops in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, and Daejeon.
TED HEARNE Brass Tacks (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
BIZET Farandole from L’Arlésienne
COPLAND “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
MEREDITH MONK “Panda Chant II” from The Games
TRADITIONAL “Longing for Mt. Geumgang” (arr. Lincoln Valdez)
Meet the Orchestra
NYO-USA 2018 Guest Artists
Michael Tilson Thomas
Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969, and celebrates more than 100 performances at Carnegie Hall with his upcoming Perspectives series during the 2018–2019 season. He is music director of the San Francisco Symphony; co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, Mr. Tilson Thomas is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and reimagining the concert experience. His compositions have been performed around the world, many premiering at Carnegie Hall during his first Perspectives series (2003 2005). He was also artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 American Mavericks series in which he conducted the San Francisco Symphony in music by groundbreaking American composers. He has won 11 Grammy Awards for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.
For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire by composers who range from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Khachaturian, and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the start of his career, Mr. Thibaudet has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, including jazz and opera, which he transcribes himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships span the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. The 2017–2018 season takes Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries and includes concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras, as well as the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Award, as well as two Grammy Award nominations and Gramophone and Echo awards. Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title of Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.
James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Ruth Reinhardt, Assistant Conductor
Andrew Crust, Assistant Conductor
Benjamin Bowman, Concertmaster, The MET Orchestra
David Halen, Concertmaster, Saint Louis Symphony
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Beth Guterman Chu, Principal Viola, Saint Louis Symphony
Wei Yu, Principal Cello, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Robin Kesselman, Principal Bass, Houston Symphony
Jeff Turner, Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, Principal Flute, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Jonathan Fischer, Principal Oboe, Houston Symphony
Mark Nuccio, Principal Clarinet, Houston Symphony
Steve Williamson, Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra
David Cooper, Principal Horn, Berlin Philharmonic
Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Weston Sprott, Acting Principal Trombone, The MET Orchestra
Peter Sullivan, Principal Trombone, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Chris Hall, Principal Tuba, The MET Orchestra
Kyle Turner, Principal Tuba, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Jason Haaheim, Principal Timpani, The MET Orchestra
Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpani, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Jacob Nissly, Principal Percussion, San Francisco Symphony
July 19: Carnegie Hall, (New York)
July 24: National Concert Hall (Taipei)
July 27: Shanghai Symphony Hall (Shanghai)
July 29: National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing)
August 1: LOTTE Concert Hall (Seoul)
August 3: Daejeon Arts Center (Daejeon)
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Kovner Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; and Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Major funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Carl Jacobs Foundation, JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.
Additional funding has been provided by Sarah Arison, The Jack Benny Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation, IAC, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.
Founder Patrons; Blavatnik Family Foundation; Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation; Ronald O. Perelman; Robertson Foundation; Beatrice Santo Domingo; Hope and Robert F. Smith; Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon; and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.