NY Philharmonic Biennial

  Last modified on June 15th, 2021

Check out the line up for Philharmonic in the Park 2018!

The first edition of the NY Philharmonic Biennial launched in 2014 and has since then become the orchestra’s flagship project. The biennial explores the trends of today’s music by bringing together different kinds of performers and composers for a series of special concerts in venues located throughout the city. Read below to find out what concerts will be taking place on the Upper West Side from May 23 to June 11.

NY Philharmonic Biennial

Regarded as “perhaps the most ambitious and extensive contemporary-music festival yet overseen by an American orchestra “ by The New York Times, the NY Philharmonic Biennial is led by renowned music director Alan Gilbert. The second NY Philharmonic Biennial will be returning with the incorporation of many talented composers who will be responsible for bringing the event’s innovative music to the forefront once again.

The concerts will embrace New York’s eclectic musical sounds and will feature several stateside and worldwide premieres. The shows taking place in the David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center will host PlayDates in which concertgoers can meet with the composers and performers while chatting over cocktails. These post-show meetings will take place at Bar Biennial in the hall’s lobby. From a funny opera to a special choreographed composition, the events below have got something in store for everyone. Take a look!

Young Americans

3pm – June 5, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

NY Philharmonic Biennial

The “Young Americans” concert aims to showcase the immense talent of the coming generation of American composers. The special show will be led by acclaimed conductor Christopher Rountree and will feature the New York and world premieres of several compositions. The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will perform with the Arts Academy Dance Company for the premiere of “So Far So Good” by Nico Muhly. This creative number will feature a choreography by acclaimed dancer Christopher Williams. The concert is co-presented by the NY Philharmonic and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to catch the leading musicians of tomorrow.

The Importance of Being Earnest

7.30pm, June 2 – 4 , Rose Theater, Lincoln Center

NY Philharmonic Biennial

An innovative take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest comes to the Rose Theater on June 2nd. This new kind of modern opera captures the essence of the late Victorian era while also managing to integrate the spirit of the original play. In its U.S. premiere, Gerald Barry’s take on the classic tale raises the comedy as well as the seriousness of it all. Illan Volkov will conduct and Ramin Gray will direct the three-act opera that took nearly eight months to create. Even though dialogue is lost in favor of musical pieces, this funny opera is sure to be unlike anything else you’ve seen before. Don’t forget to attend the PlayDate right after the show to mingle with the performers!

Brooklyn Youth Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus

7pm – June 9, Rose Theater, Lincoln Center

NY Philharmonic Biennial

Watch the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus team up for a can’t-miss concert featuring music by Oscar winner Phillip Glass and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. The program will also include the NY premiere of Carla Kihlstedt’s Herring Run and the world premiere of Theo Bleckmann’s Final Answer. The concert will be conducted by Eric Jacobsen and the chorus’ will be singing a collection of works by American composers drawn from literary authors such as Mary MacLane and Lydia Davis. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the best and most talented young voices of today come together for an incredible show!

Alan Gilbert Conducts Bolcom and Corigliano

7pm – June 10, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

NY Philharmonic Biennial

Catch NY Philharmonic and music director Alan Gilbert perform music by Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and John Corigliano. The concert will see the premiere of Bloom’s Trombone, Corigliano’s Conjurer, and will feature an electrifying percussion concerto with the great Martin Grubinger. He will be playing the marimba, tam-tams, cymbals, vibraphone, talking drum, and the kick drum for what promises to be a remarkable performance!

NY Philharmonic partners with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale School of Music, and many others to make the event a sound success. For more information on upcoming times, please refer to NY Philharmonic’s official website: http://nyphil.org/biennial

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