Karen LeFrak’s Sleepover at the Museum

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Karen LeFrak’s Sleepover at the Museum

Description
Karen LeFrak’s “Sleepover at the Museum” follows the story of Mason and his friends on their adventures at the Museum of Natural History. Recorded at our Fun at the Phil concert this past March. Hosted by 16-time Grammy-winning Producer David Foster, and narrated by Jamie Bernstein.
Program

Karen LeFrak

Sleepover at the Museum (New York Premiere)

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Saint-Saëns

Carnival of the Animals

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Artists

Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden

Music Director

Jaap van Zweden began his tenure as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in September 2018. He also serves as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. He has conducted orchestras on three continents, appearing as guest with leading orchestras such as, in Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and, London Symphony Orchestra, and, in the United States, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In the 2019–20 season, Jaap van Zweden conducted the New York Philharmonic in four World Premieres and symphonic cornerstones. As part of the launch of Project 19, the multiyear initiative marking the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers, he led the premieres of works by Nina C. Young, Tania León, and Ellen Reid. Other highlights include a new, staged production of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle; his first Young People’s Concert; and works by Beethoven, Mozart, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Barber, Björk, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Anders Hilborg, and more, including the school-age participants in the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program.

Jaap van Zweden’s most recent recording is the 2020 release of the World Premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state, following the 2019 release of Julia Wolfe’s Fire in my mouth, both part of the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established US classical music label. He conducted the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the recordings of which are available on the Naxos label. His acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Parsifal — the last of which earned him the prestigious Edison Award for Best Opera Recording in 2012 — are available on CD and DVD.

Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career almost 20 years later, in 1996. He remains Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, where he was Chief Conductor (2005–13), served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra (2008–11), and was Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008–18), where he is now Conductor Laureate. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year and was the subject of an October 2018 CBS 60 Minutes profile on the occasion of his arrival at the New York Philharmonic. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2020 Concertgebouw Prize. Under his leadership the Hong Kong Philharmonic was named Gramophone’s 2019 Orchestra of the Year.

In 1997 Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje, established the Papageno Foundation to support families of children with autism. The Foundation has grown into a multifaceted organization that focuses on the development of children and young adults with autism. The Foundation provides in-home music therapy through a national network of qualified music therapists in The Netherlands; opened the Papageno House in 2015 (with Her Majesty Queen Maxima in attendance) for young adults with autism to live, work, and participate in the community; created a research center at the Papageno House for early diagnosis and treatment of autism and for analyzing the effects of music therapy on autism; develops funding opportunities to support autism programs; and, most recently, launched the app TEAMPapageno, which allows children with autism to communicate with each other through music composition.

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Ankush Kumar Bahl

Conductor

Ankush Kumar Bahl

Conductor

Conductor

Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized for his impressive technique, thoughtful interpretations, and engaging podium presence. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Symphonia, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New West Symphony, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Ivy Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Orquesta sinfónica nacional de México, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Throughout recent seasons, Mr. Bahl has been a frequent cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden, having assisted both him and other venerable guests at Lincoln Center, on tour, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Bahl is a recipient of four Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, as well as the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. A protégé of Kurt Masur, Mr. Bahl served as Mr. Masur’s assistant conductor at the Orchestre national de France, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. It was in this capacity that he was called upon to step in for Mr. Masur for two performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

From 2011 to 2015, Ankush Kumar Bahl was assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. During his tenure, Mr. Bahl conducted more than 100 performances, including his subscription and Wolf Trap debuts, numerous runout concerts for the In Your Neighborhood program, and the annual young people’s concerts, which educated more than 24,000 students each year.

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Jamie Bernstein

Speaker

Jamie Bernstein

Speaker

Speaker

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, narrator, broadcaster, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge with others. Inspired by her father, Leonard Bernstein, and his lifelong impulse to share and teach, she has devised multiple ways of communicating her own excitement about orchestral music. Beginning 15 years ago with The Bernstein Beat, a family concert about her father’s music modeled after his groundbreaking New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts, she has gone on to design, write, and narrate concerts for audiences of all ages.

Ms. Bernstein travels the world as a concert narrator and a frequent speaker on musical topics. In Spanish-speaking locations, she narrates en español — thanks to her Chilean-born mother, Felicia Montealegre, who raised her children to be bilingual. As a broadcaster, she has produced and hosted shows for radio stations in the United States and Great Britain, and presented the New York Philharmonic’s live national radio broadcasts and live broadcasts from Tanglewood. She is co-director of the award-winning documentary Crescendo: The Power of Music, which focuses on children participating in youth orchestra programs for social transformation inspired by Venezuela’s groundbreaking El Sistema. She has also directed her father’s chamber opera, Trouble in Tahiti, in locations including the Moab Music Festival, Festival del Sole in Napa, California, and Tanglewood.

Her memoir, Famous Father Girl, was published by HarperCollins (2018). Jamie Bernstein also writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, The Nation, Opera News, and Musical America. She also edits Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, a newsletter about issues and events pertaining to her father’s legacy.

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Eric Huebner

Piano

Eric Huebner

Piano

Eric Huebner

Piano

Pianist Eric Huebner joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in January 2012. A native of Los Angeles, he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, and has been a guest pianist with the Philharmonic since 2004. Mr. Huebner has been featured in orchestral works by Stravinsky, Ives, R. Strauss, and Milhaud, among others.

In June 2012 he will perform as soloist with Musicians from the Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation — a double concerto for piano and percussion with percussionist Colin Currie — on the CONTACT! program, conducted by David Robertson.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Huebner has twice been a featured recitalist at the Ojai Festival in California. He has also appeared on the Monday Evening Concerts and Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles in addition to solo appearances at the Carlsbad Music Festival, Miller Theater and (le) Poisson Rouge. He has performed at Zankel Hall as soloist in Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and at Alice Tully Hall in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, both conducted by David Robertson. Since 2001 Mr. Huebner has been a member of Antares, a quartet comprising clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. A first-prize winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares has performed in major chamber music venues throughout the United States.

Eric Huebner is currently assistant professor of piano at the University at Buffalo, where he maintains an active piano studio and performs as part of the Slee Sinfonietta. He has recorded a wide variety of solo piano and chamber music for the Col Legno, Centaur, Bridge, Albany, Tzadik, Innova, New Focus Recordings, and Mode Records labels.

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Steven Beck

Piano

Steven Beck

Piano

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Piano

In the 2019–20 season pianist Steven Beck performs Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals with the New York Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He also reprised his annual Christmas Eve performance of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Bargemusic, the Brooklyn-based venue that has become a New York institution.

Mr. Beck is an experienced performer of new music. He has worked with composers including Carter, Boulez, Dutilleux, Charles Wuorinen, George Crumb, Perle, and Fred Lerdahl, and performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae and the New York New Music Ensemble. Mr. Beck is a member of The Knights, Talea Ensemble, and Da Capo Chamber Players. He is also a member of Quattro Mani, a piano duo specializing in contemporary music. He has appeared as an orchestral keyboard player with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, and many others.

Steven Beck’s discography includes Lieberson’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (for Bridge Records) and Carter’s Double Concerto (Albany Records). He is a Steinway Artist.

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