Jaap van Zweden Conducts Copland and Nico Muhly

The New York Philharmonic

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hotspots festival

Jaap van Zweden Conducts Copland and Nico Muhly


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Jun, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Jun, 2020

Friday, 2:00 PM


Jun, 2020

Saturday, 8:00 PM


Jun, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The American spirit of Copland’s Third Symphony is undeniable — vital, optimistic, and big-hearted. Conducted by Jaap van Zweden, its sonic spectrum spans from grand lyrical passages to evocations of endless horizons, exclaimed in the finale’s heroic Fanfare for the Common Man. Our hotspots festival continues with a focus on Iceland’s lively Reykjavík through Nico Muhly’s Concerto for Two Pianos.

Part of our hotspots festival, which shines a light on three hotspots of classical music innovation: Berlin, Reykjavik, and New York.

Part of the Sampler C, Thursday B, Friday D, and Saturday C Curated Series

Program To Include

Nico Muhly

Concerto for Two Pianos (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)



Third Symphony


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Jaap van Zweden


Conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents over the past decade. The 2018–19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. In the 2019–20 season he and the Philharmonic celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment with commissions by 19 women composers in Project 19, illuminate three hotbeds of music innovation — Berlin, Reykjavík, and New York — in the hotspots festival, and explore Mahler’s New York. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012. Guest engagements this season include the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, San Francisco Symphony, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where he is Conductor Laureate. He has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe, among them the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre national de France, and London Symphony Orchestra.

In his inaugural season as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden conducts repertoire ranging from five World Premieres to symphonic cornerstones. He presides over three season pillars — each presenting a World Premiere — that contextualize music through programs complemented by citywide collaborations. Music of Conscience explores composers’ responses to the social issues of their time, with music by Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Corigliano, and David Lang. New York Stories: Threads of Our City looks at musical expressions of the immigrant experience in New York, with music by Julia Wolfe. The Art of Andriessen spotlights the music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. Maestro van Zweden also welcomes New Yorkers to Phil the Hall, concerts for community and service professionals; the Annual Free Memorial Day Concert; and the Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.

Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings, the most recent of which features live New York Philharmonic performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7, released on CD and for streaming and download in February 2018; this release launched the Philharmonic’s partnership with Decca Gold, Universal Music Group’s newly established U.S. classical music label. In 2018 he completed a four-year project with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, conducting the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which have been recorded and released on Naxos Records. His highly praised 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 from 2005 to 2013, and served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Flanders Orchestra from 2008 to 2011. Jaap van Zweden was named Musical America’s 2012 Conductor of the Year in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

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.

Learn more about Jaap van Zweden

Katia and Marielle Labèque


Katia and Marielle Labèque


Katia and Marielle Labeque


Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age, and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music), and have since developed a stunning career with performances worldwide.

Last season included performances with the New York Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden; appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Bryce Dessner’s new piece El Chan, and Easter Festival Salzburg with Dresden Staatskapelle; a European tour with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov; and performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Berlin Philharmonic. The duo’s new projects will be the focus of three days in April 2019 at the Philharmonie de Paris. The sisters then return to the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, the latter of which will include a special program for families, and a recital in St. Louis.

The Labèques have had the privilege of working with numerous composers. In May 2015 they presented the World Premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Last spring the duo premiered Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The sisters have appeared with Baroque music ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardiner, Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini (with which they share the stage again in 2019), Musica Antica with Reinhard Goebel, Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon, and il Pomo d’oro with Maxim Emelyanichev, and they have toured with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Simon Rattle.

Learn more about Katia and Marielle Labèque

Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Katia and Marielle Labèque's appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2019–20 season.

hotspots is supported in part by a generous grant from the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.


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