NY Philharmonic Residency Details Announced

The University Musical Society of the University of Michigan (UMS) and the New York Philharmonic, in conjunction with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), announce full details for the New York Philharmonic’s first residency in Ann Arbor, taking place October 8-11, 2015.  The partnership launches the Philharmonic and UMS’s ambitious five-year residency partnership, which will feature the New York Philharmonic in performances and educational opportunities in 2015, 2017, and 2019. The partnership is the centerpiece of UMS’s residency program that will bring three different orchestras to Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium over the next five years; each residency will feature numerous performances, master classes, lectures, and workshops for University of Michigan students, as well as activities for the regional community.

The Philharmonic’s first residency will include three performances by the Orchestra, taking place October 9-11, 2015 in Hill Auditorium. The first concert features Music Director Alan Gilbert conducting Vivo by the New York Philharmonic’s former Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan as soloist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (Friday, October 9); the second concert features Alan Gilbert leading LA Variations by current Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence Esa-Pekka Salonen and R. Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben featuring Concertmaster Frank Huang (Saturday, October 10); and the third performance features David Newman leading Leonard Bernstein’s score to On the Waterfront while the complete film is screened (Sunday, October 11).

Orchestra members and management will participate in a wide range of public educational activities in partnership with University units and community organizations, including a free “side-by-side” chamber concert that features SMTD students performing alongside New York Philharmonic musicians on Thursday, October 8 in Rackham Auditorium;  a keynote lecture by Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert entitled, “Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm,” exploring the challenges faced by orchestras today as they balance tradition, innovation, education, and performance in a landscape of changing audience expectations and emerging technologies and media; a lecture on “21st Century Orchestras and Social Impact,” by New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien at the Ross School of Business; master classes by Alan Gilbert, Philharmonic musicians, and pianist Inon Barnatan; and seminars with Philharmonic management.

In addition, Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic brass section alongside the Michigan Marching Band for the halftime show at the Michigan Homecoming football game against Northwestern on Saturday, October 10. Over 1,000 musicians are expected to be part of the halftime show (homecoming games always include an alumni band, and the UMS Choral Union will also make an appearance). This is the first time that members of a major symphony orchestra have participated in a University of Michigan football halftime show.

“UMS has a long history of presenting top orchestras in multi-day residencies going back more than 100 years,” says Kenneth C. Fischer, president of UMS.  “What is significant about these residencies is the breadth and depth of their education and community engagement activities. In this case, we have over three dozen events scheduled that will animate the University of Michigan campus and provoke students into new ways of learning over a week in October. We are so delighted to be working with our university partner, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and the New York Philharmonic in putting together this comprehensive and exciting set of activities. In anticipation of a win at the Homecoming game, we expect that the entire community will win by participating in this weekend’s many activities.”

“This residency, and the extraordinary opportunities it offers our students, is a brilliant example of what is possible when a world-class presenting organization like UMS partners with a top-tier performing arts school,” said Aaron Dworkin, dean of SMTD. “Studying and playing with musicians of the New York Philharmonic’s caliber can be truly life-changing for a student. All of us at SMTD are so grateful for this perfect storm of artistic collaboration, and for the time that the New York Philharmonic members and staff are taking to share their expertise in such a wide variety of activities. It will be such an exciting residency.”

“The Philharmonic is excited to join forces with Ken Fischer and the University Musical Society in this endeavor, which allows the Orchestra to inspire, instruct, and influence the next generation of orchestral musicians. We offer our sincere gratitude to Ken Fischer and everyone at UMS and congratulate the University of Michigan for appointing Aaron Dworkin as the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s new Dean; we couldn’t have asked for more creative or enthusiastic partners,” said New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien. “And – although I am an alum of another Big 10 school – I’ll be proud to cheer ‘Go Blue’ on Homecoming weekend!”

The full residency schedule follows. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Residency Kickoff: Thursday, October 8

Keynote Address: “Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm”

Alan Gilbert, Music Director, New York Philharmonic
Thursday, October 8, 6-7 PM
Rackham Auditorium (915 E. Washington Street)

The launch of the 2015 New York Philharmonic residency is commemorated by Music Director Alan Gilbert in a special keynote address on the role of orchestras in the 21st century.  Gilbert’s address (first delivered for the Royal Philharmonic Society in April 2015 as part of the Philharmonic’s second residency at the Barbican Centre under the auspices of its International Associates initiative) explores the challenges faced by orchestras today as they balance tradition, innovation, education, and performance in a landscape of changing audience expectations, emerging technologies and media, and new ideas about the centrality of music to social change and civic life.

Side-by-Side Concert

Thursday, October 8, 7:30 PM
Rackham Auditorium
UMS, the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), and the New York Philharmonic celebrate their historic five-year partnership with a chamber concert featuring eight SMTD students playing side-by-side with eight principal musicians from the New York Philharmonic in an exchange of talent and artistic resources between Ann Arbor and New York.

Program: Mendelssohn- Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20, Mozart- Serenade for Winds in c minor, K. 388

U-M student musicians: Rita Wang and Christina Adams, violin; Kristina Willey, viola; Richard Narroway, cello; Alex Hayashi, oboe; Joshua Anderson, clarinet; Michael Cody Dean, bassoon; Caroline Steiger, horn

New York Philharmonic musicians: Frank Huang and Michelle Kim, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Carter Brey, cello; Liang Wang, oboe; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Judith LeClair, bassoon; Philip Myers, horn

New York Philharmonic Performances

Friday, October 9, 8 PM

Hill Auditorium
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano
Program: Magnus Lindberg- Vivo, Beethoven- Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven- Symphony No. 7

Saturday, October 10, 8:30 PM

Hill Auditorium
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen- LA Variations
Program: R. Strauss- Ein Heldenleben, Frank Huang, violin

Sunday, October 11, 3 PM

Hill Auditorium
David Newman, conductor
Bernstein- On the Waterfront: Film with Live Orchestra

Lectures & Discussions

ICOS Lecture (Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies): “21st Century Orchestras and Social Impact”

Matthew VanBesien, President, New York Philharmonic
Friday, October 9, 1:30-3 PM
Ross School of Business, Room R1240 (701 Tappan Avenue)
Given the challenges orchestras face today, are there opportunities to create broader impact with symphonic music and talented orchestral musicians?  Can an orchestra still be a “great orchestra” on stage every week, but also allow itself to become a greater resource for civic life and beyond? As part of the weekly lecture series hosted by the U-M Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (ICOS), New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien will present his vision for the next important chapter for orchestras like the New York Philharmonic. Since coming to the Philharmonic, he has expanded the Orchestra’s role as a resource to its hometown community, such as through the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, and across the country and globally, as evidenced by the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, customized collaborations with partners worldwide that offer intensive training of pre-professional musicians by New York Philharmonic members, often alongside regular performance residencies by the full Orchestra.

Musicology Seminar: “A Vision of Public Musicology: How Musicians, Composers, and Scholars Can Use Local Performance Histories to Connect to their Communities”

Barbara Haws, Archivist / Historian, New York Philharmonic
Friday, October 9, 4:30-6 pm
SMTD Moore Building, Watkins Lecture Hall (1100 Baits Drive)
In 1846 the New York Philharmonic gave the first U.S. performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Why did the first performance take place in New York and not in Boston or Philadelphia?  What does it say about New York that the “Ode to Joy” was sung in English?  Why did it take so long for complete performances of Beethoven’s symphonies to be played in New York or anywhere in the United States? Exact answers to these questions may be impossible to find, but investigating the cultural context in which a work is performed leads not only to a better understanding of the community, but of the work’s and the musicians’ relationship with that community over time. So much of our focus in music history is on the life, time and culture of the composer that we overlook how, why, and when seminal works are performed in a particular community. Relating local performance history to a community’s broader history and culture not only provides a better understanding of that community, but it also forges unique bonds between the community and the music that was previously thought to be from somewhere else. Barbara Haws has been the Archivist / Historian of the New York Philharmonic since 1984. She will discuss how she has gone about relating the Philharmonic’s concert experience to the broader cultural life of the city.

U-M Arts Enterprise/SMTD EXCEL Initiative: Interview and Discussion with Vince Ford, Director of Digital Media, New York Philharmonic

Sunday, October 11, 9:30-11 am
SMTD Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall (1100 Baits Drive)
In his current position as Director of Digital Media for the New York Philharmonic, Vince Ford is responsible for developing digital media products and platforms to expand audiences and to generate incremental revenue streams. Projects include new models of distribution for recordings, education concerts, digital promotion, and live performance broadcasts. A former French horn freelancer in the Atlanta area, Ford completed his MBA at Emory’s Goizueta Business School in 2007 with a focus in business strategy. Immediately prior to working at the Philharmonic, he developed the role of Director of Technology and New Media for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Pre-Concert Talk: “Music in Character and as Character: Bernstein’s Musical Score to On the Waterfront

Sunday, October 11, 2:00-2:45 pm
Hill Auditorium, Mezzanine Lobby (must have a ticket to the performance to attend)
Mark Clague, U-M associate professor of musicology and director of research, Caryl Flinn, U-M professor of screen arts and cultures and women’s studies, and conductor David Newman explore the role of music as a storytelling device in Leonard Bernstein’s only score for a motion picture, On the Waterfront.

Master Classes

New York Philharmonic principal musicians will offer a range of instrumental master classes for U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) students. The master classes listed here are open to the public for observation. Please note, certain classrooms have limited capacity and observers will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Unless otherwise noted, all master classes take place in the SMTD Moore Building on U-M’s North Campus (1100 Baits Drive).

Friday, October 9

Piano with New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan
11am-1 pm, Britton Recital Hall

Cello with Principal Cello Carter Brey
2-4 pm, McIntosh Theatre

Viola with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps (B.Mus. ’83, M.Mus. ’84)
2-4 pm, Classroom 1374

Violin with Concertmaster Frank Huang
2-4 pm, Watkins Lecture Hall

Bass with Principal Bass Timothy Cobb
3-5 pm, Kevreson Rehearsal Hall

Harp with Principal Harp Nancy Allen
4:30-6:30 pm, Classroom 1374

Sunday, October 11

Bassoon with Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair
11 am- 1 pm, Classroom 2058

Clarinet with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill
11 am- 1 pm, Britton Recital Hall

Flute with Principal Flute Robert Langevin
11 am- 1 pm, Classroom 1370

Horn with Principal Horn Philip Myers
11 am- 1 pm, Watkins Lecture Hall

Oboe with Principal Oboe Liang Wang
11 am- 1 pm, Classroom 1374

Percussion with Principal Percussion Christopher S. Lamb
11 am- 1 pm, Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

Trombone with Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi
11 am- 1 pm, Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center (1226 Murfin Avenue, North Campus)

Trumpet with Acting Principal Trumpet Matthew Muckey
11 am- 1 pm, McIntosh Theatre

Tuba with Principal Tuba Alan Baer
11 am- 1 pm, Classroom 1378

Michigan Football Game

The New York Philharmonic brass will join the Michigan Marching Band at halftime under the baton of special guest conductor Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic. The program will celebrate big brass works in classical music and will feature the Michigan Marching Band, the Alumni Marching Band, the UMS Choral Union, and the New York Philharmonic brass section.