Just in: NY Phil flies flag with 19 commissions to womenmain
From the season announcement, just released:
Jaap van Zweden and the New York Philharmonic will mark the centennial of the ratification of
the 19th Amendment, granting equal voting rights to women, by commissioning works by 19 women. The multi-season Project 19 initiative will launch with three consecutive weeks in February 2020, each featuring a World Premiere complemented by collaborations with partners across the city. The 19 commissioned composers, whose works will be premiered over multiple seasons, are Unsuk Chin, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Joan La Barbara, Tania León, Nicole Lizée, Caroline Mallonee, Jessie Montgomery, Angélica Negrón, Olga Neuwirth, Paola Prestini, Ellen Reid, Maria Schneider, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Joan Tower, Melinda Wagner, Nina C. Young, and Du Yun.
Jaap van Zweden will conduct the Orchestra in the first three Project 19 World Premieres. 2015
Rome Prize winner Nina C. Young’s commission will be premiered February 5–6, 8, and 11,
2020. Pulitzer Prize–nominated Tania León’s commission will be premiered February 13, 15, and
18, 2020. Ms. León will also curate a new-music program as part of Nightcap at the Stanley H.
Kaplan Penthouse, February 15, 2020. The Project 19 commission by Ellen Reid — co-founder of
Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program for young self-identified female, non-binary, and
gender non-conforming composers — will be premiered February 20–22, 2020.
Also in the strikingly bold and different season are a staging of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, with Nina Stemme; a World Premiere by Olga Neuwirth conducted by John Adams; World Premiere of Nico Muhly’s Concerto for Two Pianos, with Katia and Marielle Labèque; and Daniil Trifonov as artist in residence.
• Susanna Mälkki returns October 18–19 and 22, 2019, to conduct Unsuk Chin’s Sheng Concerto, with Wu Wei as soloist in his Philharmonic debut.
• Philippe Jordan returns October 30–November 2, 2019, to conduct works by Prokofiev; Mendelssohn, with violinist Julia Fischer as soloist.
• Esa-Pekka Salonen returns November 6, 8–9, and 12, 2019, to conduct two of his works, including the New York Premiere of Castor; Schoenberg orchestrations of works by J.S. Bach; and Hindemith.
• Santtu-Matias Rouvali makes his Philharmonic debut November 14–16, 2019, conducting the New York Premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Wires, with the composer as soloist on electric guitar in his debut.
• Daniel Harding returns January 9–11, 2020, to conduct works by Grieg, with pianist Paul Lewis as soloist, and R. Strauss.
• Gustavo Dudamel returns for two consecutive weeks: January 15–18 and 21, 2020, to conduct works by Ives; the New York Premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s Piano Concerto, Universos infinitos, with Sergio Tiempo as soloist in his Philharmonic debut; and Dvořák, and January 23–25, 2020, to lead works by Schubert and Mahler with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Simon O’Neill.
• Simone Young returns January 30–February 1, 2020, to conduct the New York Premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, with Alban Gerhardt as soloist in his Philharmonic debut.
• Franz Welser-Möst returns February 27–29, 2020, to conduct works by Jörg Widmann and R. Strauss.
• Valery Gergiev returns March 12–14, 2020, for an all-Russian program featuring works by Shchedrin; Rachmaninoff, with pianist Denis Matsuev as soloist; and Stravinsky.