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DVOŘÁK & LEE: NEW WORLDS

DVOŘÁK & LEE: NEW WORLDS

Friday, October 29—Sunday, October 31, 2021

Friday, October 29—Sunday, October 31, 2021
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

Dvořák's Ninth Symphony, "From the New World," blends the traditional folk sounds of the composer's Czech homeland with melodies discovered in African American and Native American music of the United States. A world premiere commission by James Lee III, Amer'ican is, in the composer's words, a "21st century response to Dvořák's charge to American composers to incorporate the music of Native and Negro American music melodies."

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Program

GEORGE ENESCU
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (U.S. Premiere)
CLARA SCHUMANN
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 7
JAMES LEE III
Amer’ican (World Premiere)
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World"

Artists

Eric Jacobsen

conductor

Hailed by the New York Times as "an interpretive dynamo," conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative programming.

Jacobsen is Co-Artistic Director and conductor of The Knights, and also serves as the Music Director for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. Jacobsen founded the adventurous orchestra The Knights with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage. As conductor, Jacobsen has led the "consistently inventive, infectiously engaged indie ensemble" (New York Times) at Central Park's Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, (Le) Poisson Rouge, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, at major summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Ojai, and on tour nationally and internationally, including at the Cologne Philharmonie, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus, Vienna Musikverein, National Gallery of Dublin, and the Dresden Musikfestspiele. Recent collaborators include violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, singers Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, and Nicholas Phan, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Also in demand as a guest conductor, Jacobsen has led the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Virginia, Alabama, the New World, Naples, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck.

The Knight's 2019-20 season featured appearances at Tanglewood and at the Ravinia Festival, including a fully staged centennial production of Bernstein's Candide directed by Alison Moritz, as well as a Florida tour with Gil Shaham, with whom Jacobsen and The Knights are recording the Beethoven and Brahms violin concertos. Jacobsen and The Knights also performed in Madison, WI; Montreal; and in their annual concerts at Washington's Dumbarton Oaks. With the Bridgeport Symphony, Jacobsen performed and recorded with the renowned kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor. Jacobsen also guest conducted the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, of which he is an alumnus, and was scheduled to conduct the Arkansas Symphony. He has been re-engaged to conduct the Virginia Symphony and the Detroit Symphony, where Jacobsen will perform Gabriel Kahane's emergency shelter intake form, which he will also conduct in Orlando with Kahane as composer-in-residence there. The 2019-20 season in Orlando also included two new initiatives: Inside the Score, in which Jacobsen led the audience on a guided exploration of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, and Resonate, which featured a unique blend of old and new orchestral and chamber works, performed in standard and more intimate concert formats.

During the 2018-19 season, Jacobsen undertook a 15-concert European tour with The Knights and mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital, including performances at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie and Vienna's Musikverein. In New York, Jacobsen and The Knights performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall; with groundbreaking countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo at National Sawdust in music of Handel and Philip Glass; and at the Park Avenue Armory, where they helped create the music for William Kentridge's The Head and the Load. With the Bridgeport Symphony, Jacobsen performed with Gil Shaham, with star pianist Yuja Wang, and with his brother Colin, with whom he recorded a video of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending that was featured on London's Classic FM and The Violin Channel. Guest conducting engagements included the New World Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and the Tonkunstler Orchestra, with whom Jacobsen appeared at Vienna's legendary Musikverein.

At the close of a successful fifth season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacobsen has continued to pioneer the orchestra's programming and community engagement in new and exciting directions. The 2018-19 season featured Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón as composer-in-residence and included appearances by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens and internationally acclaimed cello virtuoso Jan Vogler.

Under Jacobsen's baton, The Knights have developed an extensive recording collection, which includes the critically acclaimed albums Azul, with longtime collaborator Yo-Yo Ma, as well as the Prokofiev Concerto in the Grammy-nominated Gil Shaham album 1930s Violin Concertos. The Knights issued three albums for Sony Classical including Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York; New Worlds, and an all-Beethoven album, as well as the "smartly programmed" (National Public Radio) A Second in Silence on the Ancalagon label. Jacobsen's first release on Warner Classics was the ground beneath our feet. We Are The Knights, a documentary film produced by Thirteen/WNET, premiered in September 2011.

A dedicated chamber musician, Jacobsen is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, founded by Yo-Yo Ma, participating in residencies and performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and across the U.S., Central Asia, Middle East, Far East, and Europe. In addition, as a founding member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider – dubbed "one of the wonders of contemporary music" (Los Angeles Times) – he has taken part in a wealth of world premieres and toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia, and is credited with helping to ensure "the future of classical music in America" (Los Angeles Times).

In December 2012, Jacobsen and his brother Colin were selected from among the nation's top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship. Eric splits his time between New York and Orlando with his wife, singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, and their daughter.

Alexandra Dariescu

piano

Romanian born British pianist and creator of "The Nutcracker and I," Alexandra Dariescu dazzles audiences and critics worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence. Her vision and innovative approach to programming makes her stand out as a creative entrepreneur who likes to think differently.

In addition to the core repertoire, Dariescu continues to champion new or less known works. Having performed Nadia Boulanger's Fantaisie variée with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/James Gaffigan, Germaine Tailleferre's Ballade for piano and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Jessica Cottis as well as Ginastera's Concierto Argentino with the Stavanger Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras/John Storgårds. Aiming for gender equality in her recital programs, Dariescu champions works by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger and critically acclaimed American composer Missy Mazzoli next to pieces by Tchaikovsky and Chopin.

Nominated for an OPUS Klassik 2019, The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu is a ground-breaking multimedia performance for piano solo with dance and digital animation. It was premiered at Barbican's Milton Court in December 2017, and has since then enjoyed international acclaim on tour across Europe, Australia, China, the Emirates and the US with more than 75 performances in venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Auditorium de Lyon, Verbier Festival, Konserthuset Gothenburg, King's Place London, Melbourne Recital Hall, Sydney City Recital Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Dubai Opera House and Las Vegas Summerlin Library. In the 20/21 season Dariescu looks forward to bringing the Nutcracker to Rome, marking the projects' Italian debut, to Konzerthaus Berlin for a weeklong residency as well as the Zaubersee Festival Lucerne. Also celebrated is Dariescu's audio book of the same name on the Signum label, with the story written by Jessica Duchen and narrated by celebrated children TV presenter and BAFTA winner Lindsey Russell.

Dariescu's latest release of her Decca recording with Angela Gheorghiu in November 2019 adds to her 8-album discography, including her Trilogy of Preludes on Champs Hill Records with complete preludes by Boulanger/Messiaen/Faure, Chopin/Dutilleux and Shostakovich/Szymanowski. Also in Dariescu's discography are recordings of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Darrell Ang (Signum Records) and "Mesmerism" (NMC Records), which is a concerto written especially for Dariescu by award-winning British composer Emily Howard.

Alexandra has been mentored by Sir András Schiff and Imogen Cooper. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music with the Gold Medal, where she studied with Nelson Goerner, Alexander Melnikov, Mark Ray and Dina Parakhina, Alexandra pursued her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ronan O'Hora. A former artist of the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), Alexandra was a Laureate at the Verbier Festival Academy and received the UK's Women of the Future Award in the Arts and Culture category. In 2017 Alexandra was appointed patron of Music in Lyddington, Cultural Ambassador of Romania and Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music. In spring 2018, Alexandra received the "Officer of the Romanian Crown" from the Royal Family and was selected as a Young European Leader by Friends of Europe. 

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