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Dvořák's New World Symphony

Dvořák's New World Symphony

Thursday, April 2 — Saturday, April 4 2020

Thursday, April 2 — Saturday, April 4 2020
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

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Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"—written during the composer's travels in the U.S. and influenced by African-American spirituals and Native American melodies—is given contemporary context as it's presented between two new, distinctly American works, one featuring a chorus comprising individuals currently or formerly experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

James Lee III’s Amer’ican, commissioned by the DSO and receiving its world premiere, was written to complement and challenge Dvořák's ideas about the "New World." Gabriel Kahane’s modern oratorio emergency shelter intake form is a musical investigation of homelessness in America, performed with the Cass Ambassadors, a choral col­lective of formerly homeless men who remain connected to the mission of Cass Community Social Services in Midtown Detroit, plus present and former residents of the Mariners Inn shelter and treatment center.

Program

James Lee III
Amer'ican (World Premiere)
Dvořák
Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"
GABRIEL KAHANE
emergency shelter intake form

Artists

  • Artwork for Eric Jacobsen

    Eric Jacobsen

    conductor

  • Artwork for Alicia Hall Moran

    Alicia Hall Moran

    mezzo soprano

  • Artwork for Holland Andrews

    Holland Andrews

    vocalist

  • Artwork for Gabriel Kahane

    Gabriel Kahane

    vocalist

  • Artwork for Holcombe Waller

    Holcombe Waller

    vocalist

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.

Alicia Hall Moran

mezzo soprano

Holland Andrews

vocalist

Gabriel Kahane

vocalist

Holcombe Waller

vocalist

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The combination of vivid songwriting, glistening orchestration and fiery social consciousness ... stands as a high point in Kahane's songbook. ”

Chicago Tribune on emergency shelter intake form
Interview with composer James Lee III
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