Jaap van Zweden Performance Schedule USA

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201, United States

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Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in the past decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. On January 27, 2016, the New York Philharmonic announced that Jaap van Zweden will be their new Music Director starting with the 2018/19 season, and will act as Music Director Designate during 2017/18. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, holding the Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship, and will continue in that role through the 2017/18 season, after which he becomes Conductor Laureate. The performances announced here are part of the 2016/2017 season. 

Jaap van Zweden

Performance Schedule

March 10 - 12 - Los Angeles Philharmonic 

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BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (c. 30 minutes)Ludwig van Beethoven — Symphony No. 5 (30-second excerpt)

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (c. 44 minutes)

From the 19th and 20th centuries come two-fifth symphonies perfectly suited to display orchestral muscle at its most powerful and musical drama at its most compelling.

Jaap van Zweden, recently announced as the successor to Alan Gilbert as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, leads this program of iconic symphonies, beginning with a work that has not only aced the test of time, but has come to define the very essence of a symphony. Beethoven’s work is so driven and unrelenting that it projects a force virtually unheard in music before his time.

Shostakovich’s Fifth shares similar qualities, but with a far more complex political back story. Its rousing finale, which inevitably elicits roars of approval, can be viewed as the composer’s scathing, sarcastic attack on his persecutors, disguised as a stirring celebration of the proletariat. Since its premiere, music lovers of all political stripes have embraced its power and expressiveness.

March 16 / 18 / 19 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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Alexander Kerr: violin


Violin Concerto No. 1


Symphony No. 2

Brahms's distinctive richness of harmony and rhythm are in full force in his ingenious Second Symphony. Concertmaster Alexander Kerr performs Prokofiev's first Violin Concerto.

March 30 - April 2 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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BACH: St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion)

(Sung in German with English subtitles)

The grandeur and intense drama of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, performed with both the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Children's Chorus of greater Dallas.

April 6 - 8 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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James Ehnes: violin

BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich's poignant and impassioned commentary on oppression, as well as the Beethoven Egmont Overture and James Ehnes performing Aaron Jay Kernis's Violin Concerto.

May 26 / 27 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius

Dallas Symphony Music Director, Jaap van Zweden, conducts Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius. Widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, this performance showcases the 200-member strong Dallas Symphony Chorus.

June 2 - 4 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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STUCKY: "Elegy" from August 4, 1964

MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

The grandeur and emotion of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony make it the perfect piece for the opening of Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s Farewell Celebration Season.

September 14-17 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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YO-YO MA: cello

DVOƘÁK: Cello Concerto

MAHLER: Adagietto & Rondo-Finale from Symphony No. 5

Arguably the world's greatest living cellist, Yo-Yo Ma joins the DSO for one night only to launch the Farewell Celebration Season for Jaap van Zweden. Following the concert, you'll revel in the magnificence of the Meyerson at the best after-party in town.

September 16 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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Celebrate Jaap van Zweden in his inaugural concert as the Philharmonic’s Music Director Designate, leading Mahler’s epic Fifth Symphony — a tour de force for the Orchestra’s virtuoso musicians encompassing intense passion, demonic energy, and breathtaking radiance — plus a brilliant concerto composed for the Labèque sisters by American master Philip Glass in a long-anticipated New York Premiere.

September 22-23 @ New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Beethoven’s bold and expansive Piano Concerto No. 5 overflows with glorious beauty.

September 28-October 1 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

November 17 @ New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104
Yo-Yo Ma – Cello

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor

November 24-26 @ Dallas Symphony Orchestra

About Jaap van Zweden

Acclaimed for superb performances and orchestra-building in Dallas and around the world, Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden was appointed at age 19 as the youngest-ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Twenty years later, in 1995, he began his conducting career. Van Zweden remains Honorary Chief Conductor and Conductor Emeritus of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, Van Zweden received the Musical America’s Conductor of the Year Award in recognition of his critically acclaimed work with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as for his appearances as guest conductor with other US orchestras. Van Zweden’s guest appearances at the New York Philharmonic have been praised by New York Times critics as “dynamic, all-out performances.”

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