The Dessoff Choirs joins French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, recently named as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director, as he leads the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time in a free concert on Monday, December 13 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3; and Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloe featuring a 60-voice choir from The Dessoff Choirs, prepared by their music director, Christopher Shepard.
[Yannick Nezet-Seguin photo by Marco Borggreve.]
Standby tickets only!
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Prokofiev started work on his Piano Concerto No. 3 in 1913, but did not complete the work until 1921. The composer gave the first performance of the concerto on December 16, 1921 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock.
Ravel began work on Daphnis et Chloe in 1909 on a commission from Sergei Diaghilev and completed the work in 1912. Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes gave the premiere of the ballet at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on June 8, 1912.
At age 35, Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of the fastest-rising international stars in classical music. In 2008, he was appointed music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal) since March 2000. In June 2010, he was appointed to his post at The Philadelphia Orchestra, to begin in September 2012.
A native of Montreal, his initial studies at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec in Montréal (five prizes with great distinction) were followed by master classes with renowned conductors, notably the great Italian maestro Carlo Maria Giulini. He has worked with most of the major orchestras across Canada.
Mr. Nézet-Séguin also has appeared with a wide range of orchestras in Europe. In May 2009, he made his debut with the Netherlands Opera conducting Janacek’s Makropoulus Case; during Spring 2010, he returned for Puccini’s Turandot; another production is scheduled for 2011-2012. Recently, he made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut, conducting a new production of Carmen starring Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca; he returns this month for a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. Debuts for La Scala, Milan and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, will take place in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, respectively.