Edo de Waart leads Brahms’s genial Second Symphony. Magnificent horn calls open the work, cascading melodies delight throughout, and the finale drives home with brass ablaze. Emanuel Ax is the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, dramatic, reflective, and lyrical. And the Orchestra premieres music by the celebrated Bent Sørensen, whose twinkling sound world offers a new listening experience.
Program to include
Bent Sørensen | Evening Land (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Mozart | Piano Concerto No. 20
Brahms | Symphony No. 2
Edo de Waart | Conductor
Emanuel Ax | Piano
About Edo de Waart
Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo de Waart also holds the positions of Conductor Laureate at the Antwerp Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, having concluded his tenure as Music Director in Milwaukee at the end of the 2016/17 season.
The 2017/18 season sees his annual appearance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra where he conducts a programme of Bernstein and Brahms, as well as a return to the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra who he joins for a German tour in May 2018 with Alice Sara Ott. A highlight of his season is a return to the New York Philharmonic with Emanuel Ax in the autumn, and he also looks forward to concerts with the Atlanta Symphony.
Continuing his strong relationship with the San Diego Symphony he opens their 2017/18 season with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and returns to the Orchestra twice more in the spring.
In addition to his existing positions, he was previously Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.
As an opera conductor, de Waart has enjoyed success in a large and varied repertoire in many of the world’s greatest opera houses. He has conducted at Bayreuth, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera.
de Waart’s extensive catalog encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. Recent recordings include Henderickx Symphony No.1 and Oboe Concerto, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, both with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.