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                                     SUPPLEMENT

               COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE: MAGNUS LINDBERG

 TWO-YEAR APPOINTMENT TO INCLUDE COMMISSIONS, CONDUCTING,
                  AND CURATORIAL ROLE

                      2009–10 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
         Two World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commissions, with
                   Performances in New York and on Tour;
                      U.S. Premiere of Clarinet Concerto

        Curating and Conducting CONTACT, the New York Philharmonic’s
                               New-Music Series

        Participation in Pre-Concert Talks and Other Educational Programs

One of Alan Gilbert’s major new initiatives as Music Director is the appointment, by the
New York Philharmonic, of Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg as its new Composer-in-
Residence. During his two-year tenure, which begins in the 2009–10 season, Mr.
Lindberg will write music for the Philharmonic and serve in a curatorial role for the
institution. Mr. Lindberg will be an integral part of CONTACT, the New York
Philharmonic’s new-music series, including curating and conducting programs, and
leading the series’ inaugural concert. He will also give Pre-Concert Talks and participate
in adult and youth educational programs.

The 2009–10 season will feature two World Premiere–New York Philharmonic
Commissions by Mr. Lindberg; the U.S. premiere of his Clarinet Concerto, written for
and performed by Finnish clarinetist Kari Kriikku; and a performance of his 1995 work,
Arena. All of these programs will be conducted by Mr. Gilbert.

“Magnus Lindberg is a brilliant musician; his portfolio is incredibly wide and deep,” says
Mr. Gilbert. “Not only will he be writing music for us, but he will also serve as an
advocate for all the contemporary music we do — he will help to curate the works
performed in CONTACT, the New York Philharmonic’s new-music series, and he will
participate in educational projects with musicians, composers, and various schools around
the city. We want him to become part of the fabric of the Orchestra and someone whom
the audience really gets to know well over the two years that he’s in residence.”
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“When you look at the history of the Orchestra,” says Mr. Lindberg, “music of our time
was always very much present. I think it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to represent
contemporary music as a Composer-in-Residence who is working as a catalyst for our
time. I think it’s good both for the players and the audience to have a living composer
around, a composer who is ready to explain what is going on, and to work and perform.”

The Philharmonic’s appointment of Mr. Lindberg will re-institute the role of Composer-
in-Residence as a fundamental part of the Philharmonic’s programs. There have been six
previous Philharmonic Composers-in-Residence: David Amram (1966–67), Lester
Trimble (1967–68), Fredric Myrow (1968–69), Jacob Druckman (1982–86), and David
Del Tredici (1988–90). A similar role was occupied by Tania León, who was the
Philharmonic’s Charles H.A. Revson Composer Fellow (1993–96) and New Music
Advisor (1996–97).

     WORLD PREMIERE–NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC COMMISSIONS;
             U.S. PREMIERE OF CLARINET CONCERTO

The New York Philharmonic will open its season with a World Premiere–New York
Philharmonic Commission by Magnus Lindberg on the Opening Night Concert,
September 16, 2009, which will be broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. This
will be the first time since 1962 — when Leonard Bernstein led Copland’s Connotations
for Orchestra for the inauguration of Philharmonic (now Avery Fisher) Hall — that the
Orchestra has given a world premiere on its Opening Night concert, and it will be the first
piece that Alan Gilbert conducts as Music Director on his first Opening Night. The work,
yet to be titled, will also receive performances at Avery Fisher Hall on September 30,
October 1 and 3, 2009; during the Philharmonic’s October 2009 tour of Asia; and in
Europe in January 2010. The Philharmonic will give the world premiere of a second
commission by Mr. Lindberg during the last week of the season, June 23–24 and 26,
2010.

The Philharmonic will also present the U.S. premiere of Mr. Lindberg’s Clarinet
Concerto on the Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall performance, February 13, 2010, conducted
by Alan Gilbert. Mr. Lindberg composed the work for the virtuosic Finnish clarinetist
Kari Kriikku, who will be making his Philharmonic debut in this concert. Commissioned
by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, the piece received its premiere in 2002 in
Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall with Mr. Kriikku and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The concert also includes Wagner’s Overture to
Rienzi and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.

The Orchestra will also perform Mr. Lindberg’s 1995 work, Arena, on June 10–12 and
15, 2010. The work was commissioned by the first International Sibelius Conductors
Competition (1995) and was premiered on 30 June 1995 in Porvoo (Finland) by the
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. “One seriously begins to
wonder if he is not the most gifted composer of his generation,” said Le Monde,
describing it as “chiseled writing with irresistible life and impetuosity, absolute mastery
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of form and duration.” The Philharmonic program also includes the Sibelius Violin
Concerto, with Lisa Batiashvili, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.

               CURATING AND CONDUCTING CONTACT, THE
             NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC’S NEW-MUSIC SERIES

Mr. Lindberg will be integral to CONTACT, seeking out and working with composers
whose works will be performed on the CONTACT programs. He will make his New York
Philharmonic conducting debut leading the series’ inaugural concerts, at which he will
also introduce each of the composers and briefly discuss the works before they are
played.

“We will have new pieces written by both emerging and established composers as part of
CONTACT, and I will be involved in conducting some of them,” said Magnus Lindberg.
“I think what is very beautiful and interesting is that we’ll have the young generation of
composers with us, and within that there is a strong emphasis on American composers.
Connecting young composers to the seasons of big orchestras is absolutely essential. I’m
grateful we’ll have the opportunity to do this while I’m here.”

            CURATORIAL ROLE AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

In addition to writing music for the Philharmonic, Mr. Lindberg will work closely with
Mr. Gilbert to shape programming, and will serve as a key advocate for the Orchestra in
his extensive composing, performing, and teaching activities, always searching for new
music, composers, and ideas to share with him. He will also give Pre-Concert Talks and
participate in adult and youth educational programs in his role as Composer-in-
Residence. Details to be announced.

“I see myself as having three main roles as Composer-in-Residence,” says Mr. Lindberg.
“The first is to animate the role of contemporary music throughout the season, so that
whenever there is an event that features music of our time, I will be involved. The second
role, of course, is to work on new projects. It is very exciting to write for an orchestra
with which you are so closely involved. Finally, I will be involved as a performer.”

                           ABOUT MAGNUS LINDBERG

Magnus Lindberg was born in Helsinki in 1958. Following piano studies, he entered the
Sibelius Academy where his composition teachers included Einojuhani Rautavaara and
Paavo Heininen. The latter encouraged his pupils to look beyond the prevailing Finnish
conservative and nationalist aesthetics, and to explore the works of the European avant-
garde. This led, around 1980, to the founding of the informal group known as the Ears
Open Society, which included Mr. Lindberg and his contemporaries Eero Hämeeniemi,
Jouni Kaipainen, Kaija Saariaho, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and sought to encourage a
greater awareness of mainstream modernism. In 1981 Mr. Lindberg made a decisive
move, traveling to Paris for studies with Vinko Globokar and Gérard Grisey and
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attending Franco Donatoni’s classes in Siena, Italy. During the same period, he also was
in contact with Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, and Karl Höller.

Mr. Lindberg’s compositional breakthrough came with two large-scale works, Action-
Situation-Signification (1982) and Kraft (1983–85), which were inextricably linked with
his founding, with Mr. Salonen, of the experimental Toimii Ensemble. This group — in
which Mr. Lindberg plays piano and percussion — has provided the composer with a
laboratory for his sonic development. His compositions of the early 1980s combined
experimentalism, complexity, and primitivism, working with extremes of musical
material. Toward the end of that decade, his compositional style transformed toward a
new modernist classicism, in which many of the communicative ingredients of a vibrant
musical language (harmony, rhythm, counterpoint, and melody) were reinterpreted afresh
for the post-serial era. Key scores in this stylistic evolution were the orchestral/ensemble
triptych Kinetics (1988), Marea (1989–90), and Joy (1989–90), reaching fulfillment in
Aura (1993–94) and Arena (1994–95).

Over the past decade Magnus Lindberg’s output has positioned him at the forefront of
orchestral composition, including the concert-opener Feria (1997, which the New York
Philharmonic performed in 1997, under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste); large-scale
statements such as Fresco (1997), Cantigas (1999), Concerto for Orchestra (2002–03),
and Sculpture (2005); and concertos for cello (1999), clarinet (2002), and violin (2006).
Recent works include Seht die Sonne (2007), commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic,
under Sir Simon Rattle, and the San Francisco Symphony.

“I was there when the Philharmonic performed my work Feria, in 1997,” says Mr.
Lindberg. “Hearing an American orchestra like the New York Philharmonic playing this
piece was an amazing, tremendous thing for me. It makes me think of the possibilities we
can work with in the upcoming year.”

Mr. Lindberg’s music has been recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Ondine,
and Finlandia labels and is published by Boosey & Hawkes. He is the recipient of
numerous awards, including the UNESCO International Rostrums (1982 and 1986), the
Nordic Council Music Prize (1988), the Koussevitsky Prize (1988), the Prix Italia (1986),
the Royal Philharmonic Society (1993), the First European Composer Prize of the
“young.euro.classic – Musik Sommer Berlin 2000” (which he shared), and the Wihuri
Sibelius Prize (2003).
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     CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF MAGNUS LINDBERG CONCERTS
                       2009–10 SEASON


PHILHARMONIC OPEN DAY

Avery Fisher Hall

Saturday, September 12, 2009
       Free to the Public Open Rehearsal, 9:45 a.m.
       Afternoon of free chamber music performances, talks, and educational activities,
       featuring musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Music Director Alan
       Gilbert, Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg


OPENING NIGHT GALA: MAGNUS LINDBERG, MESSIAEN, AND BERLIOZ

Avery Fisher Hall

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Live From Lincoln Center

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

Magnus LINDBERG              New work (World Premiere–
                                   New York Philharmonic Commission)
MESSIAEN                     Poèmes pour Mi
BERLIOZ                      Symphonie fantastique


ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS WORKS BY MAGNUS LINDBERG,
IVES, AND BEETHOVEN
Avery Fisher Hall
Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Magnus LINDBERG              New work (New York Philharmonic Commission)
IVES                         Symphony No. 2
IVES                         The Unanswered Question
BEETHOVEN                    Piano Concerto No. 4
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2009 TOUR OF ASIA
Between October 8 and 28, 2009, the Philharmonic will make a major tour of Asia, led
by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Performances — which will include Magnus Lindberg’s
new work — will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam; Tokyo, Japan; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and
other cities. Full details will be announced.


CONTACT: THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC’S NEW-MUSIC SERIES
Avery Fisher Hall
Thursday, December 17, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Friday, December 18, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Venue tba
Magnus Lindberg, conductor*

Marc-André DALBAVIE                 New work (World Premiere–
                                         New York Philharmonic Commission)
Lei LIANG                           New work (World Premiere–
                                         New York Philharmonic Commission)
Arlene SIERRA                       New work (World Premiere–
                                         New York Philharmonic Commission)
Arthur KAMPELA                      New work (World Premiere–
                                         New York Philharmonic Commission)

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2010 TOUR OF EUROPE

In January 2010, the Philharmonic will tour Europe, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert.
Performances will include Magnus Lindberg’s new work. Details to be announced.




*denotes New York Philharmonic debut
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ALAN GILBERT AND THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
AT CARNEGIE HALL
MAGNUS LINDBERG’S CLARINET CONCERTO

Carnegie Hall

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Kari Kriikku, clarinet*

WAGNER                      Overture to Rienzi
Magnus LINDBERG             Clarinet Concerto (U.S. Premiere)
SIBELIUS                    Symphony No. 2


ALAN GILBERT AND LISA BATIASHVILI

Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 11, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 12, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, violin

Magnus LINDBERG             Arena
SIBELIUS                    Violin Concerto
BRAHMS                      Symphony No. 2




*denotes New York Philharmonic debut
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ALAN GILBERT CONDUCTS MAGNUS LINDBERG
AND BEETHOVEN’S MISSA SOLEMNIS

Avery Fisher Hall

Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Alan Gilbert, conductor
Christine Brewer, soprano
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Paul Groves, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
New York Choral Artists
        Joseph Flummerfelt, director

Magnus LINDBERG              New work (World Premiere–
                                    New York Philharmonic Commission)
BEETHOVEN                    Missa solemnis


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Additional contact: Katherine E. Johnson
(212) 875-5718; johnsonk@nyphil.org

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