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Van Zwe­den’s world pre­mieres

In amongst the more con­ser­va­tive fare, Jaap van Zwe­den’s first sea­son at David Geffen Hall will fea­ture some in­trigu­ing world pre­mieres, many of them New York Phil­har­monic com­mis­sions. Just be­fore this is­sue went on sale,

Van Zwe­den con­ducted the first per­for­mances of ex­per­i­men­tal com­poser Ash­ley Fure’s Fil­a­ment and Con­rad Tao’s Ev­ery­thing Must Go. Louis An­driessen’s Iliad-in­spired Agamem­non gets its first out­ing at the start of Oc­to­ber, and at the end of Jan­uary, Ju­lia Wolfe’s Fire in my Mouth ex­plores the cloth­ing in­dus­try in New York City at the turn of the cen­tury, in­clud­ing the 1911 Tri­an­gle Shirt­waist Fac­tory fire that killed 146 work­ers. A world premiere by David Lang will round out the 2018/19 sea­son. pris­oner of the state is billed as a con­tem­po­rary take on Beethoven’s Fide­lio – ‘Lang trans­forms the clas­sic opera into an ex­plo­ration of chal­leng­ing an evil gov­ern­ment, putting a fresh lens on the fall of a po­lit­i­cal tyrant,’ says the New York Phil­har­monic web­site.

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Big Ap­ple firsts: Ju­lia Wolfe and (be­low) David Lang

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