Jaap van Zweden Conducts Beethoven 5

Oct 12-15, 2023


Audience Favorite

From its commanding four-note opening to its blazing finish, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony remains the unrivaled expression of struggle and triumph in orchestral music. German baritone Christian Gerhaher, “the foremost art song singer of our time” (The New York Times), performs selections from Mahler’s The Youth’s Magic Horn. Inspired by Hindustani classical music, Nina Shekhar’s shimmering Lumina explores the contrast of light and dark.




Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Symphony No. 5


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Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Max Raimi in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


These performances are generously sponsored by the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Fund for the Canon.

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An advocate for new music, Jaap van Zweden is committed to this mission: "Worldwide, we realize that we cannot live without new music. There’s so much talent in the world writing for orchestra. It’s so important to keep promoting them."
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While baritone Christian Gerhaher performs in opera and other vocal genres, much of his international renown comes from his much-acclaimed interpretations of art song, particularly those in his native German known as lieder.
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Conductor Jaap van Zweden has long displayed an affinity for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. It anchored his first release — on Decca in 2018 — as music director of the New York Philharmonic.
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