Music of Conscience | John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 returns to New York

Music of Conscience | John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 returns to New York
John Corigliano © J. Henry Fair

The Symphony No. 1 of John Corigliano — his searing, personal dedication to loved ones lost and impacted by the AIDS epidemic — returns to New York City, Corigliano’s home, on Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, 2019, as a featured work during the culminating week of the New York Philharmonic’s Music of Conscience season. 

Following the June 1 performance, Corigliano curates a New York Philharmonic Nightcap concert in the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Hosted by Nadia Sirota, the program includes performances of music by composers whose voices were cut short by AIDS.

Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and earning Corigliano a Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, Symphony No. 1 (1988) has been presented in multiple performances throughout the 2018-19 season and across the world in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday.

May 30, June 1, 2019 | New York Philharmonic — Jaap van Zweden, conductor
May 10 | Hong Kong Philharmonic — Jaap van Zweden, conductor
April 6-8 | Oregon Symphony — Carlos Kalmar, conductor
September 14-15, 2018 | Thailand Philharmonic — Delta David Gier, conductor
September 13-15 | Nashville Symphony — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

This summer, in further celebration of Corigliano’s birthday season, the Glimmerglass Festival and the Chautauqua Opera Company will present two new productions of The Ghosts of Versailles, his acclaimed first opera. The Ghosts of Versailles (1991) was The Metropolitan Opera's first commission in almost 25 years when it first premiered to sold-out audiences. This monumental work continues to reign as one of the most significant operas of the past 50 years.

July 13-August 23 2019 | Glimmerglass Festival — Jay Lesenger, director; Joseph Colaneri, conductor
July 27 | Chautauqua Opera Company — Peter Kazaras, director; Steven Osgood, conductor
December 4-8 | Glimmerglass co-production with Château de Versailles Spectacles — French premiere

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