Austrian Conductor Hans Graf Makes his First Appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra in a Program Featuring Works by Brahms, Britten, and Hindemith on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall


Juilliard Cellist Khari Joyner is Soloist in Britten's Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Hans Graf (Photo by Christian Steiner0
Hans Graf (Photo by Christian Steiner0
Khari Joyner
Khari Joyner


Austrian conductor Hans Graf makes his first appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall in a program featuring Brahms’ Tragic Overture; Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 with Juilliard cellist Khari Joyner, celebrating Britten’s centenary; and Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler. Last year, Hans Graf stepped down from the Houston Symphony Orchestra after spending 12 years as its music director. In October 2013, he became professor of orchestral conducting at the University Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. He continues to guest conduct and record.

For this concert, cello soloist Khari Joyner is playing a 1700 Carlo Tononi cello, the Gabriele Wunderlich Memorial Cello, which was purchased with funds from the Estate of Gabriele Wunderlich, and lent to him from the Juilliard Rare Instrument Collection.

Tickets at $20 are available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.

Brahms’ wrote two concert overtures: the Tragic Overture and the Academic Festival Overture. The Tragic Overture was premiered by conductor Hans Richter and the Vienna Philharmonic on December 26, 1880.

Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 commemorates Britten’s centenary. Benjamin Britten enjoyed a friendship with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich; they first met when the cellist performed the British premiere of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in London in September 1960. The Symphony for Cello and Orchestra was composed in 1962-63 for Rostropovich, and the work was premiered on March 12, 1963 in the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory with Rostropovich as soloist and with the composer conducting the Moscow Philharmonic.

Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler is one of the composer’s best known works composed in 1934 as he worked on an opera of the same name (1935) that rarely has been performed. Soon after, Hindemith left Germany where the Nazi regime had boycotted his music, going to Switzerland before settling in the United States in 1940.  Hindemith led the Berlin Philharmonic in a recording for the German Telefunken label after the concert premiere on March 12, 1934.  Hans Graf has championed Hindemith’s music. “The score is Hindemith’s most accessible and understandable piece,” says Hans Graf, who also is an accomplished violist and last year recorded the composer’s works for viola with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin, and soloist Tabea Zimmermann on Myrios Classics.

About Hans Graf

Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today's most highly respected musicians.

Appointed music director of the Houston Symphony in 2001, Mr. Graf concluded his tenure in May 2013 and is the longest serving music director in the orchestra’s history. He currently holds the title of conductor laureate. Prior to his appointment in Houston, he was the music director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. He also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994.

Hans Graf is a frequent guest with all of the major North American orchestras. His recent and upcoming guest engagements include appearances with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, the Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Vancouver, Milwaukee, and National symphonies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.  Mr. Graf made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Houston Symphony in January 2006 and returned to Carnegie leading the Orchestra of St. Luke's in March 2007. He and the Houston Symphony were re-invited to appear at Carnegie Hall in January 2010, at which time they presented the New York premiere of The Planets – An HD Odyssey, featuring the orchestra playing Holst’s famous work, The Planets, accompanied by exclusive high definition images from NASA’s exploration of the solar system. Mr. Graf and the Houston Symphony returned to Carnegie Hall again in May 2012 to participate in Carnegie’s Spring for Music festival with an all-Shostakovich program.

In Europe, Mr. Graf has conducted the Vienna and London philharmonics, Vienna Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, among others. He is also a regular guest with the Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Seoul Philharmonic.

In October 2010, Mr. Graf led the Houston Symphony on a tour of the U.K., which included performances in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and two performances at the Barbican in London. And in June 2012, the Houston Symphony led by Mr. Graf, was the first major American orchestra to appear at the Festival of World Symphony Orchestras in Moscow, presenting two programs which included Bruckner 9, the Russian premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony, and the first performance in Russia by an American orchestra of Shostakovich Symphony No. 11.

During the summer of 2013, Mr. Graf returned to the Salzburg Festival for three different performances, including conducting a new work by Austrian composer Gerhard Wimberger with the Mozarteum Orchestra and leading an unusual, multi-media TV production of Mozart’s The Abduction From the Seraglio with the Camerata Salzburg. He has also participated in other prestigious European festivals such as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bregenz, and Aix en Provence. His U.S. festival appearances include Tanglewood, Blossom Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and the Grant Park Music Festival in downtown Chicago.

An experienced opera conductor, Mr. Graf first conducted the Vienna State Opera in 1981 and has since led productions in the opera houses of Berlin, Munich, Paris, and Rome, among others. His extensive opera repertoire includes several world premieres. Recent opera engagements include Parsifal at the Zurich Opera and Boris Godunov at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Hans Graf has recorded for the EMI, Orfeo, CBC, Erato, Capriccio, and JVC labels, and his extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Mozart and Schubert, the premiere recording of Zemlinsky's opera Es war einmal, and the complete orchestral works of Dutilleux, which he recorded under the supervision of the composer with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for BMG Arte Nova.  His recordings with the Houston Symphony include Bartók’s Wooden Prince for Koch International; Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Berg’s Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for Naxos; and a DVD of The Planets – An HD Odyssey, available through the Houston Symphony. His most recent recording is the complete works by Paul Hindemith for viola and orchestra with Tabea Zimmermann and the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin for Myrios.

Born near Linz, Hans Graf first studied violin and piano. After receiving diplomas in piano and conducting from the Musikhochschule in Graz, he continued his studies in Italy with Franco Ferrara and Sergiu Celibadache, and in Russia with Arvīd Jansons. Mr. Graf has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur by the French government for championing French music around the world, as well as the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria. In October 2013 he became professor of orchestral conducting at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.

About Khari Joyner

Cellist Khari Joyner, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is currently finishing his graduate studies on a full scholarship in the accelerated B.M./M.M. program at Juilliard where he studies with Joel Krosnick. His accomplishments range from  a concert series and teaching residency for more than 1,000 students sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and The Hague in The Netherlands, to a performance in Alice Tully Hall with guest artists Hubert Laws and Boots Maleson for Juilliard Jazz’s Ron Carter at 75 concert.

Recently, he was invited to give a private performance for President Obama in the White House Oval Office, and made his recital debuts at the L’Oratoire du Louvre in Paris and the Château du Fontainebleau, France. Other recent accomplishments include winning first place in the junior division of the 12th annual Sphinx Competition and an appearance on NPR’s From the Top in El Paso, Texas after winning the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

Mr. Joyner made his orchestral debut at age 17, performing with the Atlanta Symphony led by conductor Robert Spano. He has also had numerous solo engagements with the Buffalo, New World, New Jersey, and Sphinx symphonies. Mr. Joyner was a featured performer in the Emory University Upcoming Young Artist Series performing with pianist William Ransom.

Mr. Joyner’s cello studies started at the age of eight when he was asked to perform for the late Coretta Scott King in a featured performance with his two older brothers, violinists Amyr and Jarin, in the KAJ Trio. In addition to his studies at Juilliard, he has given several performances to elementary school children in his native Atlanta. He also is passionate about his academic studies and pursues mathematics at Columbia University.

Mr. Joyner is also a recipient of the Azira G. Hill Scholarship and a former participant of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. He was a featured performer for Hank Aaron’s 77th birthday celebration in February 2011 with President Clinton, Harry Belafonte, Governor Mario Cuomo, and Mayor David Dinkins, among others in attendance. A Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, Mr. Joyner has since been an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society, and a supporter of organizations working with cancers and blood disorders in Manhattan, and he has played at Emory’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he was a patient in 2008.

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Friday, February 28, 2014, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall

Hans Graf, conductor

Khari Joyner, cello

BRAHMS Tragic Overture

BRITTEN Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

HINDEMITH Mathis der Maler

For this concert, cello soloist Khari Joyner is playing a 1700 Carlo Tononi cello, the Gabriele Wunderlich Memorial Cello, which was purchased with funds from the Estate of Gabriele Wunderlich, and lent to him from the Juilliard Rare Instrument Collection.

Tickets at $20 will be available online at www.juilliard.edu/springorch, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office. Senior/student tickets at $10 are available at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office only.