NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Julia Bullock / Alan Gilbert

New Year’s Eve Concert – R. Strauss / Gershwin / Boulanger / Ravel

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Julia Bullock
Julia Bullock © Allison Michael Orenstein
Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert © Peter Hundert

Viennese waltzes and songs from America

To accompany the New Year’s Eve dancing, chief conductor Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra strike up music of the early 20th century. While Strauss and Ravel debunk the legendary Vienna cheerfulness, soprano Julia Bullock exudes American vibes.

In the composer’s own lifetime, Richard Strauss’s opera »Der Rosenkavalier« was already such a success that he compiled a »best of« for orchestra. The work’s popularity comes not least from the many waltzes, which always have a hint of irony about them. After a short and impressionistic burst of spring fever in Lili Boulanger’s »D’un matin de printemps«, her countryman Maurice Ravel throws the Viennese waltz into chaos in his dark »La valse«.

Julia Bullock makes her Elbphilharmonie debut in this concert. Like Alan Gilbert, the singer, curator and activist comes from the USA, where she made her first appearance under his baton with the New York Philharmonic in 2015. The magazine Musical America voted the exceptional soprano its Artist of the Year 2021, describing her as »an agent of change«. Tonight she performs American songs by Margaret Bonds and George Gershwin.


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Julia Bullock soprano

conductor Alan Gilbert


Richard Strauss
Suite aus »Der Rosenkavalier« op. 59

George Gershwin
Somebody from Somewhere / aus dem Film »Delicious« (Regie: David Butler, USA1931)

Margaret Bonds
The Negro Speaks of Rivers / Bearbeitung für Orchester von Jannina Norpoth

George Gershwin
Summertime / aus der Oper »Porgy and Bess«

Margaret Bonds
Winter Moon / Bearbeitung für Orchester von Jannina Norpoth

George Gershwin
Soon aus Strike up the Band


Leonard Bernstein
Somewhere / aus: West Side Story

Lili Boulanger
D’un matin de printemps für Orchester

Maurice Ravel
La valse / Poème chorégraphique für Orchester


Leonard Bernstein
Ouvertüre aus Candide

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Concert Broadcast

The concert will be broadcast live in the Elbphilharmonie Mediatheque, on ARD television and on NDR Kultur.

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

From the Mediatheque : Videos, Podcasts, Articles

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Video on demand from 1 Jan 2023 : Silvesterkonzert / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Zum Tanz ins neue Jahr legt Chefdirigent Alan Gilbert Musik des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts auf. Auf dem Programm: Werke von Ravel und Strauss. Starsopranistin Julia Bullock singt Gershwin und Bonds.

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