Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic
A concert curated by Gustavo Dudamel, Princeton University Concerts' 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence.
Maestro Dudamel’s relationship to the hallowed Berlin Philharmonic stretches back a decade and includes close personal connections with the orchestra’s most recent Music Directors, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. For this concert, Dudamel has chosen a handful of musicians from that august orchestra to perform a program that explores nature in all its forms – from science to the environment to the very nature of humanity itself. Works by Schubert and Wagner, as well as a new work by Princeton University faculty composer Steven Mackey, paint a broad musical portrait of the physical world and beyond that is perhaps most elegantly encompassed by a quotation from their contemporary, poet Heinrich Heine: “When words leave off, music begins.”
Following the concert, Nobel Prizewinner physicist Kip Thorne (CalTech) and academic/poet Princeton University Professor Jeff Dolven discuss the intersection between Art & Nature, in a public conversation moderated by Gustavo Dudamel.