On November 2, 3, and 4, Susanna Mälkki returns to join the New York Philharmonic, as she takes the helm for a stellar program of Liszt, Bartók, Ligeti, and Mussorgsky. She previously joined the NY Phil for her Carnegie Hall debut in January of 2022 and has since conducted the renowned orchestra in a variety of famed musical works including Stravinsky’s Petrushka.
The expertly curated repertoire for these three concerts includes Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 featuring cimbalom player Jenő Lisztes in his NY Phil debut, Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The centerpiece of these performances will be Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, brilliantly orchestrated by Maurice Ravel, which takes the audience on a vivid and emotive journey through a gallery of musical paintings, each piece representing a unique visual masterpiece. This iconic composition seamlessly marries Mussorgsky’s original piano work with Ravel’s orchestral brilliance, creating a symphonic masterpiece that continues to captivate audiences with its evocative storytelling.