Simone Young will replace New York Philharmonic Music Director Jaap van Zweden in conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. van Zweden sustained a serious second-degree burn on his shoulder last week and, on doctor’s orders, will not be conducting for at least one week. A full recovery is expected. Mr. van Zweden and the Orchestra are grateful to Ms. Young for stepping in on such short notice.
These performances will mark Simone Young’s first return to the New York Philharmonic since her debut, in October 1998, when she conducted works by John Harbison, Copland, and Respighi. She will return next season to lead works by Britten and Elgar, as well as the New York Premiere of Brett Dean’s Cello Concerto, January 30–31, 2020.
Simone Young will conduct the middle movements in the order in which Mahler originally placed them, with the Scherzo before the Andante; although Mahler would conduct the symphony with the Andante before the Scherzo, several sources claim that Mahler later settled on his original order, and musicologists have made cases for both interpretations.