Kaija Saariaho and L’Amour de Loin

Beyond the Met premiere of L’Amour de Loin on December 1, composer Kaija Saariaho is well represented in New York this fall and winter. Here are a few ways to experience her artistry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Juilliard School
Mentoring the New: An Evening with Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Vasco Mendonça
A discussion with the three composers—mentor, advisor, and protégé, respectively, in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative—is followed by performances of their work by Juilliard’s AXIOM ensemble. Visit juilliard.edu

Thursday & Friday, October 13 & 14, 2016
Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Park Avenue Armory
Circle Map
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of Saariaho’s 2012 work for orchestra and electronics, inspired by the 13th-century poet Rumi, as well as other pieces. The evening, at the Park Avenue Armory, features clarinetist Kari Kriikku, soprano Jennifer Zetlan, and direction by Pierre Audi. Visit armoryonpark.org

Monday, November 7, 2016
Guggenheim Museum
Works & Process: L’Amour de Loin
The Guggenheim Museum hosts a panel discussion with Saariaho and other artists associated with the opera and its Met premiere production. The evening also features live performances. Visit guggenheim.org

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
MetTalk: L’Amour de Loin
General Manager Peter Gelb moderates a conversation about the Met premiere with Saariaho, librettist Amin Maalouf, conductor Susanna Mälkki, director Robert Lepage, and stars Susanna Phillips and Eric Owens. Open to Met Patrons. Learn more about becoming a Patron.

Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20, 2016
Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
La Passion de Simone
The Mannes School of Music presents two staged performances of Saariaho’s oratorio, in its 2013 chamber version, with libretto by Amin Maalouf. Clément Mao-Takacs conducts the International Contemporary Ensemble in this production from the French musical theater company La Chambre aux échoesVisit newschool.edu

Monday, November 21, 2016
Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Française
Discovering L’Amour de Loin at the Metropolitan Opera
Peter Gelb moderates a conversation with Saariaho and Maalouf, with musical excerpts from the opera as well as other collaborations of the composer and librettist, in this co-presentation with the French Institute Alliance Française. Visit fiaf.org