We’ve been lucky enough this
morning to spend a fascinating couple of hours filming an interview with David
Robertson, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony. Maestro Robertson wears a
variety of hats for his return to Carnegie Hall next season.
On February 5, 2012, he teams up
with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, 200
high-school singers, and 50 middle-school singers from all over New York City
for a performance of Carmina Burana—the culmination of the Weill Music
Institute’s Carmina Burana Choral Project. In addition to Orff’s
masterpiece, the program includes three new works for chorus and orchestra by
high school–aged composers.
On March 10, Robertson participates
in Finnish composer’s Kaija Saariaho’s year as Carnegie Hall’s
composer-in-residence when he conducts the St. Louis Symphony and soprano Karita Mattila in Saariaho’s Quatre Instants. The program that night
also includes Debussy’s Printemps and the complete version of
Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
In previous interviews with
Carnegie Hall, Robertson has expressed his admiration for The Academy and its
performing arm, Ensemble ACJW. He collaborates with the ensemble again on March
25 in Zankel Hall, conducting a program of Wagner, Ligeti, John Adams, and Haydn.
Throughout the interview, Robertson
spoke in his usual engaging way about the St. Louis Symphony and all his
Carnegie Hall activities in the upcoming season. We will air the interview in a
series of videos throughout the season. As with last season’s creative learning
project Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, The Carmina Burana
Choral Project will be documented in a video series leading up to the final
Stay tuned for some great videos!