While those who have suffered under the impact of Hurricane Sandy are still uppermost in our thoughts, we are delighted that great music will finally be heard once again on our stages as we warmly welcome back Carnegie Hall audiences to tonight's concerts—the first performances presented at the Hall since the storm.
In addition to Webern's laconic Four Pieces for Violin and Piano and Crumb's Four Nocturnes (Night Music II), Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin perform all three of Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano in A major this evening in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Of the most famous, the spirited "Kreutzer" Sonata, Midori says, "I am always struck by the sheer energy and control necessary for the bursts of emotional intensity."
Downstairs in Zankel Hall, the Belcea Quartet presents the first of two all-Beethoven concerts this week, made available to listeners worldwide as part of Carnegie Hall Live, the rich broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media. Tonight's program features the E-flat–Major Quartet, Op. 127—the first of the five final quartets that changed the genre forever—and the B-flat–Major Quartet, Op 130. Those not lucky enough to make it to the Hall can join WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music for our now customary live web chat—including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team—from backstage and in the control room, beginning at 7:30 PM Eastern Standard Time.
The week's concert schedule in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage continues with a performance by iconic Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter Gilberto Gil on Thursday night, kicking off Carnegie Hall's month-long Voices from Latin America festival; and a concert by The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the following evening.
We have a wonderful season of music planned for the months ahead, featuring many of the world's greatest artists. We look forward to seeing you soon!