CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Saturday, March 5, 2011 | 8 PM

St. Louis Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
In 1889, Tchaikovsky expressed a desire to end his career with a major symphony that he could dedicate to the Czar. He wrote this work—his “Pathétique” Symphony—in 1893 and premiered it only days before he died. On this program, Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony perform the valedictory Sixth, along with a violin concerto by former Carnegie Hall composer-in-residence Thomas Adès and music by Vaughan Williams.

Performers

  • Leila Josefowicz, Violin
  • St. Louis Symphony
    David Robertson, Music Director and Conductor

Program

  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • THOMAS ADÈS Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths"
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"

Bios

  • Leila Josefowicz

    Leila Josefowicz came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and has since appeared with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. A regular, close collaborator of leading composers of the day, such as John Adams and Oliver Knussen, she is a strong advocate of new music-a characteristic that is reflected in her diverse programs and her enthusiasm for premiering new works. During the 2008-2009 season, Ms. Josefowicz premiered concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Steven Mackey and the St. Louis Symphony; she also played first performances of Thomas Adès's Violin Concerto, "Concentric Paths," with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco and Seattle symphonies. In October 2009, she premiered another concerto written for her by Colin Matthews with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment to the music of today, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a 2008 MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

    During the 2010-2011 season, Ms. Josefowicz returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and New World symphony orchestras; the Houston Symphony; and the Los Angeles and Saint Paul chamber orchestras. In addition, she performs recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, and St. Paul; appears at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Ravinia Festival; and plays the Salonen concerto at the New York City Ballet, with the composer on the podium accompanying a world-premiere ballet choreographed by Peter Martins.

    Recent and upcoming engagements in Europe include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras; the London, Munich, and Czech philharmonics; and the London Symphony and Finnish Radio orchestras, as well as performances of the new Salonen concerto in Paris, Stockholm, Lisbon, and Ferrara, Italy, with the composer on the podium, and a fifth appearance at the London Proms.

    A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994 and a 2007 United States Artists Cummings Fellowship, Ms. Josefowicz is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jaime Laredo and Jascha Brodsky. She currently performs on a Del Gesù violin made in 1724.
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  • St. Louis Symphony

    Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world's finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the symphony's history. In its 131st season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the St. Louis Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year.

    The St. Louis Symphony is one of only a handful of major American orchestras invited to perform annually at Carnegie Hall. Recordings by the symphony have been honored with six Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations. The St. Louis Symphony has embraced technological advances in music distribution by offering recordings over the internet, including live recordings of John Adams's Harmonielehre and Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Christian Tetzlaff, available exclusively on iTunes and Amazon.com. In 2008, the St. Louis Symphony's Nonesuch recording of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony and Guide to Strange Places reached No. 2 on the Billboard rankings for classical music, and was named Best CD of the Decade by The Times of London.

    In June 2008, the St. Louis Symphony launched Building Our Business, an initiative designed to reinvigorate the orchestra's tradition and brand, reach new audiences through diversified programming, and build the donor base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes a new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision, focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and growing its revenue across all key operating areas.


    David Robertson

    A consummate musician, masterful programmer, and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today's most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive knowledge of orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2010, Mr. Robertson began his sixth season as Music Director of the 131-year-old St. Louis Symphony, while continuing as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2005.

    Highlights of Mr. Robertson's 2010-2011 season with the St. Louis Symphony include a gala concert with soprano Renée Fleming and the upcoming world premiere of Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 3. Guest engagements in the US include performances with the Boston, New World, and San Diego symphony orchestras; the San Francisco Symphony; and the New York Philharmonic. In March 2011, he conducts Ensemble ACJW in a program combining Mozart's unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail) and the New York premiere of Luciano Berio's reconstruction of the same piece. Internationally, guest engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where Mr. Robertson appears regularly, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as part of Musikfest Berlin, and several concerts with the BBC Symphony. In addition to his fresh interpretations of traditional repertoire, this season Mr. Robertson conducts world premieres of works by Stephen McNeff, Avner Dorman, and Joey Roukens.

    Born in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Robertson was educated at London's Royal Academy of Music, where he studied French horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. He received Columbia University's 2006 Ditson Conductor's Award, and he and the St. Louis Symphony are recipients of three major awards from ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras, including the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 awards for Programming of Contemporary Music, and the 2005-2006 Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming. Musical America named him Conductor of the Year in 2000. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Audio

Adès Violin Concerto (I. Rings)
Anthony Marwood, Violin / Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Thomas Adès
EMI
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin, Conductor   
Teldec

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Stuart Nelson in support of the 2010-2011 season.

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