Orchestra of St. Luke's
Now in its 37th year, Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's foremost and most
versatile ensembles. Dedicated to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond,
OSL performs approximately 70 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each
year-including an annual orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, an annual chamber music series
at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer concerts as
orchestra-in-residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival. OSL's principal
conductor is Pablo Heras-Casado.
OSL collaborates regularly with the world's great artists, such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo
Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter
Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. OSL's 2011-2012 orchestra series at Carnegie
Hall began with a program of works by Bach and Messiaen conducted by Robert Spano.
Following tonight's concert, Iván Fischer closes the series in April 2012 with an
all-Mozart program that includes the Requiem and Symphony No. 34.
Committed to community-building, OSL produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs,
and has engaged more than one million children in its arts education programs. OSL's
discography of more than 70 recordings includes four acclaimed releases on its own label,
St. Luke's Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings. OSL has commissioned more
than 50 new works and performed more than 150 world, US, and New York premieres.
In March 2011, OSL opened The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, its first permanent
home, and New York City's first rehearsal and recording facility dedicated to classical
music. The Center has already hosted thousands of musicians from a wide range of ensembles
and serves as the venue for OSL's new free concert series, OSL@DMC, which connects
the public to the artistic process of composers and musicians.
Sir Roger Norrington
For nearly 50 years, Sir Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for
historically informed orchestral playing. With his own London Classical Players in the
1980s, his Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg in recent years, or with
the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, he has sought to put modern players in touch
with the historical style.
Mr. Norrington-who was knighted by the Queen in 1997-sang and played the violin from a
young age, and began to conduct at Cambridge. He studied at the Royal College of Music
under Sir Adrian Boult and founded the ﬁrst of several early-music groups, the Heinrich
Schütz Choir. This was followed 10 years later by the London Classical Players, which
established Mr. Norrington as a key exponent of historical style.
In 1966, Mr. Norrington was named music director of the new Kent Opera. He conducted
hundreds of performances for Kent, and went on to work at Covent Garden and the English
National Opera, as well as at La Scala, La Fenice, and the Vienna State Opera. Mr.
Norrington then moved on to share his historical ﬁndings with more "modern" orchestras,
choirs, and opera companies. Mr. Norrington served as Orchestra of St. Luke's first music
director from 1991 to 1994. He is a frequent guest with many of the world's major
orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and London's Philharmonia Orchestra. In
the US, he has appeared with the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit symphony
orchestras; the San Francisco Symphony; The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles
More permanent posts have included the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Salzburg Camerata,
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. With Stuttgart, Mr.
Norrington has made a remarkable series of recordings on the Hänssler label that spans the
core orchestral repertoire. Together, these recordings offer a vivid glimpse of how a
modern orchestra can cherish the gesture and sound each composer expected in his