ROBERTSON LEADS ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY AND LEILA JOSEFOWICZ
IN THOMAS ADÈS’S VIOLIN CONCERTO ON
SATURDAY, MARCH 5 AT 8 PM AT CARNEGIE HALL
Program also Features Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas
Tallisand Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”
On Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents
the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Music Director David
Robertson in its annual appearance in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
Violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the orchestra as guest soloist for
Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,” which the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch called “an artistic tour de force for the soloist” and “an
absorbing, beautifully played performance” when it was presented in St. Louis
last November. The program also features Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a
Theme by Thomas Tallis and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74,
“Pathétique.” A pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. with Mr. Robertson in
conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning at Carnegie
Thomas Adès, a former holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair
at Carnegie Hall, wrote his Violin Concerto in 2005. Titled “Concentric Paths”
with three movements named “Rings,” “Paths,” and “Rounds,” the concerto contains
a number of spiraling figures, including an opening movement that traces a
circular path back to its beginning and the use of a Baroque-era chaconne
in the second, slow movement, in which a harmonic sequence is put through a
series of variations. The piece concludes with a playful exchange of melody
between the soloist and the orchestra.About the Artists
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. She has since appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious
orchestras and eminent conductors. A regular, close collaborator of leading
composers 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 with the
Los Angeles Philharmonic and Steven Mackey with the St. Louis Symphony and
played first performances of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,”
with The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle 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, she returns to the Los Angeles
Philharmonic; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, New World, and Houston
symphonies; and the Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras. She also
performs recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, and St. Paul; appears at the Aspen
Music Festival and School and Ravinia; and plays the Salonen Violin Concerto at
the New York City Ballet with the composer on the podium accompanying a world
premiere ballet choreographed by Peter Martins.
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, Robertson began his sixth season
as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony, while continuing as Principal
Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2005.
Highlights of Robertson’s 2010–2011 St. Louis Symphony season include a gala
concert with soprano Renée Fleming and the orchestra’s seventh consecutive
appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Guest engagements in the U.S. include
performances with the Boston, San Francisco, New World, and San Diego symphony
orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. In March 2011, he returns to
Carnegie Hall to conduct Ensemble ACJW, the performing arm of The Academy, a
professional training program for the finest postgraduate musicians developed
by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in a
program combining Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail) and the
New York premiere of Luciano Berio’s completion of the piece. Born in Santa
Monica, California, Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music
where he studied French horn and composition before turning to orchestral
conducting. Robertson 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 2009–2010 and
2008–2009 Award for Programming of Contemporary Music, and the 2005–2006 Morton
Gould Award for Innovative Programming.
Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is recognized internationally as
an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with
skill and spirit. The St. Louis Symphony continues to build upon its reputation
for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to local education and
community activities. In December 2003, the St. Louis Symphony announced the
appointment of its twelfth, and second American-born, Music Director, David
Robertson. He began his inaugural season in September 2005, joining the St.
Louis Symphony after an 18-month international search. Prior to his Saint Louis
Symphony appointment Mr. Robertson was Music Director of the Orchestre National
de Lyon and Artistic Director of that city’s auditorium. The Symphony has
expanded its audience through frequent tours of the Midwest and the East and
West Coasts in the 1980s and 90s. Tours to Europe in 1985, 1993, and 1998, and
to the Far East in 1986, 1990, and 1995, spread the reputation of the orchestra
throughout the world. Appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall continue to
garner critical acclaim. Recordings by the Symphony have been honored with six
Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations.Program Information
Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY
David Robertson, Music Director and Conductor
Leila Josefowicz, Violin
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
THOMAS ADÈS Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths"
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74,
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with
David Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic
Planning, Carnegie Hall.
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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