DAVIDROBERTSON LEADS ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY AND LEILA JOSEFOWICZIN THOMAS ADÈS’S VIOLIN CONCERTO ONSATURDAY, MARCH 5 AT 8 PM AT CARNEGIE HALLProgram also Features Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by ThomasTallisand Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”
On Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presentsthe St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Music Director DavidRobertson in its annual appearance in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.Violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the orchestra as guest soloist forThomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,” which the St. LouisPost-Dispatch called “an artistic tour de force for the soloist” and “anabsorbing, beautifully played performance” when it was presented in St. Louislast November. The program also features Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on aTheme 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 inconversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning at CarnegieHall.Thomas Adès, a former holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chairat Carnegie Hall, wrote his Violin Concerto in 2005. Titled “Concentric Paths”with three movements named “Rings,” “Paths,” and “Rounds,” the concerto containsa number of spiraling figures, including an opening movement that traces acircular path back to its beginning and the use of a Baroque-era chaconnein the second, slow movement, in which a harmonic sequence is put through aseries of variations. The piece concludes with a playful exchange of melodybetween the soloist and the orchestra.About the ArtistsLeila Josefowicz came to national attention in 1994 when she made herCarnegie Hall debut with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin inthe Fields. She has since appeared with many of the world’s most prestigiousorchestras and eminent conductors. A regular, close collaborator of leadingcomposers such as John Adams and Oliver Knussen, she is a strong advocate ofnew music—a characteristic that is reflected in her diverse programs and herenthusiasm for premiering new works. During the 2008–2009 season, Ms.Josefowicz premiered concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen with theLos Angeles Philharmonic and Steven Mackey with the St. Louis Symphony andplayed first performances of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,”with The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle SymphonyOrchestra. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment tothe music of today, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a 2008 MacArthur FoundationFellowship. During the 2010–2011 season, she returns to the Los AngelesPhilharmonic; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, New World, and Houstonsymphonies; and the Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras. She alsoperforms recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, and St. Paul; appears at the AspenMusic Festival and School and Ravinia; and plays the Salonen Violin Concerto atthe New York City Ballet with the composer on the podium accompanying a worldpremiere ballet choreographed by Peter Martins.A consummate musician, masterful programmer, and dynamic presence, DavidRobertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-afterAmerican conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensiveknowledge of orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged closerelationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilaratingmusic-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2010, Robertson began his sixth seasonas Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony, while continuing as PrincipalGuest 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 galaconcert with soprano Renée Fleming and the orchestra’s seventh consecutiveappearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Guest engagements in the U.S. includeperformances with the Boston, San Francisco, New World, and San Diego symphonyorchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. In March 2011, he returns toCarnegie Hall to conduct Ensemble ACJW, the performing arm of The Academy, aprofessional training program for the finest postgraduate musicians developedby Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in aprogram combining Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail) and theNew York premiere of Luciano Berio’s completion of the piece. Born in SantaMonica, California, Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Musicwhere he studied French horn and composition before turning to orchestralconducting. Robertson received Columbia University’s 2006 Ditson Conductor’sAward, and he and the St. Louis Symphony are recipients of three major awardsfrom ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras, including the 2009–2010 and2008–2009 Award for Programming of Contemporary Music, and the 2005–2006 MortonGould Award for Innovative Programming.Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is recognized internationally asan ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire withskill and spirit. The St. Louis Symphony continues to build upon its reputationfor musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to local education andcommunity activities. In December 2003, the St. Louis Symphony announced theappointment of its twelfth, and second American-born, Music Director, DavidRobertson. He began his inaugural season in September 2005, joining the St.Louis Symphony after an 18-month international search. Prior to his Saint LouisSymphony appointment Mr. Robertson was Music Director of the Orchestre Nationalde Lyon and Artistic Director of that city’s auditorium. The Symphony hasexpanded its audience through frequent tours of the Midwest and the East andWest Coasts in the 1980s and 90s. Tours to Europe in 1985, 1993, and 1998, andto the Far East in 1986, 1990, and 1995, spread the reputation of the orchestrathroughout the world. Appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall continue togarner critical acclaim. Recordings by the Symphony have been honored with sixGrammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations.Program InformationSaturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageST. LOUIS SYMPHONYDavid Robertson, Music Director and ConductorLeila Josefowicz, ViolinRALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisTHOMAS ADÈS Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths"PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74,"Pathétique"Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage withDavid Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of ArtisticPlanning, Carnegie Hall.The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Lindaand Stuart Nelson in support of the 2010-2011 season.____________________________ Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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