• Monday, Dec 20, 2010

    April 2011 Highlights

    CARNEGIE HALL APRIL 2011 HIGHLIGHTS

    Various New York City Venues  

    This April, Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC—an ambitious two-part citywide festival led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa—concludes with programs inviting audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with performances and events at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues.  April events include:

    • Maestro Ozawa leads Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra), an orchestra he founded in 2000.  On Friday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra and Maestro Ozawa perform a concert version of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with basses Marco Vinco and Masashi Katayama; sopranos Anna Christy, Elaine Alvarez, and Joélle Harvey; baritone Mariusz Kwiecien; mezzo-sopranos Isabel Leonard and Judith Christin; bass baritone John Del Carlo; tenors Greg Fedderly and Tomo Matsubara; and the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Chorus led by David Kneuss.  The orchestra and Maestro Ozawa return the following evening, Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m., with a program including Ravel’s Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major featuring Martha Argerich.
    • On Saturday April 2 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m., The Paley Center for Media presents A Window On Japan; a series of arts and culture films about Japan, including a Special Family Screening program as well as documentaries such as Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Japan (1962), Béjart’s Kabuki Ballet (1986), and Ode to Joy: 10,000 Voices Resound (2002).
    • The Line C3 Percussion Group performs a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert presented by the Weill Music Institute at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m., with percussion music by Tokyo-based composers (Eiko Orita, Michio Kitazume, Tōru Takemitsu, Hiroya Miura) and music by New York composers influenced by Japanese culture (Nico Muhly, Steve Reich).
    • Pianist Aimi Kobayashi performs a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a program including Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, “Appassionata,” Ravel’s Sonatine, as well as Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor and Ballade No. 1 in G Minor.
    • On Tuesday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, violinist Midori, violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Antoine Lederlin, and pianist Jonathan Biss offer a concert featuring Haydn’s Piano Trio in A Major, Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1, and Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major.
    • On Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, the pianist-composer Toshiko Akiyoshi leads a tour through the history of jazz piano on a program titled Solo, Trio, and Quartet performing alongside her husband, tenor saxophonist Lew Tabackin, as well as bassist Paul Gill and drummer Mark Taylor.
    • Music Director Joel Sachs leads the New Juilliard Ensemble in a concert entitled The New Japanat Alice Tully Hall on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m.featuring the music of the Japanese avant garde after World War II including the US premieres of Jo Kondo’s Syzygia, Akira Nishimura’s Corps d’arc-en-ciel, Ushio Torikai’s Venus is the Plane, and Toshio Hosokawa’s Voyage VIII.  Also on the program is the New York premiere of Somei Satoh’s From the Depth of Silence and a performance of Karen Tanaka’s Water and Stone.
    • On Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lehman Stages at Lehman College in the Bronx, taiko drumming group Soh Daiko performs a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert presented by the Weill Music Institute, with traditional works from the Shinto music tradition, as well as original compositions by members of Soh Daiko. In addition to taiko drums, the group also plays bamboo flute, brass bells, conch shells, and gongs.

    Ongoing JapanNYC events in April:

    • From February–May 2011, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents Graceful Perseverance, an exhibition of trees selected from the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum’s collection of nearly 400 bonsai.
    • Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art , an exhibition featuring 15 groundbreaking Japanese visual artists, is presented by the Japan Society from March 18–June 12.
    • Eiko & Koma: Naked A Living Installation , presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Danspace Project from March 29–April 9, features Eiko & Koma’s exploration of nakedness, desire, and the elasticity of time, set in an immersive and charged organic environment of their handcrafted design.  The duo will be on continual view, in closer proximity to the audience than ever before, and a video installation highlighting decades of the artists’ media work will be on display in adjacent spaces.

    Check carnegiehall.org/japannyc for a complete schedule of festival events at Carnegie Hall and partner organizations around New York City. 

    SA/PS  

    On Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m., soprano Dorothea Röschmann and countertenor David Daniels perform a concert of arias and duets from Handel operas including Rodelinda and Giulio Cesare with Juilliard415, The Juilliard School’s young period-instrument ensemble, along with co-director and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and co-director and leader Monica Huggett.

    SA/PS  

    Pianist Maurizio Pollini performs a solo recital on Monday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. with an all-Beethoven program of the last three Sonatas: No. 30 in E Major, No. 31 in A-flat Major, and No. 32 in C Minor.

    SA/PS  

    On Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m., Iván Fischer leads the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with Nikolaj Znaider; Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Classical;” and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor.

    WRH  

    The Ebène Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major, “Dissonance;” Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3; and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F Minor.

    ZH  

    On Friday, April 8 at 10:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall’s WFUV Live at Zankel series concludes for the season with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Edie Brickell and her new band The Gaddabouts in its first ever live performance.  The band also features drummer Steve Gadd, bass guitarist Pino Palladino; and guitarist Andy Fairweather Low.

    ZH  

    On Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall, in partnership with From the Top, presents the grand-prize winner plus several runners-up from the Big Break—a new online contest for talented young musicians—in a Family Concert hosted by Christopher O’Riley.

    SA/PS  

    Music Director James Levine and The MET Orchestra perform on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. with a program including Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor featuring Evgeny Kissin, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

    ZH  

    On Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m., violinist Christian Tetzlaff’s 2010–2011 Perspectives series continues with a concert by the Tetzlaff Quartet including Haydn’s String Quartet in G Minor, No. 3; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A Minor, “Ist es wahr?”; and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor.

    SA/PS  

    Singer/songwriter James Taylor kicks off his four-concert residency as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. by hosting a very special gala, James Taylor at Carnegie Hall—celebrating the 120th anniversary of the opening of Carnegie Hall—with special guests and program to be announced.  His Perspectives series continues on Wednesday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. with a concert spotlighting the variety of influences that have shaped Taylor’s music, from bluegrass and blues to Celtic music and church hymns with additional guest artists to be announced.

    SA/PS  

    On Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m., the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Artistic Director Yuri Temirkanov perform a program including Anatoli Liadov’s Kikimora, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor featuring Nikolai Lugansky, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.  The following evening, Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra and Mr. Temirkanov return with cellist Alisa Weilerstein featured in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Prelude to Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E Minor.

    WRH  

    Ensemble ACJW continue its 2010–2011 season on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a program including Bartók’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano; Mozart’s Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, and Dvořák’s String Quintet in G Major.

    ZH  

    Carnegie Hall’s Making Music series continues on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. with a conversation with and music by composer Christopher Rouse. Music will include the New York premiere of the composer’s String Quartet No. 3 (commissioned by Carnegie Hall) performed by the Calder Quartet as well as Ku-Ka-Ilimoku, Rotae Passionis, and Compline performed by flutist Tara Helen O'Connor; clarinetist Todd Palmer; harpist Bridget Kibbey; pianist Molly Morkoski; percussionists James Michael Deitz, John Ostrowski, David Skidmore, and Jared Soldiviero; and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky.Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen serves as the series moderator.

    SA/PS  

    Riccardo Muti makes his New York debut as the new music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with three concerts on consecutive nights in April.  First, on Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. the orchestra and Maestro Muti are featured in a concert performance of Verdi’s Otello, with soloists including tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko, Juan Francisco Gatell, and Michael Spyres; soprano Krassimira Stoyanova; baritone Nicola Alaimo; mezzo-soprano Barbara Di Castri; and bass Paolo Battaglia, along with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir.  On Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., Mr. Muti and the orchestra perform an all-Berlioz program including Symphonie fantastique and its seldom heard sequel Lélio featuring actor Gérard Depardieu, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.  For their final Carnegie Hall performance on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. the maestro and orchestra perform Anna Clyne’s <<REWIND<<< em>, Varèse’s Arcana, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor. 

    ZH  

    On Saturday, April 16 at 10:00 p.m., Septeto Nacional de Cuba, pioneers of Cuban son—the music commonly associated with the Buena Vista Social Club—perform an evening of classic rumbas, boleros, and mambos. 

    ZH  

    This April, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents a Professional Training Workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Donnacha Dennehy.  Over the week-long course Ms. Upshaw and Mr. Dennehy work with four composers and 12 singers in preparation for their world premiere performances taking place on Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

    ZH  

    Singer and Great American Songbook interpreter Michael Feinstein’s annual Standard Time with Michael Feinstein series at Carnegie Hall concludes for the 2010–2011 season on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

    SA/PS  

    On Monday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m., soprano Genia Kühmeier, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, tenor Michael Schade, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, and pianists Malcolm Martineau and Justus Zeyen perform a vocal concert featuring Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder, and several works by Brahms including the Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer.

    WRH  

    Soprano Sophie Karthäuser makes her New York recital debut on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist Eugene Asti performing songs by Mozart, Schubert, Hugo Wolf, Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc.

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    Violist Yuri Bashmet performs in recital with pianist Evgeny Kissin on Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. in a concert featuring Schubert’s Sonata in A Minor, Brahms’s Sonata in E-flat Major, and Shostakovich’s Sonata for viola and piano.

    WRH  

    On Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m., harpsichordist Masaaki Suzuki (Artistic Director of the Bach Collegium Japan, performing in March as part of JapanNYC) presents a recital that features compositions by Couperin, William Byrd, Johann Jacob Froberger, Dieterich Buxtehude, and J.S. Bach.

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    On Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m., a special Music of Steve Reich program celebrates the composer’s 75th birthday year with an all-star lineup of some of today’s leading contemporary music groups.  The program features the New York premieres of Reich’s Mallet Quartet with So Percussion, WTC 9/11 (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall) with Kronos Quartet, and 2 x 5 with Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends.  Also on the program is Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Carnegie Hall commission) Double Sextet performed by eighth blackbird.

     

    SA/PS : Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage   ZH : Zankel Hall   WRH : Weill Recital Hall

    For complete concert information, please click here.

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