CONDUCTOREDO DE WAART LEADS THEORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’SON DECEMBER 9 IN STERN AUDITORIUM/PERELMAN STAGEMezzo-Soprano Susan Graham Joins the Orchestra for Berg’s Seven EarlySongs
Carnegie Hall presents the Orchestra of St. Luke’sfor the second time during the 2010–2011 season on Thursday, December 9 at 8:00p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Edo de Waart conducts a programwhich includes John Adams’s orchestration of Liszt’s The Black Gondola,Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” and Berg’s Seven Early Songsfeaturing mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.The Orchestra of St. Luke’s makes its third and final appearance at CarnegieHall this season on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in SternAuditorium/Perelman Stage, led by Iván Fischer and featuring violinist NikolajZnaider as guest soloist.About the ArtistsSusan Graham, one of the world's foremost stars of opera and recital, isa compelling and versatile singing actress. She began her 2010–2011 seasonperforming a favorite French work at Japan's distinguished Saito KinenFestival: Ravel's Shéhérazade. Celebrated as an expert in French music, Ms.Graham has been honored by the French government with the title"Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres." At home andabroad, Ms. Graham has sung leading roles from the seventeenth to twentiethcenturies in the great opera houses of the world, including Milan's La Scala,London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Opéra National deParis, and Dresden's Semperoper, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, and shehas appeared with most of the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Dubbed"America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone magazine, the GrammyAward-winning Ms. Graham captivates audiences with her expressive voice, talland graceful stature, and engaging acting ability in both comedy and tragedy.Born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, Ms. Graham studied at Texas TechUniversity and the Manhattan School of Music, which also awarded her anhonorary Doctorate of Music in 2008. She won the Metropolitan Opera NationalCouncil Auditions and the Schwabacher Award from San Francisco Opera's MerolaOpera Program, as well as a Career Grant from the Richard Tucker MusicFoundation. Graham was Musical America's 2004 Vocalist of the Year and,in 2006, her hometown of Midland, Texas, declared September 5 "SusanGraham Day" in perpetuity.Edo de Waart is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong KongPhilharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, andConductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. From the2012–13 season, he will become Chief Conductor of the Royal FlemishPhilharmonic. Recent and future guest conducting highlights includeperformances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, SanFrancisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St.Luke’s in the US, as well as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and theRotterdam and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras in Europe. This seasonalso sees his return to the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.Born in Holland, Mr. de Waart studied oboe, piano, and conducting at the MusicLyceum in Amsterdam and upon graduating took up the position of AssociatePrincipal Oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Two years later, at theage of 23, he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New Yorkwhich resulted in his appointment as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernsteinat the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland, he was appointedAssistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In1967, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him permanent GuestConductor and, six years later, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Sincethen, Maestro de Waart has also been Music Director of the San FranciscoSymphony and Minnesota Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of theSydney Symphony, and Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.Now entering its 36th year, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s is a uniquemusical organization with a commitment to engaging audiences throughout NewYork City and beyond. Known as America’s foremost and most versatile chamberorchestra, St. Luke’s currently performs approximately 75 orchestral, chamber,and educational concerts each year. St. Luke’s performs an annual seriespresented by Carnegie Hall and presents its Chamber Music Series at threedistinguished venues in and around New York: The Morgan Library & Museum,Brooklyn Museum, and Dia:Beacon. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s has been inresidence at the Caramoor International Music Festival for over 30 years. Inaddition to its own series, the orchestra performs regularly with the world’sgreat artists on the world’s greatest stages, including Carnegie Hall andLincoln Center and engages each year in a number of artistic collaborationsthat include dance, opera, and special events with such artists as RenéeFleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Mark Morris Dance Group, PeterGabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. Committed to the community, St. Luke’salso produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs, and over the last 34years its arts education program has served more than one million childrenthrough a combination of free performances and school partnerships. St. Luke’sstellar discography, numbering more than 70 recordings, includes four acclaimedreleases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection, and four Grammy Award-winningdiscs.Program InformationThursday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'SEdo de Waart, ConductorSusan Graham, Mezzo-SopranoFRANZ LISZT (orch. JOHN ADAMS) The Black GondolaALBAN BERG Seven Early SongsFELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish"The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. andMrs. Howard Solomon in support of the 2010-2011 season.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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