EDO DE WAART LEADS THE
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S
ON DECEMBER 9 IN STERN AUDITORIUM/PERELMAN STAGEMezzo-Soprano Susan Graham Joins the Orchestra for Berg’s Seven Early
Carnegie Hall presents the Orchestra of St. Luke’s
for the second time during the 2010–2011 season on Thursday, December 9 at 8:00
p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Edo de Waart conducts a program
which includes John Adams’s orchestration of Liszt’s The Black Gondola,
Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” and Berg’s Seven Early Songs
featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s makes its third and final appearance at Carnegie
Hall this season on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern
Auditorium/Perelman Stage, led by Iván Fischer and featuring violinist Nikolaj
Znaider as guest soloist.About the ArtistsSusan Graham, one of the world's foremost stars of opera and recital, is
a compelling and versatile singing actress. She began her 2010–2011 season
performing a favorite French work at Japan's distinguished Saito Kinen
Festival: 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 and
abroad, Ms. Graham has sung leading roles from the seventeenth to twentieth
centuries 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 de
Paris, and Dresden's Semperoper, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, and she
has appeared with most of the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Dubbed
"America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone magazine, the Grammy
Award-winning Ms. Graham captivates audiences with her expressive voice, tall
and graceful stature, and engaging acting ability in both comedy and tragedy.
Born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, Ms. Graham studied at Texas Tech
University and the Manhattan School of Music, which also awarded her an
honorary Doctorate of Music in 2008. She won the Metropolitan Opera National
Council Auditions and the Schwabacher Award from San Francisco Opera's Merola
Opera Program, as well as a Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music
Foundation. Graham was Musical America's 2004 Vocalist of the Year and,
in 2006, her hometown of Midland, Texas, declared September 5 "Susan
Graham Day" in perpetuity.Edo de Waart is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong
Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and
Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. From the
2012–13 season, he will become Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish
Philharmonic. Recent and future guest conducting highlights include
performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, San
Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St.
Luke’s in the US, as well as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the
Rotterdam and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras in Europe. This season
also sees his return to the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.
Born in Holland, Mr. de Waart studied oboe, piano, and conducting at the Music
Lyceum in Amsterdam and upon graduating took up the position of Associate
Principal Oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Two years later, at the
age of 23, he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York
which resulted in his appointment as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein
at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland, he was appointed
Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In
1967, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him permanent Guest
Conductor and, six years later, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Since
then, Maestro de Waart has also been Music Director of the San Francisco
Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the
Sydney Symphony, and Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.
Now entering its 36th year, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s is a unique
musical organization with a commitment to engaging audiences throughout New
York City and beyond. Known as America’s foremost and most versatile chamber
orchestra, St. Luke’s currently performs approximately 75 orchestral, chamber,
and educational concerts each year. St. Luke’s performs an annual series
presented by Carnegie Hall and presents its Chamber Music Series at three
distinguished venues in and around New York: The Morgan Library & Museum,
Brooklyn Museum, and Dia:Beacon. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s has been in
residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival for over 30 years. In
addition to its own series, the orchestra performs regularly with the world’s
great artists on the world’s greatest stages, including Carnegie Hall and
Lincoln Center and engages each year in a number of artistic collaborations
that include dance, opera, and special events with such artists as Renée
Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter
Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. Committed to the community, St. Luke’s
also produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs, and over the last 34
years its arts education program has served more than one million children
through a combination of free performances and school partnerships. St. Luke’s
stellar discography, numbering more than 70 recordings, includes four acclaimed
releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning
Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'S
Edo de Waart, Conductor
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
FRANZ LISZT (orch. JOHN ADAMS) The Black Gondola
ALBAN BERG Seven Early Songs
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish"
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