MAESTROVALERY GERGIEV LAUNCHES SEASON-LONGMAHLER SYMPHONY CYCLE AT CARNEGIE HALLFROM OCTOBER 17 TO 24First Five Performances with Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie HallFall During 150th Anniversary of Mahler’s Birth Year
This October, Maestro ValeryGergiev launches a Mahler symphony cycle that he will conduct in New YorkCity in two parts during the 2010-2011 season, beginning with five performancesby the Mariinsky Orchestra in Carnegie Hall‘s Stern Auditorium/PerelmanStage from October 17 through October 24. Mr. Gergiev’s Carnegie Hall concertscoincide with the 150th anniversary of Mahler’s birth. His New York cycleconcludes in early 2011—the 100th anniversary year of the composer’s death—withMr. Gergiev leading the London Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall as partof Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.Once thought of as musical curiosities, the nine symphonies of Gustav Mahlerhave become staples of the orchestral repertoire. Mahler once famouslydeclared, “the symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything.”Each traces Mahler’s lifelong creative path, from the exuberant Romanticism ofhis First Symphony to the haunted music of his last.The first part of the cycle at Carnegie Hall is as follows:
Soloists during the vocal symphonies (Nos. 2, 4, and 8)feature artists drawn from the ranks of the Mariinsky Opera, including AnastasiaKalagina, Zlata Bulycheva, Viktoria Yastrebova, LiudmilaDudinova, Lilli Paasikivi, Sergei Semishkur, Alexei Markov,and Evgeny Nikitin. In addition, The Choral Arts Society ofWashington, Orfeón Pamplonés of Spain, and The Brooklyn YouthChorus Academy are the featured choirs. See below for complete programdetails.Mr. Gergiev is known for large-scale projects in New York, having conducted aShostakovich symphony cycle in 2006, followed by a nine-event Carnegie Hall Perspectivesseries during the 2007–2008 season. In the 2008–2009 season, he returned to NewYork for a Prokofiev cycle at Lincoln Center with both the Mariinsky Orchestraand London Symphony Orchestra. And last season, Gergiev presented Berlioz’sepic opera works, Roméo et Juliette and Les Troyens, in concertat Carnegie Hall, along with a three-week Stravinsky festival with the New YorkPhilharmonic.Artist InformationValery Gergiev’s inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director ofthe Mariinsky Theater has brought universal acclaim to this legendaryinstitution. Together with the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, and Orchestra, Mr.Gergiev has toured in 45 countries. Maestro Gergiev is currently principalconductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, founder and artistic director ofthe Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festivalin St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival,the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel.Mr. Gergiev succeeded Sir Georg Solti as conductor of the World Orchestra forPeace in 1998.Born in Moscow to Ossetian parents, Mr. Gergiev studied conducting with IlyaMusin at the Leningrad Conservatory. At age 24, he was the winner of theHerbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition in Berlin. He made his MariinskyOpera debut one year later, in 1978, conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace.In 2003, he led a considerable portion of 300th anniversary celebration of thefounding of St. Petersburg by Peter The Great and conducted the globallytelevised gala attended by 50 heads of state. Also in the fall of 2003 heopened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the first Russianconductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the first-ever concert inCarnegie Hall. Mr. Gergiev is the recipient of the Dmitri Shostakovich Award,the Golden Mask Award, the People’s Artist of Russia, and the World EconomicForum’s Crystal Award. In 2005, he won the Polar Music Prize (Sweden) forexceptional international performance and leadership and was made a Knight ofthe Order of the Dutch Lion by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. In 2006, Mr.Gergiev received Japan´s highest award—the Order of the Rising Sun—as well asthe Silver Medal, the highest award of Valencia, Spain. He is also the 2007winner of the Royal Order of the Legion of Honour (France).The Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Russia. Itshistory dates back to the days of the St. Petersburg Imperial Orchestra,covering a period of over 200 years. Founded in the eighteenth-century, theorchestra entered its “golden age” in the second half of the nineteenth-centuryunder Eduard Naparavnik who ruled the institution for more than half a century.Throughout its history, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra has presented numerousworld premieres including works by Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky,Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, andKhachaturian. Renamed the “Kirov” during the Soviet era, the orchestracontinued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership ofYevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov, and now in the post-Glasnost era theorchestra has reclaimed the Mariinsky name under the leadership of ValeryGergiev, who has helped expand the orchestra’s repertoire significantly. TheMariinsky Theatre Orchestra has also forged important relationships with theworld’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the RoyalOpera House at Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre du Châteletin Paris and La Scala, Milan and the concert halls of New York, Vienna, London,Paris, Salzburg, Berlin, Tokyo and Beijing, and has entered into its second“golden age.” Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the orchestra has recordedexclusively for Universal Phillips and Decca Classics since 1989. Since 1992the orchestra has made 14 tours of North America including a 2006 celebrationof the complete Shostakovich symphonies and a 2008 cycle of the stage works ofProkofiev.Program InformationSunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageMariinsky OrchestraValery Gergiev, Music Director and ConductorGUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 6 in A MinorTickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146____________________________Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageMariinsky OrchestraValery Gergiev, Music Director and ConductorAnastasia Kalagina, SopranoZlata Bulycheva, Mezzo-SopranoThe Choral Arts Society of WashingtonNorman Scribner, Artistic DirectorOrfeón PamplonésIgor Ijurra Fernández, DirectorGUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection"Tickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146____________________________Thursday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageMariinsky OrchestraValery Gergiev, Music Director and ConductorViktoria Yastrebova, Soprano (Magna Peccatrix)Anastasia Kalagina, Soprano (Una poenitentium)Liudmila Dudinova, Soprano (Mater gloriosa)Lilli Paasikivi, Mezzo-Soprano (Mulier Samaritana)Zlata Bulycheva, Mezzo-Soprano (Maria Aegyptiaca)Sergei Semishkur, Tenor (Doctor Marianus)Alexei Markov, Baritone (Pater ecstaticus)Evgeny Nikitin, Bass (Pater profundus)The Choral Arts Society of WashingtonNorman Scribner, Artistic DirectorOrfeón PamplonésIgor Ijurra Fernández, DirectorThe Brooklyn Youth Chorus AcademyDianne Berkun, Artistic DirectorGUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 8 in E-flat MajorSponsored by Ernst & Young LLPTickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146____________________________Friday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageMariinsky OrchestraValery Gergiev, Music Director and ConductorGUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp MinorTickets: $28, $34, $45, $64, $89, $99____________________________Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageMariinsky OrchestraValery Gergiev, Music Director and ConductorAnastasia Kalagina, SopranoALL-MAHLER PROGRAMSymphony No. 4 in G MajorSymphony No. 1 in D MajorTickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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