• Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010

    Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra Perform Mahler Symphonies at Carnegie Hall from October 17–24

     

    MAESTRO VALERY GERGIEV LAUNCHES SEASON-LONG
    MAHLER SYMPHONY CYCLE AT CARNEGIE HALL
    FROM OCTOBER 17 TO 24

    First Five Performances with Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
    Fall During 150th Anniversary of Mahler’s Birth Year
     

     

    This October, Maestro Valery Gergiev launches a Mahler symphony cycle that he will conduct in New York City in two parts during the 2010-2011 season, beginning with five performances by the Mariinsky Orchestra in Carnegie Hall‘s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage from October 17 through October 24. Mr. Gergiev’s Carnegie Hall concerts coincide with the 150th anniversary of Mahler’s birth. His New York cycle concludes in early 2011—the 100th anniversary year of the composer’s death—with Mr. Gergiev leading the London Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall as part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.

    Once thought of as musical curiosities, the nine symphonies of Gustav Mahler have become staples of the orchestral repertoire. Mahler once famously declared, “the symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything.” Each traces Mahler’s lifelong creative path, from the exuberant Romanticism of his First Symphony to the haunted music of his last.

    The first part of the cycle at Carnegie Hall is as follows:

    • Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m.: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor
    • Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection”
    • Thursday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major
    • Friday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m.: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
      (special weekday matinee)
    • Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.: Symphony No. 4 in G Major and Symphony No. 1 in D Major

    Soloists during the vocal symphonies (Nos. 2, 4, and 8) feature artists drawn from the ranks of the Mariinsky Opera, including Anastasia Kalagina, Zlata Bulycheva, Viktoria Yastrebova, Liudmila Dudinova, Lilli Paasikivi, Sergei Semishkur, Alexei Markov, and Evgeny Nikitin. In addition, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Orfeón Pamplonés of Spain, and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy are the featured choirs. See below for complete program details.

    Mr. Gergiev is known for large-scale projects in New York, having conducted a Shostakovich symphony cycle in 2006, followed by a nine-event Carnegie Hall Perspectives series during the 2007–2008 season. In the 2008–2009 season, he returned to New York for a Prokofiev cycle at Lincoln Center with both the Mariinsky Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. And last season, Gergiev presented Berlioz’s epic opera works, Roméo et Juliette and Les Troyens, in concert at Carnegie Hall, along with a three-week Stravinsky festival with the New York Philharmonic.

    Artist Information
    Valery Gergiev’s inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theater has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Together with the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet, and Orchestra, Mr. Gergiev has toured in 45 countries. Maestro Gergiev is currently principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, founder and artistic director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in 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 for Peace in 1998.

    Born in Moscow to Ossetian parents, Mr. Gergiev studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. At age 24, he was the winner of the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition in Berlin. He made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later, in 1978, conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003, he led a considerable portion of 300th anniversary celebration of the founding of St. Petersburg by Peter The Great and conducted the globally televised gala attended by 50 heads of state. Also in the fall of 2003 he opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the first-ever concert in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Gergiev is the recipient of the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, the People’s Artist of Russia, and the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. In 2005, he won the Polar Music Prize (Sweden) for exceptional international performance and leadership and was made a Knight of the 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 as the Silver Medal, the highest award of Valencia, Spain. He is also the 2007 winner of the Royal Order of the Legion of Honour (France).

    The Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Russia. Its history dates back to the days of the St. Petersburg Imperial Orchestra, covering a period of over 200 years. Founded in the eighteenth-century, the orchestra entered its “golden age” in the second half of the nineteenth-century under Eduard Naparavnik who ruled the institution for more than half a century. Throughout its history, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra has presented numerous world premieres including works by Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Khachaturian. Renamed the “Kirov” during the Soviet era, the orchestra continued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership of Yevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov, and now in the post-Glasnost era the orchestra has reclaimed the Mariinsky name under the leadership of Valery Gergiev, who has helped expand the orchestra’s repertoire significantly. The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra has also forged important relationships with the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in 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 recorded exclusively for Universal Phillips and Decca Classics since 1989. Since 1992 the orchestra has made 14 tours of North America including a 2006 celebration of the complete Shostakovich symphonies and a 2008 cycle of the stage works of Prokofiev.


    Program Information
    Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 6 in A Minor

    Tickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146
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    Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
    Anastasia Kalagina, Soprano
    Zlata Bulycheva, Mezzo-Soprano
    The Choral Arts Society of Washington
    Norman Scribner, Artistic Director
    Orfeón Pamplonés
    Igor Ijurra Fernández, Director

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection"

    Tickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146
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    Thursday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
    Viktoria 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 Washington
    Norman Scribner, Artistic Director
    Orfeón Pamplonés
    Igor Ijurra Fernández, Director
    The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy
    Dianne Berkun, Artistic Director

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major

    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Tickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146
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    Friday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor

    Tickets: $28, $34, $45, $64, $89, $99
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    Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
    Anastasia Kalagina, Soprano

    ALL-MAHLER PROGRAM
    Symphony No. 4 in G Major
    Symphony No. 1 in D Major

    Tickets: $46, $55, $71, $97, $132, $146


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    Ticket Information
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