• Friday, Feb 25, 2011

    Carnegie Hall April 2011 Highlights & Updates


    Various New York City Venues  

    This April, Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC—an ambitious 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 additions to the JapanNYC lineup:
     

    • On Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Wall Street Journal Personal Technology Columnist Walt Mossberg and Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO, and President of Sony Corporation, will discuss where consumer technology is heading—the smartphone explosion, the rise of e-readers and tablets, and the transformation of TV technology and programming—with a candid conversation titled Talking Tech with The Wall Street Journal. (A panel discussion on March 31 led by Wall Street Journal columnists Dan Neil and Lettie Teague will focus on automobiles and sake.)
       
    • Beginning Friday, April 1, Japan Society presents a new exhibition entitled Brush: Recent Calligraphy by Masako Inkyo. Inkyo, Japan Society’s calligraphy instructor and official shodo artist for the Nissan Infiniti, presents a show of recent work in contemporary and traditional styles which juxtaposes exquisite passages from classic literature and Buddhist texts with boldly brushed semi-abstract compositions. (Runs through June 19.)
       
    • On Saturday, April 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Japan Society's second annual j-CATION open house festival showcases some of the most recent and radical trends in Japan today. Taking off from Japan Society’s spring exhibition Bye Bye Kitty!!!, j-CATION 2011 gives New Yorkers a glimpse of Japan Society's offerings in film, performance, installation, workshops, talks, language lessons, family-friendly fare, food, fun and more. 
    JapanNYC concert cancellation:
    • Seiji Ozawa and Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra) must regrettably cancel their April 1 and April 2 Carnegie Hall performances as Maestro Ozawa recuperates from recent back surgery. 
    Other JapanNYC events:
    • On Saturday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m. & 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, Toru Takemitsu, Hiroya Miura) and music by New York composers influenced by Japanese culture (Nico Muhly, Steve Reich).
       
    • Program Update:
      Pianist Aimi Kobayashi performs Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, "Pathétique" in place of Schumann’s Kinderszenen in Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. The rest of the recital program remains the same, with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, “Appassionata,” Ravel’s Sonatine, and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor and Ballade No. 1 in G Minor.

       
    • On Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Central Branch of The New York Public Library, teenagers are invited to learn how to draw their own characters, plot stories, and more at the Manga Drawing Workshop with Misako Rocks!Also on April 5 at 4:00 p.m., at the Bloomingdale Branch of The New York Public Library, teenagers are invited to transform their words into art with the help of master calligrapher Elinor Holland at the workshop titled Beautiful Words, Beautiful Writing.
       
    • 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 chamber music concert featuring Haydn’s Piano Trio in A Major, Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1, and Dvorák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major.
       
    • On Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, 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 Japan at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. featuring music of the Japanese avant garde after World War II including the US premieres by Jo Kondo, Akira Nishimura, Ushio Torikai. and Toshio Hosokawa, as well as music by Somei Satoh and Karen Tanaka.
       
    • On Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. at the Lehman Stages in the Bronx, taiko drum 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 16 groundbreaking Japanese visual artists, is presented by the Japan Society from March 18–June 12.
       
    • From March 27–April 10, Macy’s presents its flower show: Towers of Flowers at Macy’s Herald Square where visitors can discover the world of floral architecture, landscapes, and specialty gardens, as well as take guided tours exploring all about the special Japanese Garden.
       
    • 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.
       
    • From April 1–21, Film Forum presents 5 Japanese Divas, a film series spotlighting five legendary actresses from the golden age of Japanese cinema—Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Machiko Kyo, Setsuko Hara, and Hideko Takamine—featuring 23 films, many of them rarely shown in the US. 
    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 with
    Juilliard415, The Juilliard School’s period-instrument ensemble in its Carnegie Hall debut, along with co-directors, the harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and violinist/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 Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor. 

    SA/PS  

    Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performs a recital on Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C Major, “Waldstein;” Brahms’s Four Ballades; Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces; and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C 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’s 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  

    Performers Announced:
    Carnegie Hall, in partnership with From the Top, have announced that 17-year-old percussionist Marcelina Suchocka is the Grand Prize Winner of Big Break—an online contest for young American musicians that was launched last fall offering young musicians the chance to compete for a spot on a special episode of NPR’s From the Top national radio broadcast. On Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m., Ms. Suchocka will be featured at a Carnegie Hall Family Concert alongside three runners-up from the contest: 16-year-old pianist Gideon Broshy, 16-year-old cellist Brannon Cho, and 14-year-old harpist Helen Gerhold. Christopher O’Riley hosts the program and pre-concert activities will take place one hour before the performance and are free to all ticket holders.
     

    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. 

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    Artist Additions:
    A Gala Celebrating 120 Years of Carnegie Hall, a concert organized and featuring Perspectives artist James Taylor will also feature special guests Barbara Cook, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Sting, and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The special benefit event on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m., celebrates the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall and kicks off Taylor’s four-concert residency as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist. His 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 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, on a program that also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Prelude to Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E Minor. 

    WRH  

    Ensemble ACJW continues 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 Dvorák’s String Quintet in G Major. 

    ZH  

    Carnegie Hall’s Making Music series concludes for the season 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  

    Program Update:
    Cherubini’s Overture in G Major and Liszt’s Les preludes replace Anna Clyne’s <<rewind<< and Varèse’s Arcana on the third program by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Ricardo Muti on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. The previously announced Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 remains on the program. The other two programs are unchanged: on Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m., the CSO and Maestro Muti deliver a concert performance of Verdi’s Otello, with 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., Muti and the orchestra perform Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and its seldom heard sequel Lélio, which will feature actor Gérard Depardieu, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
     

    ZH  

    On Saturday, April 16 at 10:00 p.m., Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro 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. Ms. Upshaw and Mr. Dennehy work with four composers and 12 singers in preparation for world premiere performances written in conjunction with the workshop and taking place on Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. 

    LPR  

    Artist Addition:
    Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will be a special guest artist with Ensemble ACJW at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include Philip West’s arrangement of Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, Op. 7.
     

    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. 

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    Artist Update:
    Soprano Sylvia Schwartz replaces Genia Kühmeier in the vocal concert on Monday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. Also featuring mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, tenor Michael Schade, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, and pianists Malcolm Martineau and Justus Zeyen, the artists will perform a variety of vocal works including Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder and Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer, "An die Heimat," "Der Abend," "O schöne Nacht," "Abendlied," and 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, 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., Carnegie Hall presents a concert entitled Music of Steve Reich celebrating the composer’s 75th birthday year with an all-star lineup of some of today’s leading contemporary music ensembles performing the newest scores by the legendary composer. The program features the New York premieres of WTC 9/11 (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall) performed by Kronos Quartet, Mallet Quartet by So Percussion, and 2 x 5 by Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends and eighth blackbird. Also on the program is Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning (and past Carnegie Hall commission) Double Sextet performed by both eighth blackbird and Bang on a Can All-Stars and Friends. 


    JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; ROHM Co., Ltd. and Rohm Music Foundation; Sony Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

    Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi International Corporation; Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.

    With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC; Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation.

    With special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan; Japan Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism Organization; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.
     

    SA/PS : Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage   ZH : Zankel Hall   WRH : Weill Recital Hall
    LPR : (Le) Poisson Rouge

     

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