CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti (pictured at right) launch Carnegie Hall’s 2012–2013 season with a series of exciting concerts over three consecutive nights. On Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Muti and the orchestra are joined by soprano Rosa Feola, countertenor Antonio Giovannini, baritone Auden Iversen, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and the Chicago Children’s Choir for Carl Orff’s dramatic oratorio Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall’s festive Opening Night Gala concert. On Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m., the CSO performs Wagner’s Overture to Der fliegende Holländer, the New York premiere of CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates’s Alternative Energy, and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. The following evening, Friday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m., the program features Dvorák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76; Martucci’s Notturno, Op. 70, No. 1; and Respighi’s Feste romane.
PHILHARMONIA QUARTETT BERLIN Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. (Weill Recital Hall) The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin performs Mozart’s String Quartet in D Major, K. 499, "Hoffmeister," Lutoslawski’s String Quartet, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp."
THE NEW YORK POPS Friday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) The New York Pops with Music Director Steven Reineke kicks off their Carnegie Hall season with a program entitled Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, featuring guest artists Aaron Lazar, Kelli O’Hara (pictured at right), and Paulo Szot as well as choral ensemble Essential Voices USA and the New York Theatre Ballet.
THE MET ORCHESTRA Sunday, October 14, at 3:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Semyon Bychkov conducts The MET Orchestra and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek (pictured at right) in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Op. 91. The program also includes Wagner’s Overture and Bacchanale from Tannhäuser and Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64.
UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) The acclaimed Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain—which features a witty, singing and strumming line up of ukulele players with instruments in varying registers—returns to Carnegie Hall for a virtuosic evening of musical entertainment.
BARBARA COOK Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Living Broadway legend Barbara Cook celebrates her 85th birthday with a special concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, joined by Musical Director Lee Musiker and musical guests to be announced.
WORLD ORCHESTRA FOR PEACE Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) PROGRAM UPDATE: Additional works have been added to The Solti Centennial Concert featuring the World Orchestra for Peace, including operatic selections from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni and Verdi’s La traviata and Rigoletto. This concert, conducted by Valery Gergiev (pictured at right), celebrates the centenary of the late, legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti, born on October 21, 1912. The orchestra, originally founded by Sir Georg and making its US debut with this concert, comprises principals and section players from the orchestras with which he had an association. The program—featuring soprano Angela Gheorghiu, bass René Pape, and alumni of the Solti Accademia and Solti Foundation US—also includes Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Strauss’s Don Juan, Op. 20; Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor; and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Lady Solti appears as presenter.
THOMAS MAPFUMO Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 p.m. (Zankel Hall) Known as the "Lion of Zimbabwe,” exiled singer and musician Thomas Mapfumo performs his unique style of Chimurenga music—a blend of Western popular styles and music from southeastern Africa that he both created and popularized—performed to communicate social messages.
ENSEMBLE ACJW Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. (Weill Recital Hall) Ensemble ACJW, the performance arm of The Academy, makes its first appearance of the new season offering the New York premiere of a new work by Samuel Carl Adams, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, plus Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence for String Sextet, Op. 70.
LES VIOLONS DU ROY Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. (Zankel Hall) Music Director Bernard Labadie (pictured at right) returns to Carnegie Hall with Les Violons du Roy and a program of Baroque-era music, including flute concertos by Johann Joachim Quantz, C.P.E. Bach, and Frederick II, the King of Prussia, featuring guest soloist Emmanuel Pahud. Benda’s Sinfonia in G Major, Bach’s Ricercare a 6 from A Musical Offering, and C.P.E. Bach’s String Symphony No. 5 in B Minor complete the program.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) The Philadelphia Orchestra makes its first New York appearance under the baton of new Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in his Carnegie Hall debut, conducting Verdi’s Requiem with a sensational quartet of soloists: soprano Marina Poplavskaya, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, tenor Rolando Villazón, and bass Mikhail Petrenko.
ALEXANDRE THARAUD Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. (Weill Recital Hall) French pianist Alexandre Tharaud appears on the Distinctive Debuts series, performing sonatas by Scarlatti and Chopin, plus Ravel’s Miroirs and Liszt’s Funérailles from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses.
STANDARD TIME WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. (Zankel Hall) ARTIST AND PROGRAM UPDATE: Members of the New York Philharmonic—violinists Anna Rabinova and Na Sun, violist Katherine Greene, and cellist Qiang Tu—join five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the Great American Songbook Michael Feinstein (pictured at right) in a program entitled The Gershwins and Us, with additional guests to be announced, continuing his annual Carnegie Hall series, Standard Time with Michael Feinstein.
GABRIEL KAHANE: DON’T EVEN LISTEN Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. (Zankel Hall) In this program, composer and singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane (pictured at right) explores the connections between classical and popular songs. Kahane is joined by singer and instrumentalist Shara Worden and the string quartet Brooklyn Rider for the world premiere of a new work, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The evening also includes Kahane’s “Come On All You Ghosts,”, selections from his second album of songs, Where are the Arms, plus a collection of classical and popular music by Samuel Barber, Cee Lo Green, Yotam Haber, Charles Ives, Jerome Kern, Andrew Norman, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, and Sufjan Stevens.
MARLIS PETERSEN / JENDRIK SPRINGER Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Weill Recital Hall) Soprano Marlis Petersen (pictured at right) makes her New York recital debut with pianist Jendrik Springer, collaborating on a program entitled “Goethe—Das Ewig Weibliche: “Goethe and the Eternal-Feminine. The performance features songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt, among others, demonstrating the enduring power that Goethe’s Romantic concept of the eternal feminine has held over composers for more than two centuries.
AMERICAN COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Zankel Hall) PROGRAM UPDATE: The New York premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Manchay Tiempo has been removed from the American Composers Orchestra’sOrchestra Underground program entitled Dreams and Dances. José Serebrier conducts the US premiere of his Flute Concerto with Tango, featuring soloist Sharon Bezaly; as well as the world premieres of Narong Prangcharoen’s The Migration of Lost Souls and Milica Paranosic’s The Tiger's Wife (Prologue) for Electronics, Projections, and Orchestra (featuring projections by Carmen Kordas), and Ives’s Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting".
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Music Director Robert Spano (pictured at right) leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Copland’s Appalachian Spring, plus two choral blockbusters—Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Walton’s Belshazzar's Feast—in a performance featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, countertenor John Holiday, and baritone Brett Polegato.
JOHN McCAULEY OF DEER TICK AND FRIENDS Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 p.m. (Zankel Hall) CONCERT ANNOUNCED: Kicking off the WFUV Live at Zankel series, John McCauley, lead singer and guitarist of the alt-country band Deer Tick, performs the songs of Deer Tick and his other projects with additional artists to be announced.
MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) The Mariinsky Orchestra, led by Music Director Valery Gergiev (pictured at right), returns to Carnegie Hall, with a program that includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54; Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40; and Rodion Shchedrin’s The Little Hunchbacked Horse Suite.
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