• Thursday, Jan 31, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Announces 2013–2014 Season

    Vienna: City of Dreams
    Three-Week Citywide Festival Celebrating Vienna’s Extraordinary Artistic Legacy with Seven Carnegie Hall Performances by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Including Concert Versions of Two Complete Operas with the Vienna State Opera
    Debs Composer’s Chair: David Lang
    Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Featured in Concerts, as Workshop Leader, and as Curator of Six-Day Zankel Hall Series Entitled collected stories
    Benjamin Britten Centenary Celebration 
    Season-Long Tribute to the Composer on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth Features Performances of Major Works, Including Peter Grimes, War Requiem, and Canticles 
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    Gala Concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin with Esperanza Spalding and Joshua Bell Opens Carnegie Hall Season on October 2, 2013
    Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä Perform Complete Sibelius Symphony Cycle  
    Valery Gergiev’s 60th Birthday Celebration in Three Concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra 
    Emanuel Ax in a Three-Recital Brahms Series with Yo-Yo Ma and Anne Sofie von Otter
    Recital Debuts by Jonas Kaufmann and Natalie Dessay, plus the 25th Anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Carnegie Hall Recital Debut
    Concerts by Broadway Stars Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth
    Ensemble ACJW in Programs Conducted by Susanna Mälkki and David Robertson 
    Year Two of National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America to Feature Summer 2014 US Tour Led by Conductor David Robertson with Violinist Gil Shaham

    (NEW YORK)—Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall’s 2013–2014 season, consisting of over 170 performances and extensive education and community programs created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The upcoming season features collaborations with many of the world’s greatest musicians and ensembles from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, and world music, with performances presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages and throughout New York City.

    Among the season programming highlights announced by Mr. Gillinson is a three-week festival, Vienna: City of Dreams, to take place from February 21 to March 16, 2014, saluting the extraordinary artistic legacy of one of Europe’s greatest historic cultural capitals. The festival features events at Carnegie Hall and at 14 partner cultural organizations throughout New York City and will be bookended by seven concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra—including two as the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in performances of Wozzeck and Salome—led by conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons, and Zubin Mehta.

    Joining Mr. Gillinson at the announcement was composer David Lang, who has been appointed to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2013–2014 season. In addition to several performances of his music throughout the year, key elements of Mr. Lang’s season-long residency include collected stories, a curated six-concert series in April 2014 that explores the world of musical storytelling, as well as a collaborative workshop for young composers and performers entitled Creating New Music in November 2013.

    Another major highlight is the season-long celebration of the music of Benjamin Britten on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, with performances at Carnegie Hall of some of his major works by leading performers including the opera Peter Grimes in a concert performance by the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and David Robertson with Anthony Dean Griffey and Susanna Phillips; the War Requiem by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and Robert Spano; and the complete Canticles by Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies, Joshua Hopkins, and Julius Drake.

    Among Carnegie Hall’s extensive education and community programs in the new season, Mr. Gillinson announced plans for the second annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), organized by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and featuring the most talented young musicians, ages 16–19, from around the country, with a national US tour in summer 2014 to be led by conductor David Robertson with violinist Gil Shaham. The inaugural NYO-USA—the country’s first modern-day national youth orchestra—launches this summer 2013 with performances in Washington DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London, conducted by Valery Gergiev and featuring violinist Joshua Bell as soloist.

    “As always, great performances by the world’s finest artists and ensembles remain at the heart of everything we do,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “We hope this season inspires a spirit of discovery in our audiences. Whether we are immersing ourselves in the world of Vienna, exploring the distinct artistic viewpoints of featured performers and composers, or taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about or even make music firsthand through Carnegie Hall’s education and community offerings, we want Carnegie Hall to be a place that celebrates the meaningful role that music can play in everyone’s lives.”

    Click here for a complete Carnegie Hall 2013–2014 season press kit.


    2013–2014 Season Highlights Overview
    Carnegie Hall launches its 2013–2014 season on Wednesday, October 2, with an opening night gala concert featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin joined by vocalist/double-bassist Esperanza Spalding and violinist Joshua Bell as soloists. The program will include music by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel as well as new orchestral arrangements, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Ms. Spalding.

    The major highlight of the second half of Carnegie Hall’s season is the three-week, citywide festival Vienna: City of Dreams, from February 21 to March 16, 2014, which salutes the glittering European cultural capital and its extraordinary artistic legacy with concerts that feature symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as a sampling of new sounds. The festival begins and ends with seven concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera, led by esteemed conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons, and Zubin Mehta. The residency includes concert performances of both Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Richard Strauss’s Salome, marking only the second time in the Hall’s history that the musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra have performed opera in concert at Carnegie Hall.

    Other Vienna festival highlights at Carnegie Hall include a Beethoven violin sonata cycle by Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace over three concerts, Schubert’s great Die schöne Müllerin with baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, a Discovery Day on Schubert’s final years led by scholar and pianist Graham Johnson, and a Carnegie Hall-commissioned new work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas to be premiered by Ensemble ACJW. See below for complete information on Carnegie Hall festival events.

    In addition to Vienna: City of Dreams programs on Carnegie Hall’s stages, performances and events at leading partner cultural institutions extend the festival throughout the city. Festival partners are: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Center for Architecture, The Frick Collection in partnership with NYARC, The Jewish Museum, The Juilliard School, Keyes Art Projects, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Leo Baeck Institute, The Morgan Library and Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Neue Galerie New York, The New York Public Library, The Paley Center for Media, and Viennese Opera Ball New York.

    Throughout the 2013–2014 season, Carnegie Hall pays tribute to the late composer Benjamin Britten in celebration of the centenary of his birth. Some of the composer’s major works will be heard at Carnegie Hall, with tenor Ian Bostridge featured in two October 2013 concerts, beginning with a performance of Britten’s Canticles alongside countertenor Iestyn Davies, baritone Joshua Hopkins, and pianist Julius Drake; Mr. Bostridge also joins French horn player Stewart Rose and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado for Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. The opera Peter Grimes is performed in concert by the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and Music Director David Robertson on Britten’s actual 100th birthday—November 22—with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in the title role and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. And in April 2014, Britten’s gripping War Requiem concludes Carnegie Hall’s tribute in a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus led by Music Director Robert Spano, with soprano Tatiana Monogarova, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and baritone Stephen Powell.

    Additional Britten centenary events at Carnegie Hall include some of the composer’s chamber works performed by the Endellion String Quartet, a Carnegie Hall Family Concert entitled Britten’s Young Voices with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and a Discovery Day dedicated to the composer’s life and work that includes a full-length song recital organized by pianist Malcolm Martineau. Carnegie Hall’s anniversary programming is part of Britten 100, a global celebration organized by the Britten-Pears Foundation. Additional events marking this centenary will be presented in New York City by BAM, The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Trinity Wall Street.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang holds the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2013–2014 season. His season-long residency includes performances of his music by such ensembles as So Percussion (the so-called laws of nature), American Composers Orchestra (statement to the court), and Ensemble ACJW (pierced), as well as a workshop for young composers and performers entitled Creating New Music, which Mr. Lang will lead, joined by Claire Chase and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. The culmination of Mr. Lang’s residency is a six-concert Zankel Hall series commemorating the 10th anniversary of the opening of Zankel Hall, entitled collected stories, examining the world of musical storytelling. The diverse series ranges from the groundbreaking storyteller and medieval harpist Benjamin Bagby delivering scenes from Beowulf, to Tuvan throat singing from Huun-Huur-Tu, to pianist Louis Lortie performing Liszt’s complete massive musical travelogue Années de pèlerinage. Music by Harry Partch, Arvo Pärt, Julia Wolfe, Nico Muhly, Donnacha Dennehy, and John Cage, among others, is also featured, performed by such ensembles and musicians as Alarm Will Sound, Newband, Signal, TENET, soprano Kiera Duffy, violinist Augustin Hadelich, composer/guitarist Kaki King, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, and percussionist Steven Schick. The collected stories series culminates with the world premiere of a new work from Mr. Lang entitled mystery sonatas.

    Among the season’s major orchestral highlights, over four concerts in November 2013 and April 2014, conductor Osmo Vänskä—one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Jean Sibelius—leads the Minnesota Orchestra in all seven of the composer’s symphonies, marking the first complete cycle in Carnegie Hall’s history. Other major works by the Finnish composer are also presented, including Tapiola, En saga, and Pohjola’s Daughter, featuring such soloists as violinist Hilary Hahn and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.

    Carnegie Hall celebrates the 60th birthday of conductor Valery Gergiev with three October concerts by the Mariinsky Orchestra, each focusing on the music of a different Russian composer—Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff—with repertoire closely associated with Maestro Gergiev. Pianist Denis Matsuev joins the orchestra for piano concertos by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff.

    Carnegie Hall continues its three-year project of presenting The English Concert and conductor Harry Bicket in performances of Handel operas and oratorios with a February 2014 concert version of Theodora. Soprano Dorothea Röschmann sings the title role opposite countertenor David Daniels as Didymus and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Irene.

    The Spring For Music festival returns for its fourth and final year in May 2014 with six North American orchestras offering compelling and innovative programs, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall. Featured orchestras are the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

    In chamber music highlights, the Takács Quartet plays the complete Bartók string quartets over two January 2014 concerts in Zankel Hall. Pianist Emanuel Ax explores the music of Brahms over three programs in 2014, including a solo recital and concerts with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The series also features new works commissioned by Carnegie Hall and inspired by the music of Brahms from composers Nico Muhly, Anders Hillborg, Brett Dean, and Missy Mazzoli.

    The Kronos Quartet celebrates their 40th anniversary in March 2014 with a concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman stage with new works by John Adams and Phillip Glass, plus music by Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, and others, with special guest artists to be announced.

    Carnegie Hall celebrates the 25th anniversary of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Carnegie Hall recital debut in December 2013, presenting the artist in a program featuring the premieres of music by Krzysztof Penderecki and André Previn. Also, pianist András Schiff completes his two-season, cross-venue Bach project, performing the complete Partitas in late October and a program pairing the Goldberg Variations with Beethoven’s Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli in early November.

    Among vocal recital highlights of the new season, acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut in February 2014, and, the following month, French soprano Natalie Dessay makes her New York recital debut in a program of French songs and German lieder.

    In world music highlights, Peruvian vocalist Eva Ayllón and Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki both make appearances in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, in October 2013 and February 2014, respectively. Also, Yo-Yo Ma brings The Silk Road Ensemble back to Carnegie Hall in celebration of the group’s 15th anniversary with an October 2013 program featuring encore presentations of previous commissions along with new works.

    Season pops highlights include Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage concerts by Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth, in November 2013 and May 2014 respectively, as well as the return of The New York Pops under Music Director Steven Reineke for six concerts with special guests including Chris Botti, Montego Glover, Ashley Brown, Marin Mazzie, and Jason Danieley.

    Ensemble ACJW, featuring musicians from The Academy, returns in the new season with six concerts at Carnegie Hall, including Zankel Hall programs conducted by Susanna Mälkki and David Robertson and premieres of new music by Andy Akiho and Georg Friedrich Haas in Weill Recital Hall. Each year, these talented young professional musicians also perform and teach in New York City public schools as part of their two-year fellowship.

    In addition to plans for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in summer 2013 and 2014, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) continues to expand in the new season, with community and music education programs reaching audiences in the five boroughs of New York City, across the country, and worldwide. WMI will work with more than 50 orchestras throughout the US and around the globe next season—including recently-added partners in Spain and Japan—connecting with students and members of the orchestras’ communities through the free distribution of Carnegie Hall’s innovative Link Up music education curriculum. Additional 2013–2014 WMI season highlights include a creative learning project for over one hundred New York City high school singers and instrumentalists, exploring the sacred music of legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington; The Song Continues, a series of master classes and recitals celebrating the art of the vocal recital, with 2014 master classes led by mezzo-sopranos Marilyn Horne and Christa Ludwig and pianist Martin Katz; additional workshops for young professional musicians led by composer David Lang and jazz musician Paquito D’Rivera; and a Family Concert series featuring performances by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, singer Natalie Merchant, and The New York Pops.

    For a third year, Carnegie Hall and WQXR 105.9 FM in New York partner to produce Carnegie Hall Live, an engaging nationwide live broadcast and digital series featuring twelve performances from throughout Carnegie Hall’s season. This year’s series launches on October 2 with Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Over the past two seasons, Carnegie Hall Live, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media, has featured acclaimed broadcasts of performances by such artists as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle; the Símon Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela with Gustavo Dudamel, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti as well as recitals by Leif Ove Andsnes, Lang Lang, Renée Fleming, and Susan Graham, plus more. To encourage community and conversation, WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music offer robust digital content surrounding each concert, including live web chats, Twitter commentary by the broadcast team from backstage and in the control room, live and on-demand audio, special videos, program notes, photo galleries, and more. The full schedule of 2013–2014 Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts will be announced at a later date.

    For the ninth consecutive year, Bank of America will be Carnegie Hall’s season sponsor. “On behalf of everyone at Carnegie Hall, I’d like to thank Bank of America for their continued partnership,” said Mr. Gillinson. “This wonderful show of support plays a central role in enabling Carnegie Hall to continue to present truly memorable concerts by the world’s finest artists and ensembles, and also plays a vital part in making music more accessible to New Yorkers through Carnegie Hall’s wide variety of music education and community programs. We’re grateful for Bank of America’s ongoing collaboration and salute them for their remarkable commitment to enhancing the lives of people around the globe through arts and culture.”

    "We are pleased to enter our ninth season as season sponsor of Carnegie Hall featuring artistic performances that will delight audiences," said Rena DeSisto, Global Arts and Culture Executive for Bank of America. "Bank of America supports several thousand arts institutions around the world each year. We are committed to a diverse program of cultural support which is designed to engage individuals, organizations, communities and cultures in creative ways to build mutual respect and understanding; to strengthen institutions that contribute to local economies; to engage and provide benefits to our employees, and to fulfill our responsibilities as a major corporation with global reach and making an impact on economies and societies worldwide. When we invest in the arts, we expand access to experiences that challenge, educate, inspire, and motivate."

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

    Click here for a complete Carnegie Hall 2013–2014 season press kit.

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