Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras I

Each orchestra on this series has its own deep, rich history of remarkable performances here at Carnegie Hall. And each is sure to add to its legacy this season with performances of Salome (The Cleveland Orchestra), Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Schubert’s “Great” Symphony (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra (The Philadelphia Orchestra).

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, November 5, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Program

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN Nyx (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Radio France, Barbican Centre and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3

Encore:DEBUSSY Claire de lune from Suite bergamasque
Since becoming the first and only American to win the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in 1970, Grammy-winning Garrick Ohlsson has gained worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. He’s got a touch that mixes physical power and emotional delicacy—perfect for Rachmaninoff’s moving Piano Concerto No. 3, which he performs here with Robert Spano and his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program is the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx, a Carnegie Hall co-commission.

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Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano, Conductor 
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The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin

Program

MARTIN Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

Encore:NICOLÒ PAGANINI Caprice No. 16 in G Minor
For James Ehnes, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is a piece that exemplifies “so quintessentially who he was as a composer … once he found his voice, that voice was perfect.” Ehnes brings this exemplary work of youthful 19th-century genius to Carnegie Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra. As one of the world’s great ensembles, the orchestra showcases its own virtuosity in Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

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Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra (Allegro molto appassionato)

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Philadelphia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, Conductor; Isaac Stern, Violin 
Sony

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Cédric Tiberghien, Piano

Program

BERLIOZ Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Encore:DEBUSSY "La Cathédrale engloutie" from Préludes, Book I
Two vivid French masterworks, written a century apart: the first, Ravel’s Piano Concerto, opens with a snap and a jazzy sparkle; the second, Berlioz’s macabre Symphonie fantastique—a frightening take on lost love and the hallucinatory power of art. Hear them both with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, featuring pianist Cédric Tiberghien.

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Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, "Songe d'une nuit de Sabba"

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Boston Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Nina Stemme, Soprano (Salome)
Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone (Jochanaan)
Rudolf Schasching, Tenor (Herod)
Jane Henschel, Mezzo-Soprano (Herodias)
Garrett Sorenson, Tenor (Narraboth)

Cast also includes:
Jennifer Johnson Cano
Rodell Rosel, Tenor
Matthew Plenk, Tenor
Bryan Griffin, Tenor
James Kryshak, Tenor
Brian Keith-Johnson, Baritone
Sam Handley, Bass-Baritone
Darren Stokes, Bass-Baritone
Evan Boyer, Bass

Program

R. STRAUSS Salome, Op. 54 (concert performance)
In Salome, Strauss set a scandalous libretto to some of the most incendiary and ingenious music in opera. This concert performance is a rare opportunity to hear one of music history’s most revolutionary works played by one of the world’s best orchestras, with reigning stars of the opera house Nina Stemme and Eric Owens in the lead roles.

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R. Strauss's Salome (Final Scene)

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Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden | Antonio Pappano, Conductor | Nina Stemme, Soprano
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