Carnegie Hall Presents

Off the Beaten Track

Be bold. Take a trip with musicians that are definitely doing things differently on the three concerts in this series. It all starts with Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet with astounding musical range and energy, continues with the Finnish Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, and arrives at a tribute to trailblazing American composers with members of the San Francisco Symphony.

Series Events

Monday, October 31, 2011 | 7:30 PM
Brooklyn Rider
Zankel Hall


  • Brooklyn Rider
    ·· Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
    ·· Colin Jacobsen, Violin
    ·· Nicholas Cords, Viola
    ·· Eric Jacobsen, Cello
  • with Christopher Tignor, Electronics


  • BROOKLYN RIDER Seven Steps (NY Premiere)
  • CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR together into this unknowable night
  • PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 3, "Mishima"
  • ZORN Kol Nidre
  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

  • Encore:
  • ROD TEMPERTON "Thriller"
Colin Jacobsen Achille's Heel (Second Bounce)
Brooklyn Rider
In A Circle Records
Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 7:30 PM
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Zankel Hall


  • Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
    Hannu Lintu, Conductor
  • Markus Allan, Vocalist
  • Tuomas Hiltunen, Host


    KULLERVO LINNA "Iltarusko" (arr. Niemi)
    TOIVO KÄRKI "On elon retki näin" (arr. Laine and Niemi)
    TOIVO KÄRKI "Liljankukka"(arr. Niemi)
    JANI UHLENIUS "Pilvet karkaa- niin minäkin" (arr. Niemi)
    PENTTI VIHERLUOTO "Punaiset lehdet" (arr. Niemi)
    UNTO MONONEN "Satumaa" (arr. Niemi)
    OSKAR MERIKANTO Kesäillan valssi
    JEAN SIBELIUS Valse Triste
    TAISTO WESSLIN "Tangon Kotimaa" (arr. Laine and Niemi)
    RAMON ARCADO "Rio de la Plata" (arr. Igoni)
    VEIKKO JUNTUNEN "Valkoiset linnut" (arr. Laine and Niemi)
    ARVO KOSKIMAA "Syyspihlajan alla" (arr. Niemi)
    KAJ CHYDENIUS "Viimeisestä illasta" (arr. Lintinen)
Kaija Saariaho Miranda's Lament ("From the Grammar of Dreams")
Anu Komsi, Soprano
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | 8:30 PM
American Mavericks
with Members of the San Francisco Symphony
Zankel Hall


  • Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor and Host
  • Donato Cabrera, Conductor
  • Kiera Duffy, Soprano
  • Paul Jacobs, Organ
  • Mason Bates, Electronica
  • Newband
    Dean Drummond and Stefani Starin, Directors
  • Young People's Chorus of New York City
    Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
  • Members of the San Francisco Symphony


  • PARTCH Daphne of the Dunes
  • MASON BATES Mass Transmission (NY Premiere)
  • DEL TREDICI Syzygy
  • HARRISON Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra
David Del Tredici Syzygy
ASKO Ensemble; Oliver Knussen, Conductor; Jan Harshagen, French Horn; Peppie Wiersma, Tubular Bells; Wim Vos, Tubular Bells; Lucy Shelton, Soprano  
Deutsche Grammophon
American Mavericks
As Artistic Director of "American Mavericks," Michael Tilson Thomas offers a thrilling chance to experience the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, John Cage, John Adams, and other maverick composers in a series of concerts in March 2012, celebrating what he calls the "iconoclasts, moldbreakers, voyagers, pioneers of the American sound."

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