Carnegie Hall Presents

Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair


Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

Making Music: Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen Master Class

Cancelled: Kaija Saariaho with Anssi Karttunen Young Artists Concert

Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen Young Artists Concert

St. Louis Symphony

The Cleveland Orchestra

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, Conductor
Elizabeth Futral, Soprano
Heikki Nikula, Bass Clarinet
Avanti! Quartet
·· Anna-Leena Haikola, Violin
·· Eriikka Maalismaa, Violin
·· Tuula Riisalo, Viola
·· Mikko Ivars, Cello

Program

KAIJA SAARIAHO Nymphéa
LOTTA WENNÄKOSKI Kuule II
JUKKA TIENSUU nemo
KAIJA SAARIAHO Emilie Suite (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM in Zankel Hall with Kaija Saariaho in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra travels from its hometown of Helsinki to New York City, beginning its two-night stay at Carnegie Hall with a focus on Finnish composers. This exemplary group sheds a particularly bright spotlight on Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence Kaija Saariaho with her 1987 work Nymphéa and the world premiere of a suite from Emilie, her most recent opera.

Listen

Kaija Saariaho Amers (Libero, dolce, misterioso)

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Avanti! Chamber Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen,Conductor; Anssi Karttunen, Cello
Sony

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

FINNISH TANGO: A JOURNEY TO THE FAIRY TALE LAND

Zankel Hall
Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Performers

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

Program

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)
Dating back to the 1920s, tango has been hugely popular in Finland—not simply as a quirky cultural import, but as a style that songwriters have embraced and made their own. Themes of lost love and nostalgia pervade Finnish tango, and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra brings some of the most famous examples from their native land to Carnegie Hall.

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Kaija Saariaho Miranda's Lament ("From the Grammar of Dreams")

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Anu Komsi, Soprano
Ondine

Making Music: Kaija Saariaho

Voix, Espace

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 5, 2012 | 6 PM

Performers

Kaija Saariaho, Composer
Solistes XXI
··Céline Boucard, Soprano
··Raphaële Kennedy, Soprano
··Maryseult Wieczorek, Soprano
··Sébastien Amadieu, Countertenor
··Laurent David, Tenor
··Edouard Hazebrouck, Tenor
··Jean-Sébastien Nicolas, Baritone
··Jean-Christophe Jacques, Baritone
Rachid Safir, Director
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Video Artist
Jeremy Geffen, Series Moderator

Program

ALL-KAIJA SAARIAHO PROGRAM
Echo!
Nuits, adieux
Lonh
From the Grammar of Dreams
Tag des Jahrs
Residing in Paris since 1982, Kaija Saariaho has developed important artistic relationships that have furthered the range of her sensual, expressive musical art. Two of those partners join Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence on a concert that highlights her solo and ensemble vocal music, performed by ensemble Solistes XXI, paired with multimedia installations by Jean-Baptiste Barrière.

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Kaija Saariaho's Nuits adieux 

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Solistes XXI | Rachid Safir, Director
Kaija Saariaho's Lonh 

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Solistes XXI | Rachid Safir, Director
Kaija Saariaho Miranda's Lament ("From the Grammar of Dreams")

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Anu Komsi, Soprano
Ondine
Kaija Saariaho's Tag des Jahrs 

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Solistes XXI | Rachid Safir, Director

Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen Master Class

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, March 9, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Sarah Saviet, Violin
Emily Deans, Viola
Anna Pelczer, Viola
Paul Dwyer, Cello
Mira Luxion, Cello
Tony Flynt, Bass

Program

Repertoire to be selected from:KAIJA SAARIAHO ...de la Terre
KAIJA SAARIAHO Sept Papillons
KAIJA SAARIAHO Vent Nocturne
KAIJA SAARIAHO Folia
KAIJA SAARIAHO Nocturne
Catch a glimpse of the mentoring that goes on in a Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshop, as Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair Kaija Saariaho and Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, her frequent collaborator, pass along invaluable advice on the composer-performer relationship to the group of young professional string players chosen for the workshop. The repertoire for the master class will be drawn from Saariaho’s works for solo strings.

Cancelled: Kaija Saariaho with Anssi Karttunen Young Artists Concert

Zankel Hall
Sunday, March 11, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen Young Artists Concert

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 12, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Sarah Saviet, Violin
Emily Deans, Viola
Anna Pelczer, Viola
Paul Dwyer, Cello
Mira Luxion, Cello
Tony Flynt, Bass

Program

Program to include:JENNY BECK The Tide Will Take You (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
LOUIS CHIAPPETTA Loops, Clocks, and Shadow (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
EDMUND FINNIS Relative Colour (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
URSULA KWONG-BROWN Adunamentum (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
ANNA PIDGORNA The Child, bringer of light (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
CHRIS WILLIAMS San-Shih-Fan (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
KAIJA SAARIAHO Aure (U.S. Premiere)
KAIJA SAARIAHO Cloud Trio (U.S. Premiere)
This final concert of Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen’s Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshop features participating composers’ music performed by young solo string players, in addition to works by Saariaho. Hear music that is new and fresh, all prepared under the guidance of Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair and the dynamic Finnish cellist who is her frequent collaborator.

St. Louis Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

St. Louis Symphony
David Robertson, Music Director and Conductor
Karita Mattila, Soprano

Program

DEBUSSY Printemps
KAIJA SAARIAHO Quatre Instants
STRAVINSKY The Firebird (complete)
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with David Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

Karita Mattila
joins David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony for a performance of Quatre Instants, which Kaija Saariaho wrote specifically for the Finnish soprano. When Mattila premiered the work at the 2003 Ekenäs festival, critics called the performance “irresistible” (Le Monde). Paired with Stravinsky’s Firebird, it’s a concert you can’t miss.

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Kaija Saariaho's Quatre Instants, Attente (Longing) 

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Karita Mattila, Soprano | Martin Katz, Piano
Ondine

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Gil Shaham, Violin

Program

BRAHMS Violin Concerto
KAIJA SAARIAHO Laterna magica (NY Premiere)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B Minor
Hear one of America’s greatest orchestras perform exemplary music from three centuries. The Cleveland Orchestra and Maestro Franz Welser-Möst are joined by acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham for a program that includes the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Laterna magica, a work inspired by the autobiography of Ingmar Bergmann, and works by Brahms and Shostakovich.

Listen

Laterna Magica

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Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra | Sakari Oramo, Conductor
Ondine
Brahms's Violin Concerto (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piu presto)

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Berliner Philharmoniker | Claudio Abbado, Conductor | Gil Shaham, Violin
Deutsche Grammophon