Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras II

Renowned American orchestras perform electrifying concerts under the batons of acclaimed conductors in performances of indelible music. The Chicago Symphony and Boston Symphony orchestras illuminate Wagner's operatic works, The Cleveland Orchestra pairs Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 with a work by one of the Russian masters, and Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony through Mahler's moving Ninth Symphony.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra

Cancelled: San Francisco Symphony

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor

Program

WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
MASON BATES Alternative Energy (NY Premiere)
FRANCK Symphony in D Minor
Parisian audiences didn’t take to Franck’s Symphony at its 1889 premiere, but its contagious melodies and breathtaking dramatic sweep have since made it one of classical music’s most treasured works. This program also includes Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture and a new work by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence, Mason Bates.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Franck's Symphony in D minor, M 48, Allegro non troppo


Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Pierre Monteux, Conductor
RCA Victor

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Michael Sachs, Trumpet
Jack Sutte, Trumpet

Program

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4
MATTHIAS PINTSCHER Chute d’Étoiles for Two Trumpets and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy
The Cleveland Orchestra presents an exhilarating evening of music, beginning with two works by Beethoven: the ebullient Symphony No. 4 and an arrangement of the demanding Grosse Fuge. The performance concludes with Scriabin’s mystical Poem of Ecstasy.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major, Op. 60, Allegro ma non troppo


Cleveland Orchestra | George Szell, Conductor
Sony Classical

Cancelled: San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor

Program

MAHLER Symphony No. 9
This concert by the San Francisco Symphony has been cancelled due to the orchestra's current work stoppage. This concert will not be rescheduled.

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Michael Tilson Thomas
first encountered Mahler’s music as a 13-year-old and was immediately stricken: “I could not believe that such symphonic music existed,” says Tilson Thomas. “I never got over it.” He brings a lifetime of love for Mahler’s music to bear on the Ninth Symphony—“it was the symphony that spoke to me the most,” he says—with his San Francisco Symphony in its final Carnegie Hall appearance of the season.

Listen

Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in D Major, III. Rondo burleske


San Francisco Symphony | MIchael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
San Francisco Symphony Label

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, April 5, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano

Program

ALL-WAGNER PROGRAM Selections from Götterdämmerung
·· Dawn
·· Siegfried's Rhine Journey
·· Siegfried's Death and Funeral March
Overture to Tannhäuser
"Ich sah das Kind" from Parsifal
Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Daniele Gatti drew praise from audience members and critics alike when he led the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala in 2009. They return to the Carnegie Hall stage, performing Wagner with luminous mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.

Listen

Wagner's Götterdämmerung, Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey 


London Symphony Orchestra | Leopold Stokowski, Conductor

Decca