Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras I - Students

A vast range of orchestral sound and emotional power is displayed in the orchestral scores that fill this inspired series. The San Francisco Symphony finds an unexpected dialogue between American works and Viennese classics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra spotlights French scores written for or inspired by theater, and Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra through Britten's chilling meditation against war.

San Francisco Symphony

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Jeremy Denk, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
STEVEN MACKEY Eating Greens
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
COPLAND Symphonic Ode

Encore:COPLAND "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo
Lauded for their “fresh and daring” (The New York Times) approach to repertoire, the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas come to Carnegie Hall with a program that finds an unexpected dialogue between American works and Viennese classics. Quintessential masterpieces for orchestra by Beethoven and Mozart are juxtaposed with the works of American composers Aaron Copland and Steven Mackey.

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

Listen

Copland's Symphonic Ode


San Francisco Symphony | Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor
RCA Victor

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
John Oliver, Conductor

Program

ALL-RAVEL PROGRAM
Alborada del gracioso
Shéhérazade
Daphnis et Chloé (complete)
The much-admired maestro Bernard Haitink leads the stellar Boston Symphony Orchestra through a program that includes works by Ravel, including what is arguably his best work—the passionate ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, first danced by the Ballets Russes—as well as his Spanish-infused Alborada del gracioso.

Listen

Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé ("Lever du jour")


Boston Symphony Orchestra | Bernard Haitink, Conductor
Phillips

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, Music Director and Conductor
Evelina Dobracheva, Soprano
Thomas Cooley, Tenor
Stephen Powell, Baritone
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Norman Mackenzie, Director
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director

Program

BRITTEN War Requiem
Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York" (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.

Please note that tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has withdrawn from this performance due to illness. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall are grateful to Thomas Cooley for agreeing to perform on extremely short notice.

Listen

Britten's War Reqiem (Sanctus)


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra | Atlanta Symphony Chorus | Atlanta Boys Choir | Robert Shaw, Conductor
Telarc