Great American Orchestras I | Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras I

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.
November 13, 2013
San Francisco Symphony
February 12, 2014
Boston Symphony Orchestra
April 30, 2014
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

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


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


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

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.


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


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


Alborada del gracioso
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.


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

Boston Symphony Orchestra | Bernard Haitink, Conductor

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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


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


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.


Britten's War Reqiem (Sanctus)

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