Carnegie Hall Presents

The MET Orchestra

The renowned orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera leaves the opera pit only three times a year to showcase its versatility on Carnegie Hall’s stage. And this season, Music Director James Levine is scheduled to return to the helm of the ensemble he has led for more than four decades with performances that feature works by Rossini, Mahler, Carter, and Dvořák.The series also includes celebrated singers from the opera and concert stage: mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and baritone Peter Mattei.

The MET Orchestra

The MET Orchestra

The MET Orchestra

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 3 PM

Performers

The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano

Program

VERDI Overture to I vespri Siciliani
CARTER Variations for Orchestra
ROSSINI Giovanna d'Arco (orch. Salvatore Sciarrino)
MOZART "Deh, per questo istante solo" from La clemenza di Tito
MOZART "Non più di fiori" from La clemenza di Tito
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
Having “triumphed at the Met in several Rossini roles” (The Classical Review), Joyce DiDonato joins The MET Orchestra on the Carnegie Hall stage “to demonstrate her coloratura wizardry with dazzling runs, trills, and roulades” (The New York Times) in another of Rossini’s works—his dramatic cantata that runs the gamut of technical and emotional demands. Also on the program are arias from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, as well as works that showcase a wide range of orchestral color and virtuosity by Beethoven, Carter, and Verdi.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (Poco sustenuto, Vivace)

+
Boston Symphony Orchestra | Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
IDIS

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, December 22, 2013 | 3 PM

Performers

The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Peter Mattei, Baritone

Program

ALL-MAHLER PROGRAM
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Symphony No. 7
“An artist of the highest caliber,” Peter Mattei’s “luxuriant baritone on its own is a thing of beauty—handsome, generously produced, technically polished, [and] powerful” (Opera News). With The MET Orchestra and Music Director James Levine, he brings his celebrated voice to Mahler’s autobiographical song cycle, inspired by a tumultuous love affair that came to a bitter end. The program also includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, a nocturnal musical journey from dusk till dawn.

Listen

Mahler's Symphony No. 7 (Scherzo: Schattenhaft)

+
Chicago Symphony Orchestra | James Levine, Conductor
RCA Red Seal

The MET Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 3 PM

Performers

The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Lynn Harrell, Cello

Program

DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B Minor
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

Encore:BACH "Prelude" from Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Czech composer Antonín Dvořák has written many pieces that are mainstays of the orchestral repertoire, infused with exuberant dance rhythms and folk-music influences from his native Bohemia. The MET Orchestra and Music Director James Levine chart a course through the composer's indelible music, including his Seventh Symphony and Carnival Overture. The intrepid ensemble also performs his Cello Concerto in B Minor, a display of dramatic solo and orchestral writing on the largest scale which deftly showcases the timbre of the cello with selected soloists from the orchestra.

Listen

Dvořák's Cello Concerto in B Minor

+
London Symphony Orchestra | James Levine, Conductor | Lynn Harrell, Cello
RCA Red Seal