Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras II

Explore the virtuosity of a great American orchestra—it’s simply spellbinding. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti, explores Russian composers from the imperial and Soviet eras. In a unique operatic program, The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Maurizio Benini are joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and others in a program of bel canto arias and ensembles. Beethoven’s dazzling Violin Concerto is featured alongside Shostakovich’s searing Symphony No. 10 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons.

San Francisco Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor

Program

MAHLER Symphony No. 7
Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 is one of the composer’s most fanciful works. It’s a magical five-movement masterpiece that’s mysterious, nostalgic, and humorous in its boisterous finale. Scored for a massive orchestra that includes cowbells, mandolin, and guitar, Mahler’s symphony takes the listener on one of the great orchestral journeys.

Listen

Mahler's Symphony No. 7 in E Minor


San Francisco Symphony | Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor
San Francisco Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 2 PM

Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
Alisa Kolosova, Mezzo-Soprano
Sergey Skorokhodov, Tenor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, Director

Program

SCRIABIN Symphony No. 1
PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky
“The passion and dramatic verve Muti masterfully elicited … is simply magnificent,” said NPR about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director. In this program, Riccardo Muti conducts Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1, a passionate ode to art—the composer’s first major orchestral work. Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, a cantata drawn from his complete score to Eisenstein’s classic film, comprises music accompanying some of the film’s most memorable scenes, including the grim chant of invading Teutonic knights, the Russian people’s rousing exhortation to battle, a heartfelt lament, and the Battle on the Ice—one of the greatest fusions of image and music ever made.

Listen

Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 (Alexander's Entry Into Pskov)


Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus | Fritz Reiner, Conductor
Classical Masters

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Maurizio Benini, Conductor
Laura Claycomb, Soprano
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor

Program

ROSSINI Overture to Aureliano in Palmira
CARAFA "L'amica ancor non torna ... Oh, di sorte crudel" from Le nozze di Lammermoor
DONIZETTI "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'elisir d'amore
DONIZETTI "Prendi, per me sei libero" from L'elisir d'amore
PACINI "Ove t'aggiri, o barbaro" from Stella di Napoli
BELLINI "Oh! quante volte" from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
BELLINI "Ah! mia Giulietta" from I Capuleti e i Montecchi
DONIZETTI "La maîtresse du roi... Ange si pur" from La favorite
ROSSINI "Reidi al soglio" from Zelmira

Encore:ROSSINI “À la faveur de cette nuit obscure” from Le comte Ory
Please note that soprano Nicole Cabell has withdrawn from this performance due to illness. Laura Claycomb has graciously agreed to perform in her place.

A highlight of Joyce DiDonato’s Perspectives series is this celebration of music from the bel canto era. Curated by the mezzo-soprano, this evening of arias, ensembles, and orchestral selections ranges from Rossini and Bellini to surprising gems by lesser-known composers of the time. Joining The Philadelphia Orchestra is a lineup of well-known bel canto stars: soprano Laura Claycomb, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and conductor Maurizio Benini.

Listen

"Fra il padre, e fra l'amante" from Rossini's La donna del lago


Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano | Orchestra dell'accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia | Edoardo Muller, Conductor
Erato

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

Program

SHOSTAKOVICH Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto set the standard for the great violin concertos of the Romantic era. Longer in duration, more richly orchestrated and featuring a solo part more difficult than anything that came before, it’s quintessential Beethoven. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, popularly believed to be a musical depiction of the horrors of the Stalin era, is a scorching, tragic masterpiece featuring a terrifying march thought to be a portrait of the Soviet dictator.

Listen

Mahler's Symphony No. 6 (Allegro energico, ma non troppo)


Boston Symphony Orchestra | Seiji Ozawa, Conductor
Universal International Music