Carnegie Hall Presents

Orchestra of St. Luke's

The Orchestra of St. Luke's sterling reputation is built on its artistic excellence and versatility. Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado opens the season with an eclectic program of Purcell, Tchaikovsky, Dallapiccola, and Mendelssohn. Heras-Casado is also on the podium for a concert that features Beethoven's immortal Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky's piquant Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2 with one of today's magnetic young stars, Alisa Weilerstein. Another star, pianist Stephen Hough, is on stage for Dvořák's Piano Concerto in a program conducted by Harry Bicket that also includes music by Wagner and Haydn.

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 8 PM

Performers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
Elizabeth DeShong, Mezzo-Soprano
Joseph Kaiser, Tenor
Luca Pisaroni, Bass-Baritone
Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle, Music Director

Program

PURCELL Suite from A Midsummer Night's Dream
TCHAIKOVSKY The Tempest
DALLAPICCOLA Piccola musica notturna
MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht
Shakespeare’s magic has inspired composers from the early Baroque to the present day. Purcell’s Suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream evokes Shakespeare’s fairy kingdom, while Tchaikovsky’s lushly Romantic depiction of the sea brings the poet’s The Tempest to life. Nocturnal events are at the heart of works by Dallapiccola and Mendelssohn. Piccola musica notturna is an evocative portrayal of a summer night. Otherworldly events make Mendelssohn’s setting of Goethe’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Witches’ Night) a thrilling choral depiction of the night witches and demons.

Listen

Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht (Overture)


Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor
Apex

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Harry Bicket, Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano

Program

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
DVOŘÁK Piano Concerto
HAYDN Symphony No. 104, "London"
The Financial Times likened pianist Stephen Hough to “a sorcerer bewitching his audience.” Hough casts his spell in Dvořák’s Piano Concerto, a work of bountiful lyricism and dramatic power. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, beloved for its subtle charm, is the tender birthday gift the composer wrote for his wife, while Haydn’s last symphony, commissioned by a London impresario, is the pinnacle of the composer’s symphonic art and his crowning achievement.

Listen

Haydn's Symphony No. 104 in D Major, "London" (Finale)


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra | Sir Colin Davis, Conductor
Universal International Music B.V.

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 8 PM

Performers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Program

STRAVINSKY Symphonies of Wind Instruments
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto makes great demands on the soloist, especially the wrenching cadenza that opens the final movement—a harrowing prelude that sets up a fierce danse macabre that concludes the work. Soloist Alisa Weilerstein has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “wonderfully large and expressive string tone.” Stravinsky’s piquant Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 5 frame the program.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (Allegro)


Chamber Orchestra of Europe | Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor
Warner Classics