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Sir Simon Rattle Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Friday, May 17 

The Philadelphia Orchestra makes its final Carnegie Hall appearance of the season on Friday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m., led by internationally acclaimed conductor Sir Simon Rattle in a program of Webern’s Passacaglia, Three Fragments from Berg’s Wozzeck, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral", and Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre. Soprano Barbara Hannigan is the guest soloist in the Berg and Ligeti works. Both Webern’s Passacaglia and Berg’s opera Wozzeck received their U.S. premieres in Philadelphia under the baton of the orchestra’s legendary music director Leopold Stokowski. Maestro Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra also recorded Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony for the beloved 1940 animated Disney film Fantasia.

Canadian born soprano Barbara Hannigan has received great acclaim for her performances of Ligeti’s music, not least from the composer himself. In 2010, Ms. Hannigan and Maestro Rattle joined Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Hall for a virtuosic performance of Mysteries of the Macabre, Ligeti’s tour de force work for soprano and orchestra. One of her signature works, Ms. Hannigan has sung—and sometimes conducted—the piece in performances across three continents.

About the Artists
Soprano Barbara Hannigan is an artist who combines thrilling passion with exceptional technique. With a voice at once pure and hot, she has arrived, through challenging and diverse repertory choices, at a point of complete control, intensity, and versatility. She also possesses a vital stage presence, whether in opera or on the concert stage. Much sought after in contemporary music—she has given over 75 world premieres—she is no less brilliant and devoted as a performer of baroque and classical music.

A frequent guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ms. Hannigan recently sang the title role in Stravinsky’s opera Le Rossignol with the orchestra, conducted by Pierre Boulez, and has performed other works of Stravinsky’s, as well as pieces by Dutilleux, Webern, and Ligeti, with the orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Her vast operatic repertoire includes the world premiere performances of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin (Agnès) and Pascal Dusapin’s Passion (Lei) at the Aix Festival, Louis Andriessen’s Writing to Vermeer (Saskia) for the Netherlands Opera, Jan van de Putte’s Wet Snow (Liza) for the Nationale Reisopera of the Netherlands, Michel van der Aa’s solo opera One with film and electronics, Luca Mosca’s Signor Goldoni (Despina) at La Fenice, and Gerald Barry’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Gabrielle) for English National Opera.

After leading the orchestra regularly as a guest conductor for fifteen years, Sir Simon Rattle became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2002. Prior to that, between 1980 and 1998, he served as principal conductor, artistic adviser, and ultimately music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He toured and recorded extensively with the ensemble and also conducted leading orchestras in London, Europe, and the US, enjoying a close association with The Philadelphia Orchestra beginning with his Philadelphia debut in 1993. He is a regular guest conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos (with Alfred Brendel) and is also a principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and founding patron of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. At the Salzburg Easter Festival, of which he is artistic director, Maestro Rattle has conducted staged productions of Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Britten’s Peter Grimes, and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande as well as a wide range of concert performances, all with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Recent seasons have included Far East and European tours with Berliner Philharmoniker; projects with Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. The 2007–2008 season included the Berliner Philharmoniker's 125th birthday celebrations including their Berlin in Lights festival residency at Carnegie Hall, a Scandinavian tour, and the BBC Proms. An exclusive EMI artist for many years, Rattle has made over 70 recordings for the label. Simon Rattle was knighted in 1994 by the Queen of England and has received many other awards and distinctions in recognition of his artistic activities.

The Philadelphia Orchestra first appeared at Carnegie Hall in November 1902. By the mid-20th century, the orchestra had begun a series of annual appearances at America’s most celebrated concert hall, presenting a variety of its concerts each year, less than two hours from home. The Philadelphia Orchestra continues this long-standing partnership. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the orchestra also continues to develop compelling programs that resonate with contemporary audiences. The Philadelphia Orchestra is focused on the future while inspired by a rich tradition of achievement and seeks to not simply sustain the highest level of artistic quality, but to challenge—and exceed—that level by creating a powerful musical experience for audiences around the world.

Program Information
Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Barbara Hannigan, Soprano

ANTON WEBERN Passacaglia, Op. 1
ALBAN BERG Three Fragments from Wozzeck
GYÖRGY LIGETI Mysteries of the Macabre
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Robert L. Turner in support of the 2012-2013 season.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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