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Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Perform Two Concerts at Carnegie Hall, April 19 and 20

Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons returns with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in April for two concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. On Tuesday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra plays John Corigliano’s Fantasia on an Ostinato; Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 featuring Leonidas Kavakos; and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88. The following evening, Wednesday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra and Maestro Jansons perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, "Leningrad."

The April 20 performance airs as part of the fifth annualCarnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series with a live radio broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and online at wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon, select Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts feature live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

About the Artist
Leonidas Kavakos is recognized throughout the world as one of the leading violinists of his generation and an artist of rare quality, admired for his virtuosity, superb musicianship, and the integrity of his playing. During the 2015–2016 season, Mr. Kavakos appears in recital in Italy, Spain, and Germany; as well as soloist with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Paris, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and the Vienna Philharmonic, with whom he also appears as conductor; and in chamber music with cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Nikolai Lugansky in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia. In addition, this season he plays at the Verbier, White Nights, Edinburgh International, Tanglewood, and Annecy Classical festivals, and performs the complete Beethoven Sonatas at the Dresden Musikfestspiele.

Mariss Jansons ranks among the outstanding podium personalities of our time. His orchestral work is recognized not only through his busy touring activities but also for his worldwide television and radio broadcasts worldwide, and for his extensive discography. Mr. Jansons has been Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir since 2003. He served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam from 2004 until 2015.

As Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons has led a number of critically acclaimed concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at home and abroad. Mr. Jansons and the orchestra make regular appearances in the most important musical capitals of the world including New York, London, Tokyo, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, Zurich, Brussels, and other cities, as well as at such festivals as Salzburg, Lucerne, the London Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Berlin Festival. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir, under Mariss Jansons, is invited annually to serve as Orchestra in Residence at the Easter Festival in Lucerne.

From 1979 to 2000, Mr. Jansons was Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, which he shaped into a top international orchestra. He also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1992–1997) and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1997–2004). He embarked on several tours to the most important music centers with his orchestras in Oslo and Pittsburgh, and made regular visits to the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, and the London Proms, among others.

Mr. Jansons has successfully collaborated with all the major orchestras, among them the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and the Dresden Staatskapelle. Of particular significance are his collaborations with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Mr. Jansons has conducted these orchestras regularly in Vienna and Berlin as well as on tour throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. He is also a regular guest artist at the Salzburg Festival.

Founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO)—the orchestra of Munich’s public radio and television broadcaster, Bayerischer Rundfunk—is considered one of the world’s leading orchestras, renowned throughout Europe and abroad. Its international prominence continues to grow through an intensive touring schedule that takes the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to Asia as well as North and South America. The orchestra owes its extraordinary range of repertoire and sound spectrum to the program preferences of its previous chief conductors as well as to the great flexibility and acumen of each individual musician.

Many renowned guest conductors, such as Clemens Krauss, Erich and Carlos Kleiber, Charles Munch, Ferenc Fricsay, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm, Günter Wand, Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Kurt Sanderling and Wolfgang Sawallisch have left indelible imprints on the BRSO. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra was also the only German orchestra regularly conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Today, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons and Yannick Nézet-Séguin are among the significant partners who frequently conduct the orchestra in Munich. In addition, the BRSO has, in recent years, pursued new approaches to early music and now regularly collaborates with such experts in historical performance practice as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner , Giovanni Antonini and Thomas Hengelbrock.

Besides the numerous performances heard on Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich and surrounding cities within the station’s broadcast range, the BRSO is heard worldwide as part of its numerous and extensive concert tours. The BRSO has toured virtually every European country, Asia, as well as North and South America. It makes regular appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and in the renowned concert halls in Japan’s musical capitals. The BRSO, under the direction of its current Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, has also served as orchestra in residence at the Easter Festival in Lucerne since 2004.
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