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Orchestra of St. Luke's Kicks Off Three-Concert Series at Carnegie Hall with Returning Guest Conductor David Robertson and Baritone Thomas Hampson on October 13

Carnegie Hall presents Orchestra of St. Luke’s in three concerts this season in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, beginning on Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m. The series kicks off with the orchestra’s long-time friend and collaborator David Robertson leading a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92; and selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn featuring celebrated baritone Thomas Hampson. Also on the program is Brett Dean’s Testament, a moving tribute to Beethoven’s life and music inspired by his 1802 “Heiligenstadt Testament,” the autobiographical manifesto in which the composer came to terms with the loss of his hearing early in his career.

Presented by Carnegie Hall on its own series annually since 1986, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s celebrates this 30th anniversary with two more performances during the coming season. On Thursday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m., Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado returns to conduct Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with soprano Sophie Karthäuser (previously announced soprano Erin Morley has withdrawn from this performance as she is expecting a child), baritone Florian Boesch, and Musica Sacra led by music director Kent Tritle. The program also includes Witold Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre. A pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. features Paul Berry, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History, at Yale University. For the orchestra’s final Carnegie Hall concert of the season, Sir Roger Norrington, OSL’s first music director, conducts an all-Mozart program on Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. with guest pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Mr. Grosvenor, described as “boy lord of the piano” by The New York Times, is featured in Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466. The orchestra also performs Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major, K. 319 and Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425, "Linz.”

About Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and the Caramoor Summer Season. In its 42-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado is OSL’s principal conductor.

OSL grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble make up OSL’s artistic core.

OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Midtown Manhattan, where it shares a building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. The DiMenna Center is New York City’s premier venue for rehearsal, recording, and learning, having quickly gained a reputation for its superb acoustics, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordability. Since opening in 2011, The DiMenna Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors, including more than 400 ensembles and artists such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, James Taylor, and Sting. OSL hosts hundreds of neighbors, families, and school children at its home each year for free community events.

Through its Education and Community programs, OSL has introduced audiences across New York City to live classical music. OSL brings free chamber concerts to the five boroughs; offers free interactive music programs at The DiMenna Center; provides chamber music coaching for adult amateurs; and engages 10,000 public school students each year through its Free School Concerts. In 2013, OSL launched Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s (YOSL), an intensive after-school instrumental instruction program emphasizing musical excellence and social development, in partnership with community organizations and public schools in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

Pablo Heras-Casado has been OSL’s principal conductor since the 2012-2013 season. Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Heras-Casado enjoys a varied career encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically informed performance, and cutting-edge contemporary scores. He was also appointed principal guest conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, in 2014.
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