In Conversation with David Robertson
We’ve been lucky enough this morning to spend a fascinating couple of hours filming an interview with David Robertson, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony. Maestro Robertson wears a variety of hats for his return to Carnegie Hall next season.
On February 5, 2012, he teams up with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, 200 high-school singers, and 50 middle-school singers from all over New York City for a performance of Carmina Burana—the culmination of the Weill Music Institute’s Carmina Burana Choral Project. In addition to Orff’s masterpiece, the program includes three new works for chorus and orchestra by high school–aged composers.
On March 10, Robertson participates in Finnish composer’s Kaija Saariaho’s year as Carnegie Hall’s composer-in-residence when he conducts the St. Louis Symphony and soprano Karita Mattila in Saariaho’s Quatre Instants. The program that night also includes Debussy’s Printemps and the complete version of Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
In previous interviews with Carnegie Hall, Robertson has expressed his admiration for The Academy and its performing arm, Ensemble ACJW. He collaborates with the ensemble again on March 25 in Zankel Hall, conducting a program of Wagner, Ligeti, John Adams, and Haydn.
Throughout the interview, Robertson spoke in his usual engaging way about the St. Louis Symphony and all his Carnegie Hall activities in the upcoming season. We will air the interview in a series of videos throughout the season. As with last season’s creative learning project Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, The Carmina Burana Choral Project will be documented in a video series leading up to the final concert.
Stay tuned for some great videos!