Performance Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 8 PM

Orchestra of St. Luke's

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Please note that this performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's was originally scheduled for Thursday, November 1 and was postponed due to the ongoing effects of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets for the November 1 performance will be honored for this concert.

Haydn’s admiration of the young Mozart adds an extra dimension to this concert by the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Both composers were titans of the Classical symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 being shining examples of their mastery. Steven Isserlis joins the orchestra for Haydn’s richly melodic Cello Concerto in D Major, and Mozart’s elegant Chaconne from Idomeneo rounds out the program.


  • Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
  • Steven Isserlis, Cello


  • MOZART Symphony No. 29
  • HAYDN Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. Vllb: 2
  • MOZART Ballet music from Idomeneo
  • HAYDN Symphony No. 99

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours and 15 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Orchestra of St. Luke's

    Now in its 38th season, Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's foremost and most versatile ensembles. Dedicated to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond, OSL performs approximately 70 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each year-including an annual orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, an annual chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer concerts as orchestra-in-residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival. OSL's principal conductor is Pablo Heras-Casado.

    OSL collaborates regularly with the world's great artists, such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. In March 2011, OSL opened The DiMenna Center for Classical Music-its first permanent home, and New York City's first rehearsal and recording facility dedicated to classical music. Committed to community building, OSL produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs as part of its Subway Series, free concerts devoted to the artistic process as part of its OSL@DMC series at The DiMenna Center, and has engaged more than one million children in its community and education programs.

    OSL's discography of more than 70 recordings includes seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works and performed more than 150 world, US, and New York premieres.

    Later this season, OSL's 2012-2013 Carnegie Hall series will feature the main stage debut of OSL's Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado on February 7, 2013. Mr. Heras-Casado will lead the orchestra in works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann-including the US premiere of Debussy's Five Preludes (orchestrated by Hans Zender) and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Christian Zacharias. On March 28, 2013, Maestro Iván Fischer will once again close out OSL's Carnegie Hall series, performing J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the New York City-based chorus Musica Sacra and soloists soprano Dominique Labelle, mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, tenor John Tessier, and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

    Nicholas McGegan

    Nicholas McGegan is loved by audiences and orchestras for performances that match authority with enthusiasm, scholarship with joy, and curatorial responsibility with evangelical exuberance. He has been music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for 27 years, and was artistic director of the Göttingen International Handel Festival for 20 years.

    Mr. McGegan has been a pioneer in the process of exporting historically informed practice beyond the world of period instruments to conventional symphonic forces. He has guest conducted orchestras that include the New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong philharmonics; the St. Louis Symphony; the Chicago, Toronto, and Sydney symphony orchestras; the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; the Northern Sinfonia; and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as opera companies that include the San Francisco and Santa Fe operas, Washington National Opera, and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

    Born in England, Mr. McGegan was educated at Cambridge and Oxford. He was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to music overseas." His awards include the Halle Handel Prize, the Order of Merit of the State of Lower Saxony (Germany), the Medal of Honour of the City of Göttingen, and an official Nicholas McGegan Day, declared by the mayor of San Francisco in recognition of Mr. McGegan's distinguished work with the Philharmonia Baroque.

    The most recent additions to his discography of more than 100 releases include four releases from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under its new label, Philharmonia Baroque Productions (PBP): Berlioz's Les nuits d'été and selected Handel arias with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; Haydn's symphonies nos. 88, 101, and 104, which was nominated for a Grammy Award; Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and other concertos with Elizabeth Blumenstock as violin soloist; and Handel's Atalanta with Dominique Labelle in the title role.

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Mozart's Symphony No. 29 (Allegro con spirito) 
Berliner Philharmoniker | George Szell, Conductor

At a Glance

The four works on this program represent the greatest friendship between two composers in the Classical era. Despite the fact that Haydn and Mozart were of different generations—Haydn was 24 years Mozart's elder—and the fact that they did not meet until Mozart was in his (brief) maturity, each immediately recognized the extraordinary qualities of the other.

Haydn began his life in music as a treble singer in the imperial choir in Vienna, during the same period that Johann Sebastian Bach was still alive. He enjoyed a long career filled with astonishing invention. He essentially created the genres that became characteristic of the Classical era—especially the symphony and the string quartet, and to a lesser degree, the concerto. Late in his life, he deviated from the traditional older career as a liveried employee in a princely household to the modern artist who attracted an enthusiastic audience as a self-employed creator.

Mozart died at half the age that Haydn reached, but his brilliance appeared earlier and in a more concentrated form—as a virtuoso performer (which Haydn was not), and as a composer of symphonies and string quartets (certainly inspired by Haydn) and concertos and operas which surpassed those of his older friend.

Their mutual admiration involved mutual inspiration in a supportive relationship that ended with Mozart's tragic death in 1791. Haydn, who received the sad news in the middle of his hugely successful first visit to London, was utterly shocked to lose such a talented friend.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Orchestra of St. Luke's.