The Mariinsky Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall for two performances conducted by Music Director and Conductor Valery Gergiev. For the first, the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet The Nutcracker. The Mariinsky concludes its visit with R. Strauss’s epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben, plus legendary pianist Nelson Freire playing Brahms’s grand Piano Concerto No. 2
You won’t have to wait for Christmas to be enchanted by Tchaikovsky’s whimsical and wonderful ballet The Nutcracker. The irresistible music is spectacularly orchestrated and imbued with some of the most beloved—and widely recognized—melodies ever written. From the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," with its beguiling celesta solo, to the exuberant energy of the national dances, and culminating in the beautiful final tableau, it is a classic for all ages.
Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
The “marvelous” (Los Angeles Times) Mariinsky Orchestra and its Music Director Valery Gergiev—renowned for their high-octane, virtuosic performances—perform two masterpieces that will set pulses racing. The Brahms concerto’s muscular solo part, rich orchestration—including a sublime cello solo in the Andante—and melodic splendor make it one of his most enduring works, while Strauss’s epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben excites with its lush orchestration and a cinematic sensibility, especially in a famous scene where the hero battles his critics.
Mariinsky Orchestra Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor Nelson Freire, Piano