• Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

    Carnegie Hall February 2017 Calendar

    February 3—21, 2017
    (Various Venues)

    This February, Carnegie Hall presents a citywide festival—La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic—saluting the stunning artistic legacy of the Venetian Republic, the independent, forward-thinking, and influential city-state that stood distinctly apart from Italy and the rest of Europe for a thousand years until 1797 when it was dismantled by Napoleon. La Serenissima, which falls during the period of Venice’s fabled Carnevale, will feature more than a dozen Carnegie Hall concerts of vocal masterpieces and virtuoso instrumental music from the time period as well as a wide array of partner events at leading cultural institutions across New York City spanning a multitude of artistic genres.

    La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic events at Carnegie Hall in February include:
    Jordi Savall and his early music ensembles Hespèrion XXI, soloists of La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Le Concert des Nations, along with performers on traditional instruments from around the Mediterranean and Asia Minor, launch the La Serenissima festival on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with a wide-ranging program entitled The Millenarian Venice: Gateway to the East. The program includes ancient Byzantine hymns, Ottoman and Persian dances, psalms, madrigals, and the music of Monteverdi, Willaert, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Savall returns with Hespèrion XXI, performing Italian instrumental music from the 16th and 17th centuries in a program entitled Musica Nova: Venetian Influences in Musical Europe on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall.

    On Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, music director Andrea Marcon leads the Venice Baroque Orchestra in Vivaldi’s gripping and sole-surviving oratorio Juditha triumphans with contralto Delphine Galou singing the title role, alongside mezzo-sopranos Mary-Ellen Nesi (Holofernes), Ann Hallenberg (Vagaus), Francesca Ascioti (Ozias), Silke Gäng (Abra), and TENET. t.

    Quicksilver, led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, plays Sonatas from La Serenissima, including works from the 17th and 18th centuries by Castello, Marini, Legrenzi, Vivaldi, and more on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall.

    Renaissance vocal ensemble Gallicantus performs on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall with a program entitled Death in Venice: The Venetian Lament and its English Imitators that illustrates the evolution of the Venetian school from works by Flemish composers Willaert, Vautor, Arcadelt, and Rore to two masterpieces by Monteverdi and on to English works written by Byrd, Tomkins, Tallis, and Coprario under the Venetian influence.

    Il Pomo d’Oro performs two concerts, first with conductor and violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky leading a performance of Vivaldi concertos alongside works of Brescianello and Galuppi on Monday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall. The following evening in Zankel Hall, conductor and harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev leads a program of arias and love duets from 17th and 18th-century Venetian operas with soprano Emöke Baráth and mezzo-soprano Giuseppina Bridelli.

    New York-based early music ensemble TENET performs a program on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall entitled The Secret Lover: Women in 17th-Century Italy. The program offers cantatas and a trio for female voices by Strozzi; duos and trios by Monteverdi; songs by Merula and others; and instrumental works by Kapsberger.

    Ahmet Erdoğdular, one of Turkey’s foremost vocalists, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the classical vocal traditions from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires that many Europeans would have first heard in Venice centuries ago. His repertoire includes classical vocal music, ghazals (sung poetry), and Sufi music, particularly that of the Mevlevi (Whirling Dervishes). Erdoğdular is joined by musicians on ney oud (lute), kanun (zither), and kemenche (spike fiddle) for his concert on Friday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.

    Artistic Director Leonardo García Alarcón brings Cappella Mediterranea to perform in an all-Monteverdi program Angeli e Demoni, built around the seven heavenly virtues and seven deadly sins, on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.

    On Monday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall, Ensemble Connect performs the New York premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as part of its 125 Commissions Project. The program also features the vibrant music of Monteverdi (arr. Berio), Vivaldi, A. Marcello, and more.

    The festival closes on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with conductor and harpsichordist Rinaldo Alessandrini leading Concerto Italiano in a concert performance of Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea featuring soprano Miah Persson (Fortuna, Poppea), tenor Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nerone), soprano Roberta Invernizzi (Ottavia), and contralto Sara Mingardo (Ottone).


    Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Weill Recital Hall)

    Violinist Tessa Lark, alongside pianist Ramon Rabinovich, performs the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Spoon Bread, commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project, as well as the New York premiere of the violinist’s own composition Appalachian Fantasy. Also on the program are works by Schubert, Lutosławski, and Brahms.

    Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Zankel Hall)

    Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote collaborates with pianist Julius Drake for a performance of Schubert’s iconic song cycle Winterreise, D. 911.

    Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Weill Recital Hall)

    Soprano Anna Lucia Richter and pianist Michael Gees explore German romanticism with a program that includes Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39; selections from Brahms’s Deutsche Volkslieder; songs by Britten; plus an improvisational section featuring the text by 19th-century poet Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff.

    Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Zankel Hall )

    Pianist Igor Levit performs a solo recital, featuring the US premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s Dreams, Part II, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project, as well as works by Shostakovich and Beethoven.

    Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m..
    (Zankel Hall )

    The Kronos Quartet performs new works from the group’s Fifty for the Future project, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project: Fodé Lassana Diabaté’s Sunjata’s Time (arr. Jacob Garchik) with the composer on balafon, Garth Knox’s Satellites, Kala Ramnath’s Amrit (arr. Reena Esmail), Nicole Lizée’s Another Living Soul, Tanya Tagaq’s Sivunittinni (arr. Jacob Garchik), and the world premiere of Rhiannon Giddens’s At the Purchaser's Optionwith Variations. Also on the program is the New York premiere of Mark Applebaum’s Darmstadt Kindergarten and the Triple Quartet by Steve Reich, holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.

    Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Zankel Hall)

    Pianist Jonathan Biss is joined by the Brentano String Quartet for an exploration of “late style” works in two concerts, featuring composers who include Bach, Kurtág, Britten, and Beethoven.

    Thursday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Orchestra of St. Luke's in Brahms’s choral work Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 featuring soprano Sophie Karthäuser, baritone Florian Boesch, and Musica Sacra under the music direction of Kent Tritle. Also on the program is Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre.

    Friday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski returns to Carnegie Hall, playing works by Mozart, Chopin, and Bach.

    Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Zankel Hall)

    Five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the Great American Songbook Michael Feinstein continues his annual Carnegie Hall series, Standard Time with Michael Feinstein. Guest artists and program are to be announced.

    Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    Seong-Jin Cho, first prize winner of the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, makes his New York recital debut performing Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1; Schubert’s Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958; and Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28.

    Friday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    Conductor Franz Welser-Möst leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in three consecutive concerts that include the US premiere of René Staar’s Time Recycling; Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 featuring pianist Rudolf Buchbinder; plus Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944, "Great."

    Monday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Weill Recital Hall)

    The Doric String Quartet performs the New York premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s The weather of it for String Quartet, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project; Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3; and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky.”

    Tuesday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m.
    Thursday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in three consecutive nights of concerts that include the New York premiere of Triple Concerto by Sofia Gubaidulina, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project, with soloists Baiba Skride (violin), Harriet Krijgh, (cello), and Elsbeth Moser (bayan); Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with Emanuel Ax; and the New York premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with countertenor Bejun Mehta.

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