• Thursday, Mar 2, 2017

    Maestro Valery Gergiev Leads the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in Two Distinct Programs in April at Carnegie Hall

    Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Soprano Genia Kühmeier Join the Orchestra as Guest Soloists
    Image by © Decca / Marco Borggreve
    Program Information
    Monday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

    Valery Gergiev, Principal Conductor
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

    MAURICE RAVEL  La valse 
    MAURICE RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major 
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica" 

    This concert is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It will be heard later on radio stations across the country through the WFMT Radio Network.

    Tickets: $44–135 
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    Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

    Valery Gergiev, Principal Conductor
    Genia Kühmeier, Soprano

    CLAUDE DEBUSSY  Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417, "Tragic"
    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 4 in G Major

    This concert is being webcast live on  medici.tv  and  carnegiehall.org/medici . For 90 days after the concert, it will also be available for free replay.

    Tickets: $44–145

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    This April, Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. On Monday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Ravel’s La valse and Piano Concerto in G Major with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica.” This concert is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It will be heard later this year on radio stations across the country through the WFMT Radio Network. 

    Two nights later, on Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra returns with Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and a pair of fourth symphonies: Schubert’s “Tragic” and Mahler’s No. 4 in G Major, featuring soprano Genia Kühmeier. This concert will be webcast free of charge to a worldwide audience, thanks to Carnegie Hall’s continued collaboration with medici.tv. Following the live webcast, free replay of this concert will be available to online audiences on medici.tv for another 90 days, playable worldwide on all internet-enabled devices, including smart phones, tablets, Chromecast, computers, and smart TVs. 

    The collaboration between Carnegie Hall and medici.tv—making live webcasts of select Carnegie Hall concerts available to music lovers everywhere—began in fall 2014 and has since showcased performances by some of the world’s most celebrated artists. These webcasts have been enthusiastically received, reaching over 4 million views over the past two seasons with audience members originating from more than 180 countries and territories around the world. 

    About the Artists
    Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under the esteemed Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in Berlin. In 1978, at the age of 24, Mr. Gergiev became the assistant conductor to Yuri Temirkanov at the Mariinsky Opera in St. Petersburg, where he made his debut conducting Prokofiev’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In 1988, he was appointed Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996, he became its Artistic and General Director, leading Mariinsky’s orchestra as well as its opera and ballet companies. Over these years, the Mariinsky has become a cornerstone of operatic culture in Russia.

    Valery Gergiev’s close collaboration with the Munich Philharmonic began in the 2011–2012 season. Since then, he has performed all of Shostakovich’s symphonies and a cycle of works by Stravinsky with both the Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He has been Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic since the 2015–2016 season. As “Maestro der Stadt” (The City’s Maestro), he reaches out to Munich concert audiences with subscription concerts and performances for young people, public final rehearsals, an open-air concert series on Odeonsplatz, and the MPHIL 360° festival, while reaching an international audience with regular live streams and television broadcasts from the Philharmonie im Gasteig.

    In September 2016, the first recordings under the orchestra’s own label MPHIL, documenting Mr. Gergiev’s work with the Munich Philharmonic, were released. Further recordings focusing on Bruckner’s symphonies are in preparation. Concert tours with Valery Gergiev have taken the Munich Philharmonic to numerous European cities as well as Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.

    The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1893 through the private initiative of Franz Kaim, the son of a piano manufacturer. In the orchestra’s earliest years—initially under the name Kaim Orchestra—conductors like Hans Winderstein, Hermann Zumpe, and the Bruckner pupil Ferdinand Löwe guaranteed both a high technical standard of performance and enthusiastic support of contemporary artistry. Gustav Mahler directed the orchestra in 1901 and 1910 at the respective world premieres of his Fourth and Eighth Symphonies. In November 1911, the orchestra, then called the Konzertverein Orchestra, performed the world premiere of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) under Bruno Walter’s direction—only six months after the composer’s death in Vienna. From 1908 to 1914, Ferdinand Löwe again took over the orchestra. In the wake of a triumphant guest appearance in Vienna on March 1, 1898, featuring Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, he conducted the first large-scale Bruckner concerts and thereby founded the orchestra’s Bruckner tradition, which has continued unbroken to the present day. During the administration of Siegmund von Hausegger, who guided the orchestra as its General Music Director from 1920 to 1938, the world premieres of two Bruckner symphonies in their original versions took place as well as the final, definitive change of the orchestra’s name to Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. 

    From 1999 until 2004, James Levine was chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. With Maestro Levine at the helm, the orchestra undertook extended concert tours. After a grand European tour in the winter of 2000, it made a guest appearance with Mr. Levine in February 2002 at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2002, they made their joint debut at the BBC Proms in London. In the spring of 2003, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the prize for the “Best Concert Programming of the 2002–2003 Season” by the Society of German Music Publishers. In the 2012–2013 season, Lorin Maazel assumed the post of music director of the orchestra for a three-year period. Since 2015–2016, Valery Gergiev has been the Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,  carnegiehall.org . 

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit  carnegiehall.org/discounts . Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.
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