• Monday, Feb 14, 2011

    Boston Symphony Orchestra Performs Three Concerts At Carnegie Hall Led By James Levine March 15–17


    FROM MARCH 15–17

    Violinist Christian Tetzlaff Joins Orchestra as Soloist for All Three Works
    on March 15 Program As Part of His Season-Long
    Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

    Pianist Maurizio Pollini Joins BSO for
    Mozart and Schoenberg Concertos on March 16

    Maestro Levine Leads Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on March 17


    The Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director and Conductor James Levine, returns to Carnegie Hall for three programs on three consecutive nights in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage from March 15–17. These performances mark the BSO’s 125th consecutive year appearing in New York.

    The BSO and Maestro Levine kick off their Carnegie Hall visit on Tuesday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. with a concert featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff as soloist on all three works of the evening’s program: Mozart’s Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and the New York premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto, a new work that is Birtwistle's first concerto for a stringed instrument. According to the composer, “The soloist is in conversation with the orchestra in a number of guises. It is not an argument like in some concertos—the interchange is never angry. However it is rhythmic and there is a lot of to and fro, and immediate changes of mood rather like when the topic changes and the conversation heads off in a different direction. The orchestra acts like a chorus—it can be a composite voice or individual utterances can come to the fore.” This performance is one of six events comprising Mr. Tetzlaff’s season-long Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall showcasing the artist’s versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.

    The following evening, Wednesday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m., the BSO, Maestro Levine, and pianist Maurizio Pollini collaborate on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto. The program also includes Schoenberg’s Variations for Orchestra and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter.”

    The orchestra and Maestro Levine conclude on Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m., performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Prior to this performance, Marilyn McCoy, Adjunct Professor of Music at Columbia University, will present a pre-concert talk.

    About the Artists
    Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is known for his musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations. Mr. Tetzlaff performs and records a broad spectrum of repertoire, ranging from Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas to nineteenth century masterworks by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Brahms; from twentieth century concertos by Bartók, Berg, and Shostakovich to world premieres of contemporary works. Mr. Tetzlaff has been in demand as a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, establishing close artistic partnerships that are renewed season after season. He has appeared with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto, among many others; and with the major European ensembles including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Also a dedicated chamber musician, he frequently collaborates with distinguished artists and is the founder of the Tetzlaff Quartet. Mr. Tetzlaff’s highly regarded recordings reflect the breadth of his musical interests and include solo works, chamber music, and concertos ranging from Haydn to Bartók. His recent recordings include the complete Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin for the Musical Heritage and Hänssler labels, Berg’s Chamber Concerto for piano, violin, and 13 wind instruments with Mitsuko Uchida and the Ensemble Intercontemporain led by Pierre Boulez for Decca, and Schumann’s Three Piano Trios with Leif Ove Andsnes and Tanja Tetzlaff for EMI/Virgin. His upcoming recordings include Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Vienna Philharmonic led by Pierre Boulez for Deutsche Grammophon; the Schumann and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and Paavo Järvi for Edel Classics; and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 and Sibelius’s Quartet with the Tetzlaff Quartet for AVI.

    Born in 1942, pianist Maurizio Pollini studied with Carlo Lonati and Carlo Vidusso. After winning First Prize at the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 1960, Mr. Pollini established an international career, performing in the world’s major concert halls and working with the most distinguished orchestras and conductors. In 1995, he opened the Pierre Boulez Festival in Tokyo. That same year and in 1999, he organized and performed in his own concert series at the Salzburger Festspiele, Paris (Cité de la musique), Tokyo, and Rome (Auditorium Parco Della Musica), as well as a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. These varied programs included both chamber and orchestral performances, from Gesualdo and Monteverdi to contemporary music. In 2004, Mr. Pollini was the Artist Étoile at the Lucerne Festival, performing a recital and orchestral concerts conducted by Abbado and Boulez. Mr. Pollini’s recordings of classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire have received critical acclaim worldwide; Mr. Pollini’s discs of Schoenberg’s complete works for piano, as well as works by Berg, Webern, Manzoni, Nono, Boulez, and Stockhausen, are a testament to his great passion for twentieth-century music. For his recording of Chopin nocturnes, he received a Disco d’Oro and a Grammy Award in 2007; he has also received an ECHO Klassik award, a Choc de la Musique, a Victoires de la Musique, and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année. Mr. Pollini’s recording of Mozart piano concertos—K. 453 and K. 467—with the Vienna Philharmonic and a disc dedicated to Chopin were both released in 2008. Mr. Pollini is the recipient of the Vienna Philharmonic Ehrenring (1987), the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (1966), the “A Life for Music—Arthur Rubinstein” Prize (1999), and the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize (2000).

    Now in his seventh season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine is the BSO’s 14th music director since the orchestra’s founding in 1881 and the first American-born conductor to hold that position. Maestro Levine made his BSO debut in April 1972 and became music director in the fall of 2004, having been named music director designate in October 2001. Highlights of his 2010–2011 BSO programs include an Opening Night all-Wagner program with bass-baritone Bryn Terfel; Mahler’s Second, Fifth, and Ninth symphonies, continuing a Mahler symphony cycle marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth and the 100th of his death; John Harbison’s First, Second, and Third symphonies, initiating a Harbison symphony cycle to be completed in 2011–2012 with the world premiere of Harbison’s BSO-commissioned Sixth Symphony; a program pairing Stravinsky’s oratorio Oedipus Rex with Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle; Schumann’s Second and Third symphonies, marking the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth; and concerto collaborations with violinist Christian Tetzlaff (including the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s BSO-commissioned Violin Concerto) and pianist Maurizio Pollini. Mr. Levine’s programming each year balances orchestral, operatic, and choral classics with significant music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including newly commissioned works from such leading American composers as Babbitt, Carter, Harbison, Kirchner, Lieberson, Schuller, and Wuorinen. His recordings with the orchestra on BSO Classics, all drawn from live performances at Symphony Hall, include Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, a two-disc set of Mozart symphonies, and William Bolcom’s Eighth Symphony and Lyric Concerto. James Levine is also music director of the Metropolitan Opera, which this season celebrates the 40th anniversary of his 1971 Met debut. In 2010–2011 he conducts new Met productions of Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Die Walküre initiating a new complete Ring cycle and revivals of Berg’s Wozzeck, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra and Il trovatore, as well as concerts at Carnegie Hall with the MET Orchestra and MET Chamber Ensemble. Also a distinguished pianist, Maestro Levine is an active chamber music and recital collaborator, especially in Lieder and song repertoire with the world’s great singers.

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Hall season in Boston takes place October 2, 2010–May 7, 2011. Now in its 130th season, the BSO gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881. Since then, the orchestra has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, China, and Russia, and also reaches a worldwide audience through its performances on radio and television, its recordings, and its highly successful web platform at bso.org, the largest and most-visited orchestral website in the country, receiving more than 7.3 million visitors annually. Additionally, the BSO has released many recordings, including four recordings with James Levine released in February 2009 (the orchestra’s recording of Daphnis et Chloé won a Grammy Award for best orchestral performance) and a recording of Mozart’s symphonies 14, 18, 20, 39, and 41 released in July 2010. The BSO plays an active role in commissioning new works from today’s most important composers, including Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Peter Lieberson, Gunther Schuller, and Charles Wuorinen, and offers a wide variety of educational programs, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the orchestra's prestigious summer music academy at Tanglewood, the BSO's summer home in Lenox, MA. For further information, visit bso.org.

    Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives
    Now in its 12th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles. Christian Tetzlaff closes his Perspectives series by focusing on chamber music, appearing with his group the Tetzlaff Quartet in April before joining violinist Antje Weithaas for a duo recital in May. He also leads his first Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop, presented by the Weill Music Institute, focusing on violin-piano duos and including public master classes and two culminating performances by the participants.

    Previous Perspectives artists have included conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinist Gidon Kremer; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; soprano Dawn Upshaw; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; and experimental rocker David Byrne. Also this spring 2011, singer/songwriter James Taylor will present a four-concert Perspectives series. Perspectives artists for the 2011–2012 season will be pianist Andràs Schiff and early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
    Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373
    HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Violin Concerto (NY Premiere)
    BÉLA BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2

    Perspectives: Christian Tetzlaff

    Sponsored by DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.

    Tickets: $48–$150

    Wednesday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
    Maurizio Pollini, Piano

    ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
    ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Piano Concerto, Op. 42
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, "Jupiter"

    Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

    Tickets: $45–$140

    Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    James Levine, Music Director and Conductor

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 9

    Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Marilyn McCoy, Adjunct Professor of Music, Columbia University.

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. Robert L. Turner in support of the 2010–2011 season.

    Tickets: $45–$140

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    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.



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