• Thursday, Feb 3, 2011

    Conductor David Robertson Leads St. Louis Symphony and Violinist Leila Josefowicz on March 5



    Program also Features Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”


    On Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Music Director David Robertson in its annual appearance in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the orchestra as guest soloist for Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,” which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called “an artistic tour de force for the soloist” and “an absorbing, beautifully played performance” when it was presented in St. Louis last November. The program also features Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique.” A pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. with Mr. Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning at Carnegie Hall.

    Thomas Adès, a former holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, wrote his Violin Concerto in 2005. Titled “Concentric Paths” with three movements named “Rings,” “Paths,” and “Rounds,” the concerto contains a number of spiraling figures, including an opening movement that traces a circular path back to its beginning and the use of a Baroque-era chaconne in the second, slow movement, in which a harmonic sequence is put through a series of variations. The piece concludes with a playful exchange of melody between the soloist and the orchestra.

    About the Artists
    Leila Josefowicz
    came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She has since appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. A regular, close collaborator of leading composers such as John Adams and Oliver Knussen, she is a strong advocate of new music—a characteristic that is reflected in her diverse programs and her enthusiasm for premiering new works. During the 2008–2009 season, Ms. Josefowicz premiered concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Steven Mackey with the St. Louis Symphony and played first performances of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,” with The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment to the music of today, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. During the 2010–2011 season, she returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, New World, and Houston symphonies; and the Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras. She also performs recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, and St. Paul; appears at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Ravinia; and plays the Salonen Violin Concerto at the New York City Ballet with the composer on the podium accompanying a world premiere ballet choreographed by Peter Martins.

    A consummate musician, masterful programmer, and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive knowledge of orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2010, Robertson began his sixth season as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony, while continuing as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2005. Highlights of Robertson’s 2010–2011 St. Louis Symphony season include a gala concert with soprano Renée Fleming and the orchestra’s seventh consecutive appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Guest engagements in the U.S. include performances with the Boston, San Francisco, New World, and San Diego symphony orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. In March 2011, he returns to Carnegie Hall to conduct Ensemble ACJW, the performing arm of The Academy, a professional training program for the finest postgraduate musicians developed by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, in a program combining Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail) and the New York premiere of Luciano Berio’s completion of the piece. Born in Santa Monica, California, Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music where he studied French horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. Robertson received Columbia University’s 2006 Ditson Conductor’s Award, and he and the St. Louis Symphony are recipients of three major awards from ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras, including the 2009–2010 and 2008–2009 Award for Programming of Contemporary Music, and the 2005–2006 Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming.

    Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The St. Louis Symphony continues to build upon its reputation for musical excellence while maintaining its commitment to local education and community activities. In December 2003, the St. Louis Symphony announced the appointment of its twelfth, and second American-born, Music Director, David Robertson. He began his inaugural season in September 2005, joining the St. Louis Symphony after an 18-month international search. Prior to his Saint Louis Symphony appointment Mr. Robertson was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Artistic Director of that city’s auditorium. The Symphony has expanded its audience through frequent tours of the Midwest and the East and West Coasts in the 1980s and 90s. Tours to Europe in 1985, 1993, and 1998, and to the Far East in 1986, 1990, and 1995, spread the reputation of the orchestra throughout the world. Appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall continue to garner critical acclaim. Recordings by the Symphony have been honored with six Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations.

    Program Information
    Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    David Robertson, Music Director and Conductor
    Leila Josefowicz, Violin

    RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    THOMAS ADÈS Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths"
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathétique"

    Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with David Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Stuart Nelson in support of the 2010-2011 season.

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

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $31–$94 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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