• Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011

    The Philadelphia Orchestra & Vadim Repin Perform NY Premiere of MacMillan Violin Concerto, March 1



    Orchestra Also Performs Works by Berlioz and Tchaikovsky

    March 2 Making Music Program Features Music and Conversation with MacMillan


    On Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m., The Philadelphia Orchestra makes its second appearance of the season at Carnegie Hall with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit. Their program features violinist Vadim Repin in the New York premiere of James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto, which was written for Mr. Repin and co-commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Also on the program is Berlioz’s Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. To watch a video interview with Mr. MacMillan talking about his concertos, click here.

    The following evening, on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., in Zankel Hall, James MacMillan’s music is the focus of a Carnegie Hall Making Music program, part of a series of concerts and conversations with today’s leading composers. The performance features the US premiere of Mr. MacMillan’s Horn Quintet with horn player Eric Ruske and the Brentano String Quartet. It also includes the composer conducting the US premiere of his work, Raising Sparks, featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and The Zankel Band (to listen to an audio clip of Raising Sparks, click here.) Also on the program is Mr. MacMillan’s Piano Sonata performed by Inon Barnatan (for an audio clip of this work click here.) Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen will moderate the conversation with the composer. Making Music concludes this season on April 15 with a concert of works by and discussion with Christopher Rouse.

    About the Artists
    Composer James MacMillan is considered to be the preeminent Scottish composer of his generation. Mr. MacMillan studied music at Edinburgh University and completed his doctoral studies in composition at Durham University with John Casken. After working as a lecturer at Manchester University, he returned to Scotland and settled in Glasgow. Mr. MacMillan is internationally active as a conductor, working as composer and conductor with the BBC Philharmonic from 2000–2009. In 2010, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. Mr. MacMillan’s international career was launched at the BBC Proms in 1990 with the performance of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie. His orchestral output includes the percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, premiered by Evelyn Glennie in 1992 which has since received over 400 performances and has been programmed by leading international orchestras and conductors including the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin, The Philadelphia Orchestra under Andrew Davis, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi. Recordings of Mr. MacMillan’s works can be heard on the Hyperion, Naxos, Black Box, Coro, Linn, and LSO Live labels. The Koch Schwann disc of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and Tryst won the 1993 Gramophone Contemporary Music Record of the Year Award, and the BMG recording of Veni, Veni, Emmanuel won the 1993 Classic CD Award for Contemporary Music. Upcoming highlights for Mr. MacMillan include premieres of his Piano Concerto No.3 for Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Minnesota Orchestra; Seraph for trumpet player Alison Balsom; and a new one-act opera, Clemency, commissioned by the ROH2, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Britten Sinfonia. James MacMillan is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes.

    Violinist Vadim Repin made his French debut at the age of 13; in December 2010, he was made a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters, an honor which he shares with two of his greatest mentors, Mstislav Rostropovich and Yehudi Menuhin. Mr. Repin started to play violin at the age of five, and, six months later, he had his first stage performance. At 11, he won the gold medal in all age categories in the Wieniawski Violin Competition and gave his recital debuts in Moscow and St Petersburg. In 1985, at 14, he made debuts in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, and Helsinki; a year later, he debuted at Carnegie Hall. In 1987, Mr. Repin became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Reine Elisabeth Concours violin competition. Since then, he has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. Mr. Repin’s recent performance highlights include concerts with conductors Riccardo Muti in New York, Christian Thielemann in Tokyo, Riccardo Chailly in Leipzig, a tour of Australia with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. Early in 2010, Mr. Repin was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur, the French recording industry’s most prestigious musical award for a lifetime dedicated to music.

    Charles Dutoit is Chief Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In summer 2010, he began his tenure as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Since his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980, Mr. Dutoit has gone on to conduct all the major US orchestras, including those in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. He has also performed regularly with many of the great orchestras of Europe, including the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the Israel Philharmonic and the major orchestras of Japan, South America, and Australia. In the 2012–2013 season, he will assume the title of conductor laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Dutoit has recorded extensively for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips, CBS, Erato, and other labels. His more than 170 recordings—half of them with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, which he led for 25 years—have garnered more than 40 awards and distinctions.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra is among the world’s leading orchestras. Renowned for its artistic excellence since its founding in 1900, the orchestra has inspired audiences through thousands of live performances, recordings, and broadcasts in Philadelphia and throughout the world. With only seven music directors throughout more than a century of unswerving orchestral distinction, the artistic heritage of The Philadelphia Orchestra is attributed to extraordinary musicianship under the leadership and innovation of Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach. After thirty years of a celebrated association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit continues the tradition as chief conductor. With the 2012–2013 season, the orchestra honors Mr. Dutoit by bestowing the title of conductor laureate upon him. Yannick Nézet-Séguin assumed the title of music director designate in June 2010, immediately joining the orchestra’s leadership team. He takes up the baton as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s next music director in 2012. Each year, the orchestra presents a subscription season in Philadelphia, as well as education and community partnership programs, annual appearances at Carnegie Hall, and a three-week tour. Its summer schedule includes performances at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts, free neighborhood concerts, and residencies at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The orchestra and Maestro Dutoit next return to Carnegie Hall on May 3 for an all-Stravinsky program of works based on Greek mythology: Apollo (Apollon musagète) and Oedipus Rex.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor
    Vadim Repin, Violin

    HECTOR BERLIOZ Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
    JAMES MACMILLAN Violin Concerto (NY Premiere)
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

    Tickets: $39 – $116

    Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    James MacMillan, Conductor
    Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
    Inon Barnatan, Piano
    Eric Ruske, Horn
    Brentano String Quartet
       Mark Steinberg, Violin
       Serena Canin, Violin
       Misha Amory, Viola
       Nina Lee, Cello
    The Zankel Band
       Erin Lesser, Flute
       Romie de Guise-Langlois, Clarinet
       Bridget Kibbey, Harp
       Owen Dalby, Violin
       Anna Elashvili, Violin
       Brenton Caldwell, Viola
       Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Cello
    Jeremy Geffen, Series Moderator

    Piano Sonata
    Horn Quintet (US Premiere)
    Raising Sparks (US Premiere)

    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Tickets: $32

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

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