• Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011

    Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra Perform Sibelius Symphonies 6 & 7 at Carnegie Hall, February 28

     Soloist Lisa Batiashvili Performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major 

    Carnegie Hall presents the Minnesota Orchestra on Monday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m., with Music Director Osmo Vänskä leading a program of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Lisa Batiashvili and Sibelius’s Symphony Nos. 6 and 7 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. A pre-concert talk takes place at 7:00 p.m. with Walter Frisch, Professor of Music at Columbia University. In recent seasons at Carnegie Hall, concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra and Maestro Vänskä that pair works of Sibelius and Beethoven have been widely praised by audiences and critics alike. In response to last season’s concert of Sibelius’s Kullervo, Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote “…the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.”

    About the Artists
    Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili appears regularly with many of the world's greatest orchestras. Highlights of her 2010–2011 season include a European tour with the New York Philharmonic with Alan Gilbert and a performance under his direction with the NDR Sinfonieorchester, as well as concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski, and the Philharmonia Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, among others. In 1995, at the age of 16, Ms. Batiashvili was the youngest competitor awarded second prize in the Sibelius Competition. In 2008, she was honored with the MIDEM Classical Award and the Choc de L'année for her Sony recording of Sibelius’s and Lindberg’s Violin Concertos and the same year received an ECHO Klassik award. She now records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon and plays a 1709 Engleman Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

    Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä became the Minnesota Orchestra’s tenth music director in September 2003 and is renowned for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary, and Nordic repertoires. Throughout his first seven seasons in Minnesota, Maestro Vänskä has drawn acclaim for performances both at home and abroad. In 2010, he led the orchestra on a tour to European festivals, including two appearances as the only American orchestra at the BBC Proms and concerts at the Edinburgh Festival and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Among the highlights of Mr. Vänskä’s eighth season in Minnesota are world premieres of commissioned works by Einojuhani Rautavaara and James MacMillan; a Midwinter Mozart festival in January, culminating in semi-staged performances of The Magic Flute; and Carl Orff’s monumental Carmina burana in May. As a guest conductor, Mr. Vänskä has led all the major American and European orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Abroad he has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, BBC Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded extensively on the BIS and Hyperion labels. In 2004, Musical America named him Conductor of the Year, and in 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota as well as a Champion of New Music Award from the American Composers Forum. Mr. Vänskä’s tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra continues through 2015.

    The Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings and radio broadcasts; educational outreach programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow. Founded as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble gave its inaugural performance on November 5, 1903. The orchestra played its first regional tour in 1907 and made its New York City debut in 1912 at Carnegie Hall, where it has performed regularly ever since. The ensemble presents nearly 200 programs each year, primarily at its home venue of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and its concerts are heard by live audiences of 400,000 annually. Its Friday night performances are broadcast live regionally by Minnesota Public Radio—a weekly tradition for more than 35 years—and many programs are subsequently featured on American Public Media’s national programs, SymphonyCast and Performance Today, as well as in a series aired by BBC Radio 3. In 2010, the organization launched Minnesota Orchestra Music on Demand, offering downloads of select major works recorded live in concert and available online. Under Maestro Vänskä, the orchestra has completed several acclaimed recording projects, including a two-CD set of Tchaikovsky’s piano-and-orchestra works with Stephen Hough, and a five-disc cycle of the complete Beethoven symphonies. Current projects include multi-year initiatives to record the complete Sibelius symphonies as well as all the Beethoven piano concertos with Yevgeny Sudbin.

    Program Information
    Monday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Osmo Vänskä, Music Director and Conductor
    Lisa Batiashvili, Violin

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6 in D Minor, Op. 104
    JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105

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

    Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

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

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $33 to $98 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.

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