• Monday, Nov 1, 2010

    Susan Graham Joins Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Conductor Edo de Waart on December 9 at Carnegie Hall



    Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham Joins the Orchestra for Berg’s Seven Early Songs


    Carnegie Hall presents the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the second time during the 2010–2011 season on Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Edo de Waart conducts a program which includes John Adams’s orchestration of Liszt’s The Black Gondola, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” and Berg’s Seven Early Songs featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

    The Orchestra of St. Luke’s makes its third and final appearance at Carnegie Hall this season on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, led by Iván Fischer and featuring violinist Nikolaj Znaider as guest soloist.

    About the Artists
    Susan Graham, one of the world's foremost stars of opera and recital, is a compelling and versatile singing actress. She began her 2010–2011 season performing a favorite French work at Japan's distinguished Saito Kinen Festival: Ravel's Shéhérazade. Celebrated as an expert in French music, Ms. Graham has been honored by the French government with the title "Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres." At home and abroad, Ms. Graham has sung leading roles from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries in the great opera houses of the world, including Milan's La Scala, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and Dresden's Semperoper, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, and she has appeared with most of the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Dubbed "America's favorite mezzo" by Gramophone magazine, the Grammy Award-winning Ms. Graham captivates audiences with her expressive voice, tall and graceful stature, and engaging acting ability in both comedy and tragedy.

    Born in New Mexico and raised in Texas, Ms. Graham studied at Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music, which also awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Music in 2008. She won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Schwabacher Award from San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, as well as a Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Graham was Musical America's 2004 Vocalist of the Year and, in 2006, her hometown of Midland, Texas, declared September 5 "Susan Graham Day" in perpetuity.

    Edo de Waart is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. From the 2012–13 season, he will become Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. Recent and future guest conducting highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the US, as well as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Rotterdam and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras in Europe. This season also sees his return to the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.

    Born in Holland, Mr. de Waart studied oboe, piano, and conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam and upon graduating took up the position of Associate Principal Oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Two years later, at the age of 23, he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York which resulted in his appointment as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland, he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1967, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him permanent Guest Conductor and, six years later, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Since then, Maestro de Waart has also been Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony, and Chief Conductor of De Nederlandse Opera.

    Now entering its 36th year, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s is a unique musical organization with a commitment to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond. Known as America’s foremost and most versatile chamber orchestra, St. Luke’s currently performs approximately 75 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each year. St. Luke’s performs an annual series presented by Carnegie Hall and presents its Chamber Music Series at three distinguished venues in and around New York: The Morgan Library & Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Dia:Beacon. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s has been in residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival for over 30 years. In addition to its own series, the orchestra performs regularly with the world’s great artists on the world’s greatest stages, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and engages each year in a number of artistic collaborations that include dance, opera, and special events with such artists as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. Committed to the community, St. Luke’s also produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs, and over the last 34 years its arts education program has served more than one million children through a combination of free performances and school partnerships. St. Luke’s stellar discography, numbering more than 70 recordings, includes four acclaimed releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning discs.

    Program Information
    Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Edo de Waart, Conductor
    Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano

    FRANZ LISZT (orch. JOHN ADAMS) The Black Gondola
    ALBAN BERG Seven Early Songs
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56, "Scottish"

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon in support of the 2010-2011 season.

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

    Ticket Information
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    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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