• Thursday, Oct 7, 2010

    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop Perform Two Concerts on November 13 & 14



    Pianist Simon Trpceski Is Soloist in
    Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on November 13

    On November 14, Chorus Comprising Hundreds of New York City
    High School Students Perform
    Too Hot To Handel: The Gospel Messiah with Orchestra, Ms. Alsop, and Soloists


    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Music Director Marin Alsop return to Carnegie Hall for two programs this season. The first program, on Saturday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m., features pianist Simon Trpceski as guest soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and also includes works by Barber and Beethoven. The second program, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, on Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. is a presentation of Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, a modern update of Handel’s classic work, featuring a choir of hundreds of New York City high school students.

    The first program leads off with one of Barber’s masterworks, Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17, which received its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1942. Following the Prokofiev concerto with Mr. Trpceski, the BSO and Ms. Alsop perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica,” in Mahler’s re-orchestration that first polarized audiences during fin-de-siècle Vienna.

    The second program concludes an 11-month long education project, in which Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute teamed up with conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This exciting choral creative learning project has been centered around the work Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, conceived by Ms. Alsop, co-arranged and orchestrated by colleagues Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson, taking the timeless brilliance of Handel’s Messiah and infusing it with jazz, gospel, rock, and R&B. The work has been the focus of hundreds of New York City choir students from six New York City high schools—located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx—who became active participants in the creative process and will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform the work at Carnegie Hall with this world-class orchestra and conductor.

    During the November 14 performance, members of the audience will be provided sheet music from the reworked “Hallelujah Chorus” and—in Messiah tradition—will be encouraged to sing along with the student choir and orchestra. Special guest soloists on this program are soprano Kecia Lewis-Evans, mezzo-soprano Vaneese Thomas, and tenor Darius de Haas.

    A separate songwriting workshop for select students involved in the Too Hot to Handel project culminates with a performance of their own student-written compositions and excerpts from the larger piece in Zankel Hall on Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. In the weeks leading up to both performances, check out video webisodes detailing the students’ work on the project. The first three of seven episodes can already be seen at carnegiehall.org/handel.

    About the Artists
    With the ability to perform a diverse range of repertoire from Haydn and Chopin to Debussy and Stravinsky, Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski has performed with many of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors worldwide. In North America, he has performed with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and the Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, among others. In the United Kingdom, he is a frequent soloist with the London and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras and the London Philharmonic. In Asia, he has performed with the New Japan, Seoul, and Hong Kong Philharmonics. Mr. Trpceski has worked with a prominent list of conductors, including Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, and David Zinman. Mr. Trpceski has given solo performances in such cultural capitals as New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver in North America; and abroad in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bilbao, Dublin, and Tokyo. In December 2009, the President of Macedonia, H.E. Gjorge Ivanov, honored Mr. Trpceski with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia. This decoration is given to foreign and domestic dignitaries responsible for the affirmation of Macedonia abroad. Mr. Trpceski has received widespread acclaim for his recital recordings on the EMI label. His first recording, released in 2002, featured works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev, and received both the "Editor's Choice" and "Debut Album" awards at the Gramophone Awards. His 2005 Rachmaninoff and 2007 Chopin discs both received extensive praise from critics. Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Mr. Trpceski has won prizes in international piano competitions in the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, where he studied with Professor Boris Romanov.

    Hailed as one of the world's leading conductors for her artistic vision and commitment to accessibility in classical music, Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). With her inaugural concerts in September 2007, she became the first woman to head a major American orchestra, mirroring her ongoing success in the United Kingdom as principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony since 2002. Since becoming the BSO's Music Director, she has garnered national and international attention for her innovative programming and artistry. In 2005, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, the first and only conductor ever to receive this most prestigious American award. In 2007, she was honored with a European Women of Achievement Award, presented to individuals whose vision, courage and determination have made a major impact on increasing the influence of women on European affairs. A native of New York City, Ms. Alsop attended Yale University and received her master's degree from The Juilliard School. In 1989, her conducting career was launched when she was a prizewinner at the Leopold Stokowski International Conducting Competition in New York, and in the same year was awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center.

    The Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with innovative education and community outreach initiatives. The Orchestra made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the BSO's 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Under Music Director Marin Alsop’s leadership, the BSO has rapidly added several critically acclaimed albums to its already impressive discography. The BSO recently released Dvorák’s Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, and 8, the final two discs in its three-disc Dvorák cycle. In August 2009, the BSO and Ms. Alsop released Bernstein’s Mass featuring baritone Jubilant Sykes, the Morgan State University Choir, and the Peabody Children’s Chorus. The album rose to number six on the Classical Billboard Charts and received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Classical Album and earned Grammophone magazine’s 2010 Editor’s Choice Award. In addition to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where the orchestra has performed for 27 years, the BSO is a founding partner and the resident orchestra at the new state-of-the-art Music Center at Strathmore, just outside Washington, D.C. With the opening of Strathmore in February 2005, the BSO became the nation’s only major orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as 65,000 people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.

    For more information, please visit: www.carnegiehall.org/exploreandlearn.

    Program Information
    Saturday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor
    Simon Trpceski, Piano

    SAMUEL BARBER Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
    SERGEI PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica" (orch. Gustav Mahler)

    Tickets: $31, $37, $46, $61, $82, $90

    Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor
    Kecia Lewis-Evans, Soprano
    Vaneese Thomas, Mezzo-Soprano
    Darius de Haas, Tenor
    Leslie Stifelman, Music Supervisor
    Choirs from:
    Bayside High School
    Edward R. Murrow High School
    Fordham High School for the Arts
    Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
    Songs of Solomon
    Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts

    BOB CHRISTIANSON / GARY ANDERSON Too Hot to Handel (original concept by Marin Alsop)

    A mass choir of New York City students joins Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Too Hot to Handel. This full-length work has thrilled audiences across the country with its blend of the timeless brilliance of Handel's Messiah with an invigorating infusion of jazz, gospel, rock, and R&B.

    Tickets: $19, $38, $50

    Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Choirs from:
    Bayside High School
    Edward R. Murrow High School
    Fordham High School for the Arts
    Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
    Songs of Solomon
    Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts

    The Weill Music Institute’s programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by the US Department of Education and by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

    Tickets: Free (Tickets will be distributed on day of performance. Limit two per person.)

    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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