• Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010

    Carnegie Hall Launches Season with Four Performances by Vienna Philharmonic on September 29



    Mr. Harnoncourt and the Orchestra Kick Off Carnegie Hall’s Season with
    Festive All-Beethoven Opening Night Gala Performance
    Featuring Pianist Lang Lang as Soloist on September 29

    Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Joins Mr. Dudamel and the VPO as Soloist on October 3


    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra returns to New York City, kicking off Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 season with four highly-anticipated performances, led by conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustavo Dudamel, in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage from September 29 through October 3.

    On Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Harnoncourt and the orchestra launch Carnegie Hall’s season with a festive Opening Night Gala Performance, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major and his Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, featuring soloist Lang Lang. The VPO and Mr. Harnoncourt return the following evening, Thursday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m., for a performance of Smetana’s Má Vlast.

    On Saturday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. Gustavo Dudamel takes to the podium, leading the orchestra in Rossini’s overture to La gazza ladra, Julián Orbón’s Tres versiones sinfónicas, Bernstein’s Divertimento for Orchestra and two works by Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte and Boléro. The following afternoon, Sunday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m., the VPO concludes its weekend series of concerts with Mr. Dudamel conducting Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World.” Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the soloist on this fourth and final program, performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor.

    Artist Information
    Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt joined the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as a cellist in 1952. A year later, he founded the Concentus Musicus Wien ensemble together with his wife, Alice, to provide a forum for his increasingly intensive work with period instruments and Renaissance and baroque musical performance traditions. From 1972, Mr. Harnoncourt taught performance practice and the study of historical instruments at the Mozarteum University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Salzburg, while at the same time enjoying growing success as an opera conductor. His career as a conductor of both orchestral works and opera encompasses Viennese classicism, the Romantic repertoire and works from the twentieth century. With the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic orchestras, Mr. Harnoncourt constantly reinterprets and rediscovers the grand repertoire of orchestral works: the concertos and symphonies of Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák and Bruckner, but also the works of Bela Bartók and Alban Berg. Today, he is one of the few true stars among conductors worldwide. Performances like the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra enable him to reach an audience of millions, displaying the characteristic passion and fiery intensity that identify him, first and foremost, as a true servant of his art.

    Pianist Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of three and gave his first public recital at the age of five. Since then, he has become an international phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in cities around the world. He was the first Chinese pianist to perform with the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic orchestras as well as many top American orchestras. In 2008, Lang Lang performed in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. His influence and status in China has helped to inspire over 35 million Chinese children to learn to play piano—a phenomenon dubbed by NBC’s The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Time magazine included Lang Lang in its 2009 list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." Last season, performances by Lang Lang were among the featured highlights of Carnegie Hall’s Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture, including the world premiere of Chinese composer Chen Qigang’s piano concerto, “Er Huang.” In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as exclusive recording artist; his first album with Sony features a live recording of his 2010 recital at Vienna's legendary Musikverein.

    Internationally acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel continues to share his magnetic enthusiasm for music with audiences of all ages around the world. As he begins his twelfth year as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, in fall 2010, he enters his second season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his fourth season with the Gothenburg Symphony. Armed with unparalleled passion, energy and artistic excellence, Mr. Dudamel is dedicated to leading these orchestras, as well as to increasing his commitment to opera. Coming from a background where being involved in music from a young age was a life changing experience, Gustavo Dudamel is devoted to investing in classical music as an engine of social change. The message of his ongoing work in Venezuela through El Sistema, which influences hundreds of thousands of children each year, is being carried now into the United States through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). This program for children targets underserved Los Angeles communities and continues to grow and expand under Mr. Dudamel’s leadership and that of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also involved in advising on pilot programs in Gothenburg, Sweden and Raploch, Scotland. In May 2007, Mr. Dudamel was awarded the Premio de la Latindad, an honor given for outstanding contributions to Latin cultural life. In 2008, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra was granted Spain’s prestigious annual Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, and in 2007, Mr. Dudamel received the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Young Artists. Along with his mentor, Dr. Abreu, he was granted the 2008 “Q Prize” from Harvard University for extraordinary service to children. In June 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Centro-Occidental Lisandro Alvarado in his hometown of Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Most recently, in 2009, he was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in Paris. Gustavo Dudamel was recently named one of the 100 most influential people of 2009 by Time magazine and has been featured three times on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

    Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. One of his goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas, across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. He is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students—musicians and non-musicians alike. At the same time he continues to develop new concert programs for family audiences (helping, for instance, to inaugurate the family series at Carnegie Hall).

    There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In the course of its over 160-year history, the musicians of this most prominent orchestra of the capital city of music have been an integral part of a musical epoch that must certainly be regarded as unique. Since its inception through Otto Nicolai in 1842, the fascination that the orchestra has exercised upon prominent composers and conductors, as well as on audiences all over the world, is based not only on a homogenous musical style carefully bequeathed from one generation to the next, but also on its unique structure and history. The desire to provide artistically worthy performances of the symphonic works of Mozart and Beethoven in their own city led to the decision on the part of the court opera musicians to present a “Philharmonic” concert series independent of their work at the opera, and upon their own responsibility and risk.

    With concerts at home and on tour around the world, today’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is much more than Austria’s most coveted “cultural export.” The orchestra’s members are considered ambassadors, expressing through their performances the ideals of peace, humanity, and reconciliation with which music is so inseparably bound, and regularly donating services to create events that promote peace through music. Examples of this include the orchestra’s historic performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Sir Simon Rattle in 2000 at Mauthausen, the former site of Austria’s largest concentration camp during World War II; the 2002 concert in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in remembrance of victims of terrorism; annual benefits in New York City benefitting the American Austrian Foundation/Salzburg Cornell (Medical Seminars); and, beginning in 1999, the annual donation of partial proceeds from the VPO’s New Years Concerts to a variety of humanitarian organizations. The Vienna Philharmonic, since 2005, has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization, and, in 2006, became a supporter of the "Hear the World" initiative, a hearing awareness campaign. As of November 2008, Rolex is the worldwide presenting sponsor of the Vienna Philharmonic.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor
    Lang Lang, Piano


    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
    Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

    Opening Night Gala Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for the seventh consecutive season

    Tickets: $62, $77, $102, $143, $198, $220 (limited availability)
    Gala Tickets: $5000, $2500, $1500, $800

    Thursday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Conductor


    Sponsored by Continental Airlines, the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall

    Tickets: $68, $82, $106, $146, $199, $220

    Saturday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor

    GIOACHINO ROSSINI Overture to La gazza ladra
    JULIÁN ORBÓN Tres versiones sinfónicas
    LEONARD BERNSTEIN Divertimento for Orchestra
    MAURICE RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Rolex is the Presenting Sponsor of the Concert at Carnegie Hall.

    Additional support is provided by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

    Tickets: $68, $82, $106, $146, $199, $220

    Sunday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor
    Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

    JOHANNES BRAHMS Tragic Overture, Op. 81
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
    ANTONÍN DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World"

    This concert is made possible, in part, by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

    Tickets: $68, $82, $106, $146, $199, $220.

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

    Ticket Information
    Gala Tickets for September 29, Gala Benefit tickets, priced at $5000, $2500, and $1500, include concert seating and the post-concert dinner in The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom; those priced at $800 include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents. A limited number of concert tickets will be available starting August 30 at 8:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.

    For additional VPO concerts, Carnegie Hall subscription packages, on sale now, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.carnegiehall.org. Single tickets for the general public go on sale August 30 at 8:00 a.m.



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