• Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010

    December 2010 Highlights



    ZH, SA/PS  

    Musicians from Norway’s annual Risør Chamber Music Festival—including the festival’s co-artistic directors, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violist Lars Anders Tomter—spend four nights performing at Carnegie Hall in December:

    • On Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Mr. Andsnes is joined by pianist Marc-André Hamelin, violinist Øyvind Bjorå, clarinetist Martin Fröst, and the Risør Festival Strings for a program including Bartók’s Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano; Honegger’s Symphony No. 2, "Symphonie pour cordes;" Berg’s Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano; and Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps (version for two pianos).
    • Mr. Andsnes and Mr. Fröst return the following evening, Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m., with Mr. Tomter, violinist Henning Kraggerud, and cellist Torleif Thedéen in a concert featuring Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Wallin’s Under City Skin, Sørensen’s Schattenlinie, and Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major.
    • On Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., soprano Measha Brueggergosman, flutist Tom Ottar Andreassen, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and percussionist Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen are featured alongside the previous night’s performers for a program of Strauss’s Sextet from Capriccio, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, Schoenberg’s arrangement of Mahler‘s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, and Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings.
    • The Risør Chamber Music Festival’s residency at Carnegie Hall concludes in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., with a program featuring Grieg’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F Major; Liszt’s "Oh! Quand je dors;" Duparc’s "Au pays où se fait la guerre;" Brahms’s "Ständchen" and Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor; Wagner’s "Im Treibhaus" from Wesendonck Lieder; and Chausson’s Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37.


    Music Director George Manahan and the American Composers Orchestra continue their Orchestra Underground series of new music on Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. with the world premieres of Douglas Cuomo’s Black Diamond Express to Hell—featuring cellist Maya Beiser—as well as Christopher Trapani’s Westering, Jerome Kitzke’s The Fire at 4 a.m., and Ryan Francis’s Highline. Also on the program is Charles Ives’s Central Park in the Dark.


    On Wednesday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m., pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs a recital including Messiaen’s Preludes, Ravel’s Miroirs, and—at the close of the Chopin bicentennial year—Chopin’s Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60, and Scherzo No. 2.


    Conductor Edo de Waart leads the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. with a program including Liszt’s The Black Gondola (orchestrated by John Adams), Berg’s Seven Early Songs featuring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, “Scottish.”


    Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and pianist Joseph Breinl perform a recital of songs by Grieg, Brahms, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff on Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.


    On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m., The New York Pops invites audiences to Celebrate the Holidays with Brian Stokes Mitchell! The program features celebrated singer and Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell performing with the orchestra under the direction of Music Director Stephen Reineke along with the choral ensemble Essential Voices USA directed by Judith Clurman. The orchestra and Mr. Reineke also present a special holiday Carnegie Hall Family Concert on Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. featuring a concert version of the beloved children’s tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, as well as other holiday favorites. Pre-concert activities for this family concert begin one hour before the performance and are free to all ticket holders.


    On Saturday, December 11 at 10:00 p.m., the singer, guitarist, and songwriter Martin Sexton—hailed for his vocal range and improvisational skills—presents a solo holiday show in Zankel Hall as part of the WFUV Live in Zankel series.

    Various New York Venues  

    This December, Carnegie Hall launches JapanNYC, an ambitious two-part citywide festival, led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa, inviting audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 50 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues in December 2010 and March–April 2011. December events include:

    • JapanNYC launches on Tuesday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. with Maestro Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra performing the US premiere of Atsuhiko Gondai’s Decathexis (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto), as well as Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The following evening, Wednesday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Toru Takemitsu’s November Steps, scored for traditional Japanese instruments and Western orchestra, featuring biwa player Yukio Tanaka and shakuhachi player Kifu Mitsuhashi, with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique also on the program. On Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 p.m., Maestro Ozawa concludes his December New York visit with a performance of Britten’s War Requiem featuring soprano Christine Goerke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, baritone Matthias Goerne, the SKF Matsumoto Choir, the SKF Matsumoto Children's Chorus, and Ritsuyukai Choir.
    • On Thursday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m., JapanNYC’s tribute to the composer Toru Takemitsu continues at the Low Library Rotunda at Columbia University with a concert with masters of the Japanese hogaku instruments that influenced the great Japanese composer and were featured in his compositions. Performers include biwa player Yukio Tanaka, shakuhachi player Kifu Mitsuhashi, and koto player Yoko Nishi.
    • On Friday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m., the December portion of JapanNYC concludes with A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu in Zankel Hall curated by the composer’s daughter, Maki Takemitsu, and featuring improvisations on Takemitsu’s film music with guitarists Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki, accordionist coba, and percussionist Tomohiro Yahiro.

    Ongoing JapanNYC events in December include:

    • From September 9, 2010–January 2, 2011, Asia Society presents an exhibition titled Yoshimoto Nara: Nobody’s Fool, which explores the Japanese artist’s relationship to contemporary rock ’n’ roll and punk music, including a newly commissioned installation.
    • From October 2010–January 2011, Japan Society presents the first exhibition of Hakuin Ekaku’s work in the West in The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin—which includes 70 scrolls demonstrating the artist’s bold brushwork, whimsical humor, and often unconventional approach. Hakuin (1685–1768) is widely acknowledged as both the most significant Zen artist of his time and the leading Zen master of the last five centuries.
    • The New York Public Library presents a number of manga and calligraphy workshops from October 2010–April 2011: Manga Drawing Workshops with Misako Rocks (December 2, 9, and 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Grange Branch, 503 W. 145th St., Manhattan; December 6, 13, and 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Morrisania Branch, 610 E. 169th St., Bronx) teach young people to draw their own characters, plot stories, and more; and master calligrapher Elinor Holland leads calligraphy workshops titled Beautiful Words, Beautiful Writing (December 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Central Branch, 135 E. 46th St.)
    • From November 17, 2010–April 24, 2011, The Noguchi Museum in Queens marks its 25th anniversary with an exhibition—On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and his Contemporaries, 1922–1960—documenting and illustrating Noguchi’s artistic relationships with a diverse group of cultural icons, including John Cage, Frida Kahlo, Martha Graham, Louis Kahn, and others.
    • From December 3–December 16, Film Forum presents TAKEMITSU, a 14-day festival of movies scored by the Japanese composer, with such classics as Masaki Kobayashi’s Hara Kiri (1962), Hiroshi Teshighara’s Woman of the Dunes (1964), and Akira Kurosawa’s Ran (1985).
    • From December 11–December 19, theatrical performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf take place as part of the Works & Process series at the Guggenheim, with music by the Juilliard Ensemble led by George Manahan and narration by Isaac Mizrahi. The production features an art installation by Rei Sato of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., the art production company of Takashi Murakami.

    Check carnegiehall.org/japannyc for a complete schedule of festival events at Carnegie Hall and partner organizations around New York City. 


    On Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m., Sir Simon Rattle leads Ensemble ACJW and violinist Christian Tetzlaff—as part of Mr. Tetzlaff’s season-long Perspectives series—in Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, and Strauss’s Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Strings. Soprano Barbara Hannigan also joins the ensemble and Mr. Rattle for Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre and Rameau’s Suite from Les Boréades.


    On Friday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., conductor Jaime Laredo and the New York String Orchestra perform Mozart’s Overture to Così fan tutte and Symphony No. 31 in D Major "Paris," as well as Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings in D Minor featuring violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Benjamin Hochman. Mr. Laredo and the orchestra return on Tuesday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m., joined by violinist Daniel Hope, cellist Paul Watkins, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, oboist Ariana Ghez, and trumpeter David Washburn for a program including Barber’s Capricorn Concerto, Brahms’s Double Concerto in A Minor, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, "Eroica".


    SA/PS : Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage   ZH : Zankel Hall   WRH : Weill Recital Hall

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