• Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011

    Conductors Lehninger, Abbado, & Nelsons Replace Levine for March BSO Concerts at Carnegie Hall


    Violinist Joshua Bell Replaces Pianist Maurizio Pollini as Soloist for March 16 Program,
    Roberto Abbado Conducts Works by Haydn, Bruch, and Beethoven

    Marcelo Lehninger Leads Music by Mozart, Bartók, and Birtwistle,
    Collaborating with Violinist Christian Tetzlaff on March 15

    Andris Nelsons Conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on March 17


    (NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced that conductors Marcelo Lehninger, Roberto Abbado, and Andris Nelsons will graciously step in for conductor James Levine, leading performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on March 15, 16, and 17 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. As previously announced, Mr. Levine must regrettably withdraw from these performances as he is experiencing ill effects from a recent procedure addressing ongoing back issues, further complicated by a viral infection. In addition, violinist Joshua Bell will appear as soloist for the BSO’s March 16 program, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Mr. Bell kindly replaces pianist Maurizio Pollini, who unfortunately must cancel his appearance due to the flu.

    Program Information for BSO Performances at Carnegie Hall, March 15-17:

    BSO Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra on Tuesday, March 15 at
    8:00 p.m. As previously announced, violinist Christian Tetzlaff will be featured as soloist on all three of the program’s works, including the New York premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto. The program also includes Mozart’s Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373 and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

    Conductor Roberto Abbado will conduct a newly-announced program to include Haydn’s Symphony No. 93, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Wednesday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. Violinist Joshua Bell is soloist for this performance, replacing pianist Maurizio Pollini.

    Conductor Andris Nelsons steps in for Maestro Levine on Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m., leading the BSO in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, the previously announced program.

    Full program details are listed below. For ticket information, the public may contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

    About the Artists

    Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Appointed an assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by James Levine, he is the second Brazilian conductor to hold this position; the first was his professor, Eleazar de Carvalho, who shared the position with Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Lehninger made his Boston Symphony debut in October 2010. In January 2011, he made an acclaimed debut on short notice with the New West Orchestra of California. Mr. Lehninger is also currently an associate conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in Brazil and he recently made his debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to be music advisor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for the 2007–2008 season. In summer 2008, he toured with the YOA and pianist Nelson Freire in South America. In the US, Mr. Lehninger has led the Conductors Institute Orchestra in New York, the Jacksonville Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, he made a highly praised debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2007 at the Kennedy Center. Chosen by Kurt Masur, Mr. Lehninger was awarded the First Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. He holds a master’s degree from the Conductors Institute at New York’s Bard College, where he studied conducting under Harold Farberman and composition with Laurence Wallach.

    Roberto Abbado’s crisp, dramatic music-making and instinctive lyricism distinguish him as an esteemed conductor among orchestras and opera companies today. Mr. Abbado’s most intensive relationship in North America is currently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, where he has served as Artistic Partner for the last eight years. He regularly leads the Atlanta and St. Louis symphony orchestras, and has often appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. Abroad, Mr. Abbado has a long-lasting relationship with the Israel Philharmonic, and appears often with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the top orchestras of his native Italy, including the La Scala Philharmonic and Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. Well-known in the opera world, he has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, the Paris Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. This season Mr. Abbado premiered a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni by Roland Schwab at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in summer 2011 leads a new Graham Vick production of Mosé in Egitto at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy. In the U.S., he leads the symphony orchestras of Atlanta and Cincinnati, and continues his collaboration with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Roberto Abbado studied with renowned conducting teacher Franco Ferrara at Venice’s La Fenice and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was honored with the Franco Abbiati Prize by the National Association of Italian Music Critics as Conductor of the Year in 2008.

    For more than two decades, violinist Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient who was named 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, Mr. Bell’s season highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and St. Louis symphony orchestras; concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in The Netherlands and Spain; and a recital tour to Canada, the U.S. and Europe including Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Hall in Boston. This season, he collaborates with Steven Isserlis in Europe and Istanbul with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Joshua Bell came to national attention at age 14 with his orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Sony Classical artist, his first sonata recording of French repertoire, which also his first duo recording with pianist Jeremy Denk, will be released in 2011. Having made more than 35 recordings, recent releases include the soundtracks to For Colored Girls and Defiance, as well as At Home With Friends, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, The Red Violin Concerto, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin, which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Mr. Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. Mr. Bell also collaborated with composer John Corigliano on the Oscar-winning soundtrack to The Red Violin. He performs on the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.

    Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2008, Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today, earning a distinguished reputation on both opera and concert podiums. Mr. Nelsons recently appeared for the first time in Japan, on tour with Vienna Philharmonic; he returns to Japan later this season for performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin at Tokyo Opera Nomori. Born in Riga in 1978 into a family of musicians, Mr. Nelsons began his career in music as a trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra and has also won many prizes for his singing. He was recipient of the prestigious Latvian Grand Music Award for outstanding achievement in music in 2001 and he studied conducting with Professor Alexander Titov in St. Petersburg. He has studied privately with Mariss Jansons since 2002 and completed his tenure as Principal Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Herford, Germany, in 2009. From 2003–2007, he was Music Director of the Latvian National Opera. Most recently, Mr. Nelsons conducted the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in February. He returns to The Metropolitan Opera to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame this month.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Marcelo Lehninger, Conductor
    Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373
    HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Violin Concerto (NY Premiere)
    BÉLA BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 2

    Perspectives: Christian Tetzlaff

    Sponsored by DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.

    Tickets: $48–$150

    Wednesday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Roberto Abbado, Conductor
    Joshua Bell, Violin

    JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 93 in D Major
    MAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

    Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

    Tickets: $45–$140

    Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Andris Nelsons, Conductor

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 9

    Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Marilyn McCoy, Adjunct Professor of Music, Columbia University.

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. Robert L. Turner in support of the 2010–2011 season.

    Tickets: $45–$140

    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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