• Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011

    Charles Dutoit & The Philadelphia Orchestra: All-Stravinsky at Carnegie Hall, 5/3


    Program Features Music Inspired by Greek Mythology: Apollo (Apollon musagète) and
    Oedipus Rex with Tenor Paul Groves and Mezzo-Soprano Petra Lang

    On Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m., The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to New York for its final Carnegie Hall performance of the 2010–2011 season with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit. Their program features two works by Igor Stravinsky based on Greek mythology: Apollo (Apollon musagète) (Apollo, Leader of the Muses), scored for string orchestra and named after the god of music, Apollo, who was visited by three muses; and Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky's opera-oratorio based on the tragedy by Sophocles.

    Composed between 1927 and 1928 for a Serge Diaghilev/Ballet Russes production with choreography by the 24-year-old George Balanchine, Apollo (Apollon musagéte) was the first of four collaborations between the composer and choreographer. Written near the same time as Apollo during Stravinsky's neoclassical period, Oedipus Rex features a libretto in French by Jean Cocteau then translated into Latin. This performance of Oedipus Rex features tenor Paul Groves as Oedipus and mezzo-soprano Petra Lang as Jocaste, with bass-baritone Robert Gierlach (Creon/Messenger), baritone David Wilson-Johnson (Tiresias), tenor Matthew Plenk (Shepherd), David Howey (Narrator), and the Men of The Philadelphia Singers Chorale. A pre-concert talk, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, will be given by Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School.

    About the Artists
    Tenor Paul Groves began the 2010–2011 season with his debut at the Grand Teatre de Liceu in the role of Alwa in Berg’s Lulu. Other highlights of the current season include the role of Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as his debut as Gualtiero in the premiere of Vivaldi’s Griselda at Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Groves’s concert performances this season include a tour of Switzerland with Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at Salisbury Cathedral with the London Philharmonic, Britten’s War Requiem at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, a return to the Edinburgh Festival with Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Boston. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in 1991 and a graduate of the company’s Young Artists Development Program, Mr. Groves made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1992. His recent recordings include Roger Waters's opera Ça Ira for Sony Classics, Ravel’s cantatas with Michel Plasson for EMI Classics, and songs by Duparc for the Naxos label. He has also recorded for the Telarc, Teldec, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, and Decca labels.

    Born in Frankfurt, mezzo-soprano Petra Lang studied voice at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt and in Mainz after graduating as a violinist. Upon attending the Opernstudio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Ms. Lang started her career in Dortmund and Braunschweig. Future engagements include Brangäne in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Venus in Wagner’s Tannhäuser at Munich’s Opera Festival, and Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she will also make her debut as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio. In 2002 Ms. Lang won two Grammy Awards for her interpretation of Cassandra in the London Symphony's live recording of Les Troyens conducted by Sir Colin Davis. The album also won two Brit Awards in London, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik, and the Orphée d'Or de l'Academie du Disque Lyrique. Ms. Lang has performed with leading orchestras in Europe and the United States, including the Dallas and Chicago symphonies; the Munich, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Israel philharmonics; and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

    Charles Dutoit is Chief Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In summer 2010, he began his tenure as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Since his debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980, Mr. Dutoit has gone on to conduct all the major US orchestras, including those in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. He has also performed regularly with many of the great orchestras of Europe, including the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the Israel Philharmonic and the major orchestras of Japan, South America, and Australia. In the 2012–2013 season, he will assume the title of conductor laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Dutoit has recorded extensively for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips, CBS, Erato, and other labels. His more than 170 recordings—half of them with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, which he led for 25 years—have garnered more than 40 awards and distinctions.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra is among the world’s leading orchestras. Renowned for its artistic excellence since its founding in 1900, the orchestra has inspired audiences through thousands of live performances, recordings, and broadcasts in Philadelphia and throughout the world. With only seven music directors throughout more than a century of unswerving orchestral distinction, the artistic heritage of The Philadelphia Orchestra is attributed to extraordinary musicianship under the leadership and innovation of Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Christoph Eschenbach. After thirty years of a celebrated association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit continues the tradition as chief conductor. With the 2012–2013 season, the orchestra honors Mr. Dutoit by bestowing the title of conductor laureate upon him. Yannick Nézet-Séguin assumed the title of music director designate in June 2010, immediately joining the orchestra’s leadership team. He takes up the baton as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s next music director in 2012. Each year, the orchestra presents a subscription season in Philadelphia, as well as education and community partnership programs, annual appearances at Carnegie Hall, and a three-week tour. Its summer schedule includes performances at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts, free neighborhood concerts, and residencies at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor
    Paul Groves, Tenor (Oedipus)
    Petra Lang, Mezzo-Soprano (Jocaste)
    Robert Gierlach, Bass-Baritone (Creon/Messenger)
    David Wilson-Johnson, Baritone (Tiresias)
    Matthew Plenk, Tenor (Shepherd)
    David Howey, Narrator
    Men of The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
    David Hayes, Director

    Apollo (Apollon musagète)
    Oedipus Rex

    Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.

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