• Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011

    Carnegie Hall Continues 120th Anniversary Year Celebration with Concerts and Events Throughout New York City in Fall 2011 

    New Season Opens in October with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra
    Launching Focus on Tchaikovsky, Who Conducted Carnegie Hall’s 1891 Opening Night;
    Other Events Examine the Russian Composer’s St. Petersburg Circle

    November and December Events Explore “New York City at the Turn of the Century”

    This fall, Carnegie Hall continues its 120th anniversary year celebration with concerts, lectures, discussions, and more, exploring the vibrant world of music and the arts that flourished around the time of Carnegie Hall’s birth in 1891. Events taking place at Carnegie Hall and throughout New York City at partner cultural institutions will provide insight on this pivotal moment in history, when industrialization had taken hold in the United States and New York City was beginning to emerge as a cultural capital.

    The celebration begins with five concerts by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, October 5–11, launching Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 season with the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of the towering figures of classical music in the late 19th century who made his American debut conducting at Carnegie Hall’s very first opening night on May 5, 1891.

    (Click here for a video of Carnegie Hall Archivist Gino Francesconi discussing the special connection between Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky, and New York.)

    The series by Mr. Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra—which includes the season’s Opening Night Gala with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies—begins an extended focus in October on the composer and his influence on the culture and artists of St. Petersburg, Russia, with additional concerts and partner events throughout the city. Partners for “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg” are: the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York City Ballet, New York Public Library, The School of American Ballet, and Sotheby’s auction house.

    In November and December, complementing the Tchaikovsky focus, Carnegie Hall and other partner institutions will explore the terrain and era in which Carnegie Hall was born with a series of talks and panel discussions exploring “New York City at the Turn of the Century.” At the time when Carnegie Hall was conceived, built, and opened, New York City was becoming the epicenter of a powerful young country, yet it was just finding its cultural foothold. New York was a city of industrial titans like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, yet still a city where “Midtown” was considered 14th Street and hog farms inhabited the area surrounding 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. Partners for “New York City at the Turn of the Century” are: The Morgan Library & Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New-York Historical Society, and The Wall Street Journal.

    Also, throughout its anniversary celebration, Carnegie Hall will offer special anniversary tours (in addition to its standard tour) focusing on the history of the period. The public can visit carnegiehall.org/tours for more information. Also, in the coming months, special web content exploring Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary will be available online at carnegiehall.org.

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    “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg”
    A major highlight of Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary celebration will be the five October performances, October 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11, by conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, focusing appropriately on music by Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer and conductor who opened Carnegie Hall in 1891. The series will include Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala on October 5 with cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and, in subsequent concerts, a cycle of Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies and the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with guest soloist Daniil Trifonov, Grand Prize Winner of this summer’s XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition.

    Events at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner institutions devoted to the theme of “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg” will take place throughout October in conjunction with the concerts by Mr. Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. At Carnegie Hall, a Discovery Day exploring the cultural world of St. Petersburg in the 1890s will be presented in partnership with The Harriman Institute of Columbia University on October 15 in Weill Recital Hall. Music of the period will be performed in Staten Island by the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York (October 22 in a Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert) and by Ensemble ACJW (October 25 in Weill Recital Hall). Finally, famed soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited New York recital debut in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, performing songs by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov with pianist Elena Bashkirova, in another major highlight of the celebration at Carnegie Hall (October 26).

    120th anniversary partner events exploring “Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg” will also be presented by the New York Public Library (“Tchaikovsky and the Piano in St. Petersburg’s Gilded Age,” on October 6, a talk by Dr. Anne Swartz, Professor of Music at Baruch College), Sotheby’s (“Russian Art in the Silver Age,” a talk by Dr. Karen Kettering and Emily Kodama on October 6), New York City Ballet (George Balanchine’s Jewels on October 7; and a lecture/demonstration “Imperial Jewels: Tchaikovsky’s Contribution to Ballet” on October 9, co-presented with The School of American Ballet), and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers as part of the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space series on October 12).

    “New York City at the Turn of the Century”
    Following the focus on Tchaikovsky, Carnegie Hall and other partner institutions will explore the era in which Carnegie Hall was born with a series of talks and panel discussions entitled “New York City at the Turn of the Century.” One of the most dynamic and turbulent eras in American history began in the 1890s, when New York City became the epicenter of a powerful young country. It was a city of dueling industrial titans, and of fortunes made and lost. It was a city of outlaw gangs and the first settlement houses. But it was also a city where great artistic and cultural movements intersected, highlighted by the opening of Carnegie Hall. In November and early December, Carnegie Hall and leading partner institutions around the city explore that fascinating time.

    The era will be the focus of a Discovery Day presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with The Wall Street Journal on November 19 in Weill Recital Hall. Other partner events exploring this time are: the New-York Historical Society offering a talk by architectural historian Barry Lewis entitled “New York on the Cusp: The City When Carnegie Hall Debuted” on November 10 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; The Morgan Library & Museum presenting “Edith Wharton: Old and New New York,” a lecture by Hildegard Hoeller on Edith Wharton and her changing views of the city, on December 7; and the Museum of the City of New York, with date and details to be announced.

    Additional details on Carnegie Hall’s 120th anniversary celebration will be announced in late summer/early fall.

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

    Ticket Information
    Single tickets for Carnegie Hall events go on sale August 29. Subscriptions are currently 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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