• Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011

    Fabio Luisi to Replace James Levine Leading The MET Orchestra on October 16 at 3:00 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage 

    Performance to Include World Premiere of John Harbison and Alice Munro’s
    Closer To My Own Life, Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Christine Rice

    Program Includes Mozart’s The Magic Flute Overture,
    and Piano Concerto No. 25 featuring Richard Goode, and
    Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
    Maestro Levine Forced to Cancel Due to New Injury
    Carnegie Hall today announced that Fabio Luisi has graciously agreed to replace James Levine, conducting The MET Orchestra on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. After a fall last week that damaged one of his vertebrae, Maestro Levine underwent emergency surgery on Thursday in New York, forcing him to withdraw from this fall performance. While Mr. Levine will continue in his position as the Met’s Music Director, Mr. Luisi has been named Principal Conductor, with the new appointment taking effect immediately. The program for the October 16 performance now includes Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche replacing the previously announced Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The remainder of the program is unchanged with the world premiere of John Harbison and Alice Munro’s Closer to My Own Life, featuring mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Piano Concerto No. 25 featuring soloist Richard Goode. For further ticket information, the public may contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

    James Levine is scheduled to return to Carnegie Hall on January 15 when he will lead The MET Orchestra with soloists Anthony McGill, Stephen Williamson, and Renée Fleming. His final MET Orchestra performance of Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 season is on Sunday, May 20, featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff.

    About the Artists
    Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi made his Met debut in 2005 with Verdi’s Don Carlo and has also conducted a new production of Richard Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena (2007), as well as revivals of Simon Boccanegra, Turandot, Elektra, Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Rigoletto with the company. In addition, he has previously stepped in for Mr. Levine to conduct performances of Tosca (April 2010), Lulu (May 2010), Das Rheingold (March/April 2011), and, in the June 2011 tour of Japan, Don Carlo, La bohème, and a concert with The MET Orchestra. He also conducted The MET Orchestra in concert with Natalie Dessay as soloist at Carnegie Hall in May of this year, again replacing James Levine. This season, Luisi also conducts a new production of Massenet’s Manon (March 26-April 23, 2012) starring Anna Netrebko and a revival of La traviata (April 6-May 2, 2012) with Dessay in the title role for the first time at the Met.

    Mr. Luisi, a native of Genoa, is currently Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony and Artistic Director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He served as General Music Director of Dresden State Opera and Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra from 2007 to 2010, Artistic Director of the MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig from 1999 to 2007, Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande from 1997 to 2002, and Chief Conductor of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna from 1995 to 2000. He has appeared with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras and opera companies, including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, NHK Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper, and Berlin State Opera. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2002.

    Program Information
    Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Fabio Luisi, Principal Conductor
    Richard Goode, Piano
    Christine Rice, Mezzo-Soprano

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
    JOHN HARBISON / ALICE MUNRO Closer To My Own Life (World Premiere)
    RICHARD STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

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

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $52–$165, 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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