• Monday, Sep 12, 2011

    The Philadelphia Orchestra Makes Its First of Four Carnegie Hall Appearances This Season on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit and Pianist Lang Lang



    Also This Season: Violinist James Ehnes
    Plays Mendelssohn with Orchestra on February 14;

    Simon Rattle Conducts Brahms, Schumann, and Webern on April 27;

    Maestro Dutoit Conducts Beethoven, Ravel, and Chopin
    with Pianist Maurizio Pollini on May 18

    On Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m., The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the first of four concerts at Carnegie Hall this season with a program led by Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit and featuring pianist Lang Lang as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program is Fauré’s Pavane, a work based on a processional Spanish court dance of the same name, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, said to reflect the death of Joseph Stalin, who died in 1953, the same year the work was premiered in Leningrad.

    Maestro Dutoit and the orchestra return again this season on February 14, joined by violinist James Ehnes who performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on a program that also includes Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. On April 27, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the orchestra in a program of Brahms’s Symphony No. 3; Webern’s Six Pieces; and Schuman’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.” For the orchestra’s final performance of the season, Maestro Dutoit returns on May 18 with pianist Maurizio Pollini performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, alongside Beethoven’s Overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, and the complete version of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé with The Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

    About the Artists
    Twenty-nine year-old pianist Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts the world over and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and top American orchestras. In the 2011–2012 season, Lang Lang serves as Creative Director of the Ascent Series at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. At the beginning of the season, he performs at the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th Anniversary Gala concert, as well as at the Last Night Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also this season, he tours with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Highlights of his 2010–2011 season included performing at the opening night of Christoph Eschenbach’s inaugural season with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as the opening of Carnegie Hall’s season with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of 3, and, by the age of 5, had won the Shenyang Competition and had given his first public recital. Entering Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin Études at the Beijing Concert Hall at age 13. Lang Lang’s break into stardom came at age 17, when he was called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the “Gala of the Century,” playing a Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

    In the 2010–2011 season, The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrated its 30 year artistic collaboration with Charles Dutoit. Maestro Dutoit, who made his debut with the orchestra in 1980, has held the title of Chief Conductor since 2008. At the start of the 2012–2013 season, the orchestra will honor Mr. Dutoit by bestowing upon him the title of Conductor Laureate. Also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, Mr. Dutoit has recorded extensively for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips, CBS, and Erato, and his more than 200 recordings have garnered over 40 awards and distinctions around the world. For 25 years, Mr. Dutoit was Artistic Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Between 1990 and 2010, he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra's summer festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. From 1991 to 2001, he was Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, and, in 1996, he was appointed Music Director of the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, of which he is Music Director Emeritus. Mr. Dutoit was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and his extensive musical training included violin, viola, piano, percussion, music history, and composition at the conservatories and music academies in Geneva, Siena, Venice, and Boston. In 1991, Mr. Dutoit was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Philadelphia.

    Renowned for its artistic excellence since its founding in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has excited audiences with thousands of concerts in Philadelphia and around the world. With 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 30 years of a celebrated association with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit continues the tradition as Chief Conductor. Since Mr. Dutoit’s debut with the orchestra, he has led hundreds of concerts in Philadelphia, at Carnegie Hall, and on tour, as Artistic Director of the orchestra’s summer concerts at the Mann Center, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the orchestra’s summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and now as Chief Conductor. In June 2010, Yannick Nézet-Séguin was named Music Director Designate, immediately joining the Orchestra’s leadership team. Mr. Nézet-Séguin takes up the baton as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s next Music Director in 2012.

    Program Information
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor
    Lang Lang, Piano

    GABRIEL FAURÉ Pavane in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93

    Sponsored by China Merchants Bank

    Tickets: $41–$125

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor
    James Ehnes, Violin

    FRANK MARTIN Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
    BÉLA BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Benenson in support of the 2011-2012 season.

    Tickets: $39–$118

    Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor

    JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
    ANTON WEBERN Six Pieces, Op. 6
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, "Rhenish"

    Tickets: $41–$125

    Friday, May 18, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Charles Dutoit, Chief Conductor
    Maurizio Pollini, Piano
    The Philadelphia Singers Chorale
    David Hayes, Director

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op. 43
    FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
    MAURICE RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)

    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Tickets: $41–$125

    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.

    # # #