• Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner Returns to Carnegie Hall for Two Consecutive Evenings of Beethoven, November 16-17

    This November, Carnegie Hall presents Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting the period-informed ensemble Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique for two consecutive evenings of music by Beethoven in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. On Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m., the renowned orchestra performs the Egmont Overture and symphonies nos. 5 and 7. They return the following evening, Thursday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m., with the Overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus and symphonies no. 3 and 4. These concerts are part of the ensemble’s US tour which also includes performances in Chapel Hill, NC; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington DC.

    The November 16 concert will also be broadcast across the US and worldwide on Carnegie Hall Live—a vibrant radio broadcast and digital series which is a partnership of WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and American Public Media (APM). The concert will air live on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stream live at wqxr.org. The concert will also broadcast live in more than 35 markets across the nation, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Austin, among others. A complete list of stations may be found here. For more information on this and the other Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts throughout the 2011–2012 season, please visit wqxr.org/carnegiehalllive.  

    About the Artists
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner
    is one of the most versatile conductors of our time. Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival, he is the founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Alongside the activities with his own ensembles, Mr. Gardiner appears regularly as guest conductor with the most important European symphony orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and the London Symphony Orchestra. The extent of Mr. Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated by over 250 recordings made for major European companies, which have received numerous international awards. Most recently, he has been releasing recordings of the 2000 Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and of Brahms symphonies on his record label, Soli Deo Gloria (SDG).

    Mr. Gardiner’s most recent projects with the Monteverdi ensembles include European tours of Monteverdi’s Vespers(1610), Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Haydn’s oratorios The Creation and The Seasons. He is currently continuing a five-year collaboration with the Opéra Comique in Paris, along with the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Away from his own ensembles, Mr. Gardiner is involved in a three-year Beethoven cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include re-invitations to Covent Garden, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and the Czech Philharmonic.

    The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR) was founded in 1989 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to bring the same intensity of expression and stylistic accuracy to the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries as is found with his renowned period-instrument chamber ensemble, the English Baroque Soloists. One of the orchestra's outstanding successes has undoubtedly been its acclaimed Berlioz interpretations. This series began with the Symphonie fantastique, performed and filmed in the former Conservatoire de la Musique in Paris where the very first performance took place in December 1830. In 1993, the ORR gave the first modern performances of the rediscovered Messe solennelle, and, ten years later, the group performed L'enfance du Christ at the Proms and the first complete performances of Les Troyens at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

    The ORR has won plaudits for its complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies, and has made critically acclaimed recordings of the Schumann symphonies as well as music by Verdi, Weber, and Mendelssohn. In 2003, the orchestra took part in a highly successful dramatization of the writing of Beethoven's “Eroica” symphony for BBC Television. From 2006 to 2008, with the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner, the ORR took part in a mammoth “Brahms: Roots and Memories” project, performing Brahms’s music along with works by other composers which might have inspired him. Much of this project was recorded for release on the ensembles’ dedicated record label, Soli Deo Gloria (SDG). .

    The Orchestra and Mr. Gardiner are currently involved in an exciting five-year collaboration with the Opéra Comique in Paris. Since 2007, they have performed in fully-staged opera performances of Emmanuel Chabrier's L'Etoile (2007), Bizet’s Carmen (2009), Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (2010), and Weber’s Le Freischütz (2011). An additional 2011 project will be tour performing Stravinsky, Brahms, and Bruckner.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Artistic Director and Conductor

    Egmont Overture
    Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
    Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

    Please note this concert is being broadcast live on WQXR Radio.

    The Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is sponsored by Duff & Phelps.

    This Carnegie Hall Live broadcast is supported by Macy’s.


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

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Artistic Director and Conductor

    Overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Op. 43
    Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60
    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Debs in support of the 2011-2012 season.

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

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $31–$88, 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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