• Monday, Oct 31, 2011

    Orchestra of St. Luke's Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Carnegie Hall Season on Thursday, December 15 with Conductor Robert Spano


    Featured Soloists Include
    Susanna Phillips, Sasha Cooke, Nicholas Phan, and Joshua Hopkins,
    Plus the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus

    Carnegie Hall presents Orchestra of St. Luke’s in five concerts during the 2011–2012 season starting on Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Robert Spano conducts a program that includes Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 3 in G Major, as well as Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine and Bach’s Magnificat with featured soloists soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Nicholas Phan, and baritone Joshua Hopkins, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus under the direction of Norman Mackenzie.

    The concert will be Maestro Spano’s second of three performances at Carnegie Hall this season, following a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on November 5 and preceding a February 21 recital by bass-baritone Eric Owens, with whom Spano collaborates as pianist.

    Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns early next year, with Sir Roger Norrington leading a program on Thursday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. of Haydn’s Symphony No. 39 in G Minor and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, in addition to pianist Jeremy Denk featured as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major. Orchestra of St. Luke’s closes its Carnegie Hall series on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. with an all-Mozart program conducted by Iván Fischer, who made his first appearance with St. Luke’s last season. He conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C Major and Requiem with soloists including soprano Dominique Labelle, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, tenor Joseph Kaiser, baritone Richard Paul Fink, and the chorus Musica Sacra under the direction of Kent Tritle.

    In addition to its own three concert series at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs as part of The Carmina Burana Choral Project as part of the Weill Music Institute on Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 p.m. as well as a one-night-only gala benefit concert performance of The Sound of Music, the beloved musical with a timeless score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, on Tuesday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

    Artist Information
    Robert Spano, currently in his eleventh season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors today. Since 2001, he has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. The Atlanta School of Composers reflects Mr. Spano’s and the orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers, including Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg. Since the beginning of his tenure, Mr. Spano and the orchestra have performed over 100 contemporary works, and, by the end of the 2011–12 season, will have performed 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres. Mr. Spano has a discography with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra of 19 recordings, six of which have been honored with Grammy Awards. He has led the orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as the Ravinia, Ojai, and Savannah Music Festivals. Mr. Spano has also conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the San Francisco Symphony; the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; as well as Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, BBC Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In addition, he has conducted for Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Seattle Opera for its 2005 and 2009 Ring cycles. Mr. Spano was Musical America's 2008 Conductor of the Year, and, in March 2011, he was appointed as the incoming Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival. In advance of the December 15 concert with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, he conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra November 5 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and returns February 21 to Zankel Hall to perform with bass-baritone Eric Owens in recital.

    Now in its 37th year, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s foremost and most versatile ensembles. Dedicated to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond, OSL performs approximately 70 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each year—including an annual chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, an orchestra series at Carnegie Hall and summer concerts as Orchestra-in-Residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival. The Orchestra collaborates regularly with the world’s great artists, such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John and many more. In March 2011, OSL opened The DiMenna Center for Classical Music—its first permanent home, and New York City’s first rehearsal and recording facility dedicated to classical music. The Center has already hosted thousands of musicians from a wide range of ensembles and serves as the venue for OSL’s new free concert series OSL@DMC, which connects the public to the artistic process of composers and musicians. Committed to community-building, OSL produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs, and has engaged more than one million children in its arts education programs. OSL’s stellar 70+ discography includes four acclaimed releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings.

    Program Information
    Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Robert Spano, Conductor
    Susanna Phillips, Soprano
    Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
    Nicholas Phan, Tenor
    Joshua Hopkins, Baritone
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chamber Chorus
    Norman Mackenzie, Director

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
    OLIVIER MESSIAEN Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine


    Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Sir Roger Norrington, Conductor
    Jeremy Denk, Piano

    JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 39 in G Minor
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543


    Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Iván Fischer, Conductor
    Dominique Labelle, Soprano
    Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
    Joseph Kaiser, Tenor
    Richard Paul Fink, Baritone
    Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, Music Director

    Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K. 338
    Requiem, K. 626

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