• Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011

    American Composer Orchestra Celebrates Philip Glass's 75th Birthday with Conductor Laureate Dennis Russell Davies in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on Tuesday, January 31

    Concert Features the US Premiere of Glass’s Ninth Symphony plus New York Premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate
    ACO Returns to Zankel Hall in March with Music Director George Manahan for World Premieres by Gabriel Kahane and Ian Williams
     Program Information
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate
    Maki Namekawa, Piano


    ARVO PÄRT Lamentate (NY Premiere)
    PHILIP GLASS Symphony No. 9 (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Bruckner Orchester Linz)

    Tickets: $29–$82

    Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
    Derek Bermel, Clarinet
    Judith Bettina, Soprano
    Gabriel Kahane, Piano and Vocals
    Amy Porter, Flute
    Ian Williams, Electronics


    MILTON BABBITT From the Psalter
    AARON COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
    MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Trail of Tears (NY Premiere)
    GABRIEL KAHANE New Work (World Premiere)
    IAN WILLIAMS New Work for Orchestra and Electronics (World Premiere)

    Tickets: $39, $50

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    On composer Philip Glass’s 75th birthday, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., Conductor Laureate and American Composers Orchestra (ACO) co-founder Dennis Russell Davies returns to lead the orchestra in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The celebratory program includes the US premiere of Glass’s Symphony No. 9 (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Bruckner Orchester Linz) and the New York premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate, with pianist Maki Namekawa.

    The program notes describe Glass’s Symphony No. 9 as “a large scale, three movement work for orchestra, and while direct in form, it will be formidable in performance with piccolos doubled, horn section fortified, and with bass brass, and timpani doubled. The Ninth promises to be, in the composer’s words ‘big and unrelenting,’ with an avoidance of solo passagework, this piece will be a real team effort throughout. Each movement follows a similar plan: an opening theme broadly stated a contrasting highly energized middle section, and a slower ending with a newer version of the opening theme. Throughout the work becomes increasingly dense and contrapuntal thereby giving the whole work its overall dramatic shape.”

    Philip Glass wrote his first purely orchestral work—his Violin Concerto—on a commission from ACO in 1987. He and Davies (who has been involved in the commission and/or recording of all of Glass’ symphonic works) have been musical collaborators for over 40 years.

    The third and final performance of ACO’s Carnegie Hall season, titled Orchestra Underground: American Accounts, is conducted by George Manahan on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and features world premieres by Ian Williams and Gabriel Kahane, the New York premiere of Trail of Tears by Michael Daugherty, Milton Babbitt’s From the Psalter, and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with clarinetist Derek Bermel. The program also features soprano Judith Bettina and flutist Amy Porter.

    Artist Information
    Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, and Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

    The operas—Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Akhnaten, and The Voyage, among many others—play throughout the world’s leading houses, and rarely to an empty seat. He has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as The Hours and Martin Scorsese’s Kundun, as well as Koyaanisqatsi. His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. He has been labeled as the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music—simultaneously.

    Philip Glass was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at The University of Chicago, The Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. He moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble—seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer.

    In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; nine symphonies; two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; and a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

    Internationally acclaimed musician Dennis Russell Davies is avidly sought out for his extraordinary breadth of repertoire, technical brilliance and fearless music-making. An esteemed presence who consistently remains at the forefront of both orchestral and operatic worlds, Mr. Davies is also an accomplished pianist, and is in demand by orchestras, composers and fellow musicians worldwide for his inspiring collaborations and interpretive mastery. A frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the world, Mr. Davies has held music directorships of prestigious orchestras worldwide for over 40 uninterrupted years. He is currently Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Chief Conductor of the Linz Opera, and Music Director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland. Additionally, Mr. Davies is Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as Conductor Laureate of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. In the US, he continues as Conductor Laureate of the American Composers Orchestra, which he co-founded. As conductor and pianist, Mr. Davies has released over 60 recordings, earning numerous awards. Recent recording highlights include the complete Bruckner symphonies with the Bruckner Orchester Linz for Arte Nova/Sony BMG, and the complete Haydn symphonies with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra for Sony Classical/Sony BMG, bringing the 11-year Mercedes-Benz Haydn recording project to conclusion. With the completion of these two cycles, Davies has recorded the complete symphonies of Bruckner, Haydn and Philip Glass. Mr. Davies was born in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from The Juilliard School. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Pianist Maki Namekawa’s dedication to the works of leading international contemporary composers and her commitment to audience development have secured her a notable place among today’s artists. As a soloist and chamber musician at home in both classical and current repertoire, Maki Namekawa appears regularly at the Klavier Festival Ruhr, Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, ZKM Karlsruhe, and the Musikverein in Vienna. Since 2005, she has appeared with her duo-partner Dennis Russell Davies at the Lincoln Center Festival, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Herbst Auditorium in San Francisco, Radial System in Berlin, Colmar Festival in France, and the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Recent orchestral appearances include repeat engagements with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, as well as concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Bochum and Erfurt Symphony Orchestras. During the 2011—2012 season she appears for the first time with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and performs the opening concert of the Ravenna Festival. She has recorded extensively for the Orange Mountain Music, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and Brucknerhaus labels, and has performed frequently for the major radio networks in Germany, Switzerland, France, and Holland. She pursued her piano studies at the Kunitachi Conservatory in Tokyo under Mikio Ikezawa and Henriette Puig-Roget. She continued her studies at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Werner Genuit and Kaya Han, and later at the Cologne Musikhochschule with Pierre Laurent Aimard. She is married to Dennis Russell Davies.

    George Manahan has had an unusually wide-ranging career, embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. In addition to his work with ACO, he furthers his commitment to working with young musicians on the Manhattan School of Music faculty as Director of Orchestral Studies. George Manahan most recently completed fourteen years as music director at New York City Opera. There, he helped develop the organization’s groundbreaking VOX program, a series of workshops and readings that have provided unique opportunities for numerous composers to hear their new concepts realized, and introduced audiences to exciting new compositional voices. In addition to established composers such as Mark Adamo, David Del Tredici, Lewis Spratlan, Robert X. Rodriguez, Lou Harrison, Bernard Rands, and Richard Danielpour, through VOX, Mr. Manahan has introduced works by composers on the rise including Adam Silverman, Elodie Lauten, Mason Bates, and David T. Little. George Manahan’s extensive recording activities include the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Tehillim for ECM; recordings of Edward Thomas’s Desire Under the Elms, which was nominated for a Grammy Award; Joe Jackson’s Will Power; and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. His enthusiasm for contemporary music continues today; he has conducted numerous world premieres, including Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, David Lang’s Modern Painters, and the New York premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner. As music director of the Richmond Symphony (VA) for twelve years, he was honored four times by the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for his commitment to twentieth century music.

    Now in its 35th year, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO makes the creation of new opportunities for American composers and new American orchestral music its central purpose. Through concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, internet and radio broadcasts, educational programs, new music readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research, and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music. To date, ACO has performed music by more than 600 American composers, including 200 world premieres and newly commissioned works. Among the honors ACO has received are special awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and from BMI recognizing the orchestra’s outstanding contribution to American music. ASCAP has awarded its annual prize for adventurous programming to ACO 34 times, singling out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States.”

    Ticket Information

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