• Thursday, Feb 2, 2012

    Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, and Stéphane Denève Conduct The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in March 2012

    Plus the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart Return with a Premiere By Chris Brubeck with Time for Three; and a Special Tribute to Benny Goodman  
    Program Information
    Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Kurt Masur, Conductor
    Christine Brewer, Soprano
    Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano
    Simon O'Neill, Tenor
    Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus
    John Oliver, Conductor

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis, Op. 123

    This concert and the Choral Classics series are made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

    Tickets: $48--$148

    Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
    Cédric Tiberghien, Piano

    HECTOR BERLIOZ Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
    MAURICE RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
    HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

    Tickets: $48--$148

    Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Keith Lockhart, Conductor
    Time for Three
    •• Zachary De Pue, Violin
    •• Nicolas Kendall, Violin
    •• Ranaan Meyer, Double Bass
    Thomas Martin, Clarinet

    Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

    Tickets: $42--$124

    Friday, March 9 at 7:30 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Stéphane Denève, Conductor
    Peter Serkin, piano

    MAURICE RAVEL Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Concerto for Piano and Winds

    Sponsored by United, Official Airline of Carnegie Hall

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Earle S. Altman in support of the 2011-2012 season.

    Tickets: $48--$148

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Three outstanding maestros—Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, and Stéphane Denève—will each conduct a program by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in its annual visits to Carnegie Hall this March, with music ranging from large-scale Romantic choral music to twentieth-century Russian works. Between the second and third BSO programs, the Boston Pops returns to Carnegie Hall with conductor Keith Lockhart for the first time since 2000, for a program featuring the acclaimed trio Time for Three (making its Carnegie Hall debut) and a special tribute to the “King of Swing,” Benny Goodman, featuring BSO clarinetist Thomas Martin.

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra begins its series on Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m. with Mr. Masur conducting Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. Joining the BSO and Maestro Masur are soprano Christine Brewer, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Simon O’Neill, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the direction of John Oliver.

    The following evening, Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. Eschenbach leads the BSO in Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini and Symphonie fantastique, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with guest soloist Cédric Tiberghien.

    In the final BSO program, on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., Mr. Denève conducts the orchestra in Ravel’s Ma Mère l'Oye(Mother Goose) Suite, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds featuring soloist Peter Serkin.

    Prior to the BSO’s final concert, on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m., Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops in a program that includes the New York premiere of Chris Brubeck's Travels in Time for Three, featuring the groundbreaking “classically trained garage band” Time for Three, as well as a tribute to legendary Benny Goodman featuring clarinetist Thomas Martin. The Boston Pops will also perform a rendition of Freddie Mercury’s iconic rock song Bohemian Rhapsody, before inviting the audience to join the Pops in “A Cinematic Sing-Along” including Moon River, Over the Rainbow, and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.

    About his premiere, Brubeck writes, “I feel like I am a tailor. If I am going to make a concerto suite it’s got to fit. I have to know what they like, what excites them. What was funny is that after we got tired of jamming it in a jazz style we decided to approach it from a classical music style, and all of a sudden it was like the guys had stepped through a musical portal and they were now playing in powdered wigs and waistcoats. But the piece is filled with that sort of thing where they are in one style and then suddenly they are yanked into another time zone. Three hundred years ahead and then three hundred years back and up into the mountains.”

    About the Artists
    Kurt Masur is well known to orchestras and audiences alike as both a distinguished conductor and humanist. In 2002, Mr. Masur became both Music Director Emeritus of the New York Philharmonic and Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France in Paris. From September 2000 to 2007 he was Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic, and from 1991 to 2002 he was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Masur is a guest conductor with the world's leading orchestras and holds the lifetime title of Honorary Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In July 2007, Maestro Masur celebrated his 80th birthday in an extraordinary concert at the BBC Proms in London where he conducted joint forces of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. A professor at the Leipzig Academy of Music since 1975, he has received numerous honors, including Germany’s Great Cross of the Legion of Honor with Star and Ribbon as well as the Furtwängler Prize. Maestro Masur is also an Honorary Citizen of his hometown Brieg. He has made well over 100 recordings with numerous orchestras. In 2008, Maestro Masur celebrated 60 years as a professional conductor.

    In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Since being named to these positions in 2008, he has been playing a key role in planning future seasons, international festivals, and special projects for these two prestigious institutions. A prolific recording artist over five decades, Mr. Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. His recordings include works ranging from J.S. Bach to music of our time and reflect his commitment to not just canonical works but the music of the late 20th- and early 21st-century as well. Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Mr. Eschenbach held the posts of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra from 1982 to 1986; Music Director of the Houston Symphony from 1988 to 1999; Music Director of the Ravinia Festival from 1994 to 2003; and Artistic Director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival from 1999 to 2002.

    Stéphane Denève is Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), a position he began in September 2011. He is also Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a post he has held since 2005. Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest caliber, Mr. Denève has won praise from audiences and critics alike for his performances and programming. With the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, he has performed at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Festival Présences, and at celebrated venues throughout Europe including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Théatre des Champs-Elysées. He and the orchestra have made a number of acclaimed recordings together, including an ongoing survey of the works of Albert Roussel for Naxos. A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he was awarded a unanimous First Prize in 1995, Stéphane Denève began his career as Sir Georg Solti's assistant for Bluebeard's Castle with the Orchestre de Paris in 1995 and Don Giovanni at the Paris National Opera 1996.

    Keith Lockhart became the twentieth conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. During his 15-year tenure, he has conducted the Boston Pops in more than 1,200 concerts and introduced the innovative JazzFest and EdgeFest series, which feature the Pops performing with some of today's most prominent jazz and indie rock artists including Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, Guster, My Morning Jacket, and Natalie Merchant. Reflecting a passionate commitment to music of the Broadway stage, Mr. Lockhart has led the Boston Pops in collaboration with the Tanglewood Music Center in concert performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel and Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, as well as musical revues of the works of Sondheim and Bernstein. Under his leadership, the Boston Pops has commissioned several new works, including The Neville Feast by Christopher Rouse, Wish You Were Here by Nico Mühly, and The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers, premiered during the Pops’ 125th season, as well as dozens of new arrangements.

    The category-shattering trio Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country & western, gypsy, and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members—Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass—have a passion for improvisation, composing, and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble's playing. What started as a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute for Music evolved into Time for Three, or Tf3 for short -- a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists on The Philadelphia Orchestra's subscription series to Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco; from residencies at the Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach's birthday concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Their jam-packed 2011–2012 season features their Carnegie Hall debut, a residency at Princeton University, appearances with the Boston Pops, and their first tour of South America. In January 2010, Tf3 released its first commercial CD, Three Fervent Travelers, on the E1 label. This followed the group's first two self-produced CD's, Time for Three and We Just Burned This For You!

    Thomas Martin is associate principal clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Martin began his professional music career as a clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist at age thirteen, performing with several big bands and combos in his native Wisconsin. He later attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where his clarinet studies were with Stanley Hasty and former Boston Symphony clarinetist Peter Hadcock. Through his association with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, Mr. Martin has worked with most of the world's leading conductors, soloists, and entertainers. Outside of these two orchestras, he maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. His performance of the east coast premiere of Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto at Tanglewood in 1998 was highly praised, and he played that work again at Tanglewood in 2008 as part of that summer's Carter Centenary Celebration. His performances with the Boston Pops included a 100th anniversary tribute to Benny Goodman in June 2009; he gave the American premiere of Carter's Poems of Louis Zukofsky with soprano Lucy Shelton as part of the 2009 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood; and appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in August 2010 performing Leonard Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs for clarinet and jazz ensemble with Robert Spano conducting. In May 2010 he performed with the Hawthorne String Quartet at the Prague Spring Music Festival, where he also gave the premiere of a new clarinet sonata composed for him by Sir André Previn, with the composer at the piano.

    Now in its 131st season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881. Since then, the orchestra has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, South America, China, and Russia, and also reaches a worldwide audience through its performances on radio and television, its recordings, and its highly successful web platform at bso.org, the largest and most-visited orchestral website in the country, receiving more than 7.3 million visitors annually. Additionally, the BSO has released many recordings, including four recordings with James Levine released in February 2009 (the orchestra’s recording of Daphnis et Chloé won a Grammy Award for best orchestral performance) and a recording of Mozart’s symphonies 14, 18, 20, 39, and 41 released in July 2010. The BSO plays an active role in commissioning new works from today’s most important composers, including Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Peter Lieberson, Gunther Schuller, and Charles Wuorinen, and offers a wide variety of educational programs, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the orchestra's prestigious summer music academy at Tanglewood, the BSO's summer home in Lenox, MA. For further information, visit bso.org.

    Affectionately known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops is the most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart.
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