• Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012

    Conductor John Oliver to Replace Kurt Masur for Boston Symphony Orchestra Performance on Tuesday, March 6

    Program Information
    Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 PM
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

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

    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

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    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
    Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor John Oliver has graciously agreed to step in for Kurt Masur, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis on Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Maestro Masur recently cancelled this appearance due to his current physical condition and the great demands of this particular piece. Maestro Oliver, in his Carnegie Hall conducting debut, leads the previously announced March 6 program, featuring soprano Christine Brewer, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Simon O’Neill, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. For further ticket information, the public may contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

    Following its March 6 performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall for two additional evenings. On Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m., Christoph Eschenbach leads the BSO in Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini and Symphonie fantastique, as well as Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with guest soloist Cédric Tiberghien. Stéphane 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 on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m., conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops perform the New York premiere of Chris Brubeck’s Travels in Time for Three featuring the acclaimed trio Time for Three.

    John Oliver founded the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in 1970, and he has since prepared the chorus for more than 900 performances, including appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and on tour in Europe and the Far East, as well as with visiting orchestras and as a solo ensemble. This has included preparations for more than forty commercial releases with James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams. Mr. Oliver’s affiliation with the BSO began in the mid-1960s, when he prepared the children’s choruses for performances and recordings under Erich Leinsdorf of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and excerpts from Berg’s Wozzeck. In 1970, he was named Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at the Tanglewood Music Center. In addition to his work with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Tanglewood Music Center, he has held posts as conductor of the Framingham Choral Society, as a member of the faculty and director of the chorus at Boston University, and, for many years, was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a lecturer and then senior lecturer in music. In 1977, he founded the John Oliver Chorale, which performed a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing the great choral masterpieces as well as seldom-heard works by Carissimi, Bruckner, Ives, Martin, and Dallapiccola. Mr. Oliver has appeared as guest conductor with the New Japan Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Institute, and the Montreal Symphony, with which he made his debut in December 2011 conducting Handel’s Messiah. In the 2001-2002 season, he conducted the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop in preparation for André Previn’s performance of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. He made his Boston Symphony Orchestra conducting debut in August 1985 and has previously conducted the BSO in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor, Donald Martino’s The White Island (a BSO centennial commission specifically including the Tanglewood Festival Chorus), and Beethoven’s Mass in C. This past October, John Oliver received the 2011 Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Choral Arts New England in recognition of his outstanding contributions to choral music.

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    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.

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