• Thursday, Sep 6, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Launches its 2012-2013 Season with Three Performances by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beginning Wednesday, October 3

    Mr. Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Kick Off Carnegie Hall’s Season with Opening Night Gala Performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on October 3 
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performances on October 4 and 5 Include the New York Premiere of Mason Bates’s Alternative Energy as well as Works by Wagner, Franck, Dvorák, Martucci, and Respighi 
    Image of Riccardo Muti © Todd Rosenberg
    This October, the internationally renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) returns to New York City to open Carnegie Hall’s 2012–2013 season with three performances led by Music Director Riccardo Muti in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage from October 3 through 5.

    On Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Muti and the orchestra launch Carnegie Hall season with an Opening Night Gala Performance of Carl Orff’s powerful oratorio Carmina Burana featuring soprano Rosa Feola, countertenor Antonio Giovannini, baritone Audun Iversen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Children’s Choir under the direction of Duain Wolfe and Josephine Lee respectively.

    Maestro Muti and the CSO return on Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. for a concert to include Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, and the New York premiere of CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates’s Alternative Energy. Alternative Energy, which received its world premiere by Mr. Muti and the CSO in February 2012, includes electronic elements, performed by Bates, as he explores the use of energy from past to future, including sounds recorded at Fermilab—a US Department of Energy laboratory dedicated to understanding the fundamental nature of matter and energy—outside of Chicago.

    The orchestra concludes its three-concert New York residency on Friday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. with a performance to include Dvorák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76; Giuseppe Martucci’s rarely-heard Notturno, Op. 7, No. 1; and Respighi’s celebration of Italian culture and lively festivals, Feste romane.

    Mr. Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra last appeared at Carnegie Hall in April 2011, performing three highly-acclaimed concerts, including Verdi’s masterwork opera, Otello, in concert.

    Carnegie Hall’s festive Opening Night Gala event on October 3 is chaired by Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar de la Renta, and Mrs. Julio Mario Santo Domingo and co-chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis; Mr. and Mrs. Peter W. May; Mr. and Mrs. Burton P. Resnick; and Ann Ziff. The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, is the honorary chairman. For the ninth consecutive season, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the Opening Night Gala lead sponsor. Breguet is the Opening Night Gala dinner sponsor and Carnegie Hall’s exclusive timepiece. The gala benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs and includes a dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert.

    About the Artists
    Born in Naples, Italy, Riccardo Muti first came to the attention of critics and the public in 1967, when he won the Guido Cantelli Competition for conductors in Milan. In 1971, Muti was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Salzburg Festival, the first of many occasions which led to the celebration of 40 years of splendid collaboration with this glorious Austrian Festival. Muti has served as music director of several international institutions: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Philadelphia Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala. In 2004, Muti founded the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, which consists of young musicians selected from all over Italy.

    Over the course of his extraordinary career, Riccardo Muti has conducted the world’s most important orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Bayerischer Rundfunk. He made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in July 1973 and began his tenure as the CSO’s tenth music director in September 2010. Subsequently, he won his first two Grammy awards for his recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the CSO and Chorus.

    Innumerable honors have been bestowed on Riccardo Muti. He has received the decoration of Officer of the Legion of Honor from French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a private ceremony held at Élysée Palace and was also was made an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in Britain. In 2011, he was awarded Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize, and was named an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic and an honorary director for life at the Rome Opera; he is also the recipient of the 2011 Birgit Nilsson Prize. In May 2012, he was awarded the highest Papal honor: the Knight of the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI, as well as the McKim Medal from the American Academy in Rome.

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has long been hailed around the world as one of today’s leading orchestras. In collaboration with internationally renowned conductors and guest artists, the CSO performs over 150 concerts each year at its downtown Chicago home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore, where it is in residence each summer. Through its Institute for Learning, Access, and Training, the CSO engages more than 200,000 Chicago-area residents annually. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the CSO not only through its Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series and best-selling recordings on its award-winning in-house record label CSO Resound, but also through sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe. Since 1916, recording has been a significant part of the orchestra’s activities and, over the years, recordings by the CSO have earned 62 Grammy Awards. In September 2010, conductor Riccardo Muti became the CSO’s tenth music director. French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, whose long-standing relationship with the CSO led to his appointment as principal guest conductor in 1995, was named Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus in 2006. In January 2010, Yo-Yo Ma became the CSO’s first Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, appointed by Riccardo Muti for a three-year term. Two new Mead Composers-in-Residence began two-year terms in the fall of 2010: Mason Bates and Anna Clyne.

    The Chicago Symphony Chorus, under the current leadership of Duain Wolfe, has earned respect, admiration, and critical acclaim as one of the finest symphonic choruses in the world through its performances in the United States and abroad. The Chicago Symphony Chorus began in September 1957, when the CSO announced that Margaret Hillis, at Music Director Fritz Reiner’s invitation, would organize and train a symphony chorus. Since then, the Chicago Symphony Chorus has performed and recorded virtually all the major works in the choral symphonic repertoire, given important world premieres, appeared with visiting orchestras, and been a part of many noteworthy milestones in the CSO’s history. In June 1994, Duain Wolfe was appointed the second director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, succeeding Ms. Hillis, who was named director laureate. Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings featuring the chorus have won 10 Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
    Rosa Feola, Soprano
    Antonio Giovannini, Countertenor
    Audun Iversen, Baritone
    Chicago Symphony Chorus
    Duain Wolfe, Chorus Director
    Chicago Children's Choir
    Josephine Lee, Artistic Director

    CARL ORFF Carmina Burana

    Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

    Opening Night Gala Dinner Sponsor and Carnegie Hall’s Exclusive Timepiece: Breguet

    Tickets: $49–$139 (limited availability)
    Gala Tickets: $1000–$5000

    Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor

    RICHARD WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
    MASON BATES Alternative Energy (NY Premiere)
    CÉSAR FRANCK Symphony in D Minor

    This performance is sponsored by Bank of America, Carnegie Hall's Proud Season Sponsor.

    Tickets: $46–$144

    Friday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor

    ANTONÍN DVORÁK Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76
    GIUSEPPI MARTUCCI Notturno, Op. 70, No. 1
    OTTORINO RESPIGHI Feste romane

    Tickets: $46–$144

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Tickets for Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala on October 3: Gala Benefit tickets—priced at $1500, $2500, and $5000—include concert seating and the post-concert dinner in The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. Tickets priced at $1000 include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling the Carnegie Hall Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents.

    A limited number of Opening Night concert-only tickets—priced at $49–$139—are now available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.

    For additional CSO concerts on October 4 and 5: Tickets, priced at $46–$144 are now 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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