• Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012

    Maestro Valery Gergiev Leads the World Orchestra for Peace in a Centennial Tribute to Sir Georg Solti on October 19 at Carnegie Hall

    Lady Solti Appears as Presenter, Joining Eminent Soloists Soprano Angela Gheorghiu and Bass René Pape and Alumni of the Solti Accademia and Solti Foundation US
    Image of Sir Georg Solti © Terry O'Neill 
    Maestro Valery Gergiev leads the World Orchestra for Peace in a tribute to the late Sir Georg Solti on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, just two days before the 100th anniversary of the influential conductor’s birth. The Solti Centennial Concert marks the orchestra’s first US performance. Highlighting the late conductor’s outstanding ability to identify and nurture talented young singers and instrumentalists, the concert features renowned soloists soprano Angela Gheorghiu and bass René Pape as well as alumni musicians of the Solti Accademia and Solti Foundation US.

    Ms. Gheorghiu and Mr. Pape celebrate Maestro Solti’s overarching command of operatic repertoire with a selection of arias and a duet from operas by Mozart and Verdi: "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" from Die Zauberflöte, "Là ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni and "Addio del passato" from La traviata. Four outstanding alumni from the Solti Accademia will perform the quartet "Bella figlia dell'amore" from Rigoletto, conducted by Cristian Macelaru, this year's Solti Foundation US Conductor award laureate. The bountiful program also comprises orchestral favorites conducted by Maestro Gergiev: Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan; the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5; Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. Lady Solti appears as presenter for this special tribute featuring video vignettes with celebrated alumni from Sir Georg Solti’s prestigious training grounds.

    Following this Carnegie Hall concert, Mr. Gergiev will lead the World Orchestra for Peace and soloists at a special performance at Chicago’s Symphony Center on Sunday, October 21, Sir Georg’s exact 100th birthday. Sir Georg was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1991, serving as music director laureate until his death in 1997.

    Complementing these special performances in New York City and Chicago and in honor of this 100th anniversary, Decca will release 100 CDs drawn from Sir Georg’s remarkable discography, including a deluxe exclusive limited edition of his legendary recording of The Ring and additional sets of his Wagner, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, and Bartók recordings.

    Born October 21, 1912, Georg Solti studied piano and composition with Kodály and Bartók in Budapest. He went on to become one of the most influential conductors of the twentieth century, holding posts with many of the world's most renowned orchestras, and leaving an extensive body of recordings that remains a benchmark of excellence. Throughout his career, Maestro Solti gave a total of 98 performances at Carnegie Hall, beginning with his New York debut concerts with the New York Philharmonic in 1957 and concluding in 1995 with the Vienna Philharmonic.

    Sir Georg conceived the notion of the World Orchestra for Peace near the end of his life, inspired by his belief in the healing power of music and the potential that musicians have to be ambassadors for peace. He formulated the idea at a concert held in honor of his 80th birthday at Buckingham Palace, and made it a reality in Geneva three years later when leading players from 70 of the world’s greatest orchestras came together for a concert marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. Sir Georg’s own experiences as a young man living through the Second World War led him to believe that musicians could show the way for politicians when it came to international cooperation. The first concert was triumphant proof of this vision.

    Valery Gergiev succeeded Georg Solti as conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace when Sir Georg's sudden death in 1997 left the orchestra's second concert, in Baden-Baden, in jeopardy. Asked if he would step in, Maestro Gergiev postponed a previous engagement and conducted the program that had been planned for the occasion. Born in 1953, Maestro Gergiev studied conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory, and has been credited with saving the Kirov Opera at the Mariinsky Theatre and transforming it into a company of worldwide acclaim. Like Sir Georg before him, Mr. Gergiev has worked with many of the world's leading orchestras and opera houses, and, in addition, has founded, and remains artistic director of, many international music festivals. He also shares Sir Georg’s passionate commitment to peace and a powerful sense of music’s power to unite humanity.

    Program Information
    Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Valery Gergiev, Conductor
    Lady Solti, Presenter
    Angela Gheorghiu, Soprano
    René Pape, Bass
    Alumni of the Solti Accademia:
    Tereza Gevorgyan, Matilda Paulsson, Roberto Carlos Gòmez Ortiz, Ross Ramgobin
    Cristian Macelaru, Conductor (Solti Foundation US Conductor Award Laureate)


    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
    RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan, Op. 20
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" from Die Zauberflöte
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART "Là ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni
    GIUSEPPE VERDI "Addio del passato" from La traviata
    GIUSEPPE VERDI "Bella figlia dell'amore" from Rigoletto
    GUSTAV MAHLER Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
    BÉLA BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Orchestra for Peace.

    Gratefully dedicated to the Centennial of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

    Additionally supported by Yoko Nagae Ceschina

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