• Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Opens its 2012-2013 Season with the Renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

    Opening Night Gala Concert To Be Broadcast on Carnegie Hall Live Series 
    CSO and Maestro Muti Perform Two More Programs, with a Variety of Music from Richard Wagner to Mason Bates, on October 4 and 5
    CSO Musicians also Perform for Patients, Staff, and Visitors at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on October 5 through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections and CSO’s Citizen Musician
    This Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall opens its 2012–2013 season with an Opening Night Gala performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti of Carl Orff’s powerful choral work Carmina Burana. The performance also features the Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Children’s Choir with soloists, soprano Rosa Feola, countertenor Antonio Giovannini, and baritone Audun Iversen.

    Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala 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.

    The concert will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stations nationwide to kick off the second annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti return to Carnegie Hall for two more programs, Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m., performing a variety of music by such composers as Wagner, Dvorák, Resphigi, César Franck, Giuseppe Martucci, and a New York premiere by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

    Also during the CSO’s New York visit, on Friday, October 5, an ensemble of musicians from the orchestra will perform at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, in collaboration with the CSO’s Citizen Musician. The ensemble will visit a behavioral health unit at Jacobi for a short interactive concert with patients and staff, preceding a concert in the Building 8 Atrium from noon to 1:00 p.m. Jacobi Medical Center is located at 1400 Pelham Parkway South.

    Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections, a program of the Weill Music Institute, offers diverse live music experiences for people in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, senior-service organizations, and homeless shelters across New York City. Citizen Musician, an initiative of Riccardo Muti, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, exists to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life and to raise awareness about music and the ways in which individuals and communities can benefit from everyday acts of citizen musicianship, with an emphasis on the work that musicians can do to excel both as musicians and as citizens in a 21st-century global community. In addition to the performances at Jacobi, Citizen Musician artists from the CSO will play for JHS 185 middle school students in Queens during their New York residency.

    The three performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra launches Carnegie Hall’s 2012–2013 season, which will include over 170 performances and extensive education and community programs, featuring collaborations with many of the world’s greatest musicians and ensembles from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, and world music, with performances presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages and throughout New York City. Highlights include Voices from Latin America, a citywide festival running from November 8 to December 11, celebrating the remarkable variety of Latin American music and culture and its influence on US and global culture with over 70 events at Carnegie Hall and New York partner institutions, including performances at Carnegie Hall by singer-songwriter and guitarist Gilberto Gil; jazz pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, a tribute to the late, great Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Highlights of the season also include a four-event Perspectives series curated by soprano Renée Fleming and a complete Beethoven symphony cycle performed by Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra over four concerts. Osvaldo Golijov has been appointed as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the season.

    Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Gala benefit tickets for Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night on October 3 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 $49–$139—are 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 $46–$144 are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, CarnegieCharge, or the Carnegie Hall website.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. 
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