• Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

    Pablo Heras-Casado Begins His Inaugural Season as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke's on February 7 

    Maestro Heras-Casado Conducts Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann, and Chopin with Pianist Christian Zacharias
    Other Upcoming Orchestra of St. Luke’s Programs at Carnegie Hall Include Iván Fischer Conducting Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Nicholas McGegan Leading a Concert with Cellist Steven Isserlis
    Image of Pablo Heras-Casado © Sonja Werner
    On Thursday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m., the Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall for the first of three concerts this season—a performance led by Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado featuring Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor with Christian Zacharias. The performance, marking Maestro Heras-Casado’s debut in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in his inaugural season as the orchestra’s principal conductor, also features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, the US premiere of Hans Zender’s orchestration of Debussy’s Five Preludes, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor.

    The following month, Iván Fischer leads Orchestra of St. Luke’s, chorus Musica Sacra, and eminent soloists in Bach’s choral masterwork, the St. Matthew Passion on Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. The orchestra and chorus are joined by tenor John Tessier (Evangelist), bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Christus), soprano Dominique Labelle, and mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj.

    Cellist Steven Isserlis joins conductor Nicholas McGegan and the orchestra on Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. Vllb: 2. Other works featured on the program include Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201 and Chaconne from his opera Idomeneo as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major. Mr. Isserlis replaces cellist Alisa Weilerstein who was not available for the June 1, 2013 performance, originally scheduled for November 1, 2012 and postponed earlier this fall due to Hurricane Sandy. Tickets for the November 1 performance will be honored at this June 1 concert.

    In addition to its own series, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s is featured in the semi-staged performance of André Previn’s opera A Streetcar Named Desire as part of soprano Renée Fleming’s Carnegie Hall Perspectives series on March 14.

    About the Artists
    Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys a multi-faceted conducting career of unusual breadth and variety, from early music to cutting-edge contemporary scores, intimate chamber programs, and grand opera.

    Announced in December 2011 as Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St Luke’s, Mr. Heras-Casado has enjoyed many significant guest conducting debuts during the past season, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Opera projects have included Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride for Canadian Opera Company and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Rolando Villazón’s new production for Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Maestro Heras-Casado has also made return visits to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

    Mr. Heras-Casado has toured and recorded with the Freiburger Barockorchester—embarking on a significant relationship with the Harmonia Mundi label in recordings both with this renowned original instrument orchestra and with the Bayersicher Rundfunk. He has been invited for a sequence of new music projects with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, both in Paris and—at Pierre Boulez’s personal invitation—to work alongside him and Peter Eötvös at the Lucerne Festival. He debuts this year at the Salzburg Festival with Klangforum Wien. Mr. Heras-Casado has been awarded the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation, which includes Manuel de Falla and Andrés Segovia Torres among its previous winners, and also the Golden Medal of the City of Granada, his hometown, in recognition of his outstanding professional trajectory.

    Now in its 38th season, Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) is one of America's foremost and most versatile ensembles. Dedicated to engaging audiences throughout New York City and beyond, OSL performs approximately 70 orchestral, chamber, and educational concerts each year-including an annual orchestra series at Carnegie Hall, an annual chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer concerts as orchestra-in-residence at the Caramoor International Music Festival. OSL's principal conductor is Pablo Heras-Casado.

    OSL collaborates regularly with the world's great artists, such as Renée Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Anna Netrebko, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Morris Dance Group, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John, and many more. In March 2011, OSL opened The DiMenna Center for Classical Music-its first permanent home, and New York City's first rehearsal and recording facility dedicated to classical music. Committed to community building, OSL produces free concerts in each of the five boroughs as part of its Subway Series, free concerts devoted to the artistic process as part of its OSL@DMC series at The DiMenna Center, and has engaged more than one million children in its community and education programs.

    OSL's discography of more than 70 recordings includes seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection, and four Grammy Award-winning recordings. OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works and performed more than 150 world, US, and New York premieres.

    Program Information
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
    Christian Zacharias, Piano

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
    FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
    CLAUDE DEBUSSY Five Preludes (orch. Hans Zender) (US Premiere)
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120 (original version, 1841)

    Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Iván Fischer, Conductor
    Dominique Labelle, Soprano
    Barbara Kozelj, Mezzo-Soprano
    John Tessier, Tenor (Evangelist)
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone (Christus)
    Musica Sacra
    Kent Tritle, Music Director

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH St. Matthew Passion

    Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
    Steven Isserlis, Cello

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
    JOSEPH HAYDN Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. Vllb: 2
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Chaconne from Idomeneo
    JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major

    Please note that this performance by the Orchestra of St. Luke's was originally scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2012 and was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Tickets for the November 1 performance will be honored for this concert.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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