• Thursday, Jan 24, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Premiere of Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” Presenting the Work in Performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra Performance, February 22

    Led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Concert Also Features Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with Soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueño  
    Carnegie Hall Discovery Day Exploring “The Rite of Spring” on Saturday, February 23 Includes Talks from Musicologist Richard Taruskin and Dance Historian Lynn Garafola, Plus a Conversation with Composers Osvaldo Golijov and David Lang
    Image of Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Jessica Griffin
    The Philadelphia Orchestra, which gave the first North American performance of Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps (“The Rite of Spring”) under its third music director Leopold Stokowski in 1922, brings the acclaimed work to Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. during the 100th anniversary year of its historic premiere in Paris. The concert, conducted by the orchestra’s eighth and current music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, also features pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major (given its US premiere by The Philadelphia Orchestra and Stokowski in 1932) and the New York premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Concertino Cusqueño, a contemporary work written for the orchestra and inspired by the unlikely combination of the composer’s Peruvian ancestry and British composer Benjamin Britten.

    The celebration of Stravinsky’s influential masterwork continues at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. with a Discovery Day exploring “The Rite of Spring” through discussion and film in Weill Recital Hall. Renowned author and musicologist Richard Taruskin is the keynote speaker, and prominent dance historian and critic Lynn Garafola will explore “The Rite of Spring” in dance. Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning, Jeremy Geffen also leads a panel discussion on the influence of “The Rite of Spring” with composers David Lang and Osvaldo Golijov, holder of the 2012-2013 Debs Composer’s Chair.

    About the Artists
    One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess. Mr. Thibaudet’s musical depth and natural charisma have underlined a career with global impact, including 30 years of performing around the world and recording over 40 albums. Mr. Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel’s. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and, three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Mr. Thibaudet the prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2002, he was awarded the Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival in Italy for his artistic achievements and his long-standing involvement with the festival. In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France’s Victoires de la Musique. On June 18, 2010, the Hollywood Bowl honored Mr. Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra with the start of the 2012–2013 season. Named music director designate in June 2010, he made his debut with the orchestra in December 2008. Over the past decade, Maestro Nézet-Séguin has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his generation. Since 2008 he has been music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2000 artistic director and principal conductor of Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. He has appeared with such revered ensembles as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the major Canadian orchestras. His talents extend beyond symphonic music into opera and choral music, leading acclaimed performances at The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, London’s Royal Opera House, and the Salzburg Festival.

    In July 2012 Mr. Nézet-Séguin and Deutsche Grammophon announced a major long-term collaboration. His discography with the Rotterdam Philharmonic for BIS Records and EMI/Virgin includes an Edison Award-winning album of Ravel’s orchestral works. He has also recorded several award-winning albums with the Orchestre Métropolitain for ATMA Classique. His first recording with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, is available for download.

    A native of Montréal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin studied at that city’s Conservatory of Music and continued studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. In 2012 Mr. Nézet-Séguin was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors. His other honors include Canada’s National Arts Centre Award; a Royal Philharmonic Society Award; the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec; and an honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec in Montréal.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra first appeared at Carnegie Hall in November 1902. By the mid-20th century, the orchestra had begun a series of annual appearances at America’s most celebrated concert hall, presenting a variety of its concerts each year, less than two hours from home. The Philadelphia Orchestra continues this long-standing partnership. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the orchestra also continues to develop compelling programs that resonate with contemporary audiences. The Philadelphia Orchestra is focused on the future while inspired by a rich tradition of achievement and seeks to not simply sustain the highest level of artistic quality, but to challenge—and exceed—that level by creating a powerful musical experience for audiences around the world.

    Program Information
    Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

    GABRIELA LENA FRANK Concertino Cusqueño (NY Premiere)
    MAURICE RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps

    Sponsored by Breguet, Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Erik Kahn in support of the 2012-2013 season.

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
    Weill Recital Hall

    Richard Taruskin, Keynote Speaker
    Lynn Garafola
    David Lang
    Osvaldo Golijov
    Jeremy Geffen, Moderator

    Tickets: $20

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $39–$116, 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.

    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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