• Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013

    Franz Welser-Möst Leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Three Concerts at Carnegie Hall, March 1–3 

    Featured Soloists Include Tenor Herbert Lippert Performing Richard Strauss Lieder on March 1 and Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in Berg’s Violin Concerto on March 3
    Image of Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall this March for three performances in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera. On Friday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, as well as an operetta overture by Franz von Suppé and lieder by Richard Strauss featuring tenor Herbert Lippert. The following evening, Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., the program features Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589, as well as Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Jörg Widmann’s Lied. The orchestra concludes the three-concert series on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. with music by two composers closely associated with their native country: Berg’s Violin Concerto with soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann and Bruckner’s expansive Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, "Romantic" (1888 Korstvedt edition).

    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra returns next year during the 2013–2014 season as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival Vienna: City of Dreams, saluting Vienna’s extraordinary artistic legacy. This three-week multi-disciplinary festival features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as a sampling of new sounds that are emerging from this historic cultural capital. The festival is bookended by seven concerts at Carnegie Hall by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Daniele Gatti, Andris Nelsons, and Zubin Mehta. These performances include two operas in concert by the Vienna State Opera, . For more information and updates in the coming months, visit carnegiehall.org/vienna.

    Artist Information
    Austrian tenor Herbert Lippert is one of the most renowned singers of today, working with celebrated orchestras and performing at the world’s major opera houses. At the beginning of his career, Mr. Lippert was a soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir and studied music at Vienna University. He received a Grammy Award for singing the role of David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He has established a deep and long-lasting relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with such conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Möst, Riccardo Muti, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Metha, and Seji Ozawa.

    Born in 1965 in Duisburg, Germany, Frank Peter Zimmermann started playing the violin when he was 5 years old, giving his first concert with an orchestra at the age of 10. Since 1983, he has performed with the major orchestras of the world, collaborating with many renowned conductors. Mr. Zimmermann’s many concert engagements have taken him to important concert venues and international music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America, and Australia. Also an avid chamber musician and recitalist, Mr. Zimmermann gives numerous concerts worldwide. His interpretations of the classical, romantic, and 20th century repertoire have been received with great critical acclaim. For the EMI Classics label, Mr. Zimmermann has recorded virtually all of the major concerto repertoire, ranging from Bach to Weill as well as many works from the recital repertoire. On the Teldec label, he has recorded Ligeti’s Violin Concerto with the ASKO Ensemble and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw.

    Franz Welser-Möst began his tenure as general music director of the Vienna State Opera at the start of the 2010–2011 season, leading performances of Puccini’s La Bohème and a production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Recent performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra include appearances at the Lucerne and Salzburg festivals, in Tokyo, and in concert at La Scala in Milan, as well as leading the Philharmonic’s 2011 and 2013 New Year’s Day concerts, telecast in 70 countries worldwide. Across a decade-long tenure with the Zurich Opera, culminating in three seasons as general music director (2005-2008), Mr. Welser-Möst led the company in more than 40 new productions and numerous revivals. In addition, Maestro Welser-Möst has served as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2002. His long-term commitment extends to the orchestra’s centennial in 2018. Under Mr. Welser-Möst’s leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra has established an ongoing biennial residency in Vienna at the famed Musikverein concert hall and at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. Together, they have also appeared in residence at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, and at the Salzburg Festival, where a 2008 residency included five sold-out performances of a staged production of Dvorák’s opera Rusalka. Mr. Welser-Möst’s recordings and videos have won major awards, including the Gramophone Award, Diapason d’Or, Japanese Record Academy Award, and two Grammy Award nominations.

    There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In the course of its more than 160-year history, the musicians of this most prominent orchestra of the capital city of music have been an integral part of a musical epoch that must certainly be regarded as unique. Its inception through Otto Nicolai in 1842 was the result of the Vienna court opera musicians’ desire to provide artistically worthy performances of the symphonic works of Mozart and Beethoven in their own city, leading to the decision to present a “Philharmonic” concert series independent of their work at the opera. With concerts at home and on tour around the world, today’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is much more than Austria’s most coveted cultural export. The orchestra’s members are considered ambassadors, expressing through their performances the ideals of peace, humanity, and reconciliation with which music is so inseparably bound, and regularly donating services to create events that promote peace through music. Examples of this include the orchestra’s historic performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Sir Simon Rattle in 2000 at Mauthausen, the former site of Austria’s largest concentration camp during World War II; the 2002 concert in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in remembrance of victims of terrorism; annual benefits in New York City for the American Austrian Foundation / Salzburg Cornell (Medical Seminars); and, beginning in 1999, an annual donation of 100,000 euros from the orchestra’s New Year’s concerts to a variety of humanitarian organizations. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization since 2005.

    Program Information
    Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
    Herbert Lippert, Tenor

    FRANZ VON SUPPÉ Poet and Peasant Overture
    RICHARD STRAUSS "Freundliche Vision," Op. 48, No. 1
    RICHARD STRAUSS "Winterliebe," Op. 48, No. 5
    RICHARD STRAUSS "Liebeshymnus," Op. 32, No. 3
    RICHARD STRAUSS "Ich liebe dich," Op. 37, No. 2
    RICHARD STRAUSS "Verführung," Op. 33, No. 1
    ANTONÍN DVORÁK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

    Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor

    FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589
    RICHARD STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

    This concert is made possible, in part, by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

    Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor
    Frank Peter Zimmermann, Violin

    ALBAN BERG Violin Concerto
    ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, "Romantic" (1888, Korstvedt edition)

    This concert is made possible, in part, by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $68– $224, 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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