• Monday, Aug 19, 2013

    2013-14 Season Opening Night with The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Image of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at top of release by © Chris Lee
    Program Information
    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
    Joshua Bell, Violin
    Esperanza Spalding, Vocals and Double Bass

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Slavonic March, Op. 31
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
    CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
    ESPERANZA SPALDING Apple Blossom (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    LEONARDO GENOVESE Chacarera (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    DIMITRI TIOMKIN/NED WASHINGTON Wild is the Wind (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

    Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    This concert is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It is also broadcast on radio stations across the country, courtesy of American Public Media.

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

    Tickets: $49–$154 (limited availability)
    Gala Tickets: $1000–$5000

    Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director
    Hélène Grimaud, Piano

    JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
    HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
    Tickets: $40–$120

    Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director
    Truls Mørk, Cello

    RICHARD STRAUSS Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Strings
    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica"
    Tickets: $40–$120

    Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director
    Lisa Batiashvili, Violin

    SAMUEL BARBER Adagio for Strings
    BÉLA BARTÓK Violin Concerto No. 1
    ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

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


    Violinist Joshua Bell and Vocalist/Double-Bassist Esperanza Spalding Are Guest Soloists

    Opening Night To Be Broadcast and Streamed Live on WQXR and WQXR.org
    in New York and on Stations Across the Country
    as part of Carnegie Hall Live Radio and Digital Series

    The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin launch Carnegie Hall’s 2013–2014 season on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. with a Gala Opening Night concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Violinist Joshua Bell is featured soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28, and Ravel’s Tzigane; vocalist and double bassist Esperanza Spalding joins the orchestra for three works from her acclaimed album Chamber Music Society in new arrangements by Gil Goldstein commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The orchestra also performs Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, Op. 31, Saint-Saëns’s Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila, and Ravel’s Boléro.

    Carnegie Hall’s black-tie Opening Night Gala event on October 2 is chaired by Annette and Oscar de la Renta and co-chaired by Mercedes T. Bass, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, and Beatrice Santo Domingo. For the tenth consecutive season, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is the Opening Night Gala lead sponsor. The gala concert benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs and includes a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom following the concert. Gala benefit tickets—priced at $5000, $2500, and $1500—include premier concert seating and the post-concert dinner at The Waldorf Astoria. Benefit tickets, priced at $1000, include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets are available by calling 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/specialevents. A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $49–$154, are currently available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.

    The concert will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and on stations nationwide to kick off the third 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 Philadelphia Orchestra and Maestro Nézet-Séguin return for three additional performances at Carnegie Hall this season, with repertoire to include Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Hélène Grimaud and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique (December 6); Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Truls Mørk, R. Strauss’s Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Strings, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” (February 21); and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Lisa Batiashvili, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 (May 2).

    About the Artists
    Joshua Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Among numerous awards and honors, Mr. Bell is an Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year. Mr. Bell’s summer 2013 highlights included performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a new program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. He will return to Carnegie Hall on November 12 for a recital with pianist Sam Haywood. In 2013, Mr. Bell tours the US with The Cleveland Orchestra, Europe with the New York Philharmonic, and performs with the Tucson, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Nashville symphony orchestras.

    Recently appointed music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, he is the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. His first recording with the Academy as music director and conductor was released February 12, 2013, featuring Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, the eclectic At Home with Friends,the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. His discography encompasses critically acclaimed performances of most of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack to The Red Violin.

    Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with revered violinist Josef Gingold at Indiana University. Two years later, Mr. Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra and, at age 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut. Bell’s extensive career has now spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. Bell performs on the 1713 “Huberman” Stradivarius.

    From the beginning of her life to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011—not just in jazz, but in all genres of music. Her 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist was unprecedented—the first time a jazz musician had won the award—and Ms. Spalding continues to make the unprecedented the norm.

    Ms. Spalding has gone through several phases, which have been well documented during her brief recording career. Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo, on the Spanish label Ayva Music. She presented the many different sides of her writing on Esperanza, her 2008 international debut recording for Heads Up, which quickly topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and became the year’s best selling album worldwide by a new jazz artist. Numerous awards and appearances followed, including an invitation by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, and an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Returning to her ever-expanding book of musical sketches, Ms. Spalding recorded Chamber Music Society, the 2010 release that was another instant chart topper and gained multiple awards. Ms. Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, received two additional Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists. Ms. Spalding continues to spread her message around the globe. In addition to over 110 Chamber Music Society concerts, she still found time to tour with Joe Lovano’s US 5, perform at Rock In Rio with Milton Nascimento, play at Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” tour and join Wayne Shorter in celebrating Herbie Hancock’s 70th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumphantly opened his inaugural season as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra in the fall of 2012. From the orchestra’s home in Verizon Hall to the Carnegie Hall stage, Mr. Nézet-Séguin’s highly collaborative style, deeply-rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike. 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, Mr. 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.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets for Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala on October 3: Gala Benefit tickets—priced at $1500, $2500, and $5000—include concert seating and the post-concert dinner in The Waldorf=Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. Tickets priced at $1000 include the concert and a pre-concert cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room. All gala benefit tickets 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 at $49–$154—are now available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org.

    For additional Philadelphia Orchestra concerts: Tickets—priced at $40–$120—will be available beginning August 26 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 all Carnegie Hall 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.
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