• Friday, Oct 11, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Presents the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas on Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14

    November 13 Performance with Pianist Jeremy Denk To Be Broadcast 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
    November 14 Concert Features Performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9



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    Program Information
    Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
    Jeremy Denk, Piano

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
    STEVEN MACKEY Eating Greens
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in G. Major, K. 503
    AARON COPLAND Symphonic Ode

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

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Debs in support of the 2013-2014 season.


    Thursday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 9

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    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Jean Stein, whose contribution honors the memory of Edward W. Said and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

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


    Carnegie Hall welcomes the San Francisco Symphony led by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas in two concerts, on Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

    The first program on November 13 features Jeremy Denk as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, plus Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and two American works—Steven Mackey’s Eating Greens and Aaron Copland’s Symphonic Ode. The concert will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and on stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series. Produced by WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, and Carnegie Hall, and presented in partnership with American Public Media, the series is hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and APM’s Fred Child, and is available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Select concerts will be archived for on-demand streaming post-broadcast. During each broadcast, WQXR and Carnegie Hall will host live chats featuring behind-the-scenes insights by the broadcast team, color commentary by the hosts, and interaction with the broadcast / webcast listeners, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

    The orchestra returns the following night, November 14, for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, the composer’s final complete symphony and the work with which Michael Tilson Thomas began his storied career with the San Francisco Symphony in 1974. MTT and the SFS are acclaimed Mahler performers. In 2010, they concluded their self-produced Mahler recording project, launched in 2001 and encompassing all of Mahler’s symphonies and works for voice, chorus, and orchestra. The orchestra’s Mahler cycle on SFS Media has been recognized with seven Grammy Awards, including three Grammy Awards for its recording of Symphony No. 8 and the Adagio from Symphony No. 10. Live concert footage of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 was included in SFS Media’s PBS television series Keeping Score: Mahler, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

    About the Artists
    Pianist Jeremy Denk, recently named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, has established himself as one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and throughout the United States. Upcoming engagements include a U.S. tour with the San Francisco Symphony and performances with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

    Mr. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, praised by Alex Ross for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. Mr. Denk’s website think denk, recounting his experiences of touring, performing, and practicing, was recently selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress Web Archives. He looks forward to performing and curating as music director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.

    In 2012, Mr. Denk made his debut as a Nonesuch Records artist with a pairing of masterpieces old and new: Beethoven’s final piano sonata and selected György Ligeti Etudes. The disc was named one of the best discs of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. Mr. Denk’s new recording for Nonesuch, released on September 30, is of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has a long-standing attachment to the music of American visionary Charles Ives, and his recording of Ives’s two Piano Sonatas was selected for many “best of the year” lists. In 2012, Mr. Denk was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to appear as a soloist in the San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks festival, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, and he recorded Henry Cowell’s piano concerto with the orchestra. He has cultivated relationships with many living composers, and has several commissioning projects currently in progress.

    The San Francisco Symphony, widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the U.S., celebrated its centennial season in 2011–2012. Under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the SFS presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 600,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall and through an active national and international touring program.

    Mr. Tilson Thomas assumed his post as the SF Symphony’s eleventh Music Director in September 1995 and celebrates his 19th season as Music Director in 2013–2014. Together, he and the SFS have formed a musical partnership hailed as one of the most inspiring and successful in the country. His tenure with the orchestra has been praised by critics for outstanding musicianship, innovative programming, highlighting the works of American composers, and bringing new audiences to classical music.

    Mr. Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony maintain a leading presence among American orchestras around the world through an active touring program, award-winning recordings, and innovative broadcast and education projects. In 1996, MTT led the orchestra on the first of their nearly two dozen national and international tours together, which have included stops in Europe, Asia, and throughout the U.S., with annual performances at Carnegie Hall. Recent tour highlights include the November 2012 six-city tour of Asia with Yuja Wang, including the orchestra’s first performances in Beijing and Macau, its first visits to Japan and Taiwan in more than 15 years, and concerts in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The orchestra and MTT performed a two-week national U.S. tour of all-American Mavericks music in March 2012, with Meredith Monk, Jessye Norman, Paul Jacobs, Emanuel Ax, Joan La Barbara, Jeremy Denk, and Mason Bates. They opened Carnegie Hall’s 2008–2009 season with a gala tribute to Leonard Bernstein that was filmed and broadcast nationally on Thirteen/WNET New York’s Great Performances on PBS.

    The orchestra’s own SFS Media label showcases core classical repertoire alongside lesser-heard contemporary and modern works, especially by American composers. As part of an ongoing Beethoven exploration, in spring 2013, SFS Media released a recording of MTT and the San Francisco Symphony performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and soloists. They have also released recordings of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and the Leonore Overture No. 3, his Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring Emanuel Ax. This November, the SFS releases its recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and the Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, featuring soprano Sally Matthews, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Barry Banks, and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams. In 2012, MTT and the SFS won a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral performance for a their recording of John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Harmonielehre, and in 2013 were honored with an Echo Klassik award for “Orchestra of the Year” in recognition of this recording from the German Music Critics’ Association. The orchestra’s 2011–2012 Centennial Season Opening Gala concert was televised on PBS’s Great Performances and released on DVD and Blu-ray.

    The San Francisco Symphony’s commitment to music education has resulted in the groundbreaking television, radio, multimedia, and website project Keeping Score; an award-winning children’s website, sfskids.com; and Adventures in Music, a nationally acclaimed in-school music education program in San Francisco schools. The Keeping Score series has been viewed by over six million people since its first broadcast in 2006 and has been acclaimed for making classical music accessible to a wider, more diverse audience.


    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $38 to $115, 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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