• Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013

    Carnegie Hall Adds New Concert This Season By The Philadelphia Orchestra on Monday, February 3

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin Leads the Orchestra in Program
    Featuring Music by Smetana, Dvořák, and Pianist Radu Lupu Playing Bartók
    Photo by Chris Lee
    Program Information
    Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
    Radu Lupu, Piano

    BEDŘICH SMETANA "The Moldau" from Má Vlast
    BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3
    ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    On Monday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m., The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to Carnegie Hall for a performance newly-added to the Hall’s 2013-2014 season schedule. The orchestra’s February program features Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with guest soloist Radu Lupu in addition to Smetana’s “The Moldau” from his set of six symphonic poems, Má Vlast, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60.

    This new concert will be The Philadelphia Orchestra’s second concert at Carnegie Hall with Maestro Nézet-Séguin this season, following a December 6 performance with pianist Hélène Grimaud. They also perform on February 21 with cellist Truls Mørk and on May 2 with violinist Lisa Batiashvili. The orchestra’s performance scheduled for Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night on October 2 was cancelled due to the strike by Local One stagehands.

    About the Artists
    Since winning the prestigious Van Cliburn (1966) and Leeds (1969) piano competitions, Radu Lupu has regularly performed as soloist and recitalist in Europe and the United States. His first major American appearances took place in 1972 with The Cleveland Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Carlo Maria Giulini. In recent seasons, Mr. Lupu’s concerto engagements have included appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, the Luxemburg Orchestra under Emanuel Krivine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Riccardo Muti, St. Louis Symphony with David Robertson, Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnanyi, Orchestre de Paris with Thomas Hengelbrock, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski, and the Mozart Orchestra Bologna with Claudio Abbado. He has recently given recitals in Paris, Geneva, Genoa, Turin, New York, and Aix-en-Provence, among other cities.

    Mr. Lupu has made more than twenty recordings for the London/Decca label, including the complete Beethoven concertos with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta, the complete Mozart violin and piano sonatas with Szymon Goldberg, as well as numerous solo recordings of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert. His most recent London/Decca releases are of Schubert’s Sonatas, D. 960 and D. 664, which won a Grammy Award in 1995, and of Schumann’s “Kinderszenen,” “Kreisleriana,” and “Humoresque,” which won an Edison Award in 1995. He has also made two records with pianist Murray Perahia (Sony Classical) and two albums of Schubert Lieder with soprano Barbara Hendricks (EMI). In 1998, for the Teldec label, he joined Daniel Barenboim for a disc of four-handed Schubert works for piano.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin triumphantly opened his inaugural season as the eighth music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra in the fall of 2012. His 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. The New York Times called Yannick “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble … has never sounded better.” In his first season he took the orchestra to new musical heights. His second builds on that momentum with highlights that include a Philadelphia Commissions Micro-Festival, for which three leading composers have been commissioned to write solo works for three of the orchestra’s principal players; the next installment in his multi-season focus on requiems with Fauré’s Requiem; and a unique, theatrically-staged presentation of Strauss’s revolutionary opera Salome, a first-ever co-production with Opera Philadelphia.

    Yannick 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 Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2000, artistic director and principal conductor of Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. He becomes the first ever mentor conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music’s conducting fellows program in the fall of 2013. He has made wildly successful appearances with the world’s most revered ensembles and has conducted critically acclaimed performances at many of the leading opera houses.

    Yannick and Deutsche Grammophon (DG) enjoy a long-term collaboration. Under his leadership, the orchestra returns to recording with a newly-released CD on that label of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Leopold Stokowski transcriptions. Yannick continues a fruitful recording relationship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for DG, BIS, and EMI/Virgin; the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the LPO label; and the Orchestre Métropolitain for ATMA Classique.

    A native of Montreal, Yannick studied at that city’s Conservatory of Music and continued lessons with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini and with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. Among Yannick’s honors are an appointment as Companion of the Order of Canada, a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Canada’s National Arts Centre Award, the Prix Denise-Pelletier, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec in Montreal.

    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 orchestra is inspiring the future and transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level, by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $40–$120, will be available to subscribers and donors in an exclusive pre-sale November 1 through 4 and available to the public on Tuesday, November 5 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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