no better way to spend a weekend than with great music at Carnegie Hall. You’ll
hear a dramatic Verdi overture, a sunny Brahms symphony, a crowd-pleasing
Handel opera, and more performed by the magnificent artists that make the Carnegie
Hall experience one-of-a-kind.
String works from the Baroque to the present day are performed by the masterful young musicians of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization. Vivaldi’s Concerto in B-flat Major is an energetic dialogue for the violin and cello soloists, while Beethoven’s Op. 133 masterpiece is a magnificent exploration of fugal writing. There’s also a new work by Jimmy López, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and much more.
BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
VIVALDI Concerto in B-flat Major for Violin, Cello, and Continuo, RV 547
JIMMY LÓPEZ Guardian of the Horizon: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Cello, and Strings (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
“The passion and dramatic verve Riccardo Muti masterfully elicited … is simply magnificent,” said NPR of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director. One of the legendary Verdi conductors, he conducts the dramatic overture to I vespri Siciliani. While Verdi sizzles, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 charms with its warm, flowing melodies, and radiant brass-drenched finale.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
Handel knew how to put on a show. With Rinaldo, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, he created a thrilling crowd-pleaser. Rinaldo dazzles with its expressive arias, like the plaintive “Lascia ch’io pianga,” one of the most popular soprano arias ever written. Rinaldo’s spectacular instrumental writing is unsurpassed, with rousing trumpets, drums, strings, and oboe in the martial aria “Or la tromba” and show-stopping harpsichord pyrotechnics—originally improvised by Handel—in the fiery aria “Vo’ far guerra.”
The English Concert Harry Bicket, Artistic Director and Conductor Iestyn Davies, Rinaldo Jane Archibald, Armida Joélle Harvey, Almirena Luca Pisaroni, Argante Sasha Cooke, Goffredo Jakub Józef Orliński, Eustazio
Sitar meets symphony orchestra when Philip Glass’s famous collaborations with Ravi Shankar are remembered. “Meetings Along the Edge” from Passages weaves Eastern themes with classic Glass motifs. On a grand scale, there’s the New York premiere of the complete version of The Passion of Ramakrishna, a quietly intense work of tremendous power honoring the Hindu holy man. Shankar’s daughter, Anoushka Shankar, is also center stage when she performs his Concerto No. 3 for Sitar and Orchestra with the Orange County–based Pacific Symphony, led by its music director of 28 seasons, Carl St.Clair.
Pacific Symphony Carl St.Clair, Music Director and Conductor Anoushka Shankar, Sitar Elissa Johnston, Soprano (Sarada Devi) Christòpheren Nomura, Baritone ("M") Donovan Singletary, Bass-Baritone (Dr. Sarkar) I-Chin Feinblatt, Mezzo-Soprano (First Devotee) Nicholas Preston, Tenor (Second Devotee) Pacific Chorale Robert Istad, Artistic Director
GLASS "Meetings Along the Edge" from Passages (based on a theme by Ravi Shankar)