Carnegie Hall Presents

Choral Classics

When orchestras and choruses come together on stage at Carnegie Hall, something truly special happens. The sheer power of the combined forces is overwhelming, and with the monumental Missa Solemnis by Beethoven and Bach’s St. John Passion—not to mention Honneger’s spectacular Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher—this season’s Choral Classics will be sublime.
November 19, 2011
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
March 6, 2012
Boston Symphony Orchestra
March 25, 2012
Les Violons du Roy

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, November 19, 2011 | 8 PM


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor
James Robinson, Stage Director
Caroline Dhavernas, Speaker (Joan of Arc)
Ronald Guttman, Speaker (Brother Dominic)
Tamara Wilson, Soprano
Hae Ji Chang, Soprano
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Timothy Fallon, Tenor
Morris Robinson, Bass
Cynthia Millar, Ondes Martenot
Concert Artists of Baltimore
The Peabody-Hopkins Chorus
Edward Polochick, Director
Morgan State University Choir
Eric Conway, Director
Peabody Children's Chorus
Doreen Falby, Director


HONEGGER Joan of Arc at the Stake
Pre-concert talk starts at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Benjamin Sosland, The Juilliard School.

Marin Alsop
and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform one of the most celebrated pieces by a composer who earned fame in Paris after World War I, and whose visage today adorns the Swiss 20-franc note. (As the child of Swiss parents and a graduate of the Zurich Conservatory, Honegger is something of a favorite son in the country.) With music that ranges from the darkly humorous to the achingly poignant, this dramatic oratorio—performed here in its original French—depicts Joan of Arc’s trial and execution.


Honegger Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Les voix de la terre)

Orchestre National de France; Seiji Ozawa, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 8 PM


Boston Symphony Orchestra
John Oliver, Conductor
Christine Brewer, Soprano
Michelle DeYoung, Mezzo-Soprano
Simon O'Neill, Tenor
Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus


BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis, Op. 123
Due to his current physical condition and the great demands of this particular piece, conductor Kurt Masur has withdrawn from this performance.

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis is steeped in the sacred-music tradition, yet uniquely Beethovenian: great blocks of massive choral force, contrasting moments of sweet repose, all conveying a broader faith in humankind. Performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a quartet of star soloists, it’s a Carnegie Hall experience that will leave you enthralled and inspired.


Beethoven Missa Solemnis (Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein, Conductor; Hilversum Radio Chorus
Archiv Produktion

Les Violons du Roy

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 2 PM


Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Music Director and Conductor
Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Neal Davies, Bass-Baritone
Karina Gauvin, Soprano
Damien Guillon, Countertenor
Nicholas Phan, Tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bass-Baritone


BACH St. John Passion, BWV 245
When Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy, and La Chapelle de Québec settled into Carnegie Hall from la belle province to perform the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December 2009, James Oestreich of The New York Times praised their performances as “endlessly satisfying” and declared their version of Handel’s masterwork to be “the best I’ve heard in years.” They’re back this season with a host of soloists, this time performing Bach’s St. John Passion.


Bach St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.9 Aria, "Ich folge dir gleichfalls"

English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor; Ruth Holton, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon