Carnegie Hall Presents

Weekends at Carnegie Hall

Fill your weekend with thrilling music. Yefim Bronfman plays Brahms's grand Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti. Operas intimate and epic are also featured. Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Handel's spectacular Alcina with The English Concert conducted by Harry Bicket. There's also Les Violons du Roy performing Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Italy's historic Teatro Regio Torino, conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, whipping up a storm in Rossini's William Tell.
October 26, 2014
The English Concert
December 7, 2014
Teatro Regio Torino
January 31, 2015
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
April 12, 2015
Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec

The English Concert

Handel's Alcina (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 2 PM


The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Artistic Director and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano (Alcina)
Alice Coote, Mezzo-Soprano (Ruggiero)
Anna Christy, Soprano (Morgana)
Christine Rice, Mezzo-Soprano (Bradamante)
Ben Johnson, Tenor (Oronte)
Wojtek Gierlach, Bass (Melisso)
Anna Devin, Soprano (Oberto)


HANDEL Alcina (concert performance)
An enchanted island, a knight errant, one of the most seductive sorceresses in all of music, and a happy ending that could only take place in a Baroque opera make Handel’s Alcina magical fun. Gramophone magazine said that Joyce DiDonato “is superb: Her Alcina is a complex, feminine creature, vain, and vindictive.” DiDonato casts her spell in one of her signature roles when she’s joined by Alice Coote and The English Concert, conducted by Baroque specialist Harry Bicket.


"Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite" from Handel's Alcina

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano | Il Complesso Barocco | Alan Curtis, Conductor
Archiv Produktion

Teatro Regio Torino

Rossini's William Tell (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 2 PM


Teatro Regio Torino
Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director and Conductor
Luca Salsi, Baritone (Guglielmo Tell)
John Osborn, Tenor (Arnoldo)
Angela Meade, Soprano (Matilde)
Marco Spotti, Bass (Gualtiero)
Fabrizio Beggi, Bass (Melchtal)
Marina Bucciarelli, Soprano (Jemmy)
Anna Maria Chiuri, Mezzo-Soprano (Edwige)
Gabriele Sagona, Bass (Gessler)
Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, Tenor (Un pescatore)
Saverio Fiore, Tenor (Rodolfo)
Paolo Maria Orecchia, Bass (Leutoldo)
Chorus Teatro Regio Torino
Claudio Fenoglio, Chorus Master


ROSSINI Guglielmo Tell (William Tell) (concert performance)
There’s more to William Tell than just an overture. Based on a Schiller drama, Rossini’s rarely performed opera was his last work and his dramatic masterpiece. A grand opera in every sense, William Tell thrills with its passionate arias, superb ensembles, and sweeping orchestral splendor—including that famous overture.


Rossini's Guillaume Tell: Overture

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Fritz Reiner, Conductor
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 8 PM


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano


BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"
This concert features two German masterpieces. Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the landmarks of the concerto repertoire. Cast in four movements rather than the usual three, Brahms’s concerto inspires with its impassioned orchestral writing, including a gorgeous third-movement cello solo and a heroic role for the pianist. Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”—one of his most popular works—is a joyful and warmly melodic snapshot of the Rhineland.


Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83 (II. Allegro appassionato)

Sviatoslav Richter, Piano | Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor

Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 2 PM


Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Richard Egarr, Conductor
Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano (Dido)
Henk Neven, Baritone (Aeneas)
Hélène Guilmette, Soprano (Belinda)
Stefanie True, Soprano (Second Woman)
Vicki St. Pierre, Mezzo-Soprano (Sorceress)
Lesley Emma Bouza, Soprano (First Witch)
Sheila Dietrich, Soprano (Second Witch)
Daniel Cabena, Countertenor (Spirit)
Bud Roach, Tenor (Sailor)
Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Tenor
Stephen Hegedus, Bass-Baritone


from The Fairy Queen
·· Air
·· Rondeau
·· Scene of the Drunken Poet
·· Air (instrumental)
·· Prelude to "If Love's a Sweet Passion"
from King Arthur
·· Hornpipe
·· "How happy the lover"
from The Fairy Queen
·· Dance for the Fairies
·· Monkeys' Dance
·· "O let me weep"
·· Prelude
·· Chaconne
Dido and Aeneas
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas tells the tragic story of the Queen of Carthage and her love for the flawed Trojan hero. Purcell spices the tale with a chorus of witches and a lively sailors’ hornpipe. Dido’s lament, “When I am laid in earth,” is the heart-wrenching climax of the opera and one of the most famous vocal works of all time.


"When I am laid in earth" from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Tatiana Troyanos, Mezzo-Soprano | English Chamber Orchestra | Sir Charles Mackerras, Conductor
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