Carnegie Hall Presents

Great American Orchestras

The profound emotion of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, the searing passion of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, and more are showcased by American orchestral royalty from Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland.
January 23, 2018
The Cleveland Orchestra
February 9, 2018
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
April 12, 2018
Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor

Program

JOHANNES MARIA STAUD Stromab (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MAHLER Symphony No. 9
“It is music coming from another world—it’s coming from eternity,” said conductor Herbert von Karajan of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. The composer's hallmarks are all present in his final completed work: sweeping breadth, profound emotion, a rustic dance, and unchecked ferocity. The ethereal finale is a serene farewell that sets grief, bitterness, and regret aside as it achieves transcendence.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
Clémentine Margaine, Mezzo-Soprano
Jay Friedman, Trombone
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Charles Vernon, Bass Trombone
Gene Pokorny, Tuba

Program

STRAVINSKY Scherzo fantastique
JENNIFER HIGDON Low Brass Concerto (NY Premiere)
CHAUSSON Poème de l' amour et de la mer
BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
There’s passion and power in Chausson’s and Britten’s sea music. Chausson set Symbolist poetry in his Poème de l’amour et de la mer, a two-song collection with orchestral interlude that is rich with metaphor and infused with steamy Wagnerian harmonies. There’s nothing metaphorical about Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; the sun’s glimmering light on the water, the sound of church bells, waking birds, and a savage storm are portrayed with gripping realism.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Act II (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Jonas Kaufmann, Tristan
Camilla Nylund, Isolde
Mihoko Fujimura, Brangäne
Georg Zeppenfeld, Marke
Andrew Rees, Tenor (Melot)
David Kravitz, Baritone (Kurwenal)

Program

WAGNER Tristan und Isolde, Act II (opera in concert)
There is no denying that Tristan und Isolde is one of the greatest showcases for singers and conductors. This concert features performers who meet the challenge. The Independent called Jonas Kaufmann “the preeminent Wagnerian tenor of his era,” while the “lustrous vocalism” of soprano Camilla Nylund has been praised by Opera News. Andris Nelsons, who “seems to draw the best from every orchestra he works with” (The New York Times), conducts his Boston Symphony Orchestra in the impassioned Act II, which includes one of the most moving and beloved of love duets of Wagner’s masterpiece.