Carnegie Hall Presents

Weekends at Carnegie Hall

There’s 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.
October 13, 2017
Sphinx Virtuosi
February 10, 2018
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
March 25, 2018
The English Concert
April 21, 2018
Pacific Symphony

Sphinx Virtuosi

Concerti per Venti

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 7 PM

Performers

Sphinx Virtuosi

Program

VIVALDI Concerto in B-flat Major for Violin, Cello, and Continuo, RV 547
BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Concerto grosso
MICHAEL ABELS Delights and Dances
JIMMY LÓPEZ Guardian of the Horizon: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Cello, and Strings (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
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.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor

Program

VERDI I vespri Siciliani Overture
SAMUEL ADAMS many words of love (NY Premiere)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
“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.

The English Concert

Handel's Rinaldo (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 2 PM

Performers

The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Artistic Director
Iestyn Davies, Rinaldo
Jane Archibald, Armida
Joélle Harvey, Almirena
Luca Pisaroni, Argante
Sasha Cooke, Goffredo
Jakub Józef Orliński, Eustazio

Program

HANDEL Rinaldo (opera in concert)
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.”

Pacific Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 8 PM

Performers

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

Program

GLASS "Meetings Along the Edge" from Passages (based on a theme by Ravi Shankar)
R. SHANKAR Concerto No. 3 for Sitar and Orchestra
GLASS The Passion of Ramakrishna (NY Premiere)
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.