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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Thursday, October 14, 2021 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Bernard Labadie by Dario Acosta, Benjamin Bowman by Elizabeth Bowman
Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall for an evening of beloved works under the leadership of Bernard Labadie, one of the foremost interpreters of Baroque-era music. Handel’s playful Water Music, famously composed for King George I, remains a favorite for its combination of “festivity and finesse in perfect measure” (NPR). Charpentier’s attention-grabbing Prelude—written in the Baroque “key of glory,” D major—remains the most popular of his several Te Deum and possibly of his entire repertoire. 

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Orchestra of St. Luke's
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor
Benjamin Bowman, Violin

Program

CHARPENTIER Prelude to Te Deum in D Major, H. 146

J. S. BACH An imaginary concerto for violin (with excerpts from Easter Oratorio, BWV 249, and Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045)

HANDEL Water Music (complete)

At a Glance

Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall with a vivacious program of Baroque delights. The evening opens majestically with Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s triumphal Prelude to his Te Deum in D Major, followed by an “imaginary concerto for violin” assembled from Johann Sebastian Bach’s works, and featuring ensemble member and Met Orchestra concertmaster Benjamin Bowman as soloist. The evening reaches regal splendor with a complete performance of George Frideric Handel’s joyous Water Music. Initially commissioned for a barge party for King George I on the River Thames in London, Water Music remains a crowning masterpiece of the composer’s legacy.

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