OPEN FOUR-CONCERT SERIES AT CARNEGIE HALL, PERFORMING WITH VIOLINIST
GIL SHAHAM ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13The Orchestra Returns with Pianists Jan Lisiecki on January 14 and Lang Lang on May 11;
Maestro Nézet-Séguin Conducts Symphonies by Haydn and Bruckner on January 26
|On Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m., Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in its first of four Carnegie Hall concerts this season in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The orchestra performs Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with renowned soloist Gil Shaham on a program that also features Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82.
Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra return on Thursday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. with young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. Also on the program is Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Waltz, Op. 325, Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso” (arr. Mahler), and HK Gruber’s Charivari. On Tuesday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m., Maestro Nézet-Séguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in two symphonies by Austrian masters: Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drumroll” and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, “Romantic.” Pianist Lang Lang joins Maestro Nézet-Séguin for the final concert of the Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall season on Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1. The program also includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke performing edition).
About the Artists
Born in Calgary, Canada to Polish parents in 1995, Jan Lisiecki began studying piano at the age of five, making his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He has since performed nationally and internationally at many of the world’s leading concert halls, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras. He signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, releasing albums in 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for Juno Awards for both. Mr. Lisiecki has received many prestigious awards, including most recently the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2013. In 2012, he was named UNICEF Ambassador to Canada.
Celebrated pianist Lang Lang continues to play sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world. In 2009, Lang Lang appeared in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The year before, more than four billion people viewed his performance during the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano—a phenomenon that has inspired what The Today Show referred to as “the Lang Lang effect.” Recognizing Lang Lang’s powerful cultural influence, the Recording Academy named him its Cultural Ambassador to China in 2008. More recently, Lang Lang was chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and played at the opening ceremony. He also currently serves on Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Advisory Council and is the youngest member of Carnegie Hall’s Artistic Advisory Board. He has been named as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders picked by the World Economic Forum and received the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is an inspired leader of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and he has renewed his commitment to the ensemble through the 2021–2022 season. Widely recognized for his musicianship, dedication, and charisma, Mr. Nézet-Séguin has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most exciting talents of his generation. His highly collaborative style, deeply rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike, from the Orchestra’s home in Verizon Hall to the Carnegie Hall stage. The New York Times has called Mr. Nézet-Séguin “phenomenal,” adding that under his baton, “the ensemble, famous for its glowing strings and homogenous richness, has never sounded better.”
A native of Montreal, Mr. Nézet-Séguin studied piano, conducting, composition, and chamber music at Montreal’s Conservatory of Music and continued his studies with renowned conductor Carlo Maria Giulini; he also studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt at Westminster Choir College. Mr. Nézet-Séguin was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012, one of the country’s highest civilian honors, and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2015. His other honors include a Royal Philharmonic Society Award; Canada’s National Arts Centre Award; the Prix Denise-Pelletier, the highest distinction for the arts in Quebec, awarded by the Quebec government; and honorary doctorates from the University of Quebec in Montreal, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.
The Philadelphia Orchestra first appeared at Carnegie Hall in November 1902. By the mid-20th century, the orchestra had begun a series of annual appearances at America’s most celebrated concert hall, presenting a variety of its concerts each year, less than two hours from home. The Philadelphia Orchestra continues this long-standing partnership. Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world. While wholly committed to the exploration of classical music and repertoire, the orchestra also continues to develop compelling programs that resonate with contemporary audiences. The orchestra is inspiring the future and transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level, by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
EDVARD GRIEG Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
JOHANN STRAUSS JR. “Tales from the Vienna Woods” Waltz, Op. 325
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, “Drumroll”
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Paul Berry, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History, Yale University.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 1
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