Carnegie Hall 2016–2017 Classical Highlights

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Carnegie Hall’s 2016–2017 season is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to exciting new projects and outstanding concerts! Fall highlights below include the second season of Sir Simon Rattle’s two-year Perspectives series with concerts by the Berliner Philharmoniker, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Ensemble ACJW (celebrating its 10th anniversary this season); an 80th birthday concert for the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair; a cycle of Anton Bruckner’s nine symphonies paired with music of Mozart by Daniel Barenboim and the Staatksapelle Berlin; and, coming in February 2017: a citywide festival—La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic.

All performances take place in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage unless otherwise noted.
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The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel opens Carnegie Hall’s season on October 6 with a program to include Ravel’s La valse; Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps, and selected dances from around the world. Maestro Dudamel returns with the orchestra for concerts on the next two consecutive nights, performing works by Latin American composers, Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka, and Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cynthia Millar playing the ondes Martenot.

Year two of Sir Simon Rattle’s Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall begins with a performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony by The Philadelphia Orchestra on October 10. He then leads Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Hall on October 16, conducting the fellows in Schubert’s Winterreise – A Composed Interpretation for Tenor and Small Orchestra by Hans Zender, featuring acclaimed tenor Mark Padmore. Sir Simon also makes his final two New York appearances as Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker as he conducts the orchestra in a performance of Boulez’s Éclat and Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 on November 9, followed by a concert highlighting composers from the Second Viennese School paired with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 on November 10.

In addition to its October 10 performance with Sir Simon Rattle, The Philadelphia Orchestra makes three appearances under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who joins the orchestra on November 15 along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir for Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Le tombeau de Couperin as well as Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Benjamin Beilman. Mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and bass-baritone John Relyea feature in the orchestra’s March 7 concert of selections from Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Swan Lake paired with Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Op. 11. Pianist Radu Lupu is the guest soloist in Mozart’s Piano concerto No. 24 in C Minor in the orchestra’s final Carnegie Hall concert of the season on May 9, which also features Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah,” with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61.

One of today’s most cutting edge string quartets, Brooklyn Rider pairs up with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in Zankel Hall on October 13 for premieres by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw and the quartet’s own Colin Jacobsen as part of Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project. Fusing classical with contemporary, this energetic concert also features new arrangements of works by Sting, Elvis Costello, Björk, John Adams, and Nico Muhly.

Ensemble ACJW, the two-year fellowship program made up of the nation’s top young professional classical musicians, celebrates its 10th anniversary this season with a variety of programming beginning in Zankel Hall on October 16 with their collaboration with Sir Simon Rattle and tenor Mark Padmore in Schubert’s Winterreise – A Composed Interpretation for Tenor and Small Orchestra by Hans Zender. Composer Caroline Shaw joins the ensemble on Baroque violin for the premiere of her new work on February 20 in Weill Recital Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima festival and the 125 Commissions Project. In addition to ongoing performances at The Juilliard School and venues throughout New York City, Ensemble ACJW’s four concerts at Carnegie Hall this season include works by Schubert, Shostakovich, Copland, David Bruce, Osvaldo Golijov, and Ingram Marshall.

Carnegie Hall has appointed Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich to hold its Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for the new season. Reich’s residency kicks off on November 1 with an all-star salute to the trailblazing composer on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The event features a concert performance of his and Beryl Korot’s groundbreaking video opera Three Tales, as well as the world premiere of his new work Pulse, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commissions Project, and his Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones (2013). Performers will include ICE, Synergy Vocals, So Percussion, and conductor David Robertson.

In the second half of the season, Reich curates Three Generations—a series (March 30, April 6, April 19, and April 26) exploring the language of contemporary composition and how it changed from the mid-20th century to the present day. Music will include works from the pioneering generation of Reich and his peers Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, and (later) John Adams, to composers associated with the Bang on a Can collective (Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe), and on to the younger innovators Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner. Featured performers in the series include Ensemble Signal, Bang on a Can All-Stars, JACK Quartet, and more, and each concert will feature conversation with the composers.

Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s celebrate the 30th anniversary of the orchestra’s annual subscription series with three concerts kicking off on October 13 with David Robertson conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 alongside selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with baritone Thomas Hampson, and Brett Dean’s Testament. On February 16, Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado leads Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with soprano Erin Morley, baritone Florian Boesch, and Musica Sacra. Sir Roger Norrington conducts an all-Mozart program on April 20 featuring pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor.

The 2016–2017 season offers significant debuts for pianists in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, including Behzod Abduraimov who returns on November 17 after last season’s New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall. On January 30, Dmitry Masleev, recipient of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 2015 XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, makes his New York recital debut performing music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.

On December 2 in Zankel Hall, the progressive instrumental ensemble yMusic gives the world premieres of new works by Chris Thile and Caroline Shaw, two young composer-performers who have gained attention for stunning virtuosity across genres as well as inspiring new areas of exploration among young classical ensembles. The works, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of the 125 Commissions Project, are performed alongside music by Andrew Norman, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and more.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs arias from the Baroque era with period ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro on December 15 titled In War and Peace: Harmony Through Music led by conductor Maxim Emelyanychev from the harpsichord. She returns on April 30, singing the title role of Handel’s Ariodante with The English Concert and Artistic Director Harry Bicket as part of their multiyear Handel opera project at Carnegie Hall. DiDonato is also featured in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing, leading—for the third year in a row—three public master classes for young opera singers presented by the Weill Music Institute from October 29–31.

From January 19–29, Music Director Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in a complete cycle of Bruckner’s nine numbered symphonies—a rare feat and for the first time in the United States. In nine concerts over 11 days—performances that also mark the 60th anniversary of Mr. Barenboim’s Carnegie Hall debut—the acclaimed conductor and pianist also plays six of Mozart’s piano concertos, conducting from the keyboard, as well as leading two of the composer’s Sinfonia concertantes.

Carnegie Hall salutes the dazzling artistic legacy of the Venetian Republic with La Serenissima, a three-week festival from February 3–21. Concerts will feature vocal masterpieces and virtuoso instrumental music of the era, continuing the Hall’s recent emphasis on early-music programming. Highlights include Gateway to the East: The Millenarian Venice, a survey of more than 1,000 years of music from Venice, Istanbul, Cyprus, and Crete with Jordi Savall and his ensembles Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Le Concert des Nations; Vivaldi’s dramatic oratorio Juditha triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra; and Monteverdi’s monumental—and final—opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea, performed by Concerto Italiano led by Rinaldo Alessandrini. Also featured is chamber music performed by Quicksilver; the New York–based TENET, presenting The Secret Lover: Women in 17th-Century Italy; chamber orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro, with emotionally wrought opera arias and duets by lesser-known composers, as well as an evening of Vivaldi violin concertos and other works that feature Dmitry Sinkovsky; and The Tallis Scholars, who lead a Weill Music Institute workshop for young singers that culminates in a joint concert, performing polychoral repertoire written expressly for Venice’s St. Mark’s Basilica. The celebration also extends citywide with events at leading cultural institutions and online through several digital partners, with events to include lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions, plays, and other performances that examine both the unparalleled cultural innovations of the Venetian Republic and the scandalous, ribald, and libertine history that the passage of time has rendered less familiar.

The innovative Kronos Quartet continues its tradition of collaboration on February 11 in Zankel Hall, joining composer/performer Fodé Lassana Diabaté as he plays the African balafon in his work Sunjata’s Time, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commissions Project and also part of the quartet’s ongoing Fifty for the Future project. Kronos also performs Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and concludes the concert with Garth Knox’s Satellites, another work from the 125 Commissions Project and Fifty for the Future.

In celebration of composer John Adams’s 70th birthday, the St. Louis Symphony and Music Director David Robertson perform a concert version of his oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary on March 31, featuring mezzo-sopranos Kelley O’Connor (Mary Magdalene) and Michaela Martens (Martha), tenor Jay Hunter Morris (Lazarus), and countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, and Nathan Medley, along with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus directed by Amy Kaiser.

Single tickets for Carnegie Hall presentations go on sale Monday, August 29 at 8 a.m. (with an early on-sale date of Monday, August 22 at 8 a.m. for subscribers and donors). Tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by phone at CarnegieCharge (212-247-7800), or online at Subscription packages are currently available.

If you need further information related to these or any other Carnegie Hall presentations, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For select images, please click here. We look forward to seeing you at the Hall in a few short months!

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

Major funding has been provided by The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Edward C. Forst and Goldman Sachs Gives, the Max H. Gluck Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Ernst & Young LLP.

Additional support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and The Renova Group of Companies.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble ACJW is also supported, in part, by an endowment grant from The Kovner Foundation.

The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism has bestowed its Patrocinio on La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic, thus recognizing the caliber of Carnegie Hall’s celebration of Italy’s extraordinarily rich cultural heritage.

Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall’s Composer Club.

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