AN EVENING WITH STING: SYMPHONICITIES
A GALA BENEFIT ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 14
Featuring the 16-Time Grammy Award Winning Musician Performing
His Most Celebrated Songs
Reimagined for Symphonic Arrangement with Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Conducted by Rob Mathes
Gala Concert Benefit Includes Pre and Post-Concert Events in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room,
Weill Music Room, and Weill Terrace Room
|On Monday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents Sting in his highly acclaimed concert Symphonicities in a one-night-only gala benefit concert with Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Rob Mathes.
Symphonicities features Sting’s greatest hits reimagined for symphonic arrangement with orchestrations by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” and “Every Breath You Take,” plus songs from his enduring solo career—“Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”
The concert marks Sting’s first time headlining a full performance at Carnegie Hall. He will also be joined by a quintet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Jo Lawry (vocalist), Ira Coleman (bassist), Joe Bonadio (percussionist), and Mike Ricchiuti (keyboards). All proceeds from the performance will benefit Carnegie Hall’s artistic and music education programs.
“It was an absolute joy to discover a whole new palate of musical colors and reinvent the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years,” commented Sting. “I’m thrilled to now bring Symphonicities to Carnegie Hall and to help support their dynamic arts education programs.”
Sting first performed at Carnegie Hall in March 1991 at the first of many concerts benefiting the Rainforest Fund, the non-profit organization he co-founded with his wife Trudie Styler in 1989. He has since appeared 18 other times in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at performances supporting important causes, including 16 additional Rainforest Fund benefit concerts; a 1997 concert benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation; and Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala in April 2011, created and hosted by singer-songwriter James Taylor.
The December 14 gala benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs. Gala Chairmen include Mercedes T. Bass; Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Susan and Ed Forst; Annette de la Renta; Sana H. Sabbagh; Beatrice Santo Domingo, and David M. Siegel and Dana Matsushita. Gala benefit tickets for An Evening with Sting: Symphonicities include the best possible concert seating as well as admission to either a pre-concert cocktail reception at Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room for $1,000 or one of two post-concert options. Starting at $2,500, gala ticket buyers can opt for post-concert Cocktails and Supper Club for an informal party with a DJ in the Weill Music Room. Gala table buyers interested in a post-concert Seated Dinner in the Weill Terrace Room can purchase Tables of 8 or 10, which begin at $25,000. All gala tickets are available for purchase by calling the Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or visiting us online at carnegiehall.org/sting.
A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $125–$350, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or visiting online at carnegiehall.org/sting.
About The Artists
Sting’s first venture into the classical realm began with the success of his #1 album, Songs from the Labyrinth, a lute-based interpretation of the music of sixteenth century composer John Dowland, released in 2006 on Deutsche Grammophon. After completing The Police reunion world tour, Sting returned to pursue his passion for uniting musical genres with his 2009 release If On A Winter’s Night… which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s classical chart. Also in 2009, he reworked selections from his expansive catalogue joining members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performance. Eager to explore the possibilities of further symphonic collaboration, Sting then joined The Philadelphia Orchestra for a concert commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the Academy of Music in 2010. In May 2010, Sting embarked on the worldwide Symphonicity tour and released the studio album Symphonicities on Deutsche Grammophon later that year. sting.com.
Rob Mathes is an Emmy winning, Tony and Grammy nominated arranger / composer and music producer / director. He has produced recordings by Sting, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Bettye LaVette, Vanessa Williams, and Panic At The Disco, among others. He won the Emmy for his work on the Kennedy Center Honors, a program he’s musically directed for a decade. He directed President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial and PBS’s Great Performances 40th Anniversary Special. He’s arranged and conducted music for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Lou Reed, Beck, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, and Tony Bennett and also classical artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel and Renée Fleming. He’s written the soundtrack for two HBO documentaries and has written music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Nashville Symphony, The National Symphony, and The Royal Philharmonic. In 2014, he supervised and orchestrated Sting’s Broadway show The Last Ship.
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) is one of America’s most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world’s greatest artists and performing approximately 70 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum, and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. In its 41-year history, OSL has commissioned more than 50 new works; has given more than 170 world, US, and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke’s Collection. Pablo Heras-Casado, named 2014 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, is OSL’s principal conductor.
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Image at top of release by Frank Ockenfels 3