BERG’S WOZZECK AT CARNEGIE HALL ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Maestro Gatti Cancels His Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Appearances on February 28 and March 15;
Conductor for March 15 Concert by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra To Be Announced
(For Immediate Release, February 11, 2014, New York, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor Franz Welser-Möst has graciously agreed to step in for Daniele Gatti in the concert performance of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The concert by the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is part of Carnegie Hall’s three-week, citywide festival Vienna: City of Dreams. Due to a tendinopathy (acute inflammation of the tendon) of both shoulders, Maestro Daniele Gatti—on the advice of his doctors—with deep regret cancels all his professional engagements for the next two months, including his two Vienna: City of Dreams programs, scheduled for February 28 and March 15 at Carnegie Hall. A new conductor for the March 15 concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is to be announced.
Maestro Welser-Möst will launch Carnegie Hall’s festival programming with concerts by the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on February 25 and 26.
Vienna: City of Dreams
The centerpiece of Vienna: City of Dreams is seven concerts to launch and conclude the festival at Carnegie Hall by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera, led by esteemed conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Andris Nelsons, and Zubin Mehta. Vienna has long been known as a crucible for creativity and great artistic achievements, especially in the area of classical music, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera have both been at the center of the city’s artistic life since their inception. Concerts presented as part of Vienna: City of Dreams highlight the roles played by these unparalleled cultural institutions as well as Carnegie Hall’s longstanding partnership with the orchestra, which has appeared more than 100 times at the Hall since its 1956 debut—more than any other overseas ensemble.
The residency includes concert performances of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Richard Strauss’s Salome, marking only the second time in their history that the Viennese musicians have performed opera in concert at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra also performs such masterpieces as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6; Brahms’s Symphony No. 3; Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished;” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, concerts featuring core symphonic repertoire for which the ensemble has long been known.
The Vienna: City of Dreams celebration extends throughout New York City with festival events at leading cultural institutions, crossing arts disciplines to include music, film, visual arts, panel discussions, and even a Viennese Opera Ball, which launches the festival on February 21.
Carnegie Hall has launched a special website carnegiehall.org/vienna, which features information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos introducing the music being performed, and other content designed to illuminate Vienna: City of Dreams offerings. Once the festival begins, Carnegie Hall will also capture video of select performances to be shared alongside this content on the website.
ALBAN BERG Wozzeck, Op. 7 (concert performance)
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.
This concert performance is generously underwritten by Robert L. Turner.
Tickets: $55 to $175
Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.
FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with Walter Frisch, Professor of Music, Columbia University.
Tickets: $68 to $225
Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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